How do you make snow?

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by lionelsteam, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. lionelsteam

    lionelsteam New Member

    Does anyone know how to make like fake snow on a layout? My ideas were either cotton balls cause there white?? Possibly sprinkling baby powder on the roofs, but thats kinda messy. So anyone have snow on there layout?
  2. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    There are several commercial products available. Check scenic materials manufacturers.
    Someone had a good thread on snow on his layout just before Christmas.
  3. Christopher62

    Christopher62 Member

    This may be a silly question, but why can't you use that spray-on stuff that you use for Christmas trees? It's easy to apply, sticks well, and when it got dingy looking you could just spray on more.
  4. Groove

    Groove New Member

    We've used washing power quite successfully. One possible thing to watch out for is that some washing powers go blue when wet!
  5. myltlpny

    myltlpny Member

    Woodland scenics makes snow in a shaker bottle. I've also seen baking powder used. The most ingenious detailing with snow I've ever seen involved latex caulking compound. It was easily formed into icicles and was stippled onto the front pilot of locomotives with a toothbrush to represent, very realistically, snow that had stuck to the front of the locomotive. It was also easily removed if you didn't want the effect any more.
  6. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    I have in the past used sifted dry plaster of paris to put on buildings for a temporary winter scene. When I was through with the "winter season" it vacuumed right off. I have seen wet plaster used on rock faces and on building roofs in more permanent scenes also. There are a variety of techniques in the Kalmbach scenery books. You might try a library to see if they have these in there collections.
  7. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I only use it for temporary posed shots but baking soda works great for me. Once sifted on it has a frosted glint to it and vacs up easily. Rand Hood did a series of articles in MR a few years back using products that were striking in their realism and permanent, might want to look up those articles.

  8. Christopher62

    Christopher62 Member

    I still think I would try the spray-on snow that comes in a can and you use it on Christmas trees. Has anybody tried this? True it sticks and likely can't be removed easily. Then again that might be a plus depending on the situation.
  9. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    There's always instant mashed potatoes..... (Uncooked and right out of the box, of course. ;) )

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