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Mini diorama / paperweight in a perspex box 1.75 x 1.75 x 1.75". (A recycled iPod Shuffle container.)

Tinted resin, miniature figure (HO Gauge), black rubber tap washer, rub-on letters.
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:iconivanrostoff:
IvanRostoff Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Wow, now I godda add jello to my art supplies.
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Indeed!
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Korodor Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful idea. Nice work.
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strangelycut Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
agree.
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Korodor Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:-)
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:iconunconventionalsenshi:
This is just beautiful!!! I'm especially amazed at how the resin turns from blue to turquoise to greenish blue, very natural water look! :love: May I ask if you poured it in stages and how many to get that effect? :) Also, did you have to dip the figurine's feet first in the hardening layer to make it stand still and poured the top, or perhaps did you assemble some sort of holding device for it? (so it did not 'drown in resin' or fall on the side while the resin was still liquid? *_*
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
And here's a fabulous step-by-step resin water tutorial [link]
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Have you seen this guy's resin work? [link]

Makes me weep with admiration and envy!
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:iconunconventionalsenshi:
Oh, no I haven't :) Thank you so much for the link and all the other links!:heart: They are really useful and I will take a close look at them ^_^ Resin is fascinating in so many ways, definatelly :)
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
I did pour in stages - I have found if you pour too much resin in one go it "cooks" and goes crunchy and crystalline in seconds. (This happened the first time I tried to fill this little box, and I had to dig out the resin chunks in a hurry and start all over again!) So I did it in a sequence of layers - each layer was only about 5mm thick and had to set overnight, so it took awhile. I started with a darker blue, and then each layer was a bit lighter than the previous one, and I mixed more turquoise and green in as I got to the top. Finished it with a layer of clear.

The figure was a headache! First try had her tipping over and drowning in resin! So in the end I tied her to a popsicle stick balanced over the top of the container, and poured the layers around her.
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:iconunconventionalsenshi:
Oh, I see, thank you so much for the answer :love:! In the youtube tutorials I've seen, they also mentioned it's better to pour more times but less, and even on the package of my resin it says one shouldn't pour more than 200 g at one curing :) The worst thing about this, I guess, that one has to have their working space re-done a few times :B I guess it's not a problem when someone works in a studio/garage space, but I pour at home, in a guest room actually (lol) so each time I have to cover the working area, and clean all the cups and stuff and it's exhausing to make many mix because of that :P I would work in a garage but it's really cold in my garage always and I've noticed resin mixes and cures best when it's 20C and higher :)
May I ask if you used epoxy or sth else? I have three tupes of resin left, clear epoxy, clear polyester and opaque poliurethane. With polyester one, it's funny because the top part never cures fully and is tacky (so that it bonds better with the next layer on a molecular level or something). Even if you leave it for days, it will remain tacky on top if it has any access to oxygen at all :D. I didn't know it at first and it was very, very annoying for me, because I thought I mixed it incorrectly or that it has gone bad :p But then I discovered that in order to cure fully it has to be completely devoid of air from all sides :P
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
I tend to use epoxy, precisely because of the tacky problem!
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PineappleGoo Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
How fascinating! :D And yet a little scary! Reminds me of a dream I had where i was bitten in half by a great white shark, while floating like that on the open sea :p
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
ooooh scary. I also get all jittery at the thought of my legs hanging down in the ocean for sharks to nibble on!
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PineappleGoo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Very :D and I don't like to go in water where my feet can't touch the ground ^^ I really like the effect in your sculpture here :P Though she seems a little alone. I do hope she gets to shore! :D Next time you make such a floating person, you could add a shark! :D
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Cool idea!
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PineappleGoo Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Well you should only do it if you want it :P I just find undersea creatures scary :D
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