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#62225
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Epoxy Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
ebrandeis wrote:
Thanks for all the tips and ideas. It's inspiring me to give it a go for myself. Of course, I'm also dying to make up some inserts for my CoS pool.


Heh, so am I. I think I'll try the wax + poured resin trick this weekend, if I have time.
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#62226
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Epoxy Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
Shadaraman wrote:

I know there's at least one thread on the HA forums with a technique similar to this. I'll see if I can dig it up for comparison.


Found!

hirstarts.yuku.com/topic/6405#.UytUoK1dV1g

Pretty much the same basic idea. The actual instructions are on the second page of the thread.
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#62227
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Epoxy Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
ebrandeis wrote:
Posted this in the KS comments, but it probably belongs here:

How about a two stage mold process with 1/3 thickness in the core along with the graphics, 1/3 thickness in a top-side first pour, and 1/3 thickness in a bottom side second pour after the top-side fully cures? It's more work, but each tile is now twice as useful...


I could try it, but the epoxy likes to creep down the sides of the cork tiles and get under them a bit. This is fine because you still have a level tile in the end and my bottoms are always a messy paint job anyway, but if you're trying to preserve the bottom to be a flawless reflective surface, it would likely ruin that. :-(




Shadaraman wrote:
A good online source for cork squares is WidgetCo (yeah, it's a super descriptive name).

www.widgetco.com/cork

I ordered a whole bunch of 4" square coasters to base some Hirst Arts pieces on, and they work great.

I know there's at least one thread on the HA forums with a technique similar to this. I'll see if I can dig it up for comparison.



With the monthly 40-50% off one item coupon Joanne's gives, it's still a better deal for me to get them in person at this point. However, that is a better base price than Joanne's, so it's good to have another source! Thank you!



Shadaraman wrote:
Shadaraman wrote:

I know there's at least one thread on the HA forums with a technique similar to this. I'll see if I can dig it up for comparison.


Found!

hirstarts.yuku.com/topic/6405#.UytUoK1dV1g

Pretty much the same basic idea. The actual instructions are on the second page of the thread.


Those are amazing! Their edges are so clean. O_O

Looks like they used an artist's block to make their mold form. I think this might be the reason why my edges suck. I used foam core, and the mold material picked up all the little divits present in the foam. They're tiny, but it would be nice to have perfectly smooth edges, and from the photos it looks like they do.

I love their tiles that aren't just pure water. I'm going to have to use some of their ideas. Thanks for the link! I think my swamp tiles are going to be a lot cooler now!
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#62228
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Epoxy Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
Undel wrote:

With the monthly 40-50% off one item coupon Joanne's gives, it's still a better deal for me to get them in person at this point. However, that is a better base price than Joanne's, so it's good to have another source! Thank you!


Yeah, if you've got a good source there's no reason to change. I figured I'd post the link for people without a good local place to buy.


Undel wrote:

Those are amazing! Their edges are so clean. O_O

Looks like they used an artist's block to make their mold form. I think this might be the reason why my edges suck. I used foam core, and the mold material picked up all the little divits present in the foam. They're tiny, but it would be nice to have perfectly smooth edges, and from the photos it looks like they do.

I love their tiles that aren't just pure water. I'm going to have to use some of their ideas. Thanks for the link! I think my swamp tiles are going to be a lot cooler now!


Yeah, the main reason I haven't done this yet is that I don't have a good object to make the mold from. I have plenty of silicone, just nothing to pour it on.

You could try putting some gloss varnish on the edges of your tiles to smooth out the imperfections.
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#62230
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Epoxy Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
Omg, you all have really pushed me over the edge. I've been bitten by the crafting bug! I'm itching to make some terrain! Up until now I've been happy to buy DF and other people's creations, but I'm so excited to make something myself that I can't sit still. Thanks again for infecting me with this excitement. I can't wait to get some free time and get started!
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#62232
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Epoxy Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
Nice work Undel!

May I suggest you mix some ink into the resin before you cast it?
I'm pretty sure it would add depth.
I played around with doing that here and there.
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#62235
Craft Thread - Epoxy Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
ebrandeis wrote:
Omg, you all have really pushed me over the edge. I've been bitten by the crafting bug! I'm itching to make some terrain! Up until now I've been happy to buy DF and other people's creations, but I'm so excited to make something myself that I can't sit still. Thanks again for infecting me with this excitement. I can't wait to get some free time and get started!


Yes! Join the crafters! :)

I've found crafting to be a lot of fun. It's really satisfying to put stuff out on the table and say "Yeah, I made that."

At the same time, getting things to turn out nicely can be a process. At the beginning of this thread I was trying to make grass tiles look nice and be modular, and in the end I don't think it really worked out and I'll have to try a different approach, because what I have is a mess! haha. Still, they were enjoyable to make! I'm still in a learning curve of things not looking quite right with these water tiles, but I think they have more potential and I'm on the right track with getting something a bit cleaner looking that'll mix well with DF.





biowizard wrote:
Nice work Undel!

May I suggest you mix some ink into the resin before you cast it?
I'm pretty sure it would add depth.
I played around with doing that here and there.


I'll give some ink a try. I have some Dr. Ph. Martin's liquid acrylic turquoise blue airbrush acrylic laying around. It's completely transluscent with no titanium dioxide or opaque-type stuff to it, so it might work out like an ink for me. (I could purchase ink, but I'd love to use materials I have laying around.)

The only bummer is that I've cast the 6 previous tiles (no grid, first try) and have 4 more drying now (with grid) without any color to the resin. Adding color will make them not match... but you know, it's probably early enough in the game that I should still give it a try before I go onto "mass production" making a giant sewer system, haha.

Based on what I'm seeing with the epoxy tiles that are currently curing, I like how the grid looks. I think I'd like tinted water too, so it's best to keep experimenting and when I find the combination I like best, go into "mass map production" then. :)
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#62237
Re:Craft Thread - Epoxy Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
I think I'm going to try a "baby's first" version of this, I'm just going to use squares of glass or lucite to get the depth-of-field effect, and print a two-sided texture sheet for in the middle to 'sandwich' between two squares of the glass or lucite. Not as fancy and I can't add dye or do water effects, but pretty low key for a first outing.

It'll be a while before I get to do it, but I'll report back once I do.
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#62238
Re:Craft Thread - Epoxy Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
Good idea. Will be waiting patiently for your results.
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#62259
Re:Craft Thread - Foam Cliffside 7 Months ago  
The Resin tiles are curing. I'll have some photos of the comparison in methods at the end of the weekend.

In the meantime craftening continues. I don't know if I'll finish this in time for Thod's twitter challenge for today. I probably wont, haha.
*possible PFS season 0 spoiler below*
I'm working on crafting a cliffside for the Pathfinder Silent TIde scenario. This particular part of the mission doesn't have an official map, so I made one. The cliff needs to be 35 feet high. With 1 inch = 5 feet, that meant the cliff needed 7 layers to be the correct height. I made the back side of it climbable so that it can be used in other things. :) Once the glue sets on all the layers I'm going to start carving into it to make it look more rocky.

The Layers:


All Together:


There's another elevated element in the scenario. I'm going to see about crafting that part in foam too, but making slots for DF Gametiles pieces to slide in since it's more structural and less natural in nature. Excite!
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#62264
Re:Craft Thread - Foam Cliffside 7 Months ago  
I love the idea of being able to incorporate Game Tiles into the larger piece. Even better if they're removable since they can be re-used elsewhere and you can even mix up the terrain by swapping out pieces, using different color schemes, etc.
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#62319
Re:Craft Thread - Foam Cliffside 7 Months ago  
I have carved into the sides of the foam.


I have covered the foam model with a thin layer of plaster. This will seal some of the gaps between the layers of foam, and will also provide a layer in between the paint on the foam so that I can spray paint it.


After the plaster dried, I covered the terrain with mod podge to further seal it. I then it adhered plaster tiles to the flat surfaces of the cliff. These tiles form a 1 inch grid. These will be the play surface is that the players can traverse.


Base Coat. (I was at the game shop. Warhammer figs are not mine!)


Final Colors.




Overall I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. I hope I can get multiple uses out of this, as I think it's going to be a really fun piece of terrain to play across. :)
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