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Make Melamine Molds For Resin Casting

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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.

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  • David Hawkins February 8, 2017, 8:51 AM

    Hi Zac, I wanted to drop you a line and say a humungous thank you. I have been making pens for about six months now and am getting ready to try casting my own blanks. You and your videos are so, so helpful! Fun to watch and nicely produced. You and your content are awesomw and inspiring! I follow you on insta, I am @dgwdavesgotwood. I have converted by Harbor freight pressure pot per your video, seems to work awesome. I am ordering my alumilte today. Also making melamine molds thanks to you. Keep up the great work. I will be a customer of yours to support your efforts. Well done sir!
    PS – Do you know/think if Rhino Blanks are Alumilite?

    • Zac Higgins February 8, 2017, 11:40 PM

      Hey David, thanks so much for the kind words!! Glad to hear you’re getting up and running with blank making, it’s a blast!! I found you on IG and followed, I can’t wait to see what you make! I’m not sure about Rhino Blanks, I haven’t tried them myself, but if I remember correctly I don’t think they are.

  • Matthew Brown May 5, 2017, 8:56 PM

    I am in Nevada also. I have enjoyed watching and learning from the your videos. I have a few specific blanks I have been thinking about. Going to be trying here shortly. Thanks for the videos.

    • Zac Higgins May 7, 2017, 9:06 AM

      That’s awesome! Glad to hear from a fellow Nevadan. Good luck with the casting, you’re going to love it I think =D

  • Jackie Brown December 12, 2017, 10:17 AM

    I am trying desperately to locate stoner mold release locally and I cannot. Can you recommend anything else?

    • Zac Higgins December 12, 2017, 10:36 PM

      Hey Jackie, the only place I know of is to buy it from Alumilite directly. I think you can find it on Amazon as well, but I believe it’s a bit more expensive. I have a direct link to Stoner on Alumilite’s website on my ‘Tools I Use” page on my website:

  • Ayşe November 30, 2019, 4:03 AM

    Hi Zac!

    I’m making a 3m long table with a melamine mold. Which release agent should I use? I made a small prototype with some agents but none of them worked well. I’m super confused and need your help. Thank you!

    • Zac Higgins November 30, 2019, 9:04 AM

      I’d probably go with Tyvek tape on top of the melamine then whichever mold release is made to work with the resin you are using. I usually use Stoner brand releases, and either the Thermoset version for epoxy or the Urethane version for Alumilite Clear. Since Alumilite Clear is not a good choice for a table, you’d probably want to go with this one: https://amzn.to/2Y1H73n

      Also, check out this video, it goes through the mold making process for something like a table: https://youtu.be/yBa9aJFIhl4

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