Monster Mud ( MM)
MM has 2 ingredients, Drywall mud and outdoor latex paint.
The ratio varies depending on who you talk to, mine is 4 gallons of drywall mud to 1 gallon
of outdoor latex paint. I have had no problems with this ratio, it has worked great.
MM has all kinds of applications. You can use it to dip fabric in, when it dries it
is about as stiff as a sturdy cardboard and can be put out in the weather without falling apart.
You will want to seal it with either a coat of Drylock or a coat of paint. This will keep the props looking good for a long time.
|Above I used the MM by dipping it in fabric
then wrapping my wolf with it to give it a hard shell to work with.
Below I coated styrofoam with it to fill in gaps and nicks, also to give a smoother finish to paint on.
You are only limited by your imagination with this stuff!
Light Weight Frames
if you need a frame that is not going to have a lot of weight on it and you don't want to deal with heavy lumber,
splits and screws, then this is your answer.
All you need are 1x2's, hot glue and staples. I have used this type of frame on a few projects and it works great.
|Above are the frames of my Styrofoam Coffin
and the home of my Grave Grabber. I have also
used this process with my Leer. I hotglue the pieces together and then on every flat joint I put in 4 to 5 staples.
Both sides when ever possible.
Simple way to add texture, put sand in the paint you are using.
This is a great idea for tombstones.
How much sand you add is up to you I add quite a bit, I have no exact
measurment I just keep adding until it looks good to me.
left You can see the texture on my Leer. The sand gives it a rough
texture similar to concrete.
Upper right is a Faux texture using 3 different shades of paint. Just dabbing it on,
not quite covering each coat as you go.
This is a fun and easy way to add smaller items to your props without breaking the bank.
All you will need is sand, a container, water, hotglue and gun, and items to duplicate.
|Put your sand in a container, take the
water and wet it, so the sand will hold its shape.
Grab your items and press firmly into the sand, then carefully remove them.
|Fill the impressions with glue, let cool,
then dig them out with whatever you have handy.
Any excess glue can be removed with toenail clippers, scissors, knife, whatever you choose.
Then use it for what ever you want.
Below you will see I painted mine.just for an example. Also to the right, I used this
process to make a bunch of teeth for my Monster Spider.
Right after I filled the impressions with glue I inserted a toothpick so I could secure it
in the mouth of the spider.
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