Remember my tipi idea from a few days ago?
I was feeling pretty down, no one thought my idea could work, at least those that knew construction materials. Yes, a fiberglass tipi would fit the dream of tipis in Ten Sleep… But I am just on to “playing” with extended life and/or solid tipi for myself here at home.
I go to my local Ace Hardware store, which is THE place to go… The first kid told me he didn’t think it was possible… After discussion, he retreived another gentleman, who also said no. The third guy listened to my idea and plea for anything that might work.
“Sure, you can do that!”
(Keep going til you find someone to support your idea! Is my motto…)
He proceeded to tell me what I should be googling to get the proper ratios… It’s called Monster Mud and it’s used in set decorations. The basic formula is joint compound and latex paint. Other things can be added to this depending on the look and strength desired.
He thought Portland cement and a concrete treatment might give it some strength and flexibility… But encouraged me to go Google it, believing that there was a recipe that had some “rubberized” effects.
I haven’t found the “rubberized” version, but I’m still looking. There was one where they added latex caulk…
In the meantime, the little tipi is up and cuter than snot!