I want to do some resin casting, both for objects that will stay as resin, and for intermediate models to use in porcelain casting. To this end I need resin, silicone, and acrylic panels for mould boxes.
I ordered some silicone locally, and it arrived yesterday. It’s a bit harder than I’d like, and not as user-friendly as some of the stuff I could have ordered from O/S, but I’ll see how it goes. The supplier has told me how to mix it, and the technical and safety data is online. I’ve ordered the resin from Australia, as while the silicone place sells polyester resin, I want polyurethane, and while I could probably get what I want here, what with looking for a house at the same time as doing this other stuff a certain exhaustion factor is starting to come into play.
Which leaves the acrylic sheet. I looked up suppliers, found one not too far away, and stupidly went there without phoning first, only to find the premises occupied by a t-shirt shop. Since there was a department store nearby, I popped in just in case they had some hard plastic sheets in their craft section — you never know — and wound up buying some document holders that I thought would do the job. Which they didn’t — or I just did a lousy job of gluing them — but while out on a crab dumpling run I chanced upon an acrylic sheet shop that I must have walked past many times without registering it. Bangkok is full of small shops selling all kinds of goods; this place is one such, and they cut the sheet up for me free of charge. I’ve glued the pieces together, and I now have two mould boxes. I’m going to cast two things simultaneously to cut down on the number of times I have to mix the silicone. So I want to tweak one model tomorrow, and depending how long that takes, start pouring either tomorrow or next day. Fingers crossed!