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Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

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    Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    Hey guys, I'm looking for a reliable source within the U.S. to purchase some aluminum cold cast materials. All sorts of sources pop up when I do a web search, however, I'm looking for a source that somebody has already used and therefore knows the stuff is going to give me a Jango armor-like finish.

    Thanks

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    I'd say to contact fettpride, but we know thats hard to do

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    Alumilite, maybe?

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    drokkul said: View Post
    Alumilite, maybe?
    Thanks, I contacted them and the gal said their stuff wouldn't replicate the Jango color.
    I may have to do the overseas thing and pay lots of $$$ for shipping.

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    Don't know if you already read this thread but:
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showt...ight=cold+cast
    I did a Google search for clear polyester layup resin and found several places that carried it and some in California.
    Hope this helps.
    Wayne

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    Wow, thank you very much. I know FP is a master when it comes to this kind'a stuff!

    Thanks again. Very helpful bit of insight there!

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    No Problem!
    That's what I'm here for!
    Wayne

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    I knew I had a bookmark for this somewhere. I've done pewter cold casting before with some success, but since I didn't know what I was doing, it didn't come out too well. I'm sure round 2 will turn out better.

    Anyhow, Smooth-on has a small tutorial on how cold casting works: http://www.smooth-on.com/casting.htm#Metal

    And, it doesn't look like they have aluminum powder, but they do have nickel, and that should give a really nice sheen once polished up. I'd only buy the 1 pound bottle and test it out first. If you don't like the color, you'll at least have something shiney to keep afterwards: http://www.smoothonsecure.com/store/...ath=291_270_14

    And just in case you want to look around, their section for all their casting supplies is here: http://www.smoothonsecure.com/store/...?cPath=291_270

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    hmm...starter kits...

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    Thanks guys.
    Yesterday, I placed an order with these guys for clear resin and aluminum filler.
    http://www.eagerplastics.com/glass.htm

    Hopefully it's what I'm looking for.

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    Cruzer said: View Post
    Thanks guys.
    Yesterday, I placed an order with these guys for clear resin and aluminum filler.
    http://www.eagerplastics.com/glass.htm

    Hopefully it's what I'm looking for.

    From that list, what type of resin would you suggest for general prop-fiberglassing, i.e, for helmet, guants, etc.? Thanks!

    -tubachris

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    I would save yourself some $$ on shipping costs and just get the Bondo brand of fiberglass resin bought at Home Depot, Lowes, and many other places. It's given me great results on my backplates and kid gauntlets.

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    Cruzer said: View Post
    I would save yourself some $$ on shipping costs and just get the Bondo brand of fiberglass resin bought at Home Depot, Lowes, and many other places. It's given me great results on my backplates and kid gauntlets.

    LOL Well that makes it much easier for me then! I was wondering about using that, but wasnt too sure of the quality of it. Thanks cruzer

    -tubachris

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    I received the cold cast materials yesterday and got right on doing a test run. They came out a little dark so it looks like I need to up the proportion of aluminum powder quite a bit more.

    Pics are with flash and without.
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    Did you take some steel wool to them yet or are they just freshly pulled ?
    I'm pretty sure you can "buff up" the pieces quite a bit with some steel wool.

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    Those look pretty nice I can't wait to see the finished ones when you get the level of aluminum powder correct!

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

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    Did you take some steel wool to them yet or are they just freshly pulled ?
    I'm pretty sure you can "buff up" the pieces quite a bit with some steel wool.
    Yes, and yes, but I only took the steel wool to the top parts of the piece because I didn't want to waste too much energy on them if the aluminum content wasn't high enough in the first place. This was at 66% proportion aluminum to resin. The next test run is at 90% and the first coat is already drying.

    I can't wait to see the finished ones when you get the level of aluminum powder correct!
    Yeah, I'm confident the second test run will provide much better results because of the higher aluminum content. Right away I noticed the wet mixture was lighter in color. However, I've already started to contemplate how I'm going to get that toned down/whitish finish that's seen on the original Jango gauntlets. I'm probably going to do a test run with some white casting resin and the same 90% aluminum ratio mixture, and see what I get.

    I'll keep you guys updated.
    thanks

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    Dang, I think it looks nice the way it is. Yeah I know its not Jango accurate, but I like it. Great work C.

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    Here are some better pics taken this afternoon outside in the daylight. The first four are in muted sunlight and the last one in direct sunlight. The top shell hasn't been touched with steel wool.

    enjoy
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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    OK...so when is this for buying? =D

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.


    Actually, these pulls are taken from my kid gauntlet molds. I figured I'd use them for the test pulls since they're just like the big boys that will be finished soon!

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    Looking good cruz, but maybe they need to be a bit shinner?

    Anyways I have no doubt You'll get a great CC

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    Autosol car polish is great for bringing out a good finish on cold cast parts, I use it monthly on my dr who cyberman helmet, it sounds like you got the mix right it needs to be around 80% aluminium, thanks for sharing the progress

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    Re: Looking for aluminum cold cast source within the U.S.

    Just wanted to share a comparison of the cold cast test pulls.

    Pictured below are the three test pulls placed side by side based on aluminum powder ratio: 66%,90%,& 125%. And a close up pic of the 125%. I'm satisfied with the 125% mixture for my Jango gauntlet molds.

    Other than a small price difference and the required buffing, there really wasn't that much difference between working with the cold cast materials and the aluminum filled resin from Smooth-On that I already use for my backplates and kid gauntlets.

    Cruzer
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    That looks fantastic, where do I sign up for gauntlets? Im a huge fan of cold casting as it really does yield great results, all those years trying to get a good metal finish with paints

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