Mold Mix 6
Mold Mix 6 is a refractory compound that is
used to make molds for casting glass. It comes in a pre-mixed
paste form. The paste is applied to the surface of a model;
after hardening, it can be removed to produce a mold that can be
filled with glass and cast.
Mold Mix 6, along with other products in the
Luminar line, is made by Zircar
Refractory Composites, a company which makes a number of
refractory materials for the glass artist. Molds made from
Mold Mix 6 are lightweight, strong, and durable; they're also fairly
expensive, but many artists feel their positive features justify the
Mold Mix 6 has several advantages over
traditional mold making materials such as plaster/silica.
These include ease of use (no mixing), relative safety
(non-carcinogenic), and less of a tendency to crack during firing.
In addition, Mold Mix 6 is far less likely to leave a haze on the
surface of the glass after firing. And finally, because the
material is thin and lightweight, it makes molds easier to handle
and also reduces annealing time.
Click here for information on the basic steps involved in working with Mold Mix 6.
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