I am working on a crafting project which will require quite a bit of modeling paste to complete it. I bought a jar of Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste for around $15, and it is about 2/3's gone, while my project is around 2/3's done, for what I have made, so far. I foresee needing another 1-2 jars of Modeling Paste before I am done with my terrain project!... Ouch.
While surfing YouTube, I came across home-made modeling paste videos. I watched a couple of them, then I found one comparing different recipes against the Liquitex brand (non-flexible). I have to make some of this stuff! The cost to replace my jar with home-made? Around $3-$4 + my time and effort [assuming these ingredients: PVA Glue, Talcum Powder (smoother finish than Baking Soda), Acrylic Paint (white, or whatever color is desired)]. Just thought I would share this money-saving tip. Haven't tried it yet, but I plan to mix up a batch this weekend. Cheers!
Part of the reason that the liquitex is more expensive is that it's flexible modeling paste, there is a decent amount of give and motion before it breaks once cured...what you're mixing up will crack and crumble at some of the uses.
Don't use it with regard to softer plastics or even the prepainted minis...
I've used PVA, baking soda and white acrylic paint before to make paste for snow/ice effects. Works great and hasn't crumbled so far, but there weren't any structures that were particularly prone to crumbling, so I can't judge how resistant it is on delicate structures...
If someone tells you that you have enough craft suplies and you don't need anymore, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
somehow i just hate baking stuff up, hence why i haven't started on sculpt... and im not sure where i could buy my stuff for air-dry clay. i bought some stuff but its baking to harden and i just haven't used it yet.
i looked at the home made stuff, it looks real cheap and fun... but i was wondering about it cracking. so thanks all for the info.
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knight:"i still have half of my health, so im fine."
DM:"the boss, crits, max damage which does 20 damage !"
I bought some white glitter to mix with the paste to create a snow material. I hope to mix up a batch this weekend. I realize it will not tolerate flexture (it will crack if I bend it), but I plan to only use it where flexture won't be a concern. The cost should be around 1/5 that of the flexible paste, which I really don't need. I really like the ability to customize its color, as well as its cost. Even if it fails epically (not likely), it will still be fun to play with. I will be sealing it with PledgeFloorShine, so I'm not concerned with it falling off, or cracking -- time will tell. Cheers!
erho: Too many minis, not enough time... Am I right?
Oct 29, 2019 21:28:01 GMT
sgtslag: If we could just do away with this whole "work" thing, and supporting ourselves, financially, and otherwise... Life always seems to get in the way of gaming. AHHH!!!...
Nov 6, 2019 18:32:16 GMT
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT