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Silicone Rubber

  1. Extending the life of low-melt metal silicone rubber moulds.
  2. Is it possible to place spatula-thickened silicone rubber straight onto a pattern?
  3. Using a release agent between silicone rubber pours.
  4. Up to what temperatures do normal silicone rubbers tolerate?
  5. Up to what temperatures do low melt metal silicone rubbers tolerate?
  6. Repairing a tear or filling a hole in a silicone rubber mould.
  7. Silicone rubber shelf life.
  8. Maximum operating temperature that Solid Mould 590 Low Metal melt Silicone Rubber can withstand.
  9. Altering the hardness/Shore Rating of silicone rubbers.
  10. Silicone rubber setting too quickly while mixing and consequences.
  11. Cleaning up uncured silicone rubber.
  12. Setting issues with silicone rubber.
  13. Mixing silicone rubber catalyst.
  14. Dull scum floating atop of melted pewter - silicone rubber low-melt metal.
  15. Creating a shiny finish on pewter casts.
  16. Solid Mould 500, general purpose silicone rubber mould.

Metal Casting

  1. Extending the life of low-melt metal silicone rubber moulds.
  2. Up to what temperatures do low melt metal silicone rubbers tolerate?
  3. Maximum operating temperature that Solid Mould 590 Low Metal melt Silicone Rubber can withstand.
  4. Flow issues with pewter into a closed mould.

Casting

  1. Working out how much casting material you'll need.
  2. Removing bubbles on the surface of Solid Cast 606 and Solid Cast 609 epoxy resins.
  3. Why does the colour of an organic specimen change when embedded?
  4. Pattern shapes that aren't suitable for moulding.
  5. Why does a part become difficult to remove from a mould?
  6. The curing of epoxy resins.
  7. Protecting copying electronic components set within clear resin.
  8. Achieving a metal-finish look when casting.
  9. Creating a rusty look.
  10. Safety considerations and precautions.
  11. Where an object is to too large to post cure in an oven.
  12. Vessels to measure out material.

Calculating Volume

  1. Working out the amount of casting material you'll need.

Moulding

  1. Working out the amount of moulding rubber you'll need.
  2. Can plasticine be used in the silicone rubber mould making process?
  3. Why does a part become difficult to remove from a mould?

Epoxy Resins

  1. Thinning epoxy resins.
  2. Up to what temperatures do epoxy resins tolerate?
  3. Epoxy resin shelf-life.
  4. Creating 'shine' on an epoxy item.
  5. Removing bubbles on the surface of Solid Cast 606 and Solid Cast 609 epoxy resins.
  6. Resin has gone cloudy and crystallised during storage.
  7. Cleaning up uncured epoxy resin.
  8. What is the square metre coverage of epoxy resin?

Temperatures

  1. Up to what temperatures do epoxy resins tolerate?
  2. Up to what temperatures do polyurethanes tolerate?
  3. Up to what temperatures do normal silicone rubbers tolerate?
  4. Up to what temperatures do low melt metal silicone rubbers tolerate?

Polyurethanes

  1. Up to what temperatures do polyurethanes tolerate?
  2. Polyurethane shelf-life.
  3. Creating 'shine' on an epoxy or polyurethane item.
  4. Painting Solid Cast 660 Polyurethane plastic.
  5. Release agents for concrete casting into polyurethane flexible moulds.
  6. Bonding Solid Cast 660 Polyurethane plastic.
  7. When flexible polyurethane rubber cast is still sticky after a few days of casting.
  8. When cured polyurethane is full of air and/or has hard foaming areas on the back.
  9. Solid Cast 6-55, flexible polyurethane rubber moulds.

Styrofoam

  1. Painting Styrofoam.
  2. Surfacing Styrofoam.
  3. The density of Blue Styrofoam Sheet.
  4. Gluing Styrofoam.
  5. Cutting Styrofoam.
  6. Styrofoam deliveries.

Adhesives

  1. Materials that stick to silicone rubber.
  2. Repairing a tear or filling a hole in a silicone rubber mould.
  3. Gluing Styrofoam.
  4. Bonding Solid Cast 660 Polyurethane plastic.
  5. How to dissolve superglue.
  6. Gluing plastic.

Shelf-life

  1. For epoxy resin.
  2. For silicone rubber.
  3. For superglue.
  4. For polyurethane.
  5. For plasters.
  6. For pigments and dyes.
  7. Why does my resin sometimes go cloudy and crystallised during storage?

Superglues

  1. Superglue shelf-life.
  2. What removes superglue?

Plasters

  1. Plaster shelf-life.
  2. Forming a plaster mould over a plaster pattern.
  3. Lumps appearing in plaster mixes.
  4. Extending the working time of plaster.
  5. Ordering Gypsum Plaster.

Pigments and Dyes

  1. Pigments and dyes shelf-life.
  2. Achieving a metal-finish look when casting.
  3. Creating a rusty look.
  4. Amount of pigment to use to colour epoxies, polyurethanes and silicone rubbers.
  5. Creating 'marble' look in casting.

Concrete Casting

  1. Release agents for concrete casting into polyurethane flexible moulds.

Release Agents

  1. Solid Cast 6-55, flexible polyurethane rubber moulds.
  2. Solid Mould 500, general purpose silicone rubber mould.

Fibreglassing

  1. Calculating the amount of epoxy resin needed for fibreglassing fabric.
  2. Cleaning cured epoxy resin off consolidation rollers.

Stickiness

  1. Casting comprising 'sticky' areas.
  2. When flexible polyurethane rubber cast is still sticky after a few days of casting.
  3. The curing of epoxy resins and 'stickiness'.

Embedding

  1. Preventing paper or photographic images from darkening or discolouring when coating with resin.
  2. Casting an object suspended in clear epoxy resin.
  3. Bubbles forming when embedding an object.
  4. Embedding organic objects in epoxy resin.

Dealing with bubbles

  1. Removing bubbles on the surface of Solid Cast 606 and Solid Cast 609 epoxy resins.
  2. Eliminating bubbles when pouring out silicone rubbers or casting materials.
  3. When cured polyurethane is full of air and/or has hard foaming areas on the back.

Delivery information

  1. Delivery methods.
  2. Delivery Times and Rates.
  3. Organising your own courier
  4. Foam Sheets
  5. Ordering Gypsum Plaster
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