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Wakusei
07-24-2004, 10:54 PM
Everyone is casting stuff in resin and I want to gets me some knowledge. Yeah some might say "if everyone was jumping off a cliff would I" and I wouldn't, but I'd atleast peak over to see what they're jumping toward.

I'm looking for somebody to teach me how or a good tutorial to get me started. I would also probably need a list of supplies too.

A person familiar with doing this kinda thing would be great too because I have many questions.

LondonCalling
07-25-2004, 05:44 PM
Yeah good thread topic. I'm interested in learning as well.

Wakusei
07-25-2004, 11:19 PM
I'm gonna try private messaging some of the guys who do this sort of thing. Hopefully they'll help us all out. I'm eager to try it.

trabus
07-26-2004, 12:04 AM
This is how I learned. ;)
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=resin+casting+tutorial&btnG=Google+Search

These two links were especially helpful for me:
http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&start=6&q=http://home.houston.rr.com/dpstudios/workshoppages/molding_casting.htm&e=747
http://www.alumilite.com/howto.cfm

Also the people at http://www.smoothon.com are fairly helpful in finding the right materials for what you're wanting to do.

The best teacher is experience though. I'd just pick up one of the silicone kits and one of the resin kits from smoothon, and just make something small and simple to learn with.

Wakusei
07-26-2004, 02:04 AM
Wow. Thanks, trabus.
I was just about to private message you as well. I'll definately bookmark those links.

I love that Alphonse on your avatar. I still haven't dove into that series, but according to what I've heard FMA has been licensed in the states now and Square is releasing a PS2 game.

Omni
07-26-2004, 09:02 AM
You can follow tutorials all day long but the experience is what will really teach you. I strongly suggest working on a few small simple projects to start. Silicone is very expensive to start with so try working with something like Por-A-Mold and Por-A-Kast since its not so expensive. Its a polyurethane mold and cast material which doesnt have as long of a life span for the mold but for a vast majority of the people here it wont be a bother. Watch the directions for each item you are using. Some are mixed according to volume and some by mass. The ones by mass typically have to be exact to point that you need to buy a balance to weigh them right. I see a lot of people here carving the model out of foam, wood, or whatever they can find but I personally use clay. The clay that I use is a non-sulfur based clay called Chavant Le Beau Touche. The nice thing about it is that I can heat it in the microwave, stick it in the fridge or do whatever I want with it and it doesnt lose any of its useability. Create a model, mold it then turn around a reuse the exact same piece of clay for a new model. Klean Klay is another similar slightly cheaper option. Each can be bought in soft to extra firm hardness. Well, thats a little bit of help from me but if you have some specific questions just ask. Soon I should be posting some of my current work in progress.