Ron,Getting started casting your own blanks for less than $100.
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A quick disclaimer: This tutorial suggests the purchase and use of hazardous chemicals. Before you ever mess with any of these chemicals, make sure you have all the proper safety equipment. Fire extinguisher, ventilation, protective apparel, etc. This tutorial will not address the cost or use of any safety equipment. That decision is strictly up to you. (I wear a Triton when i pour)
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Ron,I disagree. I think pretty much everyone here already has a shop full of tools. Casting just adds another dimension to what we are already doing. If you dont already own the minimal set up for safety (fire extinguisher and breathing gear) then you should really be spending your money elsewhere. Fact of the matter is, If someone has a shop full of tools, and no safety gear, they will likely skip right over the disclaimer. I just wanted to make people aware that these chemicals can be dangerous and should be handled properly, and safety equipment should be considered.
I agree. Awesome Tutorial. I've printed the original and filed it in my notebook with the pen instructions, Pen & Tube chart and other documents I want to keep handy.Holy Thread Hijack, Batman! We've gone from a casting tutorial to a treatise on safety equipment. Wow.
Good tutorial, Ron.
You are welcome. If it's the one with the helmet and earmuffs it's probably the PRA001. I just don't want to see anyone hurt because of a misunderstanding.I honestly have no idea what triton i have. Thanks for the heads up though!
Ron, Thank you for whittling a ton of information down to something that is doable. I hope it motivates others to finally just go out and buy this stuff and give it a try. Like CA finish. The options associated with casting can become overwhelming all on their own.
I appreciate the time and effort.
Shhh...you're not sopposed to give away the recipie to his secret sauce! Now the "King" will come out with his own! Only he will use generic petrolium jelly to avoid patents and copyrights :wink:Hi Ron,
Thank you for your great effort. I enjoy reading it.
Question: I have been pouring "left over" PR into PVC pipes. I have sprayed the inside with "mode release" from Castin' Craft and NewLondon88's special mixture (1 part Vaseline and 10 parts mineral spirit). I have 3 and half tubes of blanks sitting inside of the PVC pipes.
Question: What is the trick to remove the blanks from the PVC?
If you sprayed the inside of the pvc then they should just slide right out. Gently tap them on the workbench to get them to break loose fro the pvc, then push on one end. I just made some Horizontal round molds out of silicone because of this problem. When the pvc gets old, the blanks dont want to release as easily. I have cracked blanks driving them out of the pvc.
I think I have pretty much made the pvc technique obsolete with my new silicone mold. I probably should do a mini tutorial on how to make it!
Thanks for the tutorial.
The way I am getting my blanks out of the pvc is to line the tube with wax paper. I just insert it and then pour the resin. When the blank is ready to come out I tap it a couple of times and it pushes right out. Your pvc molds will probably last a lot longer.