Alternative (EASY!) Method to plastering scenery (Pics!)

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  1. jwmurrayjr

    jwmurrayjr Member


    Great idea. Thanks!

    I think that this will work especially well for some smaller hard-to-reach places that I have. Around bridges that I've already installed, for example.

    I used the more conventional method to apply most of my hardshell and it's easy to "plant" trees by punching a hole with an awl.

    Also, you can attach plaster rocks with plaster "butter" or apply them from the mold while wet. It helps to first wet the plaster in both cases.

  2. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member


    jwmurrayjr's idea about "plaster butter" is the method I plan to use, but you'll find it helps if you press your rock casting into the surface while it's still "soft" so it takes the shape more-or-less. Don't leave it there too long, as the plaster will stick to the casting and when you do lift if off later (if you plan to) then it will tear up the paper towel beneath it.

  3. babydot94513

    babydot94513 Member in training

    You learn something every day.
  4. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Arlaghan, Thanks for writing that up!

    My first layout, that was significant enough to have mountains, was a 4 X 8 in the corner of my parents basement. I tossed balls of newspaper into a pile in the corner, about twice as high as the intended mountain. Then I dipped paper towels in a tub of plaster and draped them over the newspaper. When it dried, I pulled out the balls of paper and had a nice, hard, hollow mountain and tunnel. :D :D :D
  5. Bikerdad

    Bikerdad Member

    A crazy? enhancement...

    Just read the tutorial, sounds great. A suggestion for possibly improving this method would be to use a regular floUr (ed: not floWEr) sifter rather than a shaker. Mind you, I'm just floating the idea here, but if it works, you'd get a quicker and more even distribution of the dry plaster.

    Just make sure you don't confuse the plaster with the flour next time you dust a pie crust before baking... :eek:
  6. jawatkins

    jawatkins Member

    Great idea. While I still use plaster cloth, I have done the exact thing (I used hydrocal), sprinkled a dry mixture over the plaster cloth go give it either a smoother texture or a rougher texture. Only I used a teaspoon and sprinkled it on and sprayed it with water and using latex gloves, used my fingers to mold it the way I wanted it. But, you are right in that it works great. And your method is a more cost effective method than plaster cloth.

    Great problem solving!
  7. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    WOW :eek: GREAT idea!!!

    Let me guess......"Aaaaallllleeeexxxxxxxx"..."Where the h*ll is the salt shaker!?!?"

    LOL :D
  8. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    Not even close! :D

    If you're interested in the story behind it, click here. ;)
  9. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    :D :D LMAO :D :D
    That's a GREAT story!
    :D :D LMAO :D :D

    Actually, I think I WAS kinda close....some female yelling at you about the misappropriation of a household item.....LOL ;) :D
  10. xristos

    xristos New Member

    Great idea.... just tried it out on some scrap foam i had lying around. Cannot wait tll it dries for the final outcome.
  11. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    It looks like a great idea, but I have a question. How often do you have to refill the salt shaker? Would it work better if you made a "salt shaker" out of a bigger container?
  12. littlekahuna23

    littlekahuna23 New Member

    Yes I am also curious how to apply trees and other landscape items to the plaster without cracking or damaging the texture of the landscape.
  13. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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