Working with Mold Making Latex Rubber

Latex rubber molds are easy to make, economical, last for years and can be used for multiple castings. Following are a few pointers to be kept in mind when making a latex mold through the brush-on method.

Latex rubber is considered the best material for making molds – it trumps in terms of affordability, durability, reusability, convenience and more. The molds turn out flexible and can be used to capture a negative impression of statues, figurines, plaques, life castings, etc. The most complicated models can be easily captured down to the minutest details.

In fact, latex is formulated in liquid form to allow ease of use for making molds. Take Kreemtex Premium Liquid Latex for Mold Making for instance. The liquid rubber can be brushed, sprayed or poured over the model to capture its shape in a mold. The thick consistency makes it easy to apply and also allows for easy coverage with minimum coats. However, if the rubber seems to be too concentrated, it can be thinned to a more viscous consistency by adding distilled water to get the requisite runniness.

Latex rubber should be stored in a cool place; it should not be allowed to freeze as this will make it unusable. It should be stirred properly prior to use. In case the ammonia content of the latex has evaporated or diminished over time, it is better to replenish the same before use. However, the ammonia should come from a chemical store and not grocery ones as the latter contain more of soap. Add a bit of ammonia at a time till the original texture is obtained.

How to apply?

Brushing multiple coats of latex over the model is the most common method of making a latex mold. Some models may have to be sealed prior to late application. Applying a suitable release agent is preferable.

Start from the top of the model and brush the latex in a thin and even coat while making sure that all air bubbles are brushed out. From the bottom, continue out to form a two inch flange which will serve handy when using the mold for casting.

Allow each coat to dry properly – it should be dry to the touch - before starting the next one. Here it is advised to apply the liquid latex in a checkerboard fashion by alternating the direction of application. This will ensure that the mold does not shrink and the dimensions do not change. A heat source can be used to hasten up the drying between coats.

Once the desired thickness is built up (will take 10 to 12 coats at least), the mold can be removed from the model and allowed to dry further for 72 hours or so. Curing in a warm atmosphere to ensure proper strength and toughness to the mold.

Molds made from Kreemtex Premium Liquid Latex for mold making will be stable, tear resistant and can be used to cast different materials. The outcome will be perfect as long as the proper procedure and precautions are followed!

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