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Discussion in 'Step by Step' started by Airbrush Dreams, Jan 30, 2018.


  1. Jimmyfingerz

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    Thanks bud
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    Yep as Fed say's I used PVA glue at a ratio of 2 parts clay to 1 part glue.

    Here is a link to the glue I purchased from Hobby Craft
    https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/craft-pva-glue-300ml/590877-1000

    The clay I got from Ebay
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Kaolin-W...var=422818928152&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

    The white pigment from ebay..
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100g-Pig...hash=item41dba145e3:m:m1t5JH4TS0J5Mrocg3tb03g

    I just coat 3mm hardboard from B&Q, the stuff with a white coating so as to stop the board absorbing the clay mix.

    Have fun :)
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    Top man thank you :cool:
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    Would you use just a clear coat varnish to seal the birchplywood i’ve purchased already before applying the claymix?
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    Wouldn't bother :) the first coat of clay will seal the birchwood :)

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    Ok thank you, can’t wait for the weekend now as long as the snow doesn’t prevent delivery lol
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    It will probably take a couple of goes before you get the hang of mixing the clay, don't paint it on too thick otherwise the force drying will cause the mix 'crack' like the bottom of a dried up desert river :)

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    I have watched @Airbrush Dreams video a few times now so will play it while I have my first go and follow it step for step.
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    Well Ampersand have lost out on me as a customer because of you two so job well done, in all fairness for the price i’ve paid out for the stuff I bought I could probably hve bought two of the 11*14 inch ampersand boards so fingers crossed i have taken in what you have taught me :cool:
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    Thanks for the vid Fred and Steve for the original recipe, is the an optimum amount of coats??

    Lee
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    5-6 I think if i’m Remembering right. I’m doing my first piece tomorrow so work is going to be loooooooooonnnngggggg lol
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    I have a spray gun with a 2.0 setup, I might try spraying it on. It looks thin enough. Will probably need a few more coats though.

    Lee
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    Let me know how you get on with spraying please, i’m going to stick to Freds technique step by step just to play it safe for now.
    I’ve got to finish my current project then i’ve got a reference pic I wanna try on my home made stuff.
    I love this forum, such a wealth of knowledge to feed off
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    I gotta get the stuff first, its all queued up in my ebay basket, just waiting for payday before I can press the checkout button, which should be about Wednesday next week.

    Lee
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    Well good luck with your attempt.
    I bought some of the pva craft glue from hobbycraft last night, £5 for a big bottle of it and they had loads.
    This is the link for the wood i bought

    AUPROTEC 10x A4 Plywood Sheets 4mm Birch (210 mm x 297 mm) FSC & PEFC certified first class birchwood solid ply wood hardwood panels for arts and crafts fretsaw woodworking jigs painting drawing board https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06Y4B78BP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_mnqMAbK8TCV27

    Hope that might help you too :D
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    Ok first board is in process, i’ve noticed wood warping.
    Could I ask potential problems and cures?
    Thinking maybe once its finished laying it on a flat service with the clay side protected and put a weight on top to flaten back out?
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    Here’s two pics of my first attempt, you can still slightly see the wood grain in patches here and there through the clay mix so not sure I had it layered enough.I went for 6 coats which when dried you couldn’t see the wood grain until I sanded the brush strokes out.
    So i’m thinking I either didn’t have it layered thick enough or maybe sanded a little too hard which is two things I will adjust with my next board.
    I did get the surface smooth as glass which i’m `happy with though, i’m a mechanical/electrical engineer by trade so woodwork is not my strong point lol it didn’t involve hitting it with hammers or phoning a more intelligent sparky than me so..........
    Anyway I enjoyed having a go, not sure why the wood warped, maybe try some thicker ply next time or mdf.
    I just need to finish my current painting and then i’m going to have a go on my own surface and see how it goes, i’ve picked a nice eye i’m going to have a go at before I do Mitch’s eye course on store bought so I can gauge any difference in usage of both.

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    The wood warping could be down to it absorbing the moisture and it not drying out enough in between coats? I am no expert so others may have a different answer. MDF is more resistant to warping.

    Lee
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