Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Here are some quick tips for the variety of casting materials you can use in a ComposiMold mold:
|EPOXIES: Epoxy Resins, Putty, or Clay|
Epoxies work well for pieces up to 8 cubic inches. For larger castings of 8+ cubic inches, choose epoxies with longer cure times of 24+ hours. Experiment with freezing the mold prior to pouring epoxy resins that create a lot of heat during curing. Epoxy resins that require an added heat source for curing are not recommended.
Try our jewelry grade, crystal clear, Clear Casting Plastic for castings up to 6 cubic inches. Chill the mold for castings up to 20 cubic inches.
URETHANE OR POLYURETHANE:
Choose a urethane with a longer cure time. These create less heat as they cure. You can also experiment with freezing the mold prior to pouring higher temperature urethane resins. Be sure to use talc powder/baby powder as your mold release before each casting made.
Silicones work great in ComposiMold molds. Make castings with both platinum or tin cured silicone rubbers.
Mix plaster and water together in a 72 parts plaster to 28 parts water, by weight, or to a toothpaste-like consistency. Traditional plasters cure well but leave a slight soft layer on the outside of the casting. To avoid this, apply a layer of Plaster Release to the mold before pouring casts. Fast curing masonry cements work great and cure extremely strong. Follow instructions for mixing ratios.
Try our ComposiStone formulation! It’s smooth like plaster but hard as concrete. It works very well in a ComposiMold mold.
Shea Butter and Glycerine Soap make great soaps! Chill the mold prior to pouring any higher temperature soaps (above 140ºF).
WAXES: (for candle molds or encaustic casting)
Soy, Paraffin, Beeswax, and Melted Crayons work really well. Chill the mold first for higher temperature waxes (above 140ºF).
Try our all natural Soy Candle Wax for candle making and beautiful wax castings. Cools to a white, creamy finish!
Use any type of polymer clay, modeling clay, putty, or real clay for push molding in a ComposiMold. Do not use clay in a slurry form or the water will degrade the mold.
Pour or pipe many types of melted chocolate into your mold. Lightly tap or vibrate the mold to release air bubbles in the chocolate. No mold release is necessary for chocolates.
Press softened fondant into your mold with your hands or a rolling pin and remove immediately. No mold release is necessary for fondant.
When casting edible treats, you can also use: no-rise cookie dough recipes, gummies, gum paste, ice, butter, and more!
...AND MANY MORE:
For your art, craft, hobby, and hardware projects, you can also try: adding fillers and dyes to casting materials, ComposiMold itself as a rubber casting material, Modeling Compounds, Polyester Resin, Paper Mache and many more!
Do you have a question about using a specific casting material that was not answered here? Email or call anytime!
Sunday, July 31, 2016
An amazing artist uses 2,300 year old art methods to create three dimensional works of art.
The method was first developed by the Egyptians in 3rd century B.C. But Helene Farrar has added a contemporary twist, using modern materials.
The material is Encaustic paint. Part painting, part wax. Encaustic paintings are made from beeswax with pigments.
Helene Farrar has taking the encaustic paint and created relief sculptures that pop out of the page and combines this with her painting.
Instead of painting an image, she builds the image.
Using basic mold making methods and ImPRESSive Putty, she copies areas from sculptures and found objects for use in her paintings.
Friday, July 1, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Watch this video to see how you can make unique butter molds with ComposiMold.
The process is simple: just like you make chocolate molds, fondant molds, or gummy molds. Just melt the ComposiMold, pour it over your part, and you have your mold.
Imagine your pancakes with a cool shape, or a restaurant with its logo in butter!
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Can't get these chocolate molds or cookie molds in a store...
Using sugar cookies and chocolate, you can make almost any food safe mold shape you want. Just print out your shape, cut it out of clay and make your molds. Molds that you make are much more creative!
Edible treats that are really easy to make!
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Here are 3 tips to set you up for success when making jello castings in a ComposiMold mold!
TIP #1: Be sure to use 1/2 the amount of water asked for in the instructions. This will make a firmer jello Lego so it'll hold up to de-molding from your mold and lots of Lego stacking play!
TIP #2: Be sure to spray the inside of your ComposiMold mold with a food safe mold release before pouring the liquid jello.
TIP #3: Let the liquid jello cool way down before pouring. Also cool the mold before pouring liquid jello.
Let us know if you try this project! We'd love to hear about it and see pictures too!
~The ComposiMold Team
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Monday, December 28, 2015
How to make a Rubber Hatchet (Theater Props, Cosplay)
Clean the hatchet using soap and water. Remove any dirt, dust, loose paint and rust.
Embed the hatchet into clay so that half the hatchet is showing then create Key holes (indents) in the clay. The key holes help the two mold halves line up.
Step 3: Coat the Hatchet with Mold Release
Mold release will help keep the ComposiMold from sticking to the hatchet.
Start with a thin layer of ComposiMold and continue to brush more layers as the ComposiMold cools and thickens. The mold should be at least 1/4 inch thick.
Once the ComposiMold has solidified, mix a batch of plaster of Paris.
Soak cheesecloth into the Plaster of Paris, and place at least 5 even layers of the Plaster soaked cheese cloth onto the rubber ComposiMold mold.
Once the Plaster has hardened it is time to de mold (The Plaster will harden after 3 hours). Remove the clay and the hatchet from the mold. Clean up the hatchet and the mold to prepare them for the second half of the mold.
Create keys in the mother mold so that the two halves fit together perfectly.
I used nuts in this example and glued them down with plaster. This will create holes in the second half allowing them to line up correctly.
Once the mold and hatchet are cleaned put them back together.
Lay saran wrap over the mold so that the Plaster doesn't stick to itself. Then do the same thing we did to create the first half of the mother mold.
De-Mold once again removing the hatchet from the mold.
When casting with silicone you can paint the mold with resin dyes or oil based paints.
Dye the silicone using resin dyes or oil based paint, then brush it onto the mold.
Quickly put the two halves tightly together, then top the mold off with more silicone.
De-Mold the rubber hatchet (the silicone took 16 hours to cure) Clean off any extra paint. Enjoy! Use it as a stage prop, for Cosplay, or for pranking your friends.
Friday, December 18, 2015
How does it Compare to the shrinkage of other mold making materials?
2 - 5%
1.5 - 3.5 %
80-85% over a few days
80-85% over a few days
Homemade Silicone Molds Oogoo
Friday, December 11, 2015
How do I remove or minimize bubbles in ComposiMold?
Wait until the material has cooled to roughly 140 F (65 Celsius) before pouring. The closer your object and the ComposiMold are to the same temperature the less likely your part will hold bubbles close to it. You can even heat up your part if practical (don't get it to hot).
- Spray a heavy coat of bubble buster on your master object right before pouring ComposiMold (while the bubble buster is still wet). Bubble Buster breaks surface tension allowing bubbles to rise to the surface.
- Heat the ComposiMold with a loose microwave safe lid on your microwave safe container (this helps remove surface bubbles).
- In the microwave - heat the ComposiMold in short intervals. Also, let the ComposiMold sit to allow the hot melted portions to melt the non-melted portions.
Do not let the material get above 200 F (90 C) the material will start to boil creating bubbles. Do your best to keep it below 180F (80 Celsius).
- Pour the mold in one spot and allow the material to rise over the part like you would with silicone.
- To remove bubbles from the material - maintain a temperature of roughly 170 F (75 Celsius) until the bubbles have risen out of the material. This can be most easily accomplished in a double boiler.
- You can also use a vacuum chamber to remove bubble from the material - use a heated vacuum chamber maintaining a temperature of roughly 170 F (75 Celsius) until the bubbles have risen out. Doing it in a vacuum accomplishes the same thing as maintaining the temperature as stated above. The vacuum just helps the bubbles rise a little faster.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
We've listened closely to your feedback and made additions and alterations to the ComposiMold line of mold making materials.
- ReMold Putty is awesome! Apply it directly
to almost any model and capture the finest detail! ReMold Putty can be
used to make molds of sculptures, prototypes, candles, picture frames,
coins, etc. You can cast wax, clay, low melt plastics, low melt metal,
and a variety of resins into ReMold Putty. Just like ComposiMold, ReMold Putty may be remelted and used over and over.
New 6 oz. sizes of ComposiMold come in brand new, eye catching packaging, ready to hang! Try them with a clip strip merchandiser and Header Card in a Starter Package ready to go!
7oz. Low Melt Soy Wax for candle making now includes 12" of cotton wick!
ComposiMold-Flex is our newest heat-and-pour formulation. It is ultra flexible for use with soft casting materials such as soap, wax, and chocolate. Simply bend the mold away from your casting to remove delicate creations.
Make It Chocolate is specifically designed for use with chocolate! It is flexible for easy removal of chocolate shapes and comes in a brightly colored package to attract all the creative cake, cupcake, and cookie decorators. It's Easy to Make It Chocolate!
Friday, December 4, 2015
ComposiMold's frequently asked questions of the week.
How do I figure out how much rubber mold making compound I need?
20 oz. ComposiMold = 28 cubic inches
40 oz. ComposiMold = 56 cubic inches
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Katherine of Resin Obsession (http://resinobsession.com/) asked us to clone her dinosaur toy. She wanted to see how we do it, and she thought it would be a great way to show the power of ComposiMold to her customers.
So after she delivered the dinosaur to us, I got busy.
You never know the best way to make a mold. Even the best mold makers need to experiment to find out how they should set it up.
Where should you pour in your resin? Do you need to make a two part mold? Where should the parting lines be?
And that’s where ComposiMold comes in to play… it is reusable. I can experiment without worry, and without wasting materials.
So I did what I always do when starting a new mold making project…I experimented.
I placed the dinosaur into a cup and poured ComposiMold over it to see what happened…
I would like to say it worked perfectly and the mold is done and that’s the end of the story, but it’s not…well sort of…It did work just not the way it was supposed to.
The dinosaur didn’t float, but it didn’t stay on its feet. It flipped over onto its side…oops. Good thing I wasn’t using silicone rubber for my mold! First, I wouldn’t have known that it was flipped over because the silicone is opaque, second I would have wasted $30 on a messed up mold.
With ComposiMold, I placed the mold in the refrigerator to cool off, started to pull out the dinosaur to do it again, when I realized that the mold turned out pretty good.
When it was solidified, I thought that the mold looked pretty good, so before remelting it, I poured a little more ComposiMold over the side to make it a little thicker, cut out the dinosaur and filled it with the epoxy just to see what it would be like…it was difficult to fill the small parts…I used a small wire to push the bubbles out of the hands and tail. So the mold worked. This blue dinosaur is actually a color changing dinosaur. When I add heat, it will turn clearer. (She’ll turn invisible!)
But since that wouldn’t make a good video I decided to do it again. Yes, I know. ComposiMold is cool…no wait, warm, warm when it’s melted. So I remelted the mold and did it again the “right” way so I can have it on video….
First I coat the dinosaur with a thin layer of mold release, and then spray it with Bubble Buster to reduce the chances of bubbles sticking to the part.
To hold the dinosaur in place now that I know it will flip over, I have several options. I can glue it in place, do it as a two part mold, or the way that I chose….I poured a little ComposiMold into a cup and let that solidify first. Then I placed the dinosaur into the cup and poured a little more ComposiMold around its feet and torso and let that solidify. This ComposiMold held the dinosaur in place while we made the rest of the mold. Because we did not cool the first part of the mold or put a mold release in between the layers, the ComposiMold will melt together.
Another advantage of ComposiMold is that it is transparent. We can see where the dinosaur is within the mold. This lets us cut the parting line where we want it to be.
We could also have done this as a two part mold, but this seemed easier. Maybe we can do a two part mold next time… just to show the difference.
I assumed that the people who made this dinosaur originally put their parting lines in good spots, I decided to copy where they put them. But since I used a rubber mold making material, I need less of a parting line. I cut from the top so I could remove the part without damaging the feet and tiny hands.
I used Resin Obsessions Clear Casting Resin…This was my first time using that resin. It was thin for easy pouring and easily colored with different color dyes…also from Resin Obsessions.
I made several dinosaurs with this mold. Then, because I can, and ComposiMold is awesome like this, I remelted it to make a new mold. I made a rabbit to keep the town safe from the Dinosaurs!
Thank you for watching, and please let us know what we can do to help!
Free ebook is available at: http://composimold.com/ebook.html
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
into chocolate .
It Chocolate in a microwave or double boiler, much like you melt your
over your object that you want to duplicate,
rubber that flexes around chocolate to make removal from the mold easy
can remelt it again and again so that you can pour over your next design.
great tool, so it is there whenever you need it. Just pull out the Easy Make It
Chocolate, and make a mold that is unique and 100% your own.
all seen the molds, probably many of you have the same ones because they make
thousands of them that are all the same…and like many of us, you use it once,
and then it goes onto your shelf never to be used again.
of unique shapes, each one as unique as you.
is reusable, you are not putting more non-biodegradable rubber into the world.
sure your original part is clean, pour EMC over it, and you’re ready. To clean,
use a cold wet wash cloth and let it completely dry. Remelt it to make your next
double boiler, you know you can use it almost any time for weddings, school
treats, birthdays, or just because.
you are ready to create something of your own, when you want to make the
creations that are in your mind, the tool to use is Easy Make It Chocolate.
and President of ComposiMold. Along with the rest of the team here at
ComposiMold, Michelle, Shawn, Bobbi, and
Dan, we are here to help make your ideas
real. What can we do to help?
and more ways of using our reusable mold making products. Ask below, Call or Email us if you have questions. We would love to see what you make, and thank
Friday, November 20, 2015
ComposiMold's frequently asked questions of the week.
Can ComposiMold be used to cast silicone objects?
First create your mold, then once you have your mold spray it with silicone mold release. Measure and mix your silicone according to the instructions given on the container or flyer (different types of silicone have different mix ratios). Then pour your silicone mixture into the mold and wait for it to solidify before removing
Here is a list of other casting materials that can be used with ComposiMold.
- plaster or gypsum, concrete:Use as thick a mixture as possible to give stronger castings: Because ComposiMold is biodegradable, if the solution is too liquidy, you may damage the mold details.
- plastics:look for urethane or epoxy resins that cure slowly to reduce the heat created during curing.
- chocolate:works awesome: white chocolate, dark chocolate, tasty chocolate
- candle wax, and soap! Freeze the ComposiMold first so that the wax or soap will cool faster than the ComposiMold can heat up.
- Many others!
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
If video is not visible, go to our YouTube Page to view: https://youtu.be/uqbuFs2Czmw