Help Brandon make a water fountain

From the MAKE mailroom:

I am working on a project but I’m missing some critical know-how on building models and I was wondering if you would be so kind as to impart some skills.

The project is a water fountain. So far, I’ve come up with a couple of ideas on how to construct it, but there may be a better way. I was thinking of using a plaster mold by constructing the basic structure with Styrofoam and then using mesh wire to cover the surface. After that, I’d apply some plaster and end up with a hollow mold of the structure. Then I need to apply some sort of waterproofing solution. Then some miniatures (trees and such) and a water pump at the base.

Any Ideas you may have would be greatly appreciated.

Avid reader – Brandon

Anybody have any experience with this sort of modeling and water features want to chime in?


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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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