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Old 04-18-2011, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Repeat after me: Recycle Code 5

Once I discovered the temperature had reached the 50's today I decided to try and do another cast, my 6th.

A few weeks ago my wonderful wife, in an effort to help, had picked up some plastic cups. Now I had been made aware of the problems with using recycle code 6 plastic by PenMan1, but I threw these into my stash of casting supplies anyway figuring they would be handy for measuring amounts (with water) or whatever. BIG MISTAKE!
I forgot, and mixed up about 6 oz. of resin and (luckily) had it warming in a tub of warm water. When I picked it up to add to the mix ....


But in spite of that mental fopar I managed to get cast #6 poured.
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Lenny if that's the only mistake you make, your lucky. Word for the wise, don't put #5 cups in a 120 degree oven to heat the resin. Only takes about a minute before it melts. DAMHIKT
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Lenny if that's the only mistake you make, your lucky. Word for the wise, don't put #5 cups in a 120 degree oven to heat the resin. Only takes about a minute before it melts. DAMHIKT

so .... probably 40 seconds would be ok, huh ?


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Looks good Lenny
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How about use glass pouring jars. You get some wax paper and stuff it in the jar with an elastic band holding it on the outside. You mix and pour, then pull out the paper into the trash. That will reduce cost on cups and land fill.
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That title alone made me chuckle... glad you were able to save the pour.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
 
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as for plastic pouring cups...i found and have always used 2 different sizes of Kerr (brandname) plastic canning jars.
you will find them with all the glass canning jars (mason) and the lids and rings etc.
they are somewhat flexible, won't melt and since you can reuse them over and over....i usually have a dedicated cup for most of my basic colors.
good note...the resin peels out or chips out after you're done.

i dont know if anyone else uses these....but i never had any problems with them at all.

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I got one cut away and turned round tonight just to see what was inside ...

I think I found wood!
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wowzer that is a killer! Throw that on a nice kit!
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I used to use the Kerr and Rubbermade containers, but stopped. We pour 5 gallons of resin about every 3 months. Cleaning the containers is a P.I.T.A. And we started getting some "cross contamination" from reused cups.

As far as "clogging up the landfill", this doesn't happen with code 5. They go on to live anothe life as grocery shopping bags and other things.

It IS getting hard to find code 5 cups. I buy them 64 - 9 oz cups for $2 at Family Dollar Stores.

We also eat a lot of Breakstone yogurt, Sour Cream and cottage cheese ad these little containers make perfect bottle stopper and razor bush molds.
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