I have started to make my own foam decoys since it is almost impossible to buy them(at a reasonable price anyway). I purchased an aluminum mold and use EPS beads to make my decoys. They are really similar to the body size and shape of a Herter's #72 decoy. The heads however are made of foam and are much more dense than the bodies and the bill is reinforced with a nail in the bill. I feel these heads are stronger than Herter's since they are not hollow. i have tried to snap the bill off and cant do it with reasonable force. There is also a wing nut in the head so the bolt can thread into it rather than just the foam. Also, the bodies are not as easy to dent as a Herter's decoy.
Here is my question...is there a need for these decoys? I am not trying to sell them on this site. I am looking to see if it is worth it to make more of them and try to market them to people like me that have a difficult time trying to find them. Also, if there is a need, how much are they worth? Here is what I have into them:
Each decoy takes about 35 minutes to make.
There is about $4.00 in materials in each (beads, bolt, wing nut, washers, nail)
I used a turkey fryer to boil the water and used a 20 lb propane tank on about 20 decoys and a few steaks...
I would PROBABLY sell them unpainted but am working on honing my skills with an airbrush.
Once again, please don't think I am trying to solicit them on here. I don't actually have any to get rid of now anyway. I am making them for myself as I am pretty traditional in my thinking and would like to change my entire spread into decoys that I have made...it will be a while! I think a lot of us try to come up with ways to supplement our hunting season as gas, shells, and other hunting equipment gets to be expensive as the year goes along. My dream would be to be able to be self sufficient each year hunting...this way my wife will take it easy on me every August and September when I stock up for the season.
I will also take any criticism on the decoys if you are willing to give it. In the picture, you can see some have heads attached and some are just out of the mold. Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing what you all have to say.
Quoted from my wife while I am tapping on my iPad, "Are you talking about ducks again?"