I was once asked by Ascension if I am going to fill the jars in with some liquid too. Well, the truth is, in my country it is really hard to get many things one can make minis from, so naturally I couldn't find any liquid fimo or scenic water here. But looking through the hobbycraft's websites I found a shop in my city with all the things one needs to build electric mini railways and trains together with all the views around. That's how I found something called Still Water. It is used by minitrain's lovers to make small ponds, waterfalls and rivers. They wrote on the bottle, the liquid should extend and level by itself and dry to hard non sticky crystal finish within 24 hours. I thought I will give it a try.
First I put some of orchid's dry offshoots to the jar and filled 2/3 of it with the liquid in.
48 hours later it still didn't dry. I left it for some more time thinking that there maybe some chemical reaction between the liqiud and natural offshoots.
But in the meantime I tried once more, this time with the jar fully filled with the black pepper seeds. I poured the liquid in and 12 hours later I was surprised because it dried completely! So I knew I must put more of offshoots to the first jar. I did. The liquid dried soon!
Next I tried it with the tadpoles I made of airdrying clay. I was a bit affraid if they could melt in this liquid. Still I put them to the jar, filled the jar just a little bit above the tadpoles with Still Water in and waited. And waited. I saw the tail of the tadpole on the top is broken but the liquid finally started to dry. After two days it dried!
But a few days later I saw this in the jar!
A whirlpool! Lol! I put the jar up side down and thought the liquid would level itself. But it didn't. So I put the jar back as it should be. Luckily nothing more is going on with the tadpoles and the liquid so far.
The conclusion: Still Water is a good liquid for flat, shallow and even areas. It wrappes aroud things instead of fullfilling the dish.
I will give it a try with really small bottles and see if it will be drying better and faster there.