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Old 03-03-2012, 09:22 AM
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Waiting for the great stuff on my background and sides to dry then doing some carving. Got 1 brick of cocofiber and one brick of coco husk that I am going to mix with silicone to give the greatstuff a more natural look.

I got to thinking about the last time I worked with silicone and how it is probably the most difficult substance to work with. How do you guys do it? do you water it down or mix it with something to make it a thinner consistancy? Or is it one of those 'patience is a virtue' kinda things?
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ppl do "water" it down using Toluene/Xoluene I believe to make it adhere better to rope for fake rope vines


but for the GS background, I do not carve mine. I let it dry and then just apply silicone and dirt in copious amounts (while laying on its back).....work in 6"x6" squares and yes, patience is a virtue


It actually doesn't take as long as it seems to take imo
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thanks! Im not doing anything with rope or vines just great stuff so Ill just work on my patience then lol
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ppl do "water" it down using Toluene/Xoluene I believe to make it adhere better to rope for fake rope vines


but for the GS background, I do not carve mine. I let it dry and then just apply silicone and dirt in copious amounts (while laying on its back).....work in 6"x6" squares and yes, patience is a virtue


It actually doesn't take as long as it seems to take imo
Its a lot easier to get silicone/cocofiber on while carved. It has never seemed to really stick on uncarved GS foam..at least for me..
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I second the notion that silicone sticks better to the carved gs. It may take more silicone because of the nooks and crannies of carved gs. I dont even bother with backgrounds anymore though, just a piece of corkbark maybe.
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I was wondering if a sprinkle of soil and sphagnum might work while the foam is still tacky, does anyone have any experience with this?
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I use Gorilla Glue instead. After I tried it there was no going back.
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Just tried the soil sprinkle idea, the foam expands and dries too quickly leaving bald patches in the background.
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I use Gorilla Glue instead. After I tried it there was no going back.
Is there a good "technique thread" that you may still have in your subscriptions that you could share? Or is it as easy as substituting silicone for the regular Gorilla Glue?
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