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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2014 11:13:55 AM »

How cool!  I didn't know this would work!  Great idea, thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2014 01:50:08 PM »

I've been playing around with these too -- they are so fun to make! So glad someone posted about them here. It really does open up a world of embellishment possibilities!
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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2014 04:00:24 AM »

Not sure how I missed this, but am so very glad I found it. Such a great idea. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2014 01:34:43 PM »

We were just looking at these in the store! One question - do you have a low-temp glue gun, or does this work with the "sear-the-flesh-off-your-fingertips" high heat ones?  Cheesy

I'm fine with buying the molds, but the special glue sticks were a bit pricey...
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« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2014 02:47:19 PM »

I definitely recommend the searing hot high temp ones.  The high temp glue takes longer to dry and is a little more liquid-y so you can maneuver it into the details of the mold more easily.
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« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2014 07:53:59 AM »

Cool stuff.  I've messed around with making hot glue casts years ago too, but I just made an imprint in modeling clay and injected the hot glue into that, I didn't have a ready-made mold.  You've got to pick or wash off bits of clay from your casting afterwards, but it works.

I've also used hot glue itself to make molds.  It's renewable too in that, once you're done, you can just melt it down again to make a different mold.  If you'd like to see an example of that, here are some photos of hot glue molds I made to cast multiple spider legs for an articulated action figure (scroll down to the mid-construction photos):

http://www.angelfire.com/ult/ace/zariche.html
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« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2014 03:22:51 PM »

I've also used hot glue itself to make molds.  It's renewable too in that, once you're done, you can just melt it down again to make a different mold.  If you'd like to see an example of that, here are some photos of hot glue molds I made to cast multiple spider legs for an articulated action figure (scroll down to the mid-construction photos):

http://www.angelfire.com/ult/ace/zariche.html

That's super cool!  Thanks for passing along that info...now I want to make molds! 


Just as a side note for everyone, I recently tried a non-silicone rubbery plastic mold made for poly clay that I got on clearance.  It still worked with the hot glue, but on a very small detailed part, the mold seems to have ripped or melted...I can't quite tell.  So, obviously use caution with this technique if the molds are not silicone or specifically made to handle heat!  Wink
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