Sunday, April 17, 2016

Heading to the Hills - 3

Time for another go at the hills, with the beginnings of the talus slopes at the foot of the cliffs.

The first stage is to hot-glue a row of triangular pieces of corrugated card to form the general shape of the slope. Apart from the odd wince when I accidentally touched molten glue spots, this stage passed without damage to life and limb. 

The next stage is to glue strips of paper onto the triangles. I aim to glue two layers overall using Aileen's tacky glue to get resilience without too much weight. It's a bit time-consuming. Aileen's is a type of PVA but it lacks something of its water-solubility. Given my druthers I would prefer PVA for this job as it soaks into paper that much better.

Next up will be the painting stage. I intend to make a watery mix of ordinary household latex beige paint and daub it all over the pieces to try and fill as many gaps, cracks and divots as possible. It will also stiffen the paper as well. It's inevitable that some bubbles will stop the paint from sticking in the deeper parts, so the job will require two or three goes-around before the pieces are entirely covered. Luckily the weather here in NW Ohio is lovely right now, so the painting can be done outdoors where it'll also dry quicker.


Michael Awdry said...

That's a great little idea for the base, very clever.

tradgardmastare said...

Moving forward well!


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