I decided I would try my hand at making some. Sawdust seemed to be the most recommended way to go, so I went to my nearby Home Hardware store and got a half a bag of it (a small white wastebin trash bags). Got it home and sieved it (2-3 hours spread over several sessions), a lot of the sawdust was pretty big, about 1/3 of my haul was usuable for flock. I added the paint and it came out OK.
|The paint didn't soak into some of the sawdust, the guy did SAY there was some MDF dust in it, I wore a mask.|
|This is about a third of the sawdust I got, made into flock, the rest is waiting until I see what colour I need next.|
I picked up a single brick for testing.
I was in a Dollarama (a Canadian dollar store chain) and they had some WET Floral Foam bricks for $1.25, a tiny bit smaller than the Walmart one but at 1/3 the price, so I picked up a couple. They behaved the same way as the more expensive ones, except they faintly smell like feces when first wetted.
Ran it over a grater to get a mess. I would suggest using a dust mask at this point (or do it outside), it doesn't produce much dust, but the dust it does produce is very fine.
|Grater and 1 brick grated|
Add 1 cup of water (250ML) to the stuff and knead it for 2-3 minutes, it looks a lot like wood pulp, if there is any un absorded water keep kneading or pour it off, you want no liquid water in the mix.
|The above amount with water added and kneaded I use a washing glove as its reusable and easier to don.|
Add paint (the stuff is very dark so make your paint lighter than you think you'll need), I then worked it in with my gloved hand (about 5 minutes).
Then spread it out on on a wax paper covered cookie sheet and let it dry (my first batch took almost 3 days, but I added way too much water). When dry (with 1 cup of water about 36 hours) I pushed it it through a strainer with holes the size of window screen.
I then pushed it through another finer strainer. You can skip the first sieve and just proceed with this step, if you want the fine powder.
|The tiny yellow flecks are from sawdust contamination I sieved it into a bucket that I had used to sieve sawdust and not cleaned throughly enough afterwords.|
|A sample of W.S Fine Turf|
One brick made maybe half of a Woodland Scenics Spice bottle worth, or maybe the small bag size.