I've been researching how to do dioramas now for a couple years and am slightly perplexed as to how I can build one. I have Mr. Paine's book and it is very helpful, however I still have a bit of "gray area."
I've never had much for woodworking skills, and I don't intend on making anything nicer than my low expectations, so my question to you is this: could I use railroad modeller's 1"-2" foam sheet as a base? I realize it's pourous and what not, but I believe I've heard of people using it before. I figure I'd just paint the foam flat black and maybe add some sort of cheaper venire stripping to make it look decent. I'd put down a layer of plaster cloth before any type of Celluclay base is applied. Would this work? Or is it absolutely necessary to have some sort of wood base?
Thanks in advance,
I prefer a wood base. You really don't ahve to have any woodworking skills. Take a look at a craft store such as Michael's or Hobby Lobby, or even Wal-Mart. They carry precut display bases for a few bucks in many different sizes. All you have to do is stain and seal it. I don't know how strong the foam you are talking about is, it may or may not work. Another option is to find a picture frame in the size you want and cut a piece of plywood to the inner dimensions as a base as wll. That way, all you need to do is build up the groundwork and complete it. A good base is not relly that hard to make.
Gino P. Quintiliani
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