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Latex Molds and Resin Casting Tutorial

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Alright, so here's my latex molding and resin casting tutorial, since I've been asked to make one about 3 times last convention, not counting all the time I was asked on msn or forums @_@

Sorry if it took a while for me to make it, but there it is...finally x'D

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!



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Modifications applied, photoshop skipped some info when saving in jpg format, now it's all there ^^
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bethaj's avatar
I suggest you check out Dalchem. Here are the links for casting latex and silicon dalchem.com.au/product/casting… and dalchem.com.au/lp/rtv-silicone…. Dalchem is Australia's leading supplier of moulding and casting materials. They have an extensive range of products that are sourced from around the world. They also provide expert advice on the correct material selection, and guidance on how to set up and use the products. BTW, they also have RTV silicone rubbers- pourable, spreadable or kneadable compounds, which will crosslink in the presence of a second component to form flexible rubbers. They are outstanding as mould-making materials for sculptors, pattern makers, hobbyists and mould makers, because of their excellent properties,
NeferCosplay's avatar
Thanks for the info. Thing is though, I'm in Canada, so buying things from Australia would cost an arm and a leg lol. But it's good for people living there ^^;
VintageGoodies's avatar
VintageGoodiesHobbyist General Artist
I want to make a large scale latex mold, actually with my body, because I want to make a full size wearable Dragon costume I want to make from scratch, it's probably going to be heavy, but I would like it to stretch when I breathe and move as if it were skin. Could you recommend me a heavier duty rubber/latex that will hold form for a couple years +? I had a professional wraith made for me a long time ago, but it's starting to dry-rot after 11 years and the Company is no longer in business, so I would not be able to buy one. I'll probably end up sinking a lot of money in to it, but it's something I really enjoy. Thanks for any input.
NeferCosplay's avatar
For something like that, I'm almost tempted to say go with silicone, like 
DS10 - Silicone Dragon Skin 10 (www.sial-canada.com/en/produit….

If you go with latex though, I'm not really sure which one would work as I've only seen latex mold been used on dragon's wings/tail/horns (aka smaller things that aren't a mold of the body but instead latex used over fabric etc.). The only time I've made a mold was using a 'hand duplicator' product similar to silicone, and it was only for elf ears etc...

Sorry if I can't help more and good look with the project, it sounds awesome!
VintageGoodies's avatar
VintageGoodiesHobbyist General Artist
Thank You for your reply. :D I'll look into it, I don't even know where to start. lol
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VocaloidNovaHobbyist General Artist
whoa o.o
Nocturnal--Artist's avatar
Nocturnal--ArtistHobbyist General Artist
Im curious, how is using liquid latex different from using silicone putty in making a mold?
NeferCosplay's avatar
Well, here anyway (canada), the big difference is the price. I paid $30 for a very big amount of liquid latex (it's crazy the amount of molds I've made with it), while Silicone putty cost the same price...and is good for a couple of molds at best. Latex also takes a couple of layers, and you need to wait inbetween layers before adding one more, while silicone putty (well the one I have in mind anyway) you don't have to wait as long as latex. ...and well...some people are allergic to latex, but if you're not it's a good alternative to sillicone ^^
Nocturnal--Artist's avatar
Nocturnal--ArtistHobbyist General Artist
Ooh alright thanks ^^ so I could use liquid latex as a mold and just use it by itself? Im not sure if that makes sense..
NeferCosplay's avatar
You can use only latex yes (there's no hardener to mix or whanot), you just need something which have the shape of what you want to copy to put the latex over, but latex comes off quite easily (it's quite flexible), I've used it over necklace pendants and stuff like that without fearing of breaking my pendant once the latex is dried. ^^
Hope that answers your question! If not, sorry, guess I misunderstood it, my brain is quite dead after a long weekend lol.
Nocturnal--Artist's avatar
Nocturnal--ArtistHobbyist General Artist
No you answered it exactly! ^^ thanks~
Midnight-Dance-Angel's avatar
Midnight-Dance-AngelHobbyist Artisan Crafter
I may try this for an upcoming costume... needs custom jewels
NeferCosplay's avatar
^^
If you need help with them, you know where to get me lol. I'll be helping DarkWolfrin with her Okami paws and eyes too so I don't mind helping you as well, I have plenty of latex left for molds anyway ^^
KyoKisaka's avatar
KyoKisakaHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot Nefer, I'll probably be making use of this soon enough.
NeferCosplay's avatar
Glad I could be of some help then! :D
NoahWolfrin's avatar
NoahWolfrinHobbyist Photographer
This is sweet! thanks for sharing
xHylianKnightx's avatar
This is amazing Marie, thank you so much for sharing~ You are awesome! :D
NeferCosplay's avatar
No prob ^^ ...though I just realised that photoshop skipped some infos when saving it in jpg format O_o ...gotta modify that...
xHylianKnightx's avatar
Oh no! Well hopefully it's easy to fix. :) It's still a very good tutorial!
NeferCosplay's avatar
Wasn't too bad, just some text that was hidden underneath other, it's fixed now ^^
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