I’d love your advise and suggestions
The end goal: replic crystal shard in resin
We’ll need to choose a resin. Not sure that it matters too much since it’ll be jewelry so nothing too stressful on it, but what kind would you use?
The mold: We’re going to have to make a mold, and most of the silicon molds the space has for other things are open on the top, but ours probably needs to look more like a slipcasting mold with a small hole at the top to pour the resin in. I know there are a bunch of different materials and methods for to making molds. Any ideas on what might be the best choice?
I’m also assuming we’ll have to pressure pot/vacuum chamber it to get out the bubbles, and I’m not sure how the mold type might help/hinder that (aside from size.)
Then there’s the original, non-resin object we use to make the mold. I was thinking about 3d printing something so that it’s eventually resizeable. (I don’t want to use the one already on thingiverse, though it’s not bad)
So I need to hand make one first and then scan it with a 3d scanner. (though I think someone mentioned a software that could take a photo and make a 3d image file)
What material we make the original out of will be partly chosen based on the material we use for the mold (or the ease of 3d scanning it, in which case the mold needs to work with 3d printing material,) but there are tons of options.
A chunk of resin/acrylic and a sander
Y’all have been doing this sort of thing for way longer than I have. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions?
Anyone had success (or failure ) doing something with these kinds of steps?
Is there anything that jumps out at you and says, “you need to take so-and-so’s clas on xyz?”