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Welcome to the world of mold making and casting! These Starter Kits from Smooth-On give you step by step print and video instructions, plus all the materials you need to get started.
These kits are great for artists, inventors, candle makers, arts and crafts enthusiasts, and resin jewelry makers.
Note — The shelf life of Smooth-On liquid rubber and liquid plastic compounds is drastically reduced after opening. Remaining product should be used as soon as possible. Replace the lids on both containers immediately after dispensing to prolong the shelf life of the unused product.
Intended for larger, three dimensional pieces. Includes Rebound 25 Molding Rubber, Smooth-Cast 300 Casting Resin, Plasti-Paste Support Shell Plastic, 1 oz (28.3 g) Sonite Wax, Thi-Vex II Silicone Thickener, a How To Booklet, a How To DVD, and a Quick Start Guide.
Intended for smaller, flat or two dimensional pieces. Includes Oomoo Molding Rubber, Smooth-Cast 300 Casting Resin, Superseal, Ease Release 205 Release Agent, a How To Booklet, a How To DVD, and a Quick Start Guide.
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™ Smooth-On is a trademark.™ Oomoo, Smooth-Cast, Superseal, Ease Release, Plasti-Paste, and Sonite Wax are trademarks.
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from Springville, UT
Comments about Smooth-On Starter Kits:
I used this product to make a helmet and the product went on with no problem. Just by using it I could tell the quality was high. The only thing that I didn't like was how long it took to use but that's unavoidable really. All in all an amazing product.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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I will by this product again.
By Dee the dog handler
from Oxford, Pa.
I was able to follow the easy directions included with the product. Results were great!
this was a great way to try out some casting without busting my wallet
Brushable worked just fine
By Tom the soap guy
from Palo Alto, California
I used the brushable kit to make a mold of a small clay statue of the pope,the goal being to make a "pope on a rope" soap bar. The silicon mold came out fine.The backing mold was a bit more problematic; the product gets a bit sticky as it curesmaking it tough to get a smooth finish. In the end though it held fine and the silicon moldhad little or no distortion. I did get some leakage at the hole in the mold for the rope,but not enough to mess things up. Final product (the "pops on a rope") was very pleasing.
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By Joe the toymaker
from New York,New York
instructions and video are pretty clear. No easy way to determine volume needed to cover model. A lot of material wasted in the first mix. Then you learn and future mixes are not too wasteful.
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Part A rubber life 6 months
Properly stored at room temperature (73°F/ 23°C), silicone rubber will have a shelf life of 6 months. After the six months the catalysts in the material have basically become inactive. Also, it's important to know that elevated temperatures will drastically reduce the shelf life of silicone rubber. So remember when you buy it to use it as soon as possible.6 MONTHS LIFE should be placed in the box
Merchant response: Thank you for providing us the information regarding shelf life on the silicone rubber. This manufacturer uses the same box for the Urethane and Silicone Rubber products and therefore does not list the shelf life on the box. We will, however, update our website with this additional information.
Great Quality but Expires QUICK!
First, I have to say that this is a great product and a fantastic deal. Nothing against the Smooth-on quality. I love the kit because it comes with everything you need for a small production of 1-2 little medallions or small projects etc. HOWEVER keep in mind these kits expire within about a year. I recevied 3 kits as a gift for Christmas one year (from 3 different people). I used most of the one kit with no issues but the other 2 completely expired within about a year. And the resin I was using from the first kit started taking longer and longer to cure later in the year until it got chucked with the other two when I descovered the expiration. I kept these in my home, teperature controlled so it just has a very poor shelf life..even if unopened. When I went to open one of the silicone parts of kit #2, it was completely solid in the bottle and it was unporable, therefore couldn't be mixed with the other part. Thinking it was maybe just a fluke and I got a bad batch, I checked kit #3...same issue. :( Shame. Overall, I reccomend only buying the kit (or any batch of smooth-on products) when you're ready to cast and only order the amount you will need. These will not store well.
Nice For First Timers Only
from Omaha, Nebraska
Considering what you get for the price, this kit isn't bad. However, if you plan on casting multiple copies, and by multiple I mean more than 5, look elsewhere.I bought this kid as a casting virgin. The silicone pour went great; perfect, even. Everything worked well, there were no air bubbles, the mold was flawless.The problems began with the resin. The first two pours were completely air bubble filled, but, that is my problem, not the resin's, I'll admit that. There was a problem, however, with the high pour. This resin is incapable of being poured high, leaving loads of air bubbles needing to be broke up with a shot of canned air before it began to gel.Once I started getting in the groove of things with the 3rd and 4th castings I was confident that from then on out it would be smooth sailing.Then, the mold started to deteriorate... and quickly. On the 5th poor using plenty of mold release the silicone began to break down and pieces were missing in the resin casts.I would not recommend this for anyone but people who are casting for the very first time or people who are familiar with casting and only need to make 5 copies, tops.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
it was great. the resin casting and mold making were of great quality and worked excellent but i was a bit upset to find that one of the containers for the plasti paste were had spilled in the box when i got it and it got all over my hands when i picked it up. its wast a very pleasant experience but at least not a lot of it spilled and i was able to cast a nice mask for an art piece.
Merchant response: Blick attempts to send out every order free from damage or defect. However, these types of issues do arise occasionally. We apologize for this. Customers who receive damaged or defective items should contact our Customer Care Center via email or by calling (800) 723-2787 and we will work with you to rectify the situation.
The instructions are amazingly complete - you will have no doubts about what you need to do. Be certain to understand that this kit is for a small project. The stuff is amazing, though don't plan on casting anything other than a small bit.I bought extra Rebound 25 and tried to stretch the Mother by using a thin coat and then reinforcing it with GRF concrete and it worked fine. Wish I could afford to do more projects with this wonderful product.
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