Tuesday, August 23, 2011

EasyCast-Clear Casting Epoxy - Part One

 I have a new mold filled with colorful inclusions!
 I am excited to start my week of EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy posts. 
EasyCast is a two component, low odor, solvent free, clear casting epoxy. It’s ideal for casting small decorative items such as door knobs and jewelery components.
EasyCast is similiar to Envirotex Lite - but that does not mean you should not review the instructions that come in the box.  ETI always provides so much information on their information sheets that it would be a shame if you missed an important tip.

 Right away I noticed that EasyCast needs to be double mixed.  
After measuring equal parts of the resin and the hardener I poured them into a cup and mixed them with a wooden stick for two minutes.
 Then I poured my mixture into a second cup and with a new wooden stick mixed the contents again.
 This extra step insures that your mixture is perfect!
EasyCast can be used for deep pours!  You should never mix more than 6 ounces for any one project.  (you have to use Polyester Casting Resin for big projects) My mold has openings that are a little more than a 1/2 inch deep...so EasyCast is perfect for this project.
I added 1/4 inch of Easy Cast to each mold opening.
Then, I added interesting beads and jewelery components. That let me know how much extra EasyCast I needed to add to fill the openings to the brim.
After my beads and first pour had settled I poured more EasyCast to fill each mold opening to the brim.
I did all this in about 15 minutes.
EasyCast has been formulated to "de-bubble" or degas itself.  
I found very few bubbles!!!
Since many of my inclusions were beads, they did create some air pockets.  I passed my flame (from a lighter) very quickly over the surface of each mold opening that had a bubble.  That dealt with the bubbles immediately and I am leaving this tray to cure for 24 hours.
Results:  Tomorrow!!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you shared this! I've had a box of Easy Cast sitting in my craft cupboard for ages and have just been too intimidated to actually use it. As soon as I get my new mold I'll follow your tutorial and make something fun now!

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