Hello all. I'm new to Alumilite, but not to molding and casting. Glad to find Alumilite's products though - nice line.
So, my current project is to replicate a coin. This is a large engraved coin with fine detail and will have a bronze metallic finish. Think 'Pirates of the Caribbean' treasure coin, only in bronze.
My question: With Alumilite, can I add a metallic powder or filler that will add substantial weight to the casting? I would like the 'coin' to be a heavy and robust feeling coin, after it's cast and finished, much like an original metallic coin is. My other option is casting in pewter, adding a bronze metallic filler to replicate the bronze, and oxidizing and antiquing for the finish. An Alumilite casting would be cheaper, easier (??, that's a close race), and less production equipment, time, set-up, and safety.
Thanks for any guidance here. I appreciate, in advance, your time and effort! I look forward to lot of project work using Alumilite's line.
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Post by carol - Alumilite Corp on May 28, 2015 14:13:56 GMT -5
Good afternoon Bigransom,
Thank you for the compliments, we do appreciate them.
Alumilite being a polyurethane can be used with most DRY fillers or non water based dyes/additives. We do carry in our product line a Tungsten Powder. it is a very high density, heavy filler... it can be used to distribute weight through your entire casting or vary weight by placing it in different areas of a casting.
I hope this helps and if we can be of any more assistance, please feel free to contact us.
Rather than mix something into the resin, you can fill one side of the coin, let it mostly set up, and insert a washer or thin curtain weight or fishing sinker (hammer flat as needed) then fill & mold the other side. If you get the weight very off-center, you have a coin that mostly flips heads or tails, if cheating is a feature for certain pirates.😁
I have successfully used pennies in the bottom of game pieces to keep them weighted and stable so they stay upright when the table gets bumped. (Speaking of cheating...)