I know that much of the production end of the industry still uses
the vulcanized materials. Old habbits and processes are VERY VERY
hard to change in many if not most industries. As to needing s.s.
gloves to cut the molds, many of the RTV mold materials make a
softer rubber than the old vulcanized rubbers. Also, for ANY type
of mold rubber to be cut, always use a new, sharp blade, sergical
type blades verses some of the cheaper craft blades, and lubricate
the blade often while cutting (I usually use liquid silicon, but I
would substitute most any medium weight oil or even soapy water.
It is amazing how much the lubrication helps.
Yes this is a great group!!! I am on another list (ArtMetal at
will get you there if you or anyone are interested. There are a
number of jewelers on the list and within the village, there is an
intire “site” dealing with jewelry. There is also a great resource
list. Both the ArtMetal site and this site generate the same
amount of daily mail… lots.
Lastly, I would suggest that if you have never tried the RTV’s do
so. Some of the silicones give absolutely smooth finishes on the
waxes, almost to the point of being weard. Good luck what ever
way/materials you choose.
John and Cynthia/MidLife Crisis Enterprises
Maiden Metals/C. T. Designs/ Bloomin’ Wax Works. etc.
PO Bx 44, Philo
Ph 707-895-2635 FAX 707-895-9332
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