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Duplicating "marbles"

If you've ever seen race tires that come off a 1:1 car, they are covered with tiny balls of rubber called "marbles" and in some cases, sand. They are easy to duplicate.

To create marbles, mix a dab of rubber cement and a few drops of black paint. Use the built-in brush from the rubber cement bottle (or a wide artist's brush) and apply the cement liberally around the tire's surface. Remember to sand the tire beforehand so the cement will stick better. Let the rubber cement dry for 20 minutes, then pull your thumb around the thread. The rubber cement will lift and ball up to create scale marbles.

Since real sand is too large to be realistic, I pulverize brown-or golden-colored cereal (any brand) with a hammer. The resulting grit will have the right color and texture for duplicating sand, which can be brushed onto the tire.

- Carl Robl
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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