The basis of my teaching practise is materials awareness. For this reason I have started building this page tree which groups information on the properties and uses of various materials first of all according to the general applications – constructing, shaping, modelling, surfacing and painting and then collected information for individual materials within each. Some articles will be copied from the main body of the blog, others may just be put here.

15 thoughts on “Materials

  1. I am beginning a large dollhouse project and anticipate finding useful information from your posts. Thank you for sharing your expertise.

    • Hi Robert – I’m starting a dollhouse project too in 1:12 scale. David is so generous with sharing his knowledge and expertise. You have come to the right place.

  2. Hey David, kann man bei dir Material bestellen und würdest du diese auch in die Schweiz liefern? Oder belieferst du irgendwelche Geschäfte in der Schweiz? Wenn ja, welche?
    Wenn nicht, wo ist dein Geschäft, bitte Adresse?
    Gibt es auch eine Katalog zum Bestellen?
    Ich würde mich sehr über eine Antwort freuen
    Vielen Dank fürs Antworten
    Freundlichen Gruss

  3. Hi David. You have put together a very informative site. Thanks. I work regularly in High Density EPS and polymer plasters on a variety of scales. I wondered wether you might be interested in my recent exploration with polyurea for coating EPS. I fist employed it on an enlargement of a maquette made in EPS and Jesmonite. The enlargement was also carved in EPS and I had it coated with hot sprayed Polyurea (which employs expensive equipment beyond most hobbyists or even serious sculptors). The result however was fantastic and provided me with a 2.5 metre high, waterproof, strong form that I was able to work on with sanding tools and add more coating materials for tooling as necessary (body-filler or Jesmonite). Since then I have been using Styrospray 1000(a cold polyurea that can be brushed, rolled or sprayed) to coat EPS maquettes to very good effect. It produces strong, light weight models that are strong enough to be used as one offs or to enable moulds to be made. The polyurea takes acrylic for colouring and patination very well. I think you should check it out.

  4. Hi David, I was wondering if perhaps you had a post on sanding methods planned for the future, I would be interested in reading about Mat board and various other materials personally.. 😀 Thanks for the great blog!

    • Hello,

      I will be dealing with sanding tools .. and therefore sanding methods .. when I continue with the series on ‘Tools’ but I don’t know when this will be. I’m not familiar with ‘Mat board’ .. where are you writing from?

      • Australia but it is called the same thing in America.. The cottony based board they use in photo frames might be a better way to describe what I mean 🙂

    • I know this post is from years ago…but I have only just found this site…

      I could be wrong but I think the material Ninox was referring too is commonly called grayboard in the uk, It comes in many sizes all the way up to A0 and is mostly made from recycled sources which is why it tends to by fibbery/pulpy…but best of all cheap!

    • I can tell you where, with price comparisons even! .. you’ll find all that in the ‘Materials’ section in ‘Updated sources/prices for specific materials’

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