Please visit my new website

I have a new website at its aim is to gather all the nature centered websites I have been doing those past few months, 

This is a bit lame, but I need to change the server of this site which is so slooow, and also to reactivate

Latest posts

Succeeding homemade photoetch #8

Here it is under the sun, enough to do almost all the diorama :) For those only checking the RSS, i have been adding the full Koktebel SBS in the '"Article'" page. I still have one week not being able to work on the diorama, I start aagin next sunday, I can't wait! next up is the hull, the chimney and one of the air entries.

Succeeding homemade photoetch #7

Now have a look at this :) :) three weeks in the bloody making, but it really looks bloody good. Now just think at those last points: remember to check the bath VERY regularly after the first quarter of hour, because it the stuff eats too much metal, you can start everything all over again! Once the empty spaces are being eaten, the FeCL3 indeed begins to eat whatever it finds! Now why did I wrote about doing recto verso printings, hey, because this way you can do some 2 sides printings!

Succeeding homemade photoetch #7

Now after 20 minutes you can see it begins to work a bit :)

Succeeding homemade photoetch #6

When the plate is done, you can store the developper liquid in a bottle an dstore it in a cool poorly lit place and it can be used again. Then you put your FeCL3 in a plastic plate (NOT an aluminium plate otherwise the whole buisness might turn nasty) and put your brass in it. Now there is another heating buisness. To work reasonably fast, the FeCL3 should be kept at a 40°C temperature.


Products heads up

Most of the mail I get from this site is about techniques and materials, so I thought it could be nice if I would both show and explain the stuff I use

Various techniques for the Firebird diorama

I have less time now to do SBS in forums or my own site like I used to, but yet i thought I could share some of "my" techniques that i used for the Firebird diorama. product placement? for the most part, say this to my bloody wallet!!    

Pebeo's outliner (Cernes relief)

I was sent that Pebeo Cernes Relief product some time agio and liked it straight away. Its fine tip allows me to make joints between the stuff i embbed in water and the stuff itself like my graves here.

It dries just like regular glossy Acrylic gel that you can find in art shops or Valejo's Water Effect (which is exactly the same stuff)

Flex Pad on horse sculpting

The reason I use those flex-pad instead of other solutions is seen here: I have been owning the same since 4 years and even though mine are in bad shape they still work alright. I love the "blade tip" which allows to sand in the crevices

Metalic pigments from Uschi van der Rosten

That's a hobby sort of posting. I recently bought Uschi van der Rosten's metalic pigments and well, I used to know Alex before he was Uschi you see and this kind of posts can't do him wrong.