I want to cast fly fishing flies in resin but the fly collapses. Flies are delicate and have small fibers and wing-like parts that need to maintain shape for proper appearance. How can I maintain the shape of the fly during casting?
Post by carol - Alumilite Corp on Aug 29, 2016 15:27:25 GMT -5
What casting resin are you using now? It will not be a real easy process, I have seen it done with bugs with very fine wings and delicate pieces. Perhaps the resin to try would be the Amazing Clear Cast. (see website under casting resins) It may be best to do it in layers/multiple pours.
Carol, I'm using EnviroTex Lite Pour-on at teh moment. It's technically a finish product, but I thought it might be thinner than other products which might facilitate my success. It works well, but it's still too thick to encapsulate my objects without crushing the fibers even doing multiple pours. I've experimented with spraying the fly with a clear varnish. That helped but the results could be better. I am going to try super glue if I can figure a way to apply the glue in a mist or at least a light coat. I think this might stiffen even the finer fibers enough that they won't collapse.
Is Amazing Clear Cast thin? I believe I saw some at Hobby Lobby. Is it possible to thin the resins.
Post by carol - Alumilite Corp on Aug 31, 2016 10:41:44 GMT -5
Good Morning Greg,
Actually it is not real thin... that said in your next question can it be thinned, yes but not with a chemical. Heat will thin the resin prior to use. Put it in a bowl of hot water (not boiling) make sure caps are on tight so no droplets of water are introduced to the resin. It will thin the viscosity our considerably for an easier pour. It will however shorten the open time a bit.
Yes Hobby Lobby and Michael's both do carry the Amazing Clear Cast. They also have their wonderful percentage off coupons on their website for in store purchases which make a great savings cost to the customer, with no shipping!
Good idea on CA glue, let me know how it works. I am sure there are people in the forum would be happy to hear too!