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07 Jul 2009 - 21:5616907
Resin - argh!
Resin is going to be the death of me, I can see it now... ¬_¬ Has anyone here worked with casting resin? And if so, what did you use as a mould? I need to do my friend a PGSM/live action Sailor Moon Sailor Mars (wow, that was a confusing bit of sentence...) and she has a clear red resin front broach. Resin I can find. Resin colourant I can find. Moulds are causing me issues...

Any help is greatly appreciated!

"Borrowing implies the eventual intention to return the thing that was taken. What makes you think I would ever give you back?"
08 Jul 2009 - 10:3816936
For gems go to an art place or a kitchen wares place. You'll find stuff like little bowls and things you can cast in. For my gems on Ivy I used little creme brulle pots and just thwaked them out when I was done. For tiddler gems artist pallets can be really good.

If it's a specific mould you're after you can make them from a cast using latex and/or plaster. Though I must warn if you've never worked with resin before that it is HORRRIBLE HORRIBLE stuff and I know I shall never use it again if I can. There's just that much hate towards it.


08 Jul 2009 - 23:0416975
Tab you're a star! In second set of questions, you wouldn't happen to know where I could commission someone to do it? (and no, I promise I'm not not-so-subtly asking you ^^;;; )

I'm beginning to think that resin casting is a bit beyond me at the moment, and as I've taken on a costume commission I'm a little lacking in the time department (as well as the brain department, some might say...)

"Borrowing implies the eventual intention to return the thing that was taken. What makes you think I would ever give you back?"
09 Jul 2009 - 06:1616979
Sorry to butt in, but I have a resin related question aswell >.< I'm also interested in resin casting.
Any ideas where it can be bought from? ._. I've looked into casting before so I've got the idea just where to get it from is the only problem. Is it something to be found in the local DIY?

09 Jul 2009 - 09:3816986
I haven't seen it in DIY shops before. Modelling/craft shops generally stock it and I buy mine from the local art store, so some bigger art shops will have it.

Unless it's a simple shallow shape, I'd suggest using flexible molds like silicone or thin plastic. I've had some nightmare times trying to prise set resin out of solid molds.

Also some types of resin can be cast in alginate, though check which you're using as others specifically say not to.

09 Jul 2009 - 12:2316991
tomps sells casting resin... you can find it here:


you can buy it in various sizes, etc.

a warning tho... resin is foul. do any casting outside, on a dry day...... away from the house.... etc....etc....yes i've had bad experiences....

also, don't mix full batches... try to split the resin and catalyst into smaller portions because the stuff sets off scarily fast and unexpectedly. i'd give more advice, but i'm not really all that knowledgable, and i'm not in a rush to use the stuff again personally...

i do have an alternative method though... and it's a pretty clever "though up by me" one. and it uses the one material i normally hate... paper mache!

find yourself a suitable mold, things like tab suggested are perfect, but make sure it's something that you're going to be able to peel PVA out of. next, paint several layers of PVA into the mold (probably 6-7 thin layers to get a nice smooth result) letting each dry between applications. then apply several layers of PVA paper mache the inside of the cast to give it support. i've not tried this personally, but it's a lot cheaper (and easier, and safer, and can be done indoors) than resin casting. (and it should work.... )

end result can just be painted with a decent grade acrylic, then gloss varnished (spray is best, car body laquer is the ultimate stuff) a few times to get a glassy effect.

09 Jul 2009 - 19:3617012
Whilst I said I hate resin, it actually looks like I'm about to take on a massive lot of it for a set of steampunk accessories that I am making, so I can do resin comissions if you want.

It was a clear red resin am I right? Do you have a reference of what you need making?


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