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#8106
Cavern Stream and Pool Conversion 9 Years, 3 Months ago  
I decided to try my hand at modifying a couple of Cavern Set pieces to make a stream and a pool. I'm quite pleased with the results, and may have a try at something a bit more ambitious soon! Let me know what you think.
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#8107
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Another photo from a different angle.....
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#8108
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The 'stream' piece......
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#8109
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.....and the 'pool' piece.
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#8110
Cavern Stream and Pool Conversion 9 Years, 3 Months ago  
:shock:

Wow, those are amazing!!!
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#8111
Cavern Stream and Pool Conversion 9 Years, 3 Months ago  
Guy what a cool piece of work!!! Congratulations!!! I wish I could make something like that...

It's just what I expect from cavern river...!!! I hope cavern river sections are like this but, like passages, made that way that I can make the river from one shape or another...

Simply great, very very nice. A professional work. :shock:
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#8112
Cavern Stream and Pool Conversion 9 Years, 3 Months ago  
WOW!
So much for wondering how to stop the resin, how to hide the seam, how to make it modular! This is all I need to see!

Really great stuff. How did you do it?

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#8113
Cavern Stream and Pool Conversion 9 Years, 3 Months ago  
This is how you do it:

1. Mark out the desired shape of stream & pool on a Cavern Floor and Staight Cavern Wall piece with a marker pen.

2. With an electric drill fitted with a wide (30mm) wood drill, bore out the middle of the pool. Don't drill right through! Then use smaller drill bits to bore out the stream.

3. Use a Dremel hobby tool to carve out the detailed areas, including the 'water erosion' effect on the base of the stream and pool. This is quite tricky, but it's worth doing it carefully. Make sure you wear a dust mask if you try this, and preferably do it outside - it stinks!

4. Wash the carved pieces in warm, soapy water to get rid of excess dust. Fill in any extra drill holes with modelling putty.

5. Paint the stream and pool bed with a good thick coat of light grey acrylic paint, then dry brush white when it's dry. Touch up any damaged bits on the cavern floor (from over-eager Dremel use!), and leave overnight to dry.

6. Mix some acrylic gloss varnish with acrylic dark green (or blue, if you prefer) ink, and 'wash' this over the bed of the stream/pool. Let it dry well.

7. Seal the ends of the stream and pool so that the liquid resin you are about to use doesn't leak out. I used a two-part (blue and white) silicon substance used for making moulds which I bought from my local craft shop. Make sure that the edges are flush.

8. Mix up some 2-part water effect resin, and add a few drops of the ink used in part 6. Pour it in and let it set, usually overnight.

9. Remove the end seals only when you're sure the resin is completely set.

I wish that I had taken some 'work in progress' photos, but I will be sure to do that when I try my next project, a bigger pool and stream using 3 straight cavern walls, a cavern floor and a curved cavern corner. Watch this space next week.
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#8114
Cavern Stream and Pool Conversion 9 Years, 3 Months ago  
Hey, thanks for the info. I may try this.

Looks great by the way - good work.
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#8115
Cavern Stream and Pool Conversion 9 Years, 3 Months ago  
This is some serious coolness. I don't know if I'd ever have the confidence in my modification abilities to attempt it, though. I'd be afraid of ending up with nothing more than ruined pieces.
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#8116
Cavern Stream and Pool Conversion 9 Years, 3 Months ago  
Beautifully executed! :D
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#8117
Cavern Stream and Pool Conversion 9 Years, 3 Months ago  
Otherworld--these look fantastic. Just one question... (o.k., maybe a few!) How come you didn't use the Dremmel for the whole routing process?

I'm assuming that when you "routed" out the section that was to be the water bed you held the drill perpendicular to the floor of the cavern piece--like a router bit? Wouldn't it have been easier to use a burring wheel or other Dremmel piece to do the work?

I picked up a Dremmel tool last summer and am still learning about all of the cool bits and things that you can do with the bits so I'm asking just out of curiosity.

Also, did you use Woodland Scenics water effects resin? How long did your two-part resin take to fully cure? Is it tacky/sticky at all after a few days?

Thanks in advance for the answers!
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