Products used in this How To:
Casting w/ Alumilite Fillers
Fillers can be mixed into Alumilite to add different characteristics
and to extend the volume of Alumilite Casting Resin. Any dry
filler can be added into the Alumilite, we offer 3 different
fillers (microballoons, aluminum powder, porcelain). You can
add up to 100% by volume. Microballoons add space and buoyancy
to your cast part. If you are looking to make your part lighter,
have it float in water, or to use significantly less resin try
using mircoballoons. Aluminum Powder is used to add weight, increase
heat resistance, and to help dissipate unwanted heat. The Aluminum
Powder will turn the Alumilite casting gray. To bring the Aluminum
reflection out of the cast piece, simply sand the casting with
a fine sandpaper. Porcelain Powder is used with Alumilite White
Casting Resin to achieve cold cast porcelain. It gives the user
the look, feel, and texture of a porcelain casting. Use the porcelain
in conjunction with the flesh tone dyes to duplicate one of a
kind dolls and sculptures.
first step is to gather the materials that are needed. Alumilite
Casting Resin, a popsicle stick, cups, filler (we are using microballoons),
and your mold.
measure equal amounts of both sides of Alumilite's Casting Resin.
Then measure equal amounts of the microballoons for each side of
the resin. Add the filler to both sides of the resin before mixing
the two sides of resin together, this will provide you with a better
mix and more consistant results. Here, we are going to add 100%
of microballoons (by volume) to our resin. In otherwords, for every
ounce of resin used, one ounce of microballoons are added.
equal amounts of each side of the resin with the same amount of
microballoons (the 'B' side is being shown in the picture). Repeat
this process for the 'A' side.
in the microballons until uniform color is reached. Since you are
mixing a substance into the Alumilite, keep in mind that you are
also thickening the Alumilite. When you eventually mix the two
sides together and pour the microballoon filled resin into your
mold, the consistancy or viscosity will be a little thicker.
both sides of the Alumilite Casting Resin with microballoons into
until uniform color is reached (about 25 seconds).
pour resin into your mold. Remember, you can tip the mold a little
while you pour to help fill in any undercuts and reduce the chance
of air bubbles. Alumilite Regular has a 90 second open time and
a demold time of approximately 5 minutes.
the Alumilite Regular has set up, demold your cast piece. Your
cast replica will have the exact detail of your original with the
characteristics of the filler you used. This entire process took
less than 7 minutes.