1. What you see is what you get… when you bring your piece
in for casting make sure that you are happy with what you see. We will capture
every detail in the mold, so if there is something you don’t want reproduced take it out before the mold is made.
2. Try and keep you model solid, if you have voids inside your
model, the rubber for the mold will inevitably find its way in.
3. If your piece is on an armature make sure it is strong enough
to keep the piece up. We will be adding weight when making a mold, so if your
piece is sagging the castings will capture the sag.
4. Sometimes a waste mold is
a good idea. A waste mold is a onetime use mold to get clay or other soft models
into a harder material, so the surface can be refined before a production mold is made. If you are doing an edition in acrylic
or other material we can usually get a model plus one casting in the final material out of a waste mold. It is also nice to
have a hard model around to archive, for use later if more molds are needed.
5. Try and keep consistent in the materials you use to make
a model, rubbers can react negatively to some materials, it is great if we know exactly what a model is made from and that
the entire model is made from the same thing. Probably not a good idea to purchase the materials for your model at the supermarket,
unless of course you are casting fruit and vegetables or possibly chicken or fish (we have done that).
6. Most importantly talk to us when you are in your planning
stages we have been doing this for over 40 years we have some neat tricks and we share them.