Not a fan of PVC pipes for casting? Here's my method for making melamine covered particle board molds. Not hard at all, but I have learned a few quick tips that will help you get great results.
I’ve created this section of my website to be dedicated to the basics of resin casting. In the future, I plan to redo the 101 series to make the steps more comprehensive and just to increase the quality overall. I will also be adding “advanced” courses that will be focused on specific casting techniques and/or projects. My goal is to offer the most comprehensive casting tutorials out there!
PVC pipe is a cheap and super simple way to cast Alumilite. In this video, I cover some of the basics on how to use PVC and what you need to know when casting Alumilite in PVC.
I've gotten lots of viewer questions lately asking if you can use a vacuum chamber instead of a pressure pot to cast resins with, and frankly I didn't have a very good answer! So, I called up Alumilite to get an informed answer and thought I'd share my findings.
Just bought a second pressure pot for casting blanks, and I thought I'd do a little walk through on how I set it up. In this video I show what I remove and the plumbing fittings needed to get it ready for casting resin. I usually cast Alumilite products, but it can be used for polyester resin and epoxy as well.
Next video in the casting series, I show how I cast Alumilite clear, and give an example using the fluorescent red and yellow dyes in a clear base. I also discuss how I reverse paint the inside of the blanks to not only cover the brass tubes and glue, but it also gives a really cool color effect with the clear resin!
This is the first video totally dedicated to pouring resin pen blanks. I use Alumilite, so I wanted to show my process for pouring pen blanks in a mold. I also show what to expect when using Alumilite White and adding dyes.
It's important to understand what the possibilities are when you start casting your own "acrylic" turning blanks. In this video, I cover some of the possibilities. The truth is, you're only limited by your imagination!!
Now that you have your resin of choice, you need to pour it into a mold. In this video, I cover some of the typical molds you can use for casting.
The first step in casting your own "acrylic" pen blanks is choosing what type of resin to use. In this video, I discuss the pros and cons of the three typical resins used for DIY pen blank casting and why I choose to use Alumilite.