How do i make fake water?

working on a model train set, need to know how to make realistic fake water for a lake,
what could give it a water like shine and such… or any basic ideas of how to do that kind of thing ?

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  1. take tin foil and scrunch it up but dont rip it. kinda make it bumpy. then take plastic and melt it or take sugar and melt it. then take blue food coloring and put a little bit (a tiny drop) in the sugar or plastic (sugar works better). now take the tinfoil and make the edges come up so when u put the sugar it wont all ooze out. (u can shape the tinfoil in whatever shape u want) then pour the sugar into the tinfoil. let it cool down.
    the tinfoil will give it a kind of wave effect and it will look like water.

    Comment by ღLost in your eyesღ — December 17, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

  2. use clear plastic and paint it to make it look like water

    Comment by Adidas — December 17, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

  3. fill it full of clear glue… that should work… let it dry for about two days thought…

    Comment by Auron P — December 17, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

  4. i know of a place that stocks "water effects" its $40 AUD from a place called gamesworshop
    maybe other craft stores stock stuff like it

    Comment by jaba_da_hatt — December 17, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

  5. You can do a lake with latex paint and "gloss medium" available at ANY art or hobby store.

    I’ve done several rivers, lakes, and ponds using a product from "Woodland Scenics" ( ) called "Realistic Water". I dig or cut the water feature out of the terrain, seal it with hydrocal (light weight plaster), then paint the base colors in latex and add sand, stones, and reeds. You then pour in this material, and it takes about 24 hours to dry.

    I would NOT use White-Glue !! It will dry cloudy and will SHRINK as it dries

    Comment by mariner31 — December 17, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

  6. Use Glad Wrap and strap it on. (The Clear ones).

    Comment by Paiie L — December 17, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

  7. Yeah, Gladwrap.

    Get blue and green and twist, crumple and mush them together. Straighten it out and it looks JUST like water.

    Comment by Bonsylar — December 17, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

  8. Paint a base coat (use water based craft paint) of the water color, paint ripples(slightly darker) for second coat near shorelines and then get white paint to paint waves or water foam (use a tiny sponge cut to shape to give it that bubbly look), Blow dry each coat with a blow dryer (on cool setting 8-10inches away) then apply high gloss water based clear coat (often found with other craft paints) and apply 2 coats. This will give it the wet look. Professionals use clear acrylic resin (like the ones used to put on burl tables). That is a costly choice. Can be found in crafts store or woodworking stores.
    Good luck on your project.

    Comment by marshmallowinferno — December 17, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

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