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





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Succeeding homemade photoetch #5

Now when the whole is being sunned up, I went back to my cellar and once again had to proceed under a dim light -why then? hey because while you develop the plate, the light still works on the brass!

So now as i stated before, I had buy some product to develop pictures specially designed for brass, so here you usually have to mix it with the right amount of water before using it and then, it is stated that the liquid '"has to be warm enough'".

Succeeding homemade photoetch #4

Sorry again no pic -there will be some further ones in the final SBS paper when the diorama is finished. Anyway, what you have to do is to go in a dimly lit place (I use my cellar), and to take in sandwich your photoresisitant covered brass plate WITHOUT touching it with your fingers while you take of the plastic protection (I use some rubber gloves).

Succeeding homemade photoetch #3

-Then you must buy some *special recto verso photoresistant brass*. I have learn this thing: don't even try to spray the stuff by yourself recto and verso, because there will be some drippings everywhere, and the slightest dust grain will destroy everything. So that's a bit more expensive solution, but at least it WORKS. the brass I found was 25cm x12,5 which was more than enough for my needs. The brass comes with some opaque glueing paper on it that you have to remove before use.

Succeeding homemade photoetch #2

-then you go to your favorite photocopy place and get *4* exes on acetate. I have been noticing that if the photocopy machine didn't work too well, there would be some slight grain on the dark places, and this grain often has some *direction* some very fine lines that may lead some of the details to carve in a strange way later.

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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.

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