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Anyone have a source for 28 mm scale shellfish, starfish, or such? I'm working on a tidal pool base and terrified I'll have to sculpt itty bitty sea urchins myself.

 

yes, I'm crazy.

 

yes, I know I haven't finished my 2nd mini yet.

 

This is for mini number... 6 or 9 depending on how RL goes.

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You, ma'am, are a masochist.

 

Nothing wrong with that, you're in good company.

 

I'm just saying...

 

^_^;;

 

Have you been talking to my husband? You have, haven't you. He swore he destroyed those negatives...

 

No, seriously, compared to trying to learn to make glass flowers inside glass beads, this is a pleasure. I've yet to set my hair on fire working with minis!

 

there was an article on the resin pour for the pirate king/queen which described using superglue to do corals, which is not quite the same thing, but may be helpful.

http://www.reapermini.com/TheCraft/49

Thanks! I'll give those a try after I finish building my pool.

 

How to articles are ALWAYS appreciated. I thought I'd ask about buying bits first, because, you know, shipping times.

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Reaper makes two familiar packs with sea creatures.

I'm actually worried the familiars might be too big, otherwise I'd consider the stingray or the crab. When I get home I'll post a picture of what I'm trying to do.

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Actually, what you want from some of those are the bases, rather than the models themselves. Check out the areas underneath the Hatchfish and Angler from FP7. Snip the fish off, do a tiny bit of modelling to cover up the surgery, and paint away.

 

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Actually, what you want from some of those are the bases, rather than the models themselves. Check out the areas underneath the Hatchfish and Angler from FP7. Snip the fish off, do a tiny bit of modelling to cover up the surgery, and paint away.

 

~v

 

Very clever!

 

This person sells silicone molds to make tiny seashells:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/102383299/tiny-shell-mold-mould-resin-clay-fondant

 

Here's another one, with starfish included:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/100672672/non-flexible-tiny-dollhouse-shells?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=dollhouse+shell+clay+mold&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=dollhouse+shell+clay+mold

 

They're still kind of big, though.

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Ok... here's what I'm working on.

 

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She's the Nymph from LTPK 4. And, alas, I can't just leave well enough alone.

 

I put her on a round 30 mm base that I cut out at the slot. Whenever I have a spare bit of green stuff I add a stone around the base. The bottom is cut from a blister pack.

 

Unfortunately, this means it is very, very shallow. I am starting to think I will have to tear the bottom off and build the piece up more, or start from scratch to fit anything in there at all. I'm probably going to have to try and paint sand texture instead of using actual sand otherwise. It's that shallow.

 

That's why I'm looking for flat things like starfish or a shell. Maybe a itty bitty sea urchin.

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Have you tried to use a sculpting tool and just mold the starfish strait into the green stuff on the bottom of the pool, kind of like a stamped in relief? The sea urchin may be a bit more tedious if it's the kind with spines. I once toyed around with the idea of using a small bit of green stuff with static grass sticking out for the scale spines,

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So maybe it's because I live where there are a lot of beaches and touristy shops about 30 minutes away, but the first thing I thought of was why not see if you can just buy tiny starfish online? Not sure what size you'd need to make the tidal pool, but a couple of quick searches netted some pretty small ones here:

 

http://www.seashellco.com/mini-starfish-c-312_327.html

 

Like I said, random search, so I have no experience with the company, but it was pretty easy to find, so there's probably more if that won't do.

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