freight sacks

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by nachoman, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    somewhere, I saw a thread or online article about making freight sacks (look like bags of concrete) Now I cant find it... Anyone know where I saw this?

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    webmaster Member

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  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

  4. nachoman

    nachoman Guest


    but I seem to recall someone making some out of some kind of tubing, like soda straws or wire insulation...

    the clay idea sounds interesting. I know they sell them commercially, but I am potentially looking for things to make while bored in a hotel room over then next few weeks.

  5. CalFlash

    CalFlash Member

    I would buy the commercial ones from Tichy/CMA or someone and spend the time doing pallets which would probably also be seen in the same scenes. I spent quite a bit of time distressing and beating up some of my pallets for interest and variety.
  6. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    CalFlash, I picked up a package of pallets/skids from the used table of the lhs. They're made by A M Models, although I don't know if they're still in business. Each one is in two pieces, very finely cast in a wood-coloured styrene. No flash, easy to assemble, and according to the small instruction sheet included, 12 for a buck or 3 dozen for $2.50.

  7. Wabash Banks

    Wabash Banks Member

    I can't remember where, but I recall someone using copper tubing to make freight sacks. They mashed the ends to seal it shut.
  8. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    I recall reading about making sacks from modelling clay, as Andrew suggested. I don't know where the article is, but it was pretty simple. Take a lump of clay, roll it out into a "snake" about the same diameter as the size of the bags you want, then clip off individual bags using diagonal cutters. This gives the effect of the closed ends. If you want a stack of bags laying on their sides, flatten the rounded part out a bit with your fingers. If you need bags standing upright, flatten out one of the crimped ends, either manually or with an X-acto knife. If I recall correctly, the article mentionned baking the bags to harden the clay, then paint them to suit.


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