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December 22nd, 2009 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

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Mediums (materials) I can use to make a 3D model of a map?

I am making a 3D map of the Inkworld from Inkheart but I’m not quite sure how to make it. Should I use paper mache? Or popsicle sticks? What about for the landscape? Please help.
It IS for school by the way.

There are a zillion ways to make 3-D maps, so it would help to know what size you want to make, how realistic or complex you want it to be, what kinds of things would be on the maps and would there be “items” on the map too (like trees, grass, structures, etc.).

Papier mache or paper pulp or air-dry clays (homemade or purchased) might be the easiest cheapest ways.
Not quite sure what you have in mind by using popsicle sticks though.

Basically, you’d want to start with a stiff base that you can build the map and/or “landscape” on top of so that it can be easily transported without breaking apart, etc.
Then you’d build your 3-D map on the base (perhaps over “forms” like wadded newspaper held in shapes with tape perhaps, or scrunched aluminum foil, or objects like bowls, packing foam, etc.). You could start with strips of papier mache (or quicker, use those blue “shop towels” on a roll sold in automotive depts and now even in groceries next to regular paper towels… they’re quite soft so drape well after saturating with the glue-water solution).

Once that’s dry, you can just paint it or you can get a smoother map or even add things with air dry clays. “Celluclay” would be the least smooth purchased air-dry clay, but you could quickly build up areas without spending much, or just make paper pulp at home yourself for a similar effect. For the smoothest air-dry clays and/or details and “items,” make salt dough clay or bread clay at home, or purchase Creative Paperclay, etc:

http://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+make+salt+dough

http://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+make+bread+clay

Let dry, then paint if you want, and/or glue on more objects or even sprinkles of grass or herbs/spices/sand/etc. over a wet coating of white glue.

HTH,

Diane B.

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