Resin Casting: Taking the Dip

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As I pointed out a few weeks ago when I started discussing terrain building here, I’m something of a noob when it comes to this hobby, relatively speaking that is. Although I’ve dabbled in making things here and there for my tabletop games over the years, they were always quick and dirty pieces that filled an immediate need, often getting tossed after the game or forgotten.

It’s only been the past few years that I’ve gotten more serious about it started to acquire more knowledge and expore differnt ways of doing things.

One thing I’ve wanted to learn for years was the art of making molds of my work and casting copies of the original. I knew it could be done but information was sketchy and there were so many approaches as far as materials that I was just confused. Until one day, I stumbled across this tutorial on youtube posted by Smooth On.

I wanted to mention that video  today because the past few weeks I’ve been getting a LOT of emails from readers asking how to get started in casting.

Here’s my best advice.

If you’re even remotely interested in doing some casting go to Amazon and buy this Moldmaking Kit by Smooth on.

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It includes everything you need to do both molds and casting. It also includes release agent and sealer, a CD with tutorial videos and two booklets of instructions.

Hands down the easiet and cheapest way to explore the world of resin casting (and for less than $50 bucks).

It’s a great place to start and learn from.

I’m more than glad to answer questions here and talk more on the subject for all of you who have been asking about how to get started? I’m not sure I could add much to the information in this kit.

Now a lot of my friends are into Hirst Molds. They sell silicon molds for a wide variety of things from castle walls to Tavern trappings. A fine company and judging from the number of enthusiasts who are making Hirst pieces it’s very addicting. Most folks use plaster or dental stone to cast thier hirst pieces but you can all so use resin (although I’m told it degrades the mold life).

Hey, take a look at THIS piece made from Hirst molds…

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Hard to argue with that sort of coolness, eh?

I haven’t personally dabbled with Hirst pieces. They don’t quite scratch my creative itch like sculpting does.

That said, I do drool over those Hirst molds. At some point I’m sure I’ll end up doing some button clicks on their website and add some items to my cart.

 

Addendum: I wanted to mention one of my favorite places in regards to casting.  Renyolds Advanced Materials.

Renoylds has stores in many major cities throughout the U.S. — if you’re lucky enough to have one near you, I highly recommend paying them a visit. And — save yourself the shipping costs on Amazon and buy your Smooth On kit there. Chances are they are fulfilling our Amazon anyway (as I recently found out).

Not only do they have all your mold/resin materials and related supplies but they offer free classes and seminars. They also have weatlth of casting examples from local hobbyists. The one near me in Chicago has a huge Dragon skull that I’ve been coveting for a while now. There are also samples of various mold/resin materials, including tints that you can look through for ideas. I never go to Reynolds without coming away with a dozen ideas and feeling motivated.

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The staff are also friendly and knowledgeable. I’ve often taken one of my sculpts in for advance as to how to cast it. They are very friendly and helpful in that regard. Not to mention the clientele. It’s sort of a hangout for creative types and I often find I’m meeting someone doing something incredible (like the guy who makes prop babes for the movie industry or the guy building a nine foot U.S.S. Enterprise in his garage. I’ve picked up all sorts of ideas and tips talking with other customers.  They even have a Facebook group.

So check ’em out.

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