I haven't painted them yet...
The rambler seemed to have more of a sandy grit...didn't it? My coating was real fine and gave a furry appearance to it. I just brushed glue on (Titebond III) and sprinkled sawdust over it. Then I gently patted the sawdust and when it was dry I repeated it two more times. It was nice because I just left the bill and the eyes without glue and they stayed smooth. I think the restle coat will take a lot of the shine off the head as well when I do get at painting them.
Man...just talking about this again makes me want to fire up the turkey fryer and start boiling the mold.
Goldfish- the body mold was boiled for about 20 minutes. To do a head and a body took a total of about 35 minutes. Once the water was boiling, I would get the body mold ready and set it in the pot. While this is cooking, I would prepare my head mold and start that. It was a good system because by the time I got the head mold ready and in, I would only have to wait about 5 minutes or so and then could take out the body mold and start the process over. I'm a bit of a dork and wrote down the times I put each mold in and took them out, so if you are interested in exact times, I could get them for you.
If anyone is real interested in this process, let me know. It may be a good chance to make some blocks...heck, I could almost bring the turkey fryer and decoy mold with to our ice fishing extravaganza and we could have a decoy making party as well!
Quoted from my wife while I am tapping on my iPad, "Are you talking about ducks again?"