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Forum: Creative Expression 02-28-2017, 03:07 PM
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Posted By glatt
Cool. Wax is probably even easier. I have a...

Cool. Wax is probably even easier. I have a couple extra wax toilet rings. Not sure if I have any paraffin. It's easy enough to get for cheap.
Forum: Creative Expression 02-28-2017, 07:03 AM
Replies: 54
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Posted By glatt
We wore them to last night's scout meeting. Lots...

We wore them to last night's scout meeting. Lots of "oohs and aaahs." I noticed the extra weight around my neck and didn't like it, but in short order I became used to it and forgot I was wearing...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-26-2017, 08:27 PM
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Posted By glatt
I love AvE! Subscribed to him a while ago.

I love AvE! Subscribed to him a while ago.
Forum: Creative Expression 02-26-2017, 07:01 PM
Replies: 54
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Posted By glatt
I started by placing a sheet of sandpaper on my...

I started by placing a sheet of sandpaper on my flat table saw and trying to sand off all the high spots in the same plane to make it look really crisp.

But it didn't look great. Some of the...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-26-2017, 03:27 PM
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Posted By glatt
So I experimented with black spray paint wiped...

So I experimented with black spray paint wiped off immediately with a paper towel. That was on the crater one. It's OK, but not great.

So with the second one, I put a heavy coat of black paint...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-26-2017, 03:23 PM
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Posted By glatt
My son also wanted a second shot at making his. ...

My son also wanted a second shot at making his. So he pours another.
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And my second try had cooled enough, so I popped it out of the mold.
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Anticipation...
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The wire loop pokes...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-26-2017, 03:18 PM
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Posted By glatt
I wanted to give it another try. The rubber mold...

I wanted to give it another try. The rubber mold is still in great shape, so I melted some more pewter.
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I leveled up the wire screen rack I made by bending one of the legs so it wasn't as...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-26-2017, 03:13 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
But his loop really wants to float on the surface...

But his loop really wants to float on the surface of the molten pewter. He has to hold it down with a spoon as the pewter cools a little and solidifies.
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Here's his loop in the pewter.
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Forum: Creative Expression 02-26-2017, 03:07 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
I went first and used most of the pewter, so we...

I went first and used most of the pewter, so we added some more and melted that.
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My son scrapes scum to the side.
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And he pours his into his mold.
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He made a different style of...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-26-2017, 03:03 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
Now it's mostly melted. 59558 And the molds...

Now it's mostly melted.
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And the molds in the gas grill are up to about 200 degrees F.
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We scrape the scum on the surface to the side.
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And here, I'm pouring into my mold. It...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-26-2017, 03:00 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
The directions say to use talcum powder in the...

The directions say to use talcum powder in the rubber molds to allow the molten pewter to flow well.
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I blow the excess out with canned air so an even film remains.
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The fuel tank on...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-26-2017, 02:52 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
I bent a wire into loops and twisted the ends...

I bent a wire into loops and twisted the ends around to rest against the mold. The bottom of these loops will rest below the high water line of the melted pewter and will hopefully be held in place...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-25-2017, 04:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
And the plaster emblem pulls right out. 59524 ...

And the plaster emblem pulls right out.
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It's clean as a whistle.
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I'm very pleased with the level of detail this rubber mold provides.
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And you can see it will be larger than a...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-25-2017, 04:13 PM
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Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
All that mixing had introduced bubbles, so we had...

All that mixing had introduced bubbles, so we had to tap the molds for a few minutes to encourage the bubbles to rise away from our precious plaster emblems and pop at the surface.
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These were...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-25-2017, 04:06 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
And I added 9 grams of part B. Except the scale...

And I added 9 grams of part B. Except the scale jumped to an addition 10 grams just as I stopped pouring. Dammit. Probably doesn't matter. Only a gram. But that's off by 10%.
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Now I had to...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-25-2017, 04:00 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
Most of the Vaseline had melted off, and I wanted...

Most of the Vaseline had melted off, and I wanted a release agent on there, so I got out my can of expensive silicone lubricant and gave it a heavy spray.
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I opened the silicone rubber...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-25-2017, 03:52 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
After sleeping late this morning and getting some...

After sleeping late this morning and getting some breakfast, we headed down into the shop to start the next step. The silicone rubber takes 24 hours to cure, so we had to do it Saturday morning to...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-24-2017, 06:03 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
A little

A little
Forum: Creative Expression 02-24-2017, 02:09 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
This package was waiting for me last night. ...

This package was waiting for me last night.

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See that? Advanced Materials. Not only that, but "We are here to help." makes me want to buy lots of stuff from them.

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And how about...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-22-2017, 07:11 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
You should document the model making here. I'd...

You should document the model making here. I'd enjoy that, and I know others would too.
Forum: Creative Expression 02-22-2017, 07:10 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
Very nice Bruce!

Very nice Bruce!
Forum: Creative Expression 02-21-2017, 08:07 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
I was thinking about getting RTV gasket material...

I was thinking about getting RTV gasket material that comes in a tube, but I wasn't sure how that would pour over the plaster mold I made. It needs to get into all the crevices without bubbles. Maybe...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-21-2017, 03:32 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
It took about half an hour to trace each shape...

It took about half an hour to trace each shape with the x-acto knife. I had to press hard enough to cut through the paper, but if I was too hard, the plaster would crumble. It was a little tricky....
Forum: Creative Expression 02-21-2017, 03:26 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
And then to prepare the hockey puck we had to...

And then to prepare the hockey puck we had to microwave them for a while to drive out all the moisture, and then also sand them nice and flat.

Then we spread newspaper on the dining room table,...
Forum: Creative Expression 02-21-2017, 03:20 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,466
Posted By glatt
While the plaster took an hour or so to set up...

While the plaster took an hour or so to set up hard, we needed some source material.

I grabbed a neckerchief because it had a nice embroidered logo I could scan.
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I grabbed some nearby...
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