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Best clay (or material) for replica bed?

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by shorefisherman, Dec 18, 2017.

  1. Ive tried a couple different types sand im not real happy with. Im thinking I want to try clay, but cant seem to find more than a pound or two per package and not sure which type would be soft and maleable enough to work with for a replica. Any advice?
  2. AFWS

    AFWS The lost Robertson


  3. Sotired

    Sotired Active Member

    I'm just curious if you have tried this new stuff? I have heard it isn't as good as the original, folks have talked about a lot of substitutes. What is your opinion?

  4. I will give that a try, thanks. Any other suggestions?
  5. What size fish are you molding? I use different materials for small fish vs large vs very large.
  6. Typically 10"-30" fish. Panfish, suckers, ling, bowfin, walleye
  7. Sotired

    Sotired Active Member

    Trout for me. I once used sand, but it always was a pain, buggering up the mold! When I tried High Fiber it was great, but I've been reading the complaints about the replacement being not nearly as good!

  8. I do a lot of molding so sand works best (cost effective)for me.
    If you’re getting sand in your mold you’re doing it wrong. Wet and pack the sand first as you would hi fiber. Then use a thin layer of plaster for the mold shelf and keyways (see pic)

    30” speckled trout.

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  9. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    I've noticed when landscapers blow seed a lawn the stuff they use looks like a soft clay....however I saw a bag of the stuff they use and it was dry, ground-up paper. It's just mixed with water and they add grass seed to it. Seems to me that it would also work well as a bedding for molding a fish, and you could adjust the water to end up with a suitable mixture for your application.Same as we did with High Fiber.
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  10. JE

    JE Well-Known Member

    I use soft sand mixed with china clay powder, it does go hard once used but is easily broken up again. I mix with a paddle in a drill with water just like mixing plaster, you get a nice smooth mold.
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