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Old 03-13-2011, 06:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default My first PR cast

It was finally almost 50 degrees today so I decided to dive in and try my first PR cast. (It had nothing to do with the fact the in-laws were visiting)
I would like to say that everything went just as I had planned it ...... but you wouldn't believe that anyways. My first mistake, in spite of checking the volume of my mold, I didn't mix up as much as I should have. I would have liked to have some left over, as it turned out I didn't quite fill to the top of the mould. Still I was able to get a good 3/4" thickness.
I used Silmar41 and Coastal Scents mica pigments.
Had a very nice purple with the first part of the pour.... I did submerse the cups in warm water to help with the mixing...but it was cold .... wasn't setting up very fast. I mixed the white ultra silk and added the catalyst thinking the first part would be gelling soon. Got anxious and added it too soon I think. This was after a good hour had gone by. Placed it on the bandsaw and ran it for 10 minutes or so but never really saw much in the way of air bubbles.
Finally placed it in a cardboard box turned on it's side and clamped a light with a 100w bulb facing it.
I was a little confused about whether or not it was safe to place the whole thing in the toaster oven or not while still in a semi-liquid state ?
Once it had set up (the light worked quite well) I did place it in the toaster oven for about 15 minutes at around 125 degrees.

Next time I will probably use more of the purple (or whatever main color) and less of the complimentary color.

Thanks to everyone who has offered help and advice, both here and through the many library articles! This is going to have a learning curve but it's going to be FUN!!!
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Looks good from here.
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Not my fav. color, but I really like the texture on the blanks. Looks really cool!
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Way to go, Lenny. You took a difficult situation and survived it with god looking cast. My first is in the trash. I posted and asked for help which came in abundance. I was and still am very grateful for all the attention the more experienced members poured upon me. Good job and keep up the effort. I think this thing, casting, may be eaiser to learn than a CA finish. Still working on that also.
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Way to go, Lenny. You took a difficult situation and survived it with god looking cast. My first is in the trash. I posted and asked for help which came in abundance. I was and still am very grateful for all the attention the more experienced members poured upon me. Good job and keep up the effort. I think this thing, casting, may be eaiser to learn than a CA finish. Still working on that also.
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Not my fav. color, but I really like the texture on the blanks. Looks really cool!
It wasn't quite what I was going for either.

This is a shot of the underside ... a little different color showing there.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:05 AM   #7 (permalink)
 
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Cut a blank off this morning and rounded it over just to see what it would look like. I definitely want to pour thicker Next time!

While it wasn't what I thought I was going to get, I'm happy with it for a first effort.
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Lenny, if my first blank cast turns out that nice I well be a very happy man! Congrats.
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Looks great to me.
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Congratulations, Lenny!

You made a "turnable" blank on your first outing! It looks like you are now ready to start the "three cup shuffle" and start pouring multi -colored blanks! Thicker IS a better idea!

I wish my first blank had looked this good! Mine looked more like something the dog left:)
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