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QUOTE (Avionyx @ 6 Nov 2007, 01:19) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Right!

Well the glue has dried and its all sealed, to be honest its a lot more "solid" than I expected, now I'd like your opinions on this "real" sand, its as fine as I could buy and is is a special mix, ruddy expensive but, in my opinion, it looks rather good, lets see what you make of it:

Your opinions please!


Alex

***Alex,

Size: its much better than the fluffy look of the yellow grass but the grain size still looks absolutely huge to me...more like fine ballast than sand. Desert sand is mostly less than 1mm in real life - that's about 0.015mm in scale - I can't help but think that you need something the size of coarsely ground wholemeal flour or ground white pepper to represent sand - virtually a powder.

As to colour: The colour would probably be OK as a base but it'd benefit from a wash of a slightly earthy yellow tint over it - as is its very "speckled" and in scale, the colour variance would be much subtler.

Keep at it though... you are getting closer

Richard
 

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QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 6 Nov 2007, 13:27) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I can't help but think that you need something the size of coarsely ground wholemeal flour or ground white pepper to represent sand - virtually a powder.

Now there's a thought - look towards flavourings, but you would probably have to be able to seal the flavour in with some form of clear/matt sealant.

Getting closer & closer though.
 

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Flavourings eh? could be a goer I suppose.

Right, off to the supermarket tomorrow to see what I can see, I think that If I can't find anything suitable tomorrow, or if it doesn't come out right, I'm just going to have to stick with the sand as above, perhaps give it a going through in a mortar and pestle and wash it with a weak yellow paint mix, to see what happens there.

Thanks for all the responses so far guys, its really helped.

Alex
 

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QUOTE (Avionyx @ 7 Nov 2007, 02:57) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Flavourings eh? could be a goer I suppose.

Right, off to the supermarket tomorrow to see what I can see, I think that If I can't find anything suitable tomorrow, or if it doesn't come out right, I'm just going to have to stick with the sand as above, perhaps give it a going through in a mortar and pestle and wash it with a weak yellow paint mix, to see what happens there.

Thanks for all the responses so far guys, its really helped.

Alex
*** Hi Alex
if you really want to raid the kitchen cupboard I just dyed some finely cut sisal string fibres with a mixture or turmeric (a yellow curry type spice) and teabags to make a pale straw colour - just dumped it in warm water with a little of the spec and a couple of tea bags for a while.......worked a treat. It looked very yellow for a while but fades a little when its dry......

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