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This is a blog about my passion: dollhouses and miniatures. This particular blog was started to follow my miniature dream: to create a Victorian Mansion. But work on my Mansion is slow. Very slow. Sloth slow. Ice Age glacier movement slow. Why? Because I am easily distracted by other personal miniature projects (I have 50+ roomboxes and 15 dollhouses in various stages of incompletion) and because I work for a miniature shop and am often up to my elbows in miniature projects that aren't mine! So, I thought, some artists work in a particular medium (woods, watercolors, clay, oils, etc.), I work in progress . . . .

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Recovering & Struggling with Mojo

I disappeared for a while.  I didn't mean to.  I had been feeling poorly on and off since last year and in January/February 2016 it became a constant pattern.  Spent months doing various tests and the diagnoses kept piling up.  Surgery was scheduled and then there were complications from the surgery.  End result was that my vision of sitting around, sipping coffee, creating miniatures, while I recovered was a fairyland pipe dream.  Real life involved more tubes, IVs, pain killers, soreness, and exhaustion than I ever imagined!  And, when the tubes, pain killers, etc. did leave, the energy and mojo to mini did not return!  Very frustrating.  But it's finally creeping back and last week I painted 2 pieces of wood and this past week I experimented with some water effects!

In the Spring I said I was going to experiment with various water products because I have had friends lament over using some that then turned yellow, cracked, separated from their project, etc.  So I wanted to play with some.  The only one I had used before was Scenic Water (by Deluxe Materials).
I've used this a lot of times but will admit I was not happy with it.  I had filled a miniature rain barrel with it and years later it looked awful. It pulled away from the edges of the rain barrel a little bit.  Plus dust got on it and I can't get the dust off.  Luckily the scene is an abandoned cottage so it doesn't upset me too much that the water looks awful.  I do like this product and how easy it is to use.  Remove the lid and warm (directions suggest in a pot of hot water but I took a class about how to use Scenic Water about a decade or two ago and the representative from the company said you could warm it in the microwave in short 10- to 20-second intervals; So, that's what I do to liquidize the substance).  I do wonder about this product though when even warming it up it is not a clear liquid:
The nicest thing about this product is that if you don't like how it sets up you can remove it from your product and reheat it to liquid form and try again (providing you did not add something to it like a painted fish or flowers or spray it with a sealant that will alter the chemistry when you warm the stuff back to liquid form).  So I poured this into my bird bath....
Wasn't happy with the bubbles that appeared but was able to pop some and move the others with a toothpick...
Bubbles all around the middle of the bird bath
Moved them to one spot on the right, near the edge
I was happy to see that the "water" was clear when I poured it even though it had been yellow in the container.  We'll see if it stays clear as the weeks turn into months....

Next up was another Deluxe Materials product called Solid Water.
I had never used it before.  And I got very nervous when I opened the box and found this inside:
This is a lot more work than just microwaving a container like their other product.  But, I had used another product similar that involved mixing two ingredients so I followed the directions and poured it into it's birdbath:
Clear and no bubbles!  Nice.  Now to see how it holds up over time....

Then came a product I helped a friend use back in April (Last paragraph of this post talks about the "water" product) called Pour-on (by EnviroTex):

Again, this is a two part mix combo but they don't supply the measuring tools like the last company did.

Was highly disturbed by all the bubbles that formed while stirring (although directions say that blowing across the surface of the "water" will break these bubbles)...
Was also concerned because directions say to pour only 1/8" depth at a time. And my birdbaths are about 3/16" to 1/4" deep. I'm not going to have the patience to do this twice! Certainly not when I have to wait for a day or two between applications! I'm in the mood now, I'm doing it all at once.
I poured it into my birdbath and sure enough all the little bubbles went with it.

Microscopic and visible bubbles fill the birdbath! After using a toothpick to stir and blowing across the surface until I was light headed and dizzy, most of the larger visible bubbles were gone:

So I poured this into a birdbath I had painted over the summer to see how it would look with a painted backdrop.
Same issue with bubbles occurred.  Luckily same procedure worked and most bubbles are gone now.
It's only been a day or two so they still have a ways to go before I'll know which stands up better over time. So far the Solid Water is having a reaction to the paints on the birdbath or with the material the birdbath is made out of as the speckled bottom of the birdbath have become cloudy streaks...
...You'll see these again as we check back on them throughout the future.

In the meantime, my miniature mojo is back and it's the perfect time for me to tackle my Halloween project from years and years ago: my carved pumpkin!


  1. Thanks for sharing your experience. I'd like to add a tip. Sometimes these products still feel tacky when dry. A top coat of clear Elmer's glue will take care of that.

    1. Thanks Marjorello! Does the Elmer's work on all these products or just one in particular?
      Lori K

  2. Me alegro que se haya recuperado su problema de salud y esté de nuevo en el mundo de las miniaturas; muchas gracias por el experimento del agua. Feliz semana:-)

    1. Thank you Contrastes-Rosa M! I have one more procedure to go thru on the 21st but after that I am hoping to be done with medical issues for a long time!
      Lori K.

  3. Hi, Lori - I'm so sorry to hear about those ongoing health issues; I do hope you're well on the way to full recovery now. Your renewed interest in minis should be a good sign! Thanks for the great report on the various water products. I've only used "fake water" one time and it turned out okay, but I felt very unsure of what I was doing, exactly. So I appreciate your sharing your experience; I think I'll feel more confident next time.