Make Duplicates of Missing Parts - the Mold Making and Casting Way!

A beautiful antique table occupies pride of place in my drawing room. But one of its rear legs had developed cracks and finally gave way with age. While this definitely did not look good, I was loathe to discard the lovely table that always brings back so many of my childhood memories.

Finding a replacement leg was obviously not possible and get a custom replacement made on order did not seem worth the high price.

After much lament, I decided to put my polyurethanes mold making and casting skills to use and make a duplicate leg on my own. I began by carefully screwing out the other rear leg and then made a rubber mold of the same. This took some cautious preparation and I was always wary of not damaging the original leg in any manner. And I have to admit that the leg mold did capture the entire carving and engraving patterns down to the finest details.

My next task was to make a polyurethanes cast from the mold and the leg turned out to be an exact copy of the one that had given way. The shape, texture and patterns were precise but I wanted a wooden piece to match the look and color of the table.

An artist friend then introduced me to cold casting powders that can replicate the look of wood and we worked together to get the right finishing to match the other legs of the table.

And viola! Now no one can even say that a leg has been replaced from the lovely table!

Order a Product Catalog, If you Wish!

The ArtMolds website features a comprehensive collection of different kinds of mold making, casting and life casting products along with various art supplies, tools and equipment. 

But those artists who would like to keep the ArtMolds offerings more handy (when offline), the company also provides a printed catalog to complement its online offerings. There is a ‘Request our Catalog’ tab on the right hand side of the website and all you have to do is provide your email address to receive a copy. 

This physical catalog contains all the products that are on the website – right from various mold making and casting supplies to art supplies and studio accessories. Those who are interested in the instructional offerings can check out the list of books and videos that feature various titles like how to make a mold, hands and feet casting, fine figure finishing and so on.

Along with product list, the catalog provides short studio tricks and trips that are very useful for artists. It even features a ‘Use and Application’ chart about the various product categories and also recommends best applications of different products. 

But it is still better to keep checking back on the website as it will provide you with more detailed information about the products, like its description, method of preparation and application, examples of use, reviews, safety precautions and the like. 
Moreover, the catalog offerings are also constantly expanding as EnvironMolds keeps adding many new and useful items to its already extensive collection.