Simple Silicone Rubber Molds (no Parting Line)

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Introduction: Simple Silicone Rubber Molds (no Parting Line)

Ideal for smaller projects (less than 12" x 12"), this is the easiest process for creating parts, patterns, tools, & molds. We demonstrate creating a silicone rubber mold and then the casting of parts with Repro, epoxy casting resins and polyurethane elastomers.

To see other mold making videos see http://www.freemansupply.com/moldmaking.htm

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    I have used Armorall for a release agent. Ajso works well for polymer clay polish.

    can this method and any of these resins be used to make climbing holds?? and how well will they hold up under repeated use and abuse??? Also what are we looking at price-wise for the supplies to do this??

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    Yes - there are resins that could be used to make climbing holds. You'd probably want to embed some metal inserts and use a fiber-filled resin, but a little research should point you in the right direction. You could call the folks at Smooth-on.com and see what they say, and I would imagine you could do the same to Freeman Manufacturing (the makers of the video) www.freemansupply.com/

    Smooth-On.com as well as www.freemansupply.com (the makers of the videos) sell both resins, fillers, urethanes and silicones- if you do a search for casting resin, RTV silicones, etc you should find a number of suppliers. Over the past few years, this stuff has gotten a LOT easier to obtain - and a lot easier to use.

    hardware and art supply stores can order this stuff if they don't already carry it

    Yes - polyurethane resin can be painted - as can most cast-able materials assuming you use the correct primer and paint. The important thing to keep in mind is to clean the parting compound off of the casting very thoroughly - or your paint will simply fail to bond. Don't ask how I know - lol.

    I've done a fair bit of casting, and I usually use a vaseline and naptha mixture. Dissolve some vaseline in about an equal amount of naptha, paint it on with a brush working it around to get a good even coat, let the naptha flash off and you'll have a very thin coat of vaseline which will work well as a parting compound.

    i Wonder if pam cooking spray would work instead of the releasing wax

    I concur. These are well done and make mold making seem accessible to even novices like me.