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  • #3231
    Judge Death
    Judge Death
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    For ground flock, take some coffee grounds after you’ve used them, put the on a glass or ceramic saucer, put it in the microwave and heat it until it’s bone dry, then put it in an airtight container like a small old butter tub.

    This stuff looks like rough dirt, is the right color for it, is easy to glue to a base and you can easily paint it with acrylic based paint.

    Plus it’s basically free. You probably either use coffee or know someone who does, so acquiring an amount of used coffee grounds for free should be easy. Millions of people throw it in the trash daily.

    • This topic was modified 9 months, 3 weeks ago by Judge Death Judge Death.
    #3456

    atcboss
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    Brilliant!

    #3457
    Judge Death
    Judge Death
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    Thank you! Thank you!

    #3459
    Richard Leclercq
    Richard Leclercq
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    Do the grounds carry the aroma? Have you had any trouble with mold?

    #3461
    Joe
    Joe
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    Good idea. I guess if you hit it with a sealer it wouldn’t mold?

    #3462
    Judge Death
    Judge Death
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    Years ago when I was doing this with gw figs before I could no longer tolerate their business practices I used this on like 3 gazillion ifgures and never had a problem. The few gw figs I still own aren’t molding afaict.

    #3468
    Richard Leclercq
    Richard Leclercq
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    I live in Florida. The mold gets moldy here. I ask about this a lot.

    I have a contact at my church and I can get the grounds, regular and decaf, from our coffee hour. That’s usually a full tin of each.

    Have you tried to color it with anything?

    #3480
    Judge Death
    Judge Death
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    Ok some folks are concerned about “mold”. Well, I painted and based this figure over a decade ago. See any mold on the coffee grounds?

    The edge of the base does retract a little as the grounds absorb some of the water soluble glue, this is not a problem as it keeps you from breaking the flock off as you handle the base.

    #3527

    Alan Martin
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    I use wood glue and play pit sand

    you can apply the glue with a brush because it is washable
    then sift the sand over with a tea strainer until it covers
    at least half way up the model let dry, It sets like concrete

    then paint and flock, it also adds a bit of weight to the base

    #3528
    Richard Leclercq
    Richard Leclercq
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    My intent is to create mounds of earth as hasty trenches or gun pits. “Lunettes” were common to provide cover fast. A crescent shaped pile of dirt, oddly hard to sculpt with omething other than dirt.

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