Something crazy

Discussion in 'General Card Modeling' started by Experimental Designs, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. Experimental Designs

    Experimental Designs Papercraft Visionary

    Since it isn't cheating or considered heresy by another thread I posted a while back to use materials other than cardstock I am toying with the idea of melting down aluminium foil to be smelted and poured into a cast.

    I do have access to a small ceramic oven of sorts to melt used aluminium foil however I never done anything like this before.

    Any recommendations or have I gone completely out of my tree this time?
  2. angelode

    angelode Member

  3. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member


    I have two recommendations:

    1 - make sure you PLAY SAFE!

    2 - please, post LOTS OF PICS of you techniques and results.

    Oh, and one wish: BEST of luck, I'm anxious to see how that will turn out.

  4. subnuke

    subnuke Moderator Intelligence Extraordinaire Moderator

    May I suggest doing a search on the web for metal casting forums? There are some and many have specific sections for different types of metals. Aluminum is an interesting metal and you may want to research it before putting heat to it.

    My research was limited to annealing aluminum because I wanted to make models from aluminum sheeting. Haven't gotten to that yet but there was plenty of info available on the topic, you just have to look around. Remember to distinquish between those who actually know and those who think they have the answer.
  5. Experimental Designs

    Experimental Designs Papercraft Visionary

    I decided after some research and asking around in a few forums that melting aluminium foil isn't such a good idea after all considering the hazards involved I've gone back to the drawing board.

    I was trying something a little more durable than clay and less expensive than resin. I may have to stick what I got until I can figure out something else.
  6. spaceagent-9

    spaceagent-9 Right Hand Man and Confidant

    try plumbers epoxy putty from ace , 8 bucks for a good chunk to make stuff with. squish and then mold and let harden in a hour or so.
  7. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    Get this stuff. You can machine it when you are done. They also sell a marine version when can be kept sugmerged. It is the best stuff for repairs of casting, making canopy molds, you name it. :)

  8. Experimental Designs

    Experimental Designs Papercraft Visionary

    I ordered some off the internet the other day and I'll be testing it out this weekend.

    The idea here is if I can machine it then it'll be a perfect "negative" mold for the clay moldings that I happen to have in abundance at the moment. It sounds impractical at first but there is a method to my madness.
  9. McGee

    McGee Newbie

    Madness, and the whole lot of ideas and the methods that give way to, are usually signs of intense genius......just so ya know :)
  10. Experimental Designs

    Experimental Designs Papercraft Visionary

    Intense genius or intense madness. Only time will tell. I have a nasty habit of letting my ideas to get absurdly impractical. :boom:

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