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Noeland
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 8:39 pm    Post subject: Casting in Metal . . . Reply with quote

I haven't done this, and I was wondering if some of our members here who HAVE could chat about their methods of casting in metal. I'm not looking for trade secrets, just the basics of getting started, and things that I should not do, and be careful of, etc.

I'm a complete novice here, so be gentle with me.



It's a subject I'm pretty fascinated in, but really haven't spent a lot of time researching.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 10:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Casting in Metal . . . Reply with quote

Noeland wrote:
I haven't done this, and I was wondering if some of our members here who HAVE could chat about their methods of casting in metal. I'm not looking for trade secrets, just the basics of getting started, and things that I should not do, and be careful of, etc.

I'm a complete novice here, so be gentle with me.



It's a subject I'm pretty fascinated in, but really haven't spent a lot of time researching.

Ditto ^THIS^. I have had a project in mind for some time, & I don't have the foggiest idea where to start.

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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I moved this from the Coffee Shop the Prop Forum because I felt it applied well with what happens in this part of the forum. As well, you might get a better response.

If you want it back in the Coffee Shop, let me know

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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would LOVE to comment at length here but just don't have the time!

Here's a tip for you...
Look into "casting toy soldiers"...I think that was the search parameter I used when I got started casting metal.

For my molds I use a product called Dragon Skin from Smoothon.
This stuff is tuff as nails while remaining very flexible and easy to mix up.

I'd also recommend you get some of their Silicone thinner as Dragon Skin, once mixed, tends to have a consistency of peanut butter and be difficult to spread evenly. With the thinner you can actually pour the stuff...I recomend pouring from one corner of your mold to keep from creating more air bubbles.

Want any other tips? Feel free to ask, I'll repost as soon as I can!
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OB has a good point...

The Smooth on material is nice, especially for pewters... If you get into hotter metals you have to start thinking about sand or ceramic molds.

For smaller pieces you can buy very nice small furnaces with crucibles as well.

good luck and feel free to hit me up if you have specific questions...

Cheers,
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, I appreciate the help.

I use smooth on if I can afford it. Smile

I don't do a lot of casting. Usually triggers, greeblies, etc. The truth is I'm pretty terrible at it.


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