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Making Ice and Snow

Once in place, I finished the ice floats following the same procedure and materials usually employed to make any water base: coloring and shining for what I used acrylic paints and Elmer’s glue (transparent).

The snow build was a tricky one, as I had no previous experience or tutorials on this effect and was at risk of ruining the model. So I made several tests on the bow of the model to evaluate the degree of coarseness and the quantity of acrylic saw dust that produced the best effect, and the amount of buildup that I wanted to recreate.

At this stage the model didn’t have the deck railings in place, so when I didn’t get an appealing effect I simply blew off the dust with a blower. The second unknown in making the snow was what to use to glue the acrylic dust to the model. I made several tests on a plastic sheet and found that mixing the dust with glue (white glue) tend to produce lumps of “snow“ that were very hard to dis-aggregate later by any means I tried.

I found that spraying the model with a short stroke of matte coat worked if I immediately began sprinkling the acrylic dust on top of the still wet lacquer. This way the “snow” build up could be effectively controlled, proceeding little by little, one layer on top of the previous; excesses do not attach to the surface being sprinkled, since the amount of varnish is small and fast drying. So this is a time-consuming procedure but easily controlled. Figures 11 - 14 illustrate the making of the snow build up in different stages.
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About Jorge Augusto Martinez (rea00cy)


A very interesting and well accomplished technique Augusto! It really makes us feel freezing Congratulations and thank you for sharing this SBS technique with us Cheers, Rui
NOV 08, 2010 - 04:41 AM
Yes, thank you Augusto for this SBS. Like Rui said, it makes me feel all cold!
NOV 08, 2010 - 12:18 PM
A very well done SBS - thats great ! Thanks/Jan
NOV 08, 2010 - 08:01 PM
Thank you very much for those kind words of appreciation, mates! Augusto
NOV 09, 2010 - 10:55 PM
Well done, Augusto, that was clear and understandable with excellent photography for the visual explanation. FRIZZY WISKERS all round! Peter F
NOV 10, 2010 - 02:37 AM
Hi Augusto! A well thought-out and practical special effect technique. Your choice of employing acrylic sawdust is particularly crafty since it won't yellow over time, a crucial factor since we'd like to think our projects will be around a long time. --Karl
NOV 10, 2010 - 05:14 AM