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Hello Everyone,

I am looking to make some statues this year and was wondering if anyone has a cheaper alternative to Drylock?
I priced it at home depot, and it's out of my price range. I have found everything else I needed in dumpsters..I am jobless
right now, but still want to pull of an amazing Halloween, Any help would be greatly appreciated
 

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Paper maché is cheap and can achieve amazing results. You can use cardboard, newspaper, paper towels, dryer lint, plastic bottles, duct tape, phone books... all of it either free or super cheap to acquire. White glue or flour and water. You can get "oops" paint at any hardware store and ask them to remix it to be dark gray or black (I usually tell them to do their best to get it black!) and whatever other colors look good, cheap white paint is always on the shelves. Get latex house paints - those offer a bit of weather protection to paper maché. Not as good as sealing them, so don't leave the figures outside if there's lots of rain, but maybe good enough to last through this year and if you really like what you did, you can get sealer when you get more $.

Check out PumpkinRot and Stolloween for inspiration.

I like Stolloween's site for instructions and how-to - see his basics for mixing paper maché: http://www.stolloween.com/?page_id=209
 

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Paper maché is cheap and can achieve amazing results. You can use cardboard, newspaper, paper towels, dryer lint, plastic bottles, duct tape, phone books... all of it either free or super cheap to acquire. White glue or flour and water. You can get "oops" paint at any hardware store and ask them to remix it to be dark gray or black (I usually tell them to do their best to get it black!) and whatever other colors look good, cheap white paint is always on the shelves. Get latex house paints - those offer a bit of weather protection to paper maché. Not as good as sealing them, so don't leave the figures outside if there's lots of rain, but maybe good enough to last through this year and if you really like what you did, you can get sealer when you get more $.

Check out PumpkinRot and Stolloween for inspiration.

I like Stolloween's site for instructions and how-to - see his basics for mixing paper maché: http://www.stolloween.com/?page_id=209

Thank you very much, I will give it a whirl...
 

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I live in western WA state, where it typically rains from mid Sept on through the winter. What I did for ground breakers was "mache" with latex house paint, not glue or flour or water. I'd build my frames from scrap wood, pvc, chicken wire, bucky skulls (or whatever plastic skulls), sometimes padding with that super thin sheet foam they wrap pre-hung doors with for shipping, as I scored a pile of it once...all that stuff is waterproof except the wood base or sticks, which I'd just coat a couple times with house paint before I skinned it. For hands I'd use coat hanger wire or those thin wires they use to get fiberglass house insulation to stay up between floor joists (simpler than fiddling with hangers, and you get about a million to a box, it seems), then just brown masking tape over to give the mache something to grab onto.

I liked mache-ing with paper towels and spider web material mostly, sometimes latex gloves (cut a piece and superglue it to your skull for a "cheek" or other scrap of skin, then poke a hole or two for that ripped skin look..beats the heck out of dealing with fresh latex and works just as well, and cheap enough), but you could use newspaper or any kind of paper or cardboard, tissue paper, or whatever you like that will soak up the paint. Anyway, dip straight into the paint, squeeze off the excess between your fingers, slap it on...the usual mache rules for thin coats and letting it dry apply here. When your masterpiece is done, if it's a lighter color, you can stain it for a corpsed look. The smallest can of minwax stain will do many groundbreakers, just slather it on with a disposable chip brush, getting it down in the deep places, give it a few minutes if you want, then wipe off the high points with a paper towel or scrap of old t-shirt. Let it dry, voila, done. I've left these out in the daily rains the whole month of October, they held up just fine, and if it was especially wet that year, I'd just let them sit on the work bench with a fan on them overnight, then let them sit a few more days before packing them away, to make sure there was no moisture (mostly it was just the wooden base that needed attention, if anything did.) When we moved to our current house about 8 years ago, we stopped having TOTs (too rural), so if I make something now, I donate it to a charity haunt or home haunters, otherwise my shop would be overflowing, lol.

If you're desperate for paint and have no luck at the mistints shelf, America's Finest brand is cheap for flat exterior house paint, it's at Home Depot, $12 a gallon where I live, and it's a pretty good paint...they also make a pretty good spray paint for pvc fencing and such. A gallon of black and a gallon of white flat house paint goes a long way for a haunter: you can coat with black, dry brush with white or mix up a little gray and drybrush for things like tombstones and "stone" look items, black for hiding support structures/frames/bases. You can almost always find something on the mistints shelf for mache work, the first few layers of which are hidden anyway. Another source for paint: stop by a local house painter or call around...they often have partial buckets of paint leftover from jobs, they'll happily give it to you to avoid having to fiddle with disposal...mix it all together and it will turn gray or brown. I've done the monster mud thing, too, with just house paint and drywall mud...those stood up fine despite the rain. Unless it's an electronic prop, I wouldn't worry about it getting rained on, just make sure it's dry before you stick it in a box, and make sure your storage area is dry and warm enough to keep things dry the other 11 months of the year. I've used plenty of props with just raw material like clothing or bed sheets for dressing them...it's fine as long as you dry it thoroughly before you store it.
 

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Hello Everyone,

I am looking to make some statues this year and was wondering if anyone has a cheaper alternative to Drylock?
I priced it at home depot, and it's out of my price range. I have found everything else I needed in dumpsters..I am jobless
right now, but still want to pull of an amazing Halloween, Any help would be greatly appreciated
Put a ad in your local free cycle for latex paint (any color) and sheets. Go borrow a pail of sand from a park or beach. Plus chicken wire and PVC if you don't have that.

Put some sand in the paint (doesn't take a lot) to get the same texture as Dryloc and dip your free sheets in the paint mixture and squeeze it out and put it on the form you made for the statue and let it dry. It will hold it's shape once dried and it will also be ok in the rain. Next go to lowes and get a gallon of oops paint ($5) as close to the finish color you want to use on the statues. Then ask them to tint it to get it the color you want. I do this all the time if a color is off.

Next thin out the oops paint (not much) and use a spray bottle (old Windex bottle will work) and spray your finish color on your statues. This wont last for years but held up OK for me even in the Oct rains.

Here's a couple I did with paint only and free sheets ...no more than $10 in both. I used a old skull and made a couple sand cast of it with greatstuff spray foam (1/3 can) for the heads and also for the hands.



as you can see from this picture the props had plenty of rain



If you go to the link it kind of shows how I made mine. I did not use sand to texture so I just sprayed my paint over the material after I put it on the frame.

http://s985.photobucket.com/albums/ae339/madmax42303/monster mud props without the mud paint only/
 

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Not only did I post in my freecycling group, I started a group on facebook, and it has blossomed overnight, so thank you very much for the idea..
 
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