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What material do I use for mold making? (seeking professional advice)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Nov 17. 9 Replies

Hi there. I’m a new here, so I would appreciate any professional advice. I have four questions about mold making and casting, so I’ll split it up by numbers. 1) I’m making a mold for a monster that…Continue

 

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Simon Tytherleigh replied to Alzoman7's discussion What material do I use for mold making? (seeking professional advice)
"Yes, that is absolutely fine. It may be quite heavy cloth, so if it is too resistant to getting into the shape of your mould, just cut it up into small shapes and then work it in. You may be able to buy fibreglass tape on a roll, and this is usually…"
Nov 17
Alzoman7 replied to Alzoman7's discussion What material do I use for mold making? (seeking professional advice)
"wow, thank you for all the info Simon. Would a fiberglass cloth like this work? https://www.homedepot.com/p/Evercoat-6-oz-4-in-x-10-yds-Fiberglass-Cloth-Woven-Tape-100932/303577270"
Nov 14
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Alzoman7's discussion What material do I use for mold making? (seeking professional advice)
"Just to add a little from my own experience with epoxy resin. Most resins are pretty similar, but not interchangeable. They are usually laminating resins, so intended, as Nick says, to be laid up in thin coats with glassfibre reinforcement. There…"
Nov 14
Alzoman7 replied to Alzoman7's discussion What material do I use for mold making? (seeking professional advice)
"Okay, so just so I understand. For epoxy resin, you mix it up, pour it into the mold, fill in the chopped strand fibreglass matt, or woven fibreglass fabric, wait for it to settle, and then add some more resin layer by layer? Or alternatively, you…"
Nov 14
StopmoNick replied to Alzoman7's discussion What material do I use for mold making? (seeking professional advice)
"The sculpting and mould making materials shops here in Australia seem to sell their own branded epoxy resins.  So far all of them - from Barnes Products and Dalchem - have been good and as far as I can tell, the same stuff.  They would be…"
Nov 13
Alzoman7 replied to Alzoman7's discussion What material do I use for mold making? (seeking professional advice)
"Hey Nick, So I've been looking at some epoxy resins, and I was wondering what brand you could recommend? I want to make sure that the resin I buy is proper for mold making. Sometimes when researching you buy something for animation, but it…"
Nov 13
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Alzoman7 replied to Alzoman7's discussion What material do I use for mold making? (seeking professional advice)
"Hello Nick, thank you so much for responding to my questions. I really admire your work on Youtube, so I'm kind of surprised you responded to my post. I'll take this advice into consideration when I make my final puppets. I might have some…"
Nov 11
StopmoNick replied to Alzoman7's discussion What material do I use for mold making? (seeking professional advice)
"Couldn't find this pic before - the Sumo body mould, in polyester resin & fibreglass chopped strand mating, with the Ecoflex 00-30 being poured in.  A plaster mould would obviously have to have much thicker walls.  "
Nov 10
StopmoNick replied to Alzoman7's discussion What material do I use for mold making? (seeking professional advice)
"I mostly use ultracal or Hydrostone moulds, but for a couple of silicone puppets I used polyester resin with fibreglass reinforcing.  It makes a smaller, much lighter mould.  The surface will be very strong so you shouldn't have any…"
Nov 10
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What material do I use for mold making? (seeking professional advice)

Hi there. I’m a new here, so I would appreciate any professional advice. I have four questions about mold making and casting, so I’ll split it up by numbers. 1) I’m making a mold for a monster that is roughly 10.5”-11” tall, and I started my using ultra cal. However I found that some of the finer details in the impression have broken off. Additionally, Ultracal mold is really heavy and hard to move around. I'm considering switching to a PU resin like Smooth-On 326. I feel like this alternative…See More
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