Milo Valley Farm - abandoned bathtub, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the abandoned bathtub.  The initial algae process turned out well.

Then it was time for the ring around the tub.  :D  I made another green paint wash and poured some into the tub.  I then took a smaller brush and kept making rounds, dropping liquid down the sides.

They were such light layers of watered down paint that they dried quickly, allowing me to build up layers of rings.  I then let it dry completely after this step.

It was too light and too matte when dry, so I did a third round with darker green and satin varnish mixed in.  Here it is wet.

I cut away the necessary material to sink the tub into the ground.  You can see why I didn't bother with the legs.

This will allow for the slight angle I built into the sludge and the doors (swinging or rolling) will clear it easily.  I already love it just buried in foam!

I added the final aging on the exterior using random paint washes and dry brushing.

Though the faucets are long gone, I added the overflow cover plate made from a pen cap.  I had done this before for the Heritage tub, and it worked well.

I painted it silver and then aged it with washes before gluing it in place.  I also drilled out the drain hole and painted the subsequent bare plastic.  I added gloss painted details to the interior using Triple Thick Gloss Glaze, like there's always some moisture in there.  With all the rust and grime, you can't even tell there was a drilling misfire.  :]

It looks like heavy cast iron, no?

Yes, this tiny frog feels right at home.  I've named him Herbert.  :D  He was made by Amanda Skinner.

Now it will sit until I get to the final landscaping.  :D

10 comments

Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
That looks amazing! Such a clever detail using the pen cap. I can see now I'm going to be looking at our office recycle box from a whole new perspective.
04/26/15 @ 08:25
Comment from: Abbe PB [Visitor]
You always think of so many details. The overflow trap, the frog...very nice! I can't wait to see how it fits into the landscaping.
04/26/15 @ 10:01
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Wow! That's even better than I imagined when you told me your plan...and you're right, the frog is perfect!
04/26/15 @ 10:04
Comment from: The Grandmommy [Visitor]
Very Yucky! Just like it is supposed to be! LOL I really like the idea of it being outside. Where else would a yucky tub be? :-)
04/26/15 @ 21:05
Comment from: Mini Confessions [Visitor]
Brilliant idea...making the overflow cover plate from a pen cap. And the frog (Herbert) is a cute addition!
04/26/15 @ 23:31
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]
Herbert looks right at home. Love this.
04/27/15 @ 06:53
Comment from: Bill [Visitor]
One of the things that I really like about your projects is that, instead of looking less realistic close up, they actually look even better! For example, I hope that your readers zoom in on the 7th and 10th photos to see what real weathered enameled cast iron looks like. It is easier to see this as an actual bathtub being held by a giant hand than as a miniature. Oh, and there is no paint on your fingers, which is also very impressive!
04/27/15 @ 16:29
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]
Love the tub Brae! I am always Impressed with your attention to details and the tiny frog is the Perfect Finishing Touch! I can't wait to see how you landscape around it! :D
04/28/15 @ 21:10
Comment from: mara [Visitor]
I love the result. It is very realistic. Thanks four the tips, your work is always amazing. Hugs
04/30/15 @ 01:58
Comment from: Blake [Visitor]
Such a great idea! I've seen abandoned tubs in movies before and I love the way it looks, but I hadn't thought about making it into miniature!
05/20/15 @ 18:58


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