Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Casting

Finally it is time to cast! Heat enough metal in your ladle for several castings. Heat it only long enough to melt it. It can be overheated to the point where it will burn the silicone rubber. Be especially careful if the silicone's temperature resistance is at the low end of the acceptable range: 400-450 degrees.

Hot metal will flow best into a mold that is already hot. Warm the mold in an oven to pre-heat it or warm it by making several quick pours. Hold the two mold halves together with a wire twist tie. Do not use rubber bands. They part immediately when touched by molten metal from drips or spills. The results from these pours will be discards. Put them right back in your melting pot for reuse. The nice thing about casting with metal is that mistakes can be recycled.

Once you are satisfied the Mold is properly pre-heated, make your pour. Allow it a few minutes to solidify. You will notice a change in appearance when this happens. Carefully remove the casting from the mold taking care as it will still be quite hot. If you are satisfied with the casting, cast more while the mold and metal are still hot.

If the casting did not fill as expected here are some things to check:

Inevitably your molds will tear or burn out through long or rough use. Molds with deep undercuts are particularly prone to this. When this happens do not throw them out! There are uses for old molds. Chop them up into small pieces and use them as filler for new molds thereby saving some of that precious liquid RTV. It is also possible to carve out the inside and use it as the outer shell of a new mold.

(Casting Equipment and Metal), (Product Sources), (Table of Contents)