How does one work with Fiber GlassSubscribe
  1. mykull's Avatar
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    Mar 2002
    Oct 15, 2003, 8:06 AM - How does one work with Fiber Glass #1

    Okay, I have never attempted to do anything in fiber glass.. just I guess I'm afraid of doing it. Does or has anyone work with fiberglass before.. I mean I have seen some killer lids mad out of fiberglass.. but is that done by using a mold? If so, how are molds made...blah, blah, blah. I guess what I'm after is a step by step plan on working with Fiber glass and making mold.

    Hopefully someone can step up and give me a helping hand. thanks
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  3. MaxPlague's Avatar
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    Feb 2002
    Oct 15, 2003, 8:56 AM - Re: How does one work with Fiber Glass #2

    I'm going to move this post to the Propbuilding Methods and Materials section. You'll probably have better luck there.

    To answer one of your questions, yes, fiberglass helmets are made in a mold. Molds are made by pouring silicon or urethane or plaster, etc over a master-sculpt (a helmet mold would likely be done in 2 halves-front and back)'s really too complex to go into a great tutorial here.

    There are some good sites and good books on the subject:
    The Propbuilder's Molding and Casting Handbook

    Smooth-On tutorial on Molding and Casting
  4. krillindb's Avatar
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    Jun 2003
    Oct 15, 2003, 6:48 PM - Re: How does one work with Fiber Glass #3

    I recently did this to make my gauntlets, it is really easy. I would suggest you practice a few times to make sure you can get a bubble free casting. That was my mistake. And also remember to mix your resin in SMALL amounts, i wasted alot because i mixed too much at once. If you want a tutorial i might be able to put one together in a few days. just send me a pm.
  5. Member Since
    Jan 2003
    Oct 16, 2003, 2:30 PM - Re: How does one work with Fiber Glass #4

    Hi there

    What is it you want to make ?

    I work with Fibre Glass in my job, there are lots of different ways of going about things, depending on what your trying to do !

    If you can be a little more 'spicific' I may be able to help !


  6. mobius's Avatar
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    Aug 2003
    Nov 29, 2003, 7:02 AM - Re: How does one work with Fiber Glass #5

    Hi just made an oval shaped ring and used a small metal candy container. I rubbed vaselin inside the container and then mixed fiberglass resin with fibers and rubbed into the container.

    I let the mixture harden and took the pice out. No problem.
  7. T Visor's Avatar
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    Nov 2003
    Dec 9, 2003, 6:29 AM - Re: How does one work with Fiber Glass #6

    Yeah, one of my next projects will be a fiber glass backplate. The one I have is made out of sintra. It's not solid enough, because the weight of my fiber glass Jet Pack. Maybe should I try to reinforce the new one with metal parts between the layers of fiber glass ... Could be heavy .

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