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how to make mud?

Discussion in 'Habitat and Exhibit' started by wigeon whacker, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. I was wondering how to make a wet looking mud that would be sitting on the wood base. i have masters blend with say you can mix it with dirt or something, but i lost the directions. so any help would be appreciated!
    thanks
     
  2. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    ww, we just covered this last week I think.

    I make mine by mixing black, brown, or yellow paint into my 2 part foam. It keeps the foam from expanding so high and it leaves a thin, flat, flexible (for about 8 hours) foam coating that's shiny like fresh mud.
     

  3. jasonb

    jasonb I think I'll keep her

    Hey George have you ever tryed to dirt in it to give a chunky look?
     
  4. RDA

    RDA Active Member

    I made some mud the other night....... ;D ;D ;D
     
  5. jasonb

    jasonb I think I'll keep her

    I made some this moning but it turned out like chit.LMAO
     
  6. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    When I'm using dirt in the mix, I wait until it starts to expand and then sprinkle it over the foam instead of mixing it IN the foam. Gives it a dry look and works great for woodland cover in dioramas.
     
  7. Matt

    Matt Active Member

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    Another good way to making very realistic mud is using sifted dirt and envirotex.
     
  8. george what type of paint and how much?
    do you just pour it in while mixing B and A, then shape it to make it look like mud???
    also what brand foam?
    thanks
     
  9. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I use McKenzie foam and mix about 10 percent by volume of lacquer paint.
     
  10. DON'T USE LATEX OR WATER BASE PAINTS
    BECAUSE YOU WON'T BE ABLE MIX IT FAST ENOUGH TO GET IT OUT OF THE CONTAINER

    Big Time Reaction
     
  11. bill@hogheaven

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    Excellent point Wayne. Dont try to tint urethane casting resins with it either.
     
  12. Randy Miller

    Randy Miller Active Member

    you can mix dry tempura powders. mix with one side (A or B) first.
     
  13. yes you can
    it takes some of the expanding out 10 - 15 % less
     
  14. Judysan

    Judysan The Roadkill Queen

    What ever happened to white glue and dirt?
     
  15. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Nothing actually happened to them and they do work. Over the years, however, I'm looking for a better and a more realistic approach. The glue and water mix takes forever to cure and sometimes it becomes disbonded or cracks. With the foam approach, I know that it's going to be dry within a few hours at worst, but that the weight factor is going to be nil in the larger habitats.
     
  16. fiberglass resin/peat moss
     
  17. 2wbdft

    2wbdft Member

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    will this retard the cure time?
     
  18. Randy Miller

    Randy Miller Active Member

    yes. You could add more cat but risk heat and cracking.
     
  19. Frank Furr

    Frank Furr New Member

    How about hide paste and dirt, it gives a natural look. what do you think?