Tutorial 1: How to make a Swimming Pool for Cu-Poche

The title leaves something to be desired when it comes to creativity, however, I think it is fairly clear as to this post’s purpose. Today I will show you how to make a swimming pool for your Cu-Poche figures, or any other toy that is of a similar size.

In order to ensure a successful project you want to make certain that you have all of the key components handy. So if you don’t happen to have the following items available a stop off at your local dollar store will likely be able to provide the missing pieces, if they don’t have what you’re looking for I’m certain that your local Walmart will – it is after all a “one-stop-shop”.

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Once you have gathered these items the real work will begin.

Time Required: Approx. 10 minutes

Step 1: 3 Foam Sticks

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I suppose it is entirely up to you how many foam sticks you choose to use, the pool that I was looking to construct was a kiddie pool so three foam sticks were sufficient. I chose Red, Yellow and Green colors to emulate a popular coloration for children’s pools.

Step 2: Pin It to Win It

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Next select the order you want your colors to go. Then pin them together. I have suggested using 9 pins that are 1.5″ in length. As you can see they fit fairly well, and there are enough to keep the foam pieces together.

Note that as you are poking these pins into foam when you remove them there will not be any visible damage to the foam – it is a very forgiving material.

You may want to use fewer pins, but I would suggest having the entire length pinned, as you will not be able to hold them together well when you move onto the next step.

Step 3: Hot Glue in the City

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You will want to make certain that your glue gun has had time to warm up of course so you don’t have to fuss too much.

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When gluing keep the metal nib of the glue gun away from the foam. It will melt the foam if it touches it for too long. Here is where having the foam pinned is handy you don’t have to fuss too much to keep them together.

Note: It does not hurt to hold the foam together slightly to make certain they there are no visible gaps from the other side.

Step 4: Two Rows of Glue and a Minute or Two

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You will have at this point run two rows of glue down along the cracks between each of the foam sticks, as shown above. Leave the pins in while you let the glue set for a minute or two.

Step 5: Snip It, Snip It Good

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Obviously if you are purchasing dollar store foam sticks, they may be somewhat sub-par not like those expensive foam sticks that exist in some high end crafting stores. No big deal, you want to be able to toss the pool once you’re done with it no doubt. So evaluate the ends of your noodles, and gauge if they need to be cut to be even.

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If so take those scissors that are in your equipment list and give the ends a quick snip to even them out and then remove the pins.

Step 6: Glue It Baby One More Time

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Now fold the ends together – glue to the inside – and while holding the foam together lay down a dollop of glue. You can see it is not the most beautiful thing. That’s why for your shoot you will likely not want this portion to be directly in your shot.

Or… you could take more care so there is less of a blob on the edge.

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Give it a moment to set and then glue a little on the outer edge to keep the pool together.

Step 7: Dry Dry Away

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It will take a couple of minutes for the glue to dry and be sturdy, but that’s it in a nutshell. Once it’s dry you’d have to work at ripping the pool apart.

You could add things like a bottom to the pool, but it isn’t necessary depending on how you’re taking the shot.

You will see the pool in “action” this weekend when I post Photoshoot #2 Belle and Booze.