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 Posted: Mon Jul 4th, 2011 04:32 am
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Here some photos of different coloured talus.

These are made using clay based Cat Litter, stained using acrylic paints or acrylic inks. I use Alcohol but water works OK

My recipe

3/4 cup of litter to 1/3 cup of stain.

There are no limits on the colours you can produce.

Shake the mixture about in a larger container for a minute or so, use a sieve to drain the mixture and save the left over fluid for another batch

Tip out onto a few sheets of newsprint and spread. Leave over night to dry.

And your done

You may find it better to use the cat litter before the cat. And I - so - advise




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 Posted: Mon Jul 4th, 2011 11:52 am
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What a great idea and thanks for the tip about using before the cat:shocked:



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 Posted: Wed Jul 6th, 2011 06:54 pm
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Don-thanks for reminding me about the virtues of kitty litter. This is one of those techniques that was "discovered" back when model railroaders first domesticated cats. I used kitty litter way back when and not only was it OK as talus but when screened down, it was OK for ballast. I had forgotten about this because my old cat doesn't know what kitty litter is...unless it is dirt in the back yard!

                       Woodie



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 Posted: Thu Jul 28th, 2011 02:01 pm
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Hey Woodie
   Hopefully if you used it on your layout there would not a problem with cat logs. With the layout outside you may have to worry if you have any cats in the area. The heat will petrify them quickly though.
                                                         Clif K



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