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Old 07-01-2011, 12:09 AM   #11 (permalink)
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What about this?
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:45 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hello to all. I found the above conversation very interesting. I cannot remember a more frustrating project then trying to embed labels and have them come out better than a first grader. Here is where I am so far. At the present I am using Alumilite Resin for pen casting. At first I tried some labels from I bought a thing glossy photo paper and found the resin does evil things to the photo papers. Then I tried Modpoge and this ruined the label right off. No need to wait! Now this is crazy but I bought some clear shrink tubing and that stopped any damage to the paper, except on the ends of the tube. Apparently my sealing job wasn't good enough to keep the resin from getting under the shrink tubing. Plan #54 was buying some waterproof labels that are also glossy (no shrink tubing). Now I have a different problem. I turned down one of my castings and it has little white streaks like maybe the resin is attacking these waterproof labels also. So I may not go broke trying this procedure if someone doesn't have a better method. (Please)
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Old 01-12-2018, 02:24 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Instead of casting over a waterslide decal try putting the decal on a finished pen blank - light colored wood works best. Then put a CA finish over the decal. I have made hundreds of pens using this method,
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Old 01-14-2018, 09:31 AM   #14 (permalink)
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One of my other hobbies is Scale Models, and I use 2 products called Micro Set and Micro Sol, for my waterslide decals. It basically "shrinks" the decal, and provides a coating that protects it from the top coat. It's made by Microscale Industries.
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Old 01-14-2018, 10:44 AM   #15 (permalink)
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To avoid any bubbles tube casting decals or labels using PR I force all the air out of the tubes with Play Doh, heat my molds and PR and use my pressure pot at 45 PSI.

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Old 01-14-2018, 10:46 AM   #16 (permalink)
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When you guys are talking about heat cycles for the resin what are you using for the heat source. Seamus said one heat cycle for 480 sec.
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