Decoy Molds

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  1. aka quackshot

    aka quackshot Senior Refuge Member

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    If there is anyone looking for Decoy molds there is a new company making them. Check out Decoy Molds on Facebook. Admin please delete this post if it is not ok.
     
  2. Tailfisher17t

    Tailfisher17t Senior Refuge Member

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    I'd get one but I heard its near impossible to get the mix right to make them like the herters............
     
  3. aka quackshot

    aka quackshot Senior Refuge Member

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    Thats not true. If you get eps you can make them tougher than HERTERS
     
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    TonyH Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    KEY is if you can get EPS. LOL Not an easy find unless you want to pay 4.00 plus shipping a lb. Can buy bodies already made with weighted keels and save yourself a ton of work and time.
     
  5. Mean Gene

    Mean Gene Moderator Moderator Flyway Manager

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    It's not impossible to get the mix right, but it will take a little experimenting. Pay attention to the ambient temperature. You won't save money by doing your own, but that's not always a deciding factor. Yes, you can make them tougher than Herters or other foam bodies you can buy by choosing a higher density foam than what's available commercially (pre-made bodies). Do you need to? Naw, but what's important is what YOU want out of the decoy building experience. :tu:tu
     
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    theduckguru Elite Refuge Member

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    If you are going foam, save yourself a lot of time and money by purchasing decoy bodies.
     
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    Ringbill Elite Refuge Member Flyway Manager

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    I don't get Facebook, so could somebody please post the mold link?

    As far as molding good foam decoys, I've been making some off & on for 45 years now, since I first borrowed a friends old Decoys Unlimited mold & first cooked them in an oven!
    I've found a good way to make a foam decoy with a very tough exterior----unlike Herters & others.

    First off, You need FRESH polystyrene beads. They lose potency after several months.
    I 'pre-expand' some, that I fill my Body mold with.
    I "steam" them atop a container boiling a small amount of water, & do batch after batch,
    then dump them in a clean garbage can for later use.

    To prepare my BODY mold, I use MAZOLA CORN OIL---in a clean spray bottle.
    I spray both halves of the body mold, mop out any 'puddles' & be sure to even wipe the entire inside of each half.
    Next, take each mold half & then pour some RAW (NOT pre-foam) beads in each half, sloshing them around
    until the entire half has an even layer, stuck to the oil.
    Them clamp the halves together & NOW fill the mold with the PRE-FOAM BEADS, shake mold & fill full.

    Now it's ready for your cooker.
    This Mazola oil with the layer of raw bead provides a real tough, hard shell. They hold up well.

    The head mold requires a different approach.
    You can PM me if you want more info.
    I'm running some decoys that are 40+ years old---not bad !

    Ringbill
     
  8. aka quackshot

    aka quackshot Senior Refuge Member

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    Ringbill I sent you a message
     

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