Hello all! I've been learning about resin casting with the end goal of casting my own cartridges for old game consoles (gameboy color, nes, etc) - very thin parts that need to be rigif. I recently made a two part mold of the top half of a GBC cartridge's shell with Alumilite's Amazing Mold Maker and I must say it came out much better than expected. I then used some resin that I found at a crafts store and that came out better than expected as well! The only issue is that even after curing for 48 hours, the piece is very easy to bend and flex, I think malleable would be a good word, it seems like maybe this resin is supposed to be used for thicker pieces than this.
Would Alumilite's Amazing Clear Cast cure more rigid than this with such a thin piece? If not, which resin should I use? Ideally it'd be clear when it cured.
On a side note, I'm also trying to encase a dried mushroom that a friend gave me in some resin. I figure I need to seal it before pouring resin over it (but maybe I'm wrong about that?). Would Alumilite's Amazing Sealer work to seal the mushroom?
Thanks to anyone who takes the time to help this newbie out
There is a resin that I know of that would work. However you're not going to be able to get it in a clear. It will cure in a white color. Look up a resin called task 4. It's made by a different company so I'm not going to name that company. You will have to do your research. It is formulated to cast extremely hard thin parts. It's often used in prototyping. It's very high on the D scale. You will find that every company has different formulations of resins Etc. Trial sizes are your friend. Take your time get to know your materials. I hope this helps you good luck with your project.
I use Amazing Clear Cast on sealing my mold box bottoms and just had to break the seal on two mold boxes to remove the castings and while they did flex a little, I had the hardest time breaking the Clear bottoms. But for cartridges, I'm not sure resin would be the best thing to use - don't the cartridges get a little hot? Also the Clears have a long open time and full cure doesn't hit until 7 days later so it may get harder in a couple more days.
On the Amazing Sealer, it is supposed to be for sealing porous items so that should work fine for you. Though I haven't tried it yet myself so I can't personally vouch for it.