Volcano Bay Model [Part 1]

Universal’s Volcano Bay opened up this past summer at Universal Orlando and the park is beautiful. Who doesn’t want their own light up volcano, right?!? I for sure do!

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I started with some rough sketches for reference when sculpting. I sculpted floral foam that is typically used for plastic flowers.

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The mountain is made of eight stacked layers of foam. I sculpted some columnar basalt rock formations that is created by volcanic activity.

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Chiseling away foam using a flat edge X-Acto blade for the sculpting is very helpful- a great suggestion from our friend Mitch at Imagineering Disney.

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You can see some of the subtle and not so subtle tikis that are sculpted in the foam.

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After the sculpting, I spray painted each layer of foam.

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Time to start detailing. This nifty Lazy Susan was very helpful.

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The staircases and bridges are made from a cut up Ikea placemat!

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Using two tones of green in the shrubbery brings contrast and ‘pop’ to the vegetation.

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Paper strips and straight pins help mock up where the waterfalls will reside.

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A peek inside my lovely home office, I’m very grateful to have this workspace.

In the next part, I’ll share how to thread fiber optics, create waterfalls and more.

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