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Posted by LEWIMATIONS, on 2006-04-13 10:24:12

Realistic Looking Dust?

Hi!! I'm working on a project at the moment that needs a big stack of old books, now I've made the books and they look really good! I used Nick Hilligoss' method of using balsa wood and cutting lines to look like pages and then printing off covers in adobe photoshop, any hoooooo... i need some realistic looking dust to make them look really sort of old and worn... and suggestions? Thanks!!

Posted by Sasquatch, on 2006-04-13 11:07:01

DUST? Well dust is always good. Just set them in an attic or next to a heat register for a week or so.

Posted by LEWIMATIONS, on 2006-04-13 11:37:55

Hi! yes i could do that although how would i get it to stick and not come of when i breath on the set or what ever? is there any sort of spray that you can buy? good idea though!!

Posted by Sasquatch, on 2006-04-13 11:52:09

take some Pam or other cooking oil and lightly spray it first. Wipe off excess tho' You don't want a totally gunky mess. Good Luck!

Posted by Sasquatch, on 2006-04-13 21:27:09

Hope it works for ya, I was just thinking that it probably would as I've had experience in furniture restoration and have accidently gotten dust on a peice that I just put a stain on and that dust really sticks good! So come to think of it you'll probably need to get some dust on the books before the oil drys. If you take some ordinary dust, and then blow it towards the books it should work.

Posted by LEWIMATIONS, on 2006-04-13 14:32:32

cool! thanks!!

Posted by Scarda, on 2006-04-17 19:36:34

just to put in my two cents worth... what about the lint you pull out of your dryer? i noticed the other day that it is very fine and "dusty". maybe shake it over your set and... well, maybe!:D (achoooo)

Posted by LEWIMATIONS, on 2006-04-18 15:54:48

Hi! sounds like it might be an option... what sort of dryer are you talking about?!

Posted by Scarda, on 2006-04-18 17:19:06

sorry about the vague description... i was talking about a clothes dryer. the lint catcher is always full! never tried it but thought if i ever needed a dust effect i would try it. if you do, let me know! good luck. also, let us know what you end up using for that effect!

Posted by LEWIMATIONS, on 2006-04-19 02:37:27

Hi!!! unfortunatly i haven't got a clothes drier :( ... is it a bit like the fluffy/dusty stuff you get caught at the back of the hair dryer? if it is it's probly a bit to fluffy... some really good sugestions though!