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Pouring Bird bodies

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by El Pato Loco, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. El Pato Loco

    El Pato Loco New Member

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    I started making my own heads a few years ago.
    Anyone have any information on how to get started making my own foam bodies?
    I make all my own goose decoy stuffers and buying the foam bodies is getting too expensive. My cheap source has dried up. Id like to learn how to make a mould and pour my own.
     
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Trace the next one you skin and carve a body and then make a mold of it or make a mold of the next one you skin and you are off.
     
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  3. El Pato Loco

    El Pato Loco New Member

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    What do guys make molds out of?
    Wherere to get and what kind of polyurethane to use for the bodies?

    I use silicone or RTV to make molds for my heads and Smooth Cast 300 for my heads.

    Not sure about supplies for these bodies. I can carve a body out of foam....not sure how to make a mold and cast it with polyurethane
     
  4. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    There is a ton in information and photos in Breakthrough magazines on making bodies. Be prepared to have both a time and money investment in them.
     
  5. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Bondo for a mold and 2 part foam for pouting a form
     
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  6. El Pato Loco

    El Pato Loco New Member

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    I have to use something other than Bondo/Fiberglass resin. I am highly allergic to it. I can get a nose full and I'll break out in hives.
     
  7. El Pato Loco

    El Pato Loco New Member

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    I understand. I have a 16 foot box trailer full of stuffer decoys. Full. They have to be replaced quite often from normal wear and tear. I also mount a bit of waterfowl as a side job. Have had the permit for a few years. I will subscribe to that publication....I'm long overdue. Was just looking to hopefully get some sage advise on this process. Hopefully there is a viable alternative to the bondo/glass and someone will chime in.
     
  8. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    You can use smooth cast as an alternative to Bondo . A flanged mold is better for foam, due to the pressure from expansion.

    You can also buy foam, pour it in anything and then cut it up and carve your own.

    I looked at pouring my own, carving my own bodies/heads, but decided just to up my prices and have the customer pay for my convienence of being able to use commercial products.
     
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  9. crs

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  10. byrdman

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    buy some avian X decoys or GHG with flocked heads take a beating last longer than stuffers and by the time geese get close enough to tell the diffetence from a real goose they should be dead plus no mice bugs and mold in the off season and rain snow wont hurt em