Monday, February 11

Modeling Water Splashes from Plastic

"I gotta tell you this one because it's just too cool! I was at the 97 World Convention and saw Rick Kennair's seminar on habitats (making nature theme bases for sculptures). I use to do splashes based on Newmyer's technique with the resin but Rick showed us how to take a piece of the sheet plastic used for flourescent light fixtures to make splashes (it's called "cracked ice" is is available at most discount lumber houses for about $2.50-$4 for a big sheet). Break off a piece of the plastic and hold it over a heat gun set on high. As the plastic starts to melt, use hemostats or needlenose pliers to grab the edge of the heated area to support it. Just as the plastic starts to liquify, stretch it using the pliers - you'll be amazed how far you can stretch it. Just after you stretch it out, back it off and the plastic will crinkle up. Blow on it for about 5 seconds to cool it and you have an unbelievably real looking splash. Start playing with them - twisting and looping the melted plastic and glue several of these together and it's awesome."- posted by Jerry on Taxidermy Net

"You can use the plastic sheets You just cut it or break it into size pices you want, pop it in the oven at 200 degrees for about 15 min. use heavy clean gloves form it how you want. Cool it by running under cold water, then glue the pieces to your plexiglass, when you have your splash formed the way you want size ect. Just pour clear resin over your splashes, it makes some nice splashes."

I find these look more like ice.
"I did the scene using those pellets from VanDykes spread out on foil in the oven. Started putting them together and this is what I came up with." - posted by Jeff on Taxidermy Net