So part of what I do when I’m working on my projects, is try to either source my own materials or make my own versions. Sometimes these projects are a screaming success…sometimes they’re a raging failure.
Today I’m casting a skull in food grade high temp silicone in order to have a mold I can either bake in or actually use for molding chocolate.
I’m using Smooth-Sil 940 from Smooth-On which is available from one of my favorite places, Reynold’s Advanced Materials.
Let me be the first to tell you…this shit sucks to work with. It’s thicker than snot and doesn’t pour at all. You have to mix it by volume at a 100:10 ratio which means I also had to buy a scale. They tell you it’s also a good idea to have a vacuum de-gasser, but because I’m doing this in my kitchen, that means I spent 45 minutes tapping the mold after the goop was poured in the hopes that I got at least the major bubbles.
Now I wait for 24 hours to see if this (expensive) and exhaustive project worked out. Like I said, sometimes my home versions work…sometimes they don’t.
Fingers crossed this one does…if I get the result I want…the final project I make with it is going to be SO WORTH IT!
Because who doesn’t mold skulls in pink silicone in their kitchen before breakfast?
Fingers crossed I have enough silicone to get the impression I want.
A very careful Gatorade balancing act to keep my skull from floating.
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