HOW TO WORK WITH HYDROCAL
AND OTHER MODELING TIPS -
Description of finishing techniques
Concrete Retaining Walls
Bridge Piers and Abutments
It's real simple. No sealer, stain with very thin ink wash.
Just put a couple of drops of black India ink into about an ounce of tap water-
and apply it with a cheap 1" wide brush. I just slop it on vertically.
Then weather with earth tone artist's dry-pigments.
Dry-pigments are just that, very powerful colorants that are added to binders
(oil, gum, etc.) to make paints, chalks, etc. They are available at larger art
supply stores. You only need a little. You can set it into the casting by applying
more ink wash.
A common alternative is to grind up colored chalks.
It only took me a moment to color this bridge pier as described.
Did I mention that I used scale wooden forms to create my concrete stock
panels? Here is a close-up of the O-scale stock.
The form planks are eight scale
Same for HO but I did not bother with the nail impressions.
Check them out below!