....like I was going to sculpt each individual leaf out of Duro :D
Let the truth be known that I was messing around with the Fimo Deco Gel again and this time with more resounding results. Plus, it took longer for me to write this post than to make the ivy shrub. (yup, I'm a very slow writer)
Man this polymer clay is HOT I tells yeah! Think of not only how quick it cures under a heat gun but also the $ saved in the future on photo-etched vegetation too!!!!). It seems that in my case stinginess is indeed the mother of invention. Now where did I put the stack of photo-etched leaves from Scale-Link I bought back in Euro 2003..... ;)
The gel is painted over the photo-etched leaves. Surface tension of the gel helps to contain the shape of the leaves.
The gel is baked with a heat gun to cure to a rubbery hard finish. It's then peeled off from the photo-etched fret with a scalpel blade.
The leaves are attached to a dried weed root with super glue and a light blast from the heat gun helps to curl the corners of the cured polymer gel. And now it's ready to paint!