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.
Labels: Casting, EasyCast, Mold Release, Molds, Resin Facts