Thursday, January 22, 2015

How to Use Epoxy for Mold Making and Casting

Epoxy is a plastic casting material. It begins as a liquid but becomes hard over time by curing.
Typically epoxy is a two parts mixture: Part one is the resin and Part two is the hardener. Epoxy works excellent as a casting material, and it  is also used for composite structures such as aircraft, surf boards, fishing lures, and some building work.

The advantages of epoxy include strength and ease of use. Most epoxy casting material for home or small scale use cure at room temperature and most epoxies are simple equal part mixtures by weight or volume, and unlike urethanes, most epoxies work very well as a casting material when small amounts of water is present.

To start casting with epoxy, the first step is to make a mold. There are a variety of mold making materials available on the market including silicone, latex, and wax based products, and if you are new to mold making and casting, using a reusable mold making material will enable experimentation and reduce costs and frustrations.

Because epoxies are versatile, a variety of mold release material can be used to ensure that the epoxy cast does not stick to the mold. Vegetable oil, mineral oil, or soap work effectively for small scale
productions, but for larger scale productions or composite work, mold releases made specifically for epoxy are recommended.

Mix the two parts of epoxy together completely by stirring. After mixing thoroughly, pour the epoxy mixture into the mold and let stand until solidified.

Filler materials are used with epoxy to give the cast a different appearance and properties. To make a stronger cast, glass fiber fillers of up to a quarter inch long are used. To give the mold a unique appearance or to take up space, talcum powder, wood sawdust, sand, or many other materials are used.

Epoxy is a versatile casting material that will enable you to create your own unique products and castings from your molds. To learn more about mold making and casting with epoxy, visit www.ComposiMold.com

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What is Casting


Casting is a process where liquid or semi-liquid material is poured into a mold. The mold is the inverse of the shape you want to make into a duplicate and comes in many shapes. It often contains a hollow cavity of the desired shape. Casting materials can be various cold setting materials, polymer, clays, hot melts, or metals. Cold setting materials typically may cure after mixing two or more components. Examples include: epoxy, concrete, plaster and clay.

Plaster and other chemical curing materials such as concrete and plastic resin may be cast using reusable mold making material. Using mold making material that is reusable allows for multiple casting projects from the same material and can save money and prevent frustrations.  By casting plaster, hydrocal, ultracal, concrete, or cement into your molds you can create unique sculptures, fountains, bird baths and more.


Cold set resin casting is used to make plastic casts. The mold is filled with a synthetic 2 part resin that is mixed together and hardens overtime. These casts can be used for small-scale production like industrial prototypes, toys, and jewelry. Hobbyists use plastic resins in their molds to reproduce collectible toys, rock walls, models, backdrops, broken parts, and figures. Jewelry makers use plastics resins to makes beads and earrings.

Clay and polymer clay are used for casting and is generally pushed into a mold.  Clays are plastic due to their water content and becomes hard, brittle and non–plastic upon drying or firing. Casting with clay is great for art projects and clay may be used to create a master for a mold. The polymer clay, such as Sculpey™ or FIMO™, or polymer metal clay is cast the same way as typical clay cast, by pushing the clay into the mold cavity.


Casting can also be performed using hot melt materials such as candle wax casting or soap castings. The process for making a wax casting or soap casting works through the melting of the soap or wax and pouring the liquid into the mold cavity. Instead of mixing two parts together, the wax or soap cools to solidify.

Casting is a useful tool to enable the duplication and creation of unique parts and shapes. There is anthropological evidence that people have been solving problems by casting parts since 500 B.C. So, if your favorite thing is broken and you want it replaced, consider making a mold and casting a part. For more information about molding and casting and associated materials visits 
http://www.composimold.com/.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Easy Mold Making Kit; Molding and Casting for Beginners Ages 10 and Up

Kit Includes: 6 oz./171g. ComposiMold, 4 oz./114g. ComposiStone Hard Plaster, 2 oz./57g. Modeling Clay (colors vary), and Instructions.

Below are the instructions included in the Easy Mold Making Kit. Remember, you can easily learn molding and casting with this kit designed for beginners ages 10 and up!
 
1. Soften and shape the clay into an original sculpture. Make sure it is has a flat back and is less than 1/4” thick. (It’s best to start with simple shapes.)
2. Press the back of your original sculpture onto the bottom of the empty container that all the kit items were in. Be sure there is at least 1/2” of empty space all around your sculpture. (You can use any heat safe container as a mold box.)
 
3. Melt the ComposiMold in the microwave in intervals of 10 to 20 seconds each, checking the ComposiMold in between. Be sure not to boil the material!

4. Pour the melted (and slightly cooled) ComposiMold over your original sculpture so it covers it by at least 1/4”. Use a toothpick to guide any bubbles off of the surface of the clay sculpture. (You don’t have to remove the bubbles completely, just be sure they aren’t touching the surface.)

5. Let your mold solidify back to its rubbery consistency by letting it cool at room temperature or in the refrigerator to solidify faster. It should take about 10 minutes to cool in the refrigerator.

6. Remove the original sculpture from the mold by pulling it out or bending the mold away from the sculpture.

7. Mix the ComposiStone Hard Plaster at the ratio of 2 1/2 parts powder to 1 part water. This will be a thick mixture which is better for the ComposiMold and makes a stronger casting. Stir it well and scoop it into your mold. Be sure to fill the lowest and most detailed parts on your mold first. Tap the mold on the counter to be sure any air bubbles rise out of the plaster mix. Hold your mold up and look at it from below. Because the mold is see-through, you will be able to make sure the plaster mix made it’s way into all the areas of the mold. This process all needs to happen very quickly because the ComposiStone hardens in less than a minute.

8. Let this small casting harden in the mold for about 10-20 minutes. Turn the mold over and bend it away from your casting. The casting should easily fall out of the mold onto the table. Let it completely harden for 24 hours.

9. Repeat step 7 to make as many castings as you want in this mold. If the mold begins to loose detail after multiple castings, you can remake the mold of the same sculpture (if it didn’t fall apart) OR sculpt a different shape and make a completely different mold! You can clean your mold with a cold damp cloth. If it begins to dry out during the casting process, spray the inside of the mold with vegetable oil and keep covered when not in use.

COMPOSIMOLD CAN BE RE-MELTED AND RE-USED OVER 35 TIMES!

10. Get creative! Paint your ComposiStone castings and turn them into functional art pieces by gluing a magnet to the back, drilling a small hole in the top to string a leather chord into, or using them as game pieces.

For More Information Visit: www.ComposiMold.com, To Order ComposiMold Products Visit: www.store.composimold.com

Friday, January 2, 2015

What is Mold Making


Mold making is the process used to duplicate three dimensional models or objects. A model is any object that has depth, and an original model can be made from almost anything. If you were making your own object to mold, you might use clay, rock, or plastic. Through the use of a mold making material a negative, or a reverse, of a model part is made, the negative can then be used to cast a second part that is the same size and shape as the original part.

Simple parts such as relief sculptures can be duplicated by using a one part mold. The casting material is poured or pressed into the mold indentation. The casting material can range from clay, soap, chocolate, concrete, liquid plastic, play-dough, and metal castings.

You can make two part molds or even three or more part molds. Mold sizes can range from a few millimeters to many feet in size. Mold making is used in industry to make duplicates of a wide variety of creations ranging from car parts to Christmas ornaments. More complicated molds may include a variety of molded parts, rigid parts of the molds, inserts, a variety of resins and fillers, and a lot of setup and thought.

At home mold making is typically performed using a rubber mold making material that can be poured on or around the object to be duplicated. The mold can then be filled with casting materials of your choice. For example, many cake decorators or chocolate makers use molds to create unique shapes from their chocolates or use molds to shape fondant into special shapes. Home soap and candle makers duplicate unique shapes and designs. Hobbyist use molds to make components for their trains and to make improvements to the backdrops and sceneries.  Even fishermen enjoy molding their own unique fishing lures.




Mold making can be fun and useful. With patience and persistence, you can mold and cast just about anything. You can make unique gifts and fix broken parts. To learn more about molding, casting and the products associated with Mold Making visit http://composimold.com

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

ComposiMold Used to Make Incredible Molds for Buddhist Temple

When we say ComposiMold is an innovative mold making material that our customers use for projects we can't even dream of ourselves...we mean it!


ComposiMold is now being implemented in one of the most unique and breathtaking ways yet! Our friend Dan Curtis informed us of an very unique project taking place in New York. Dan is the contractor for the renovation of a Buddhist Temple!

Mr. Youngdrung, an artist who created all the ornamentation for a Buddhist commemorative monument in another part of New York is now lending his talent to decorate the shrine room at Kunzang Palchen Ling. Kunzang Palchen Ling is a Buddhist temple offering many classes and practice sessions for those who want to learn about Buddhism and Buddhist meditation practices. Assisted by Wendy Harding, Lama Tratop, and Bardor Tulku Rinpoche himself, Mr. Youngdrung has been making ComposiMold molds for the columns and beams for the main shrine room of this temple.

A little west of the Village of Red Hook, New York, sits KuzangPalchen Ling (KPL).

A little west of the Village of Red Hook, New York, sits KuzangPalchen Ling (KPL).
The 3rd Bardor Tulku Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Kunzang Palchen Ling. He's also getting involved with the artistic process of beautifying the temple.








 Beautiful painted plaster castings made from ComposiMold molds for the columns and beams for the main shrine room.
Mr. Youngdrung's team mindfully painting the columns.
Mr. Youngdrung's team mindfully painting the columns.
Set in a quiet and green neighborhood, KPL is shielded from the traffic of the nearby road, while its proximity to the main road provides quick access to the center. The center is open to the public during practice session times, retreats or teaching programs. To contact the temple to either visit or make a tax-deductible donation, please call Lila at 845-757-5571 or email info@kunzang.org

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sharon Stiegler Uses ComposiMold-FC to Create Edible Masterpieces

We first met Sharon Stiegler at a cake show during which she purchased ComposiMold. At this year's Great American Cake Show in Westminster, Maryland we were again greeted by Sharon and her enthusiasm and excitement spread throughout the hall as she shared her latest cake and decorating ideas, all made using molds created with ComposiMold. She graciously shared her ComposiMold molds she made using a plastic grenade, real bullets, and wooden bowling balls and pins.












Chocolate bullet made in a ComposiMold mold of a real bullet.

Chocolate bullets and grenade made in a ComposiMold.



Bowling pins and balls made in a ComposiMold.
Her creations were absolutely amazing and we envied those lucky folks who were able to sample the chocolate confections. Sharon's cake at the show gave us new molding ideas; she used nuts and bolts as well as gears to make the decorations on her cake. The gorgeous butterflies on her cake were so realistic, it required close inspection to ascertain that they were not real! We want to thank Sharon for sharing her cakes and molds, her molding support, and allowing us to make posters using some of her decorations. Thank you Sharon; see you at the next show! -Bobbi

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Breaking Bad's Candy Lady Uses ComposiMold!

ComposiMold's Six Degrees of Separation 

Who doesn't love to find out that their customers are famous?! Recently we learned that our customer, Debbie Ball, The Candy Lady, of Old Town, New Mexico made an edible treat that was used in the Award Winning Series, Breaking Bad.


We recently met her at a trade show in Albuquerque, NM and were so excited to hear that she's experimenting with ComposiMold-FC (food contact). When we recently spoke with her on the phone she explained that she was making a mold of an air conditioner remote control. She's a very creative business woman with lots of ideas and we look forward to seeing pictures of all her future ComposiMold projects! 

For More Information Visit:www.ComposiMold.com, www.Facebook.com/ComposiMold, www.YouTube.com/ComposiMold To Order ComposiMold Products Visit: www.store.composimold.com

Monday, October 20, 2014

iHobby 2014, ComposiMold Team Makes a Friend & Repairs Suitcase

I had not been to Chicago in several years, so when Stan asked me if Shannon would be ok with me taking a week long trip to the 30th annual iHobby Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois on very short notice, Shannon reluctantly said, “yes.”

Our trip was awesome. I met some tremendous people, got to visit downtown Chicago, saw the Bean, heard a dude singing Johnny Cash on the ramp to the Subway, and learned how to mold, cast and repair  a suitcase on location at the iHobby Expo 2014.


I think Stan was regretting hiring me after I quickly volunteered him to help fix the handle on Robert Trost’s favorite suitcase while we were displaying ComposiMold at the iHobby Expo 2014 at the Schaumburg Convention Center.

Robert explained that he was missing his trusty suitcase, and even though the manufacturer replaced it with a new model, the new one was just not the same. The suitcase company, known for its high quality travel luggage, was unable to provide Robert with the part for the discontinued suitcase and Robert was left using a travel bag that didn’t suit him. So, remembering seeing ComposiMold before and reading that we would be at the iHobby Expo, he brought the broken suitcase part, hoping we could help him make it functional again.


With the exuberance of my daughters on Halloween, I told Robert that of course we would help him fix this part! Then I watched the color drain from Stan’s face. I got a little worried until Stan, without hesitation, told Robert that we would do our best without any guarantees.

I can completely understand Robert’s connection to his travel companion. He explained that it was strong, sturdy and easy to negotiate, and simply traveling without it was not as pleasurable as it was traveling with his favorite suitcase. He was protective of the broken master part that needed to be glued together to be used as the master for the mold. However, we assured him he would lose nothing, it was worth a try! Robert relaxed and enjoyed watching the process of molding and casting the broken part as much as I did.

Recasting the suitcase part was a three day, ten-step project:

Step One: glue the master back together

Step Two: make a mold-box out of tinfoil

Step Three: use clay to secure the master to the mold-box and attach a lump of clay to the master part to create a sprue. The sprue will be the entry point to pour the urethane in Step Eight.

Step Four: spray master with Mold Release and then Bubble Buster  

Step Five: melt and pour ComposiMold into the mold-box until the master is completely covered by ½”

Step Six: wait 4 or 5 hours for ComposiMold to cool back to its flexible consistency and remove master from molding box

Step Seven: spray mold with mold release

Step Eight: mix epoxy per directions and pour into mold via the sprue

Step Nine: wait for urethane to cure per directions and remove casted part from mold

Step Ten: shape part by cutting and sanding off the sprue shape, install, and start using favorite suitcase.

Everything worked out splendid and we were thrilled when Robert emailed me the final results of iHobby Expo 2014 Suitcase Repair Project.



Hello Mike,

I want to thank you guys again for the part you molded for me.After a little cutting and sanding I was able to fit the part into the handle and assemble it again. Now I can use my favorite suitcase again!
          Kind regards,


          Robert Trost
          Hickory, NC 

So, please next time you break your favorite item whether it be a suitcase, model train, or bathroom fixture consider trying to fix it using ComposiMold, the one part, reusable re-meltable, mold making material.


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Plaster in a ComposiMold

Thursday Quick Tip:

When using Plaster in a ComposiMold mold, be sure to mix the plaster and water at a 3 Part Plaster to 1 Part Water ratio. This may seem too thick to you but we assure you, it will yield successful, strong parts and it won't degrade your mold like an overly wet mixture would.


For this small mold, I used a stir stick to "smear" the plaster and water mixture into the most detailed areas of the mold first. Then I picked up and dropped the mold onto the table a few times to release any air bubbles that might have been trapped in the plaster. Then I "smeared" more plaster into the mold until it filled the rest of the cavity.


I then used the stir stick to gently scrape out any excess plaster while it was still soft. This will save you a lot of time and energy cleaning up edges once the pieces are cured and hardened.


Let the plaster cure in the mold for a few hours, for this sized mold. Don't rush things and pop them right out because that is how you break your castings...


The plaster I used in this project was ComposiMold's own ComposiStone. It is as smooth as plaster, but as strong as cement. Follow this link for ordering information! 

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DIY Robot Mold Making, Casting, and Arduino Remote Control



Shawn has just completed a ComposiMold project that utilizes 6 different casting materials. This project demonstrates one of ComposiMold's greatest features; it's versatility. This robot casting was made in 5 separate molds and the casting materials consist of; ComposiStone Concrete/Plaster Mixture, ProtoCast 85R Urethane Resin, PureCast 605 Urethane Resin, Decoupage, Delight Modeling Compound, and Silicone Rubber.  Watch the video below to learn how he made this character in 5 different ComposiMold molds and even made him talk and light up too!

 

Parts List:
ComposiStone (2lbs), Hot glue, Spray adhesive, PureCast605, Elmer’s Glue, Used ComposiMold, ProtoCast85R, Water, Toy Robot, Silicone, Cardboard Box’s, Paint, Colored tissue Paper, Cups, Wires, Delight Paper Clay, Plastic bags/ trash bags, Breadboard, Recordable Card, Controller, Ferrules, Electric Switch, Receiver, Electrical tape, Rubber gloves, Packing tape, LED Lights, Clay, Bubble Buster, Mold Release, Arduino, Stir Sticks, Plates/tray for mixing paint.

The Amount of ComposiMold used for each part of the robot is as follows:
• Arms..3.7Lbs each
• Head.. 1Lb
• Legs ….10.4Lbs
• Body…9.3Lbs

Equipment:
Microwave, Hot glue gun, Laptop, Pliers, Scissors, Scale, USB to mini USB, Wire strippers.

Outline of the Video:
The video starts with creating the mold box using a cardboard box, plastic bag, and spray adhesive followed by preparing the robots legs by anchoring them down with clay, spraying them with bubble buster and mold release.

The ComposiMold is melted down in a microwave and poured over the prepped Robot legs. After the mold is poured; the ComposiMold is left to cool to solidify.

The legs are removed by cutting and flexing the rubbery mold. The mold is taped up in preparation for the casting material.

Then the various types of casting materials used for each of the robots five body parts are demonstrated. The robots legs are first up; ComposiStone (Plaster like material) is mixed and poured into the mold. Next I explain how the robots head was casted with PureCast 605 and how I was able to embed LED lights in the material. Then I explain how the body was casted using ProtoCast85R. I will then go over how to cast one of the arms using decoupage and delight modeling compound. The other arm is casted in silicone; were I start by showing how to mix the material followed by pouring and later removing the piece from the mold. Next we paint the robot, wire the Arduino, write the code, and start playing with the remote control robot!

For More Information visit: www.ComposiMold.com

Monday, April 28, 2014

1970's Triple Crown Winner knows about ComposiMold


We, in ComposiMold Land, are constantly surprised to hear how ComposiMold is being used in the "real world". Lisa Menz never fails to impress us with her cake decorating skills and her ambitious ComposiMold projects too!

This time she had the honor of creating Jean Cruguet's 70th birthday cake. Mr. Cruguet was the jockey who in the 1970's rode Seattle Slew to the top, winning the Triple Crown Races!


Lisa writes about her process, "I made a huge mold of a horse head with ComposiMold and then I used black fondant for the horse head." She also mentioned, "You could use chocolate also, of course."

Lisa demonstrates ComposiMold's reusability and cost effectiveness perfectly here. She only needed one horse head for this special cake...and it needed to be big! She can make this large mold with the ComposiMold she has been using for her custom cake decorating business and then simply remelt it for her next project! 

Thank you Lisa, for sharing this cake with us and Mr. Cruguet too!
                            ~Your friends in ComposiMold Land


For more information, please visit: www.ComposiMold.com

Thursday, March 20, 2014

ComposiMold Explained in Drawings

This video was created to demonstrate the simple ComposiMold process. We use chocolate as our casting material but of course you can use fondant, gum paste, and many other edible casting materials too! You can use a wide variety of non-edible treats too in ComposiMold-LT and PowerMold. 


For More Information visit: www.ComposiMold.com

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sue Makes Cat Shaped Soaps in ComposiMold to Raise Money for CatCareTNR.org



As always, we love sharing customer testimonials and project photos! We also love to help spread the word about amazing organizations like CatCareTNR.org dedicated to minimizing the feral cat population in SW Colorado by spaying or neutering over 7,000 cats in their organization's history. 

 Our new friend, Sue, is the president of CatCareTNR.org. She is dedicated to raising money to keep this mission alive. In addition to being an animal advocate, she is also a super creative silversmith, lost wax casting mold maker, and leather artist!

We are loving talking with her and seeing how she is harnessing her creativity to make a difference in the animal kingdom!

If you are feeling inspired by her ComposiMold project, simply follow this link: CatCareTNR.org to make a donation!

Sue writes:
"OMG!  I LOVE/ADORE THIS STUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!  YES, I'M SHOUTING!  IT'S THE BEST THING SINCE THE INVENTION OF THE WHEEL!!!!!"

"I've made 2 whole molds!  LOL  I'm going to need more Composimold.  I made a mold of a cat figurine 2 days ago and last nite I girded my loins and read all the instructions and watched your videos for the umpteenth time.  I got my melt and pour soap, melted some, colored it lavender, added some lavender scented oil (both items made for soap), and poured into my cat mold that had been chilling in the freezer for 2 hrs.  (this mold has a LOT of detail with the eyes and fur, etc).  I put it in the fridge to set up and tried to ignore it for an hour.  At midnight...I carefully un-molded it.  SUCCESS!  A perfect lavender 'bar' of soap.  I couldn't sleep because I was so excited and went thru my rottweiler figurines to make another mold.  I chose one and found a container that would work for it.  Melted the ComposiMold and poured over it. Yet I didn't have enough ComposiMold!!!!!!!!!  It only went up to the dog's neck. Darn! (Tomorrow I'm ordering more ComposiMold!) Then I poured the ComposiMold back into the container and quickly found my second choice rottweiler figurine and set it up.  Re-heated the ComposiMold and poured over.  Went to bed at 2 am, very excited.  I just cut the mold open and it too looks perfect!  I have to feed our feral cats (9 of them) and the Canada geese and ducks on the river now, but when I come back in I'm going to make a lavender rottweiler!"

The pink cats are rose scented and weigh 1.25 oz.  The gray cat is actually lavender colored and scented.


I think you'll agree the detail is amazing!  You can easily see the fur.  I did break an ear off one cat, but with judicious use of a soldering iron and rheostat and a bit of extra soap I 'glued' the ear back on and you  honestly can't see the break.  I'm going to paint a bit of vegetable oil in just the ear areas. (as a mold release) The left ear is deliberately 'broken'.  When a feral cat is trapped and spayed or neutered the left ear is tipped, the end cut off, so you can easily see from a distance that the cat has already been caught and fixed." 
For More Information visit: www.ComposiMold.com