Help with fake snow.

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by _Lee_, May 31, 2006.

  1. _Lee_

    _Lee_ Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Im looking to start a project using a Luke ESB saber .Im hoping to have some sort of snow display where the saber is stuck in the snow as in the Wampa scene,and id like it to look as realistic as possible.For some reason this is the one scene that really stands out in my mind when i first saw TESB as a young lad and i thought it would not only to fun to create,but also look the part as a permanent display.

    Just wanted to see if any of you guys have any ideas as to what would be the best way to replicate snow.I have seen a few examples but as it would be a permanent display i would like it to look really good and realistic.

    Thanks for any help in advance.

  2. Qui-Gonzalez

    Qui-Gonzalez Master Member

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    I would say baking soda, but that might look like hardpack.
  3. Bryancd

    Bryancd Master Member

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  4. captjustc

    captjustc Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  5. DL 44 Blaster

    DL 44 Blaster Sr Member

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    I've used the liquid snow found in AC Moore that comes in a small jar. I used it while making my "Christmas train" look more "Christmasy". The stuff goes on like paint with a granular texture. It looks VERY real. You might have to put the saber through a box and add some top layer such as paper mache then go over it with your snow of choice.

    I'm just thinking out loud with that last sentence of suggested display :D

    BTW it sounds like a neat display.

  6. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  7. Mike J.

    Mike J. Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I know they used shaved wax for the last James Bond (the ice hotel set).

  8. eltee

    eltee Sr Member

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    Ivory Snow laundry detergent is an old, reliable snow that has been used for decades. Cheap, and when you're done put it back in the box(es) and use it.
  9. HAL9000

    HAL9000 Sr Member

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    For 'The Shining' they used maserated polystyrene that
    was stored in drums of salty water to give it weight when

    you could try sanding some polystyrene. I'd recommend the
    high density stuff.
  10. dropshipbob

    dropshipbob Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(HAL9000 @ Jun 1 2006, 05:49 AM) [snapback]1254069[/snapback]</div>
    Good lord, that doesn't sound healthy. Hope they didn't breath any of that in.
  11. PodRacer X

    PodRacer X Active Member

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    You could try white polystyrene. They sell blocks of it at hobby shops and it's easy to carve.
  12. amfx74

    amfx74 Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    What scale is it, Micro Ballons (tiny glass spheres from 3M) work well for small scale and don't degrade.
  13. cyberpred

    cyberpred Well-Known Member

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    Do not forget to write your name in the snow.:lol:lol:facepalm

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  15. Pro Mod

    Pro Mod Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Every type of artificial snow and ice imaginable is available from Snow Business in Gloucestershire - Snow Business
    They're used by film, TV and display industries around the world.
    They sell it in small bags right up to quantities to cover the Band of Brother or Bond sets!
    I've always found them easy to deal with.
  16. Rymo

    Rymo Well-Known Member

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    You might try mixing some shredded polystyrene with clear or white wax. The wax might give it a more icy look, while the polystyrene would give it some substance.
  17. EyeofSauron

    EyeofSauron Master Member

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    a thing i learned years ago, what is used for theater productions and stuff is diapers

    cut them open, pour out the white powder inside, after you got a decent amount from the diapers, put it in a bowl of water.
    it increases 100% in size, is cold and wet.
    perfect fake snow (just try to not get the dried particles in your eyes. its super absorbant, imagine what would happen in your eye ;) )
  18. Panaflex

    Panaflex Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Real Fake Snow | Welcome

    You can try this stuff. We used something call real fake snow on a tv show years ago and it worked great.
  19. poormansjb

    poormansjb Well-Known Member

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    I put together a shadowbox with a mix of props, including a locket in a small patch of "snow." I just used commercial Christmas display snow which is essentially shredded 2mil translucent plastic. Held it in place with some Future clear acrylic floor "wax."

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