Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Water, water

Another weekend, another miniatures show.

This time I learned how to make water. One of the crafters was selling her 5-inch fish ponds. She was kind enough to explain how she got her water to look so real. I ended up with a neat kit containing resin and hardener and instructions on the proper combination.

The crafter constructed her pool by filling a marbled container with about half the resin mixture, layering in a variety of tiny, colorful fish, then adding the rest of the mixture.

I'm going to use my first batch of water to fill a miniature bathtub scene I'm working on. My plan is to fill the tub up to about three quarters, then place a body, face down, and then fill the rest of the tub. It will be tricky to make the body seem to float. I'll have to review Archimedes Principle of Buoyancy. I'll also need to add a trace of blood somehow. Or, maybe I'll drop a mini hairdryer in before the resin sets.

When I tell my friends my plans for the tub full of water, I hear groans and cries of horror.

Sorry, but I am a Killer Hobbyist, am I not?

Do you find yourself twisting things like this? Morphing them easily from an idyllic little fish pond into a crime scene?


Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Oh, Camille, that is toooo delicious. Yes, I've been known to scare perfectly normal people by wondering, "Hmmm. I wonder where I'd hide a body here."

But it sure keeps my husband in line!

Linda O. Johnston said...

What a wonderfully diabolical use for pseudo-water, Camille. And yes, I, too, am always listening to stories or looking at my surroundings, sure that I can maneuver nearly anything into a scene or a new novel... the more mysterious the better. I get odd reactions at times when I mention that, although my husband just grins these days, Joanna!

Monica Ferris said...

I, too, have startled people by admitting that when I go into a new place my first thought is, "Where would I hide the body?" And when I join a new group, one thing I think about is, "Where are the pressure or friction points?" (looking for a motive, of course). It's the sign of a professional, always looking for ideas or directions to take a story. But it can be a bit of a shock to take an idea for suspending darling little tropical fish in a pond and using it to suspend a body. The mini hair drier is a perfect touch!

Camille Minichino said...

I'm glad I'm not alone!

Once in a while my husband asks why I don't write romance novels.

Terri Thayer said...

I scared myself when, fetching wood at Asilomar, that I noticed the covered wood bin would easily hold a body.

This is why you must chose your lunch companions very carefully.

Linda O. Johnston said...

I do write romance novels, too, but there's always suspense in them, sometimes a corpse--and often a werewolf or two!

Camille Minichino said...

My kind of romance, Linda! :=)))

itsxjenny said...

Groaning and crying of horror is exactly what I'm doing at the moment.

Btw, a minichino at Gloria Jean's is some sort of milky beverage that comes in three flavours- strawberry, caramel or vanilla. I have no idea what it's called a 'minichino', I had thought it to be a mini-cappuccino when I initially saw it, but it tasted nothing like coffee when I tried it. Oh, and there's also something called a 'babycino' too x)

Anonymous said...


Will you post a photo when it's done? :)

Camille Minichino said...

You know I will post a bathtub photo!

Anonymous said...

At least the body is whole, unlike some punch bowls....xoxoxo

Gramma said...

Camille! Definately the hairdryer! I've done "dirty dishes" in the sink, water in the bathtub, and yellow water in the bathtub! (gee, I wonder how that happened!?)
I never thought of the hairdryer, but then no one has ever been murdered in one of my houses, yet!