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  1. Default MONSTER MUD 
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    Can someone explain how Monster Mud works. Do you use colored latex paint when you mix it with mud? Does it get hard or remain flexible due to the latex paint? What is the ratio of latex paint to mud? Things of this nature.
     

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    Try this website for monster mud ideas and techniques...

    http://www.terrorsyndicate.com

    Hope it helps.

    Wayne

    www.trailofterror.com
     

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    We have always mixed saw dust with latex paint to do our monster mud work. The amount of saw dust you put in depends on how textury you want the walls or props. If you want big texture we have even used kitty litter.
    Brian Warner
    Owner of Evilusions www.EVILUSIONS.com
    Technical Director of Forsaken Haunted House www.Forsakenhaunt.com
    Mechanical Designer (animatronics) at Gore Galore www.Gore-Galore.com
     

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    i have been using monster mud for years now but im looking for something a little more solid and durable.i have never tried using the plaster,does that harden more solid?and is it a little more weather proof than the water based joint compound?also to answer the first question,the latex paint you add has to be exterior.thats sopposed to be what makes it weather proof but dosnt work very well if props sit outside.and i mix mine at 1 gallon exterior paint to one bucket joint compound so its close to 5-1 ratio
     

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    thanks for all the responses and suggestions, i welcome more responses and pictures of old projects, everyone could benefit from pictures, thanks again.
     

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    For more durability, I've used a few coats of Dry-Lock, the basement waterproofing stuff. Got that idea from Webby in Utah.

    And for my outdoor statues, I use fiberglass resin.

    I drape fabric and fold /glue/staple it just like I'm prepping it for joint compound/paint

    but then I put a coat or two of fiberglass resin over it instead, and they can stay out all the time, no weather damage.
    please use all precautions listed on the cans of the resin.
    Gravely MacCabre
    aka Ricky Dick
    Castle Blood Haunted Adventure Tour
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    Monster Mudd is fantastic fun stuff.
    We used a recipe we saw online and yes we tried to use drylock and it
    does work to make it more durable, also drylock hydaulic cement added
    to the mix makes it EVEN stronger.giggles
    we made a 7 foot tall guardian statue with fingers made of dismantled
    ink pens covered with latex we found the plans for the guardian online
    and he turned out so kewl! He looks like a hooded skeletal monk
    and holds a skull in his boney hands as well. He is a big hit every year!
    Come Scream with us at SCREAM FARM
     

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    do you have the site where you found the directions to this statue?

    sounds pretty cool!

    Sean
    Sean De Wane
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    The De Wane Asylum
    www.dewaneasylum.com
     

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    You go into a haunted house.
    The monster is waiting.
    He scares you!
    You get home and there's the "Monster Mudd" right there in your underware!
    An art supply store once sold big buckets of acrylic modeling paste.
    I made a bird using wire and newspapers, covered it with this stuff , screwed it to a tree outside, watched it closely. It looked good for three years in this Illinois climate of rain, snow, 32 below zero to 100 degrees and usually high humidity (in the Miss. river valley)
    The majority of my outdoor creations are welded steel, they be fist or kick-proof.
     

  10. Default monster mudd guardian statue 
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    gosh Sean its been like three years and two computers since I had
    that website marked.
    I did have photos of the process of making the guardian, I sent
    them to leonard pickel in an article I did for the other magazine
    unfortunately he cruelly rejected it saying our haunt basically had
    nothing to offer because we are small. I have been depressed over
    that for a week but thats another story.
    But I still have the photos.
    We made a box out of wood and put a hole in the middle top of
    the box and put a long pvc pipe inside of the box, then we
    used pvc for the guardian's skeleton and then we covered the
    pvc skeleton with chicken wire and then we covered the chicken
    wire with a nice monks robe of burlap and then covered the
    burlap with monster mudd which resulted in a fun monster
    mudd battle in our backyard.giggles Then the hands were
    wire which was twisted into a hole drilled in the place at the
    pvc arm where the wrist would be and then we cut white bic
    pens apart and cut them into finger bones and put them onto
    the wire then painted it with latex about ten coats and then monster
    mudd. oh the head was a very cheap four dollar skull from
    big lots attached to the top of the pvc skeleton pole.
    I have photos, write me at Neffuri@bellsouth.net and I will
    send them to whomever wants them.
    Thanks
    Come Scream with us at SCREAM FARM
     

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