good point!I never used that vine before. But, it does look like it would be hard to clean if poop gets on it.
I have been making fake vines out of nylon rope and this plastic dip stuff used for coating tool handles. You can buy it at Home Depot in the paint section. I take the coated rope and roll it in sand after it has had about 10 minutes to set up. Seems to work pretty well, but have only been using it for a couple weeks now.
How messy does that stuff get? Do you have to hang the rope on something and let it drip on the ground? Or do you just lay it on a table once it is dipped?
Armature wire is what I use for sculpting in clay.
Probably to make the plastic dip stuff stick better, you might want to take a thick peice of armature wire and wrap a smaller thickness one around it in coils.
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