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Old 04-12-2019, 03:51 PM   #1
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making water

I know there are a lot of tips out there for making ponds, rivers, waterfalls etc.
What I need to do is make something like rain water, or a melted block of ice, or overflow from a rain barrel. In other words, basically clear.

Any suggestions, photos, tips etc would be highly appreciated.

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Old 04-12-2019, 08:43 PM   #2
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If I correctly understand what you are trying to do I would suggest Mod Podge Gloss or acrylic varnish. Either will give a shiny surface that looks wet.
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Woodland Scenics Water Effects, or acrylic gloss gel medium (basically the same stuff -- the latter is available at art supply stores or on line and is much cheaper). Apply it with a toothpick or very fine, fairly stiff brush.
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Old 04-13-2019, 08:53 AM   #4
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Country Joe and CTValley,

Thanks for the tips....I'll check them out and see the one that best suits my limited talents.

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Old 04-14-2019, 12:23 AM   #5
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I always like using enviro tech. It's a two part mix and takes some time to cure but comes out nice.
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:20 AM   #6
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Thanks Jille, Another possibility to explore.

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Old 04-14-2019, 08:43 AM   #7
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I would encourage you to consider what is called 'gel gloss medium'.

Mod Podge gloss medium is an excellent product, but it will run. Maybe more than you want it to and can control for on certain surfaces. It eventually stops running and cures as it lies, but that may be much too late.

Gel gloss medium, looks a lot like Nivea cold cream, can be smeared, thickly or lightly, and left in place to cure. A small jar, say a cup's worth, will be less than ten dollars in most places, but if you seal it well, as I have, it will last centuries.

I do like, and have used, Envirotex, and similar two-part finish quality epoxies. However, they are very costly in comparison, and they also run. Since you have to mix equal quantities of the hardener and resin fluids, you have to mix a minimum quantity, and if you don't use it all, it gets (expensively) wasted. If you really find the epoxy idea appealing, go to the adhesives section at a large box DIY and find the double plunger epoxy from LePages and others. You can carefully squeeze out a small dollop from both syringes and thoroughly mix that smaller amount. Much more sensible, less wasteful, and you spend much less that way.
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I have to agree with mesenteria on the Envirotex (or any two part resin). They're fine for making large bodies of water like lakes and rivers, but not for the tiny applications that the OP is referring to.
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:33 AM   #9
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mesenteria--thanks for the detailed information. Always helpful to know what will happen with the use of these products.

Given what has been said, I think I'm headed to my local craft store to look at some type of clear gel that will seemingly solve my problem.

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