Asked by sfe-co2 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Hi, I am looking to do an artwork where the final product is a clear plastic resin or epoxy sculpture with various items such as plastic forks and straws inside it. I got this idea from resin flooring which has crushed up beer bottles and screws in it, and now I need some advice. Currently I am thinking that I will make the sculpture from polystyrene and make a mould out of plaster of Paris by pouring the plaster over it in a tub of some sort. Is polystyrene a suitable material to base the mould off and can resin or epoxy be cast in plaster of Paris? Also, how might I go about making 2 parts to the mould which can join together and which I can pour resin in through a hole? Regards.
I'm looking into making moulds does anyone know the best place to get large amounts of epoxy gel and hardener??
Asked by jamjar15 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Im moulding a model catermeran and im not sure if the vacuum will work or i can use such thick plastic many thanks barry
Asked by barrymasters 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
This is for an adaptation of a lamp. What I want is to cover the bulb with a large (little smaller than a basketball) sphere, so there will be a hole in one end. Light obviously needs to be able to shine through. My first thought was a resin of some sort, and a quick search led me to epoxy resin. Is this see-through? Can colour be added? Any other ideas? Some early thoughts: - In an inflated balloon, inject liquid. Rotate, thereby distributing fairly evenly, until liquid hardens. Cons: How long do I have to rotate this balloon? What if it pops!? (Could use a hard container...) - Double boiler: Use two similar bowls, small inside larger, fill in between. Cons: How to get it even? Smaller bowl would float (weigh it down...) Not even close to a sphere With your suggestions I'll do a few trials, possibly put out an instructable if something works. All suggestions are welcome (even if they deviate a little). Thanks!
Asked by funkrack 8 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
Anyone help me here..I have a wax master of a signet ring. If i use lost wax casting i will lose my original....This i do not want. Is there a mould making stuff that i can press the ring into leaving a negative to fill with silver.....
Posted by maninamousesuit 11 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
I have a small detail (abt 50x35x20mm) that I want to take from 3D to reality. It would be easy to just send it to the local 3D print hub, but the issue is that I want it in some kind of paper pulp material, or some other material that can withstand heat and also be lightweight. I know that there exists 3D printers that can print in paper, but I haven't been able to locate a print shop with such a machine. For prototyping, I have cut kraft paper sections and glued together, but I'd like to find a faster way. There is also a production method for pulp moulding, but the shape of my detail is too complicated for this method. Any ideas of production methods or materials that I could use instead? The detail can be split in 2 if neccessary, but I'd prefer not. Thanks in advance!
Asked by karolina81 1 year ago | last reply 1 year ago
For my woodshop class I am making a cane/"pimpstick" and I am making a custom head for it. I want to cast it in aluminum using the lost wax technique. would normal plaster of paris be a good material to use for the mold? the peice is about 3 cubic inches. I was thinking about having two "fires" one to heat my aluminum and another to heat the mold so it doesnt shatter. Is that workable? P.S. It would be a one use thing so no need for anything expensive. I have literally 10 dollars to spend on this. Thankyou, bud
Asked by budhaztm 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
i've been playing with the idea of moulding my family's heads and affixing antlers, anyone got suggestion?
Instead of sending a family portrait to my nan, I've been thinking a trophy of my family's heads would be pretty sweet. I wanted to get a mould of our head and put giant antlers on top, you know like an elk or deer. Has anyone got suggestions as to the best way to go about this?
Asked by R1Ch0 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Hey again,Does anyone have any experience with this Flexil hot melt rubber stuff I've seen about. It's a vinyl rubber that you melt in a pot around 170 degrees and then pour it over masters and formers to create moulds like you would with RTV silicone (except quite hot). The rubber can be remelted which is a benefit over silicone, but does anyone know of reasons why silicone is better for making moulds with (other than the master possibly melting).Link here: http://www.cfsnet.co.uk/acatalog/CFS_Catalogue__Flexil__554.htmlIncidentally, CFS is also a good place to buy pretty much all casting and moulding materials if you're in the UK at somewhat reasonable prices :-)
Posted by chiok 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
I'm trying to mould plastic milk bottles (pieces of) into a shape onto a mannequin..... for a comp...... i'm making an outfit.... and to mould to a body shape (curves)
Asked by antheajane 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
I am looking for a quicker & smother way of casting aluminum & have been advised to use silicone but according to what I have read --- the temperature of molten aliminum is to high for a silicone mould! True or false?
Asked by toshcama 9 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
I have recently brought a hollow wearable ironman helmet cast from Polyurethane resin. I was wondering if its possible to take a mould of this helmet to recast it make replicas? any help would be greatly appreciated..? I have uploaded a picture of the helmet so you can see it.. Thanks Chris
Asked by chris27989 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Preferably non-toxic and inert, to make the silicone caulk/gel more viscous, to allow it to flow into a mould more readily.
Asked by brendanmccloskey 6 years ago | last reply 6 months ago
im looking to make a kayak paddle out of fibreglass type materials but dont have a clue how id make the mould?
Im hoping to try and copy or even make a good designed double bladed kayak paddle out of fibreglass kevlar or some type of composite. id probhably make it in 3 parts being the two blades and the shaft. iv never used it before so any ideas will be great. thanks. pad.
Asked by padz 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I have a little ceramic figurine. IT'S LEFT wing (opposite of one shown) is broken and has been lost. Now, I want to somehow use IT'S RIGHT wing (pictured) to make another left wing for it, through casting, molding, clay baking, using foam or whatever. I don't have access to anything high tech. Basically foam, clay, etc. but no molten metals or anything. Any ideas? I mean, it would seem simple enough to just make a mould with the existing wing and use it as a mold to make a new one, but the wings are obviously mirror images of each other, so not only are they on the opposite side, they're sort of reflected. Here is the wing I have, I need to create the other. Thanks,
Asked by macgyverunigrad 1 year ago | last reply 1 year ago
A future project requires the slight deformation of cut PVC waste-pipe. Not soft enough to melt, just enough to slightly open a cut half-pipe, then keep it there when it cools. Will a hair-dryer provide enough heat, or will I have to invest in a hot-air gun?
Asked by Kiteman 9 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
Hi all. I have an item that I need to make silicone copies of. I don't want silicone moulds, but the actual end product to be silicone. What is the best way to do this? I have tried looking up but everything is "silicone moulds for xxx" and not what I want. Thanks!
Posted by JackOGara94 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
My actual need is to know some sort of moulding material that is flexible like rubber, from which i need to get a mould of some carving which have curves and groovs. This moulding material should be easy to find and readily available anywhere and cheap. What I have in mind is some material like fiberglass which is used for moulding but should be flexible like rubber. May be if there is some possibility to use some rubber compound that could harden once poured on to an object to obtain a mould of the object. ( Simple need is what material could be used for this purpous or How I could produce this myself )
Asked by Ifthikar Ahamed 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
I'm trying to make a mold for an ice project that is a box mold. I want the parting line to be in the middle of the model, and it needs to be watertight because I am using as an ice mold. Any suggestions? Thanks for looking.
Asked by bonnijean 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Hey everyone i am looking for some assistance or advice i have created a sculpture for a project i am working on and would like to reproduce it what would be the best mould to use to be able to reproduce this ,i have added 2 images of my sculpture if it helps at all any and all help would be greatly appreciated
Posted by FrancesS3 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
I have a few antique tin moulds that make a variety of leaf shapes and wanted to frame them. I was thinking of making a cast from the mould to go along with the mould itself to demonstrate what the outcome would be from these molds. As the pieces are antiques (I inherited them from a Great Grandmother) I was not wanting to do any permanent damage to them such as having a resin stick to or dye the tin. Does anyone have a favourite over-the-counter product or a homemade resin idea? I've thought of polymer clay, liquid resin, and plaster. Not sure what would be the best to use. Each have their pros and cons. I was thinking it would be neat to use a homemade recipe as it would have a neat DIY/handmade/antique feel. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :)
Asked by shoebox 7 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
In alluminium etching process what concentration is used , i want detail and is there any easy way in etching process ?
Our company is moulds making company we are trying to make chemical etching
Asked by design-centre 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
I have been working with my friend, setting up a small IT business in our local area providing some software but mainly hardware. Now that I have a furnace and it can melt aluminium my friend has asked me to cast a case for his computers. He said that he will produce a wooden copy of what he would like it to look like, then give it to me to cast. I am wondering how I can convert the wooden copy into a wax copy so that I can continue from my own knowledge. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thomas
Asked by thomas9666 7 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Hi ... I would like to ask fro help to find the proper ENGLISH word/name for what I'm looking for. I would like to make a plastic handle (for a knife) and a holster. My grandpa had a stuff for this, where he moulded it, put the metal part of the knife handle inside and left it to become hard. I have found something like the POLYMORPH but I'm just a little bit concern - wouldn't it be to soft ??? Or the low melting point ??? The stuff that my grandpa used became hard as a rock. And when you wanted to remove it, you had to break it ... and it breaks exactly like rock, glass (it wasn't soft). Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
Asked by zholy 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Hello I was wondering if anyone was interested in buying the molds I created to make the cast and carve chocolates in my instructable. https://www.instructables.com/id/Carve-an-cast-chocolate-treets/ It means you don't have to go through the pesky business of carving or making our own molds to end up with some fun chocolates.. or you could use something like plaster and end up with some nice casts.
Posted by world of woodcraft 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
Im buildng a mould for casing pcl (polymorf) there are issuse with using petroleum jelly as a release agent due to it clogging the pores, im building a highly porus biological scaffold for tissue engineering
Asked by randomhand 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Hi, For the game.life contest I want to have a game controller mounted to wood like a trophy. How would I go about making a half-xbox-controller mould for plaster of Paris? If anyone steals the idea I can proudly say that I had the idea first. Thanks, NM P.S Notice how the analog sticks stick out? That could be a challenge :P
Asked by NatNoBrains 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
I want to reproduce a bit of jewellery I have designed in pewter by using a 2-part RTV silicone mould. By all accounts it is possible but I've run into some problems when sourcing materials. Most high temperature silicones I have come across state a maximum temperature of 250°C, But pewter has a melting point of around 280°C. My feeling is that the mould itself will most likely never actually reach 280°C and will probably only be above 250°C for a short period of time. But I'm wondering if anyone has actually done this and could verify for me. Also as I'm new to the whole process, any other tips are welcomed. This is the high temp silicone I'm currently looking at. Thanks, -Tom
Posted by madmanmoe64 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
Can i use my origenal to make a mould, any suggestions, then i'll be back to ask, what do you mean, how do i do that, where can i get one of those from etc. etc. hehe thanks johnny
Asked by johnnywgk 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Hello, all. I bought a nice pendant lamp for my house several months back from one of the local big box stores on clearance. I only got around to putting it up recently, and when I opened it (yes, I already feel stupid for not having opened it right away to check on it...), the main glass lamp shade was completely shattered! Sadly, the lamp was on clearance because it had been discontinued, and none of the stores in Canada have any of them in stock anywhere, so getting replacement is impossible. I really like the lamp, though, as it matches several of the other lights that my wife and I have purchased, so I figured that I would try my hand at making a replacement shade! The shade is shaped as follows: it is a section of a sphere 19.5" across (the diameter of the section, not the of the entire sphere), and 5" deep. A little math (x^2 + y^2 = 2yr) lets me know that the radius of the sphere that this shade is a section of is 12". Here is my plan, and I would like to know if I am crazy or if anyone has a better suggestion. I am going to try to cast a replacement shade from polyester resin, 1/4" to 3/8" thick. I was going to make a 2-piece mould from plaster, and use my wood router suspended from a gimbal (on a 12" radius arm) to cut the outer mould. Similarly, I would suspend a plaster blank from the gimbal over my router (on a 11 5/8" radius arm) to cut the inner mould. Then I would simply coat the two halves with mould release and pour/pump the resin into the gap between the halves. I'll tint the resin with some dye to get it the amber colour that I want, then lightly sand to get a smoky translucent finish. My only questions are: 1) will I be able to get this mould apart without destroying the resin casting, and 2) will polyester resin be strong enough for this kind of casting? Another option would be to make a wooden mould, but I thought that I might be able to chip away a plaster mould, whereas a wooden mould would be a lot harder to get off of a stuck casting! Thanks! PS, of course, if this works, I'll post an instructable of it!
Posted by roboguy 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
Actually it is a question again on same topic but the way the plaster has been used here may change the way it can be recycled. I use plaster of paris to make moulds for glass casting.I want to know if the plaster from these moulds can be recycled since they already have been heated for 24 hours in 800 degrees temperatures. Are the properties lost once heated that high?
Posted by patbagniewski 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
Hi! Could anyone tell me what do I need to do in order to melt old tires and pour the liquid in a mould?
I need to eliminate the air bubbles which form when pouring plaster of Paris into rubber moulds. so i thought i could eliminate this through low vibration as the plaster is being poured and eventually starts to harden.
I´m on a budget and looking for a compound that can either be poured into a mould like plaster or is at least very soft and hardens in a short time without massive shrinking. (low temperature melting metals -> too heavy, plaster -> not rigid and hard enough, epoxy -> too expensive)
Asked by Fypsigon 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Hi :) Im looking for a thermoplastic which stays clear, and becomes pliable in hot water to then use to mould , i believe it comes in round sheets. I have been told that it is acetate,although I’m not sure about this now, and that it comes in sheets, anyone got any ideas? thanks
Posted by candylandcourt 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
i would like to start making wax bullets but i dont know how what sort of wax would i use? what sort of mould ? Answered
Im only young so i am new to this but im not using a gun for this im using a catapult
Asked by sharlston 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Hi Can anyone help this old codger trying his first casting please. What I am trying to make is an aluminium block, 150mm square by 52mm thick with a 100mm hole in the centre, hopefully with a decent finish as I am short on finishing equipment. I am planning to weld angle iron into a square to make the sides, use a section of 100mm steel tube for the centre hole and tack weld them onto a steel plate to make the mould. I also want to fill the tube to make a disc. Does this this sound feasible please, also will the aluminium, as it shrink as it cools, get stressed by the centre steel tube. When I have poured the aluminimium into the moulds, do I slide a scraper across the top to get a reasonable finish. Many thanks Keith
Posted by axus4 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
So, I'm totally in love with these marbled jelly shoes, but they're sold out. Just wondering what's involved in a DIY version... what material would you make the mould out of, what material would you use for the cast, and how do you do the marbling? https://svpply.com/item/1599841/Anntian_Marmored_Shoes
Posted by jarris 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
Is there a substance out there that can be carved or moulded that can reduce in size keeping its proportions intact. i know you can get the reverse, a substance that can grow in size keeping proportions intact (Thanks Goodhart). I am trying to sculpt in miniature and its breaking my heart
Posted by maninamousesuit 11 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
The moulded liner in my pond has given up - it's cracking faster than I can patch, so I'm going to re-line it. I have a suitable flexible liner, but my question is: Should I rip out the existing liner and line from scratch, or should I fit the liner inside the rigid liner? The latter will be easier, but would the former be "better"?
Asked by Kiteman 7 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
I can not find any suppliers for housing foam!? I am looking for big sheets of the foam, I am making a rowing shell and I am going to make the mould and then fiberglass. This is the project I am going to begin https://www.instructables.com/id/Building-a-Rowing-Shell/ All comments are welcome Thanks
Asked by oscarthompson 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago