Known simply as "the beast", this is currently the largest and heaviest silicone mold we offer here at Crafted Elements. Ideal for coffee tables, small desks and really BIG resin art up to 2 inches in thickness, the 36x24" mold can get the job done, while streamlining the setup and demolding process that our big silicone molds are known for. This mold features a finish somewhere between matte and polished, it is not a perfectly "shiny" interior, simply due to the tooling (master mold) used to create them.
IMPORTANT NOTES AND DISCLAIMER SPECIFIC TO THIS MOLD:
These molds are made in-house using platinum cure silicone. However, due to the amount of silicone used and labor input to produce molds of this size there are certain limitations and expectations that need to be clear before purchase. First, although we try to create perfect molds, pouring the volume of silicone required for this mold is a challenge.
Normally we would not allow a mold with tiny surface bubbles or small inclusions (such as a tiny piece of plastic or dirt from the air in our shop) to pass as a "grade a" mold. However, pouring a mold this size and volume increases that risk notably and due to the cost of producing something this size we need to allow for a limited amount of imperfections. Thus, molds of this size with micro sized surface bubbles (1/8" diameter or under) or airborne particles from shop debris will still pass as "Grade A" saleable molds. Small micro bubbles within the mold walls or floor not on the surface can also be expected but are not considered "surface bubbles".
We would never ship a product that is ripped, torn or gouged, but again, due to the volume and facility conditions, perfection is hard to achieve over this much surface area.
THIS PRODUCT IS A FINAL SALE.
Again, due to the cost of raw silicone and the made to order nature of these molds, this mold is not returnable. We can make accommodations for our smaller lower cost molds, however a mold of this size and weight creates its own shipping and return challenges.
BY PURCHASING THIS MOLD YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO THE CONDITIONS AND EXCEPTIONS TO OUR NORMAL POLICIES STATED ABOVE.
Crafted Elements Silicone Molds
The last mold you will ever need. Created just for makers, resin artists and wood workers, these time saving flexible yet durable silicone molds significantly cut down on the setup and demolding time usually involved with other molds. Silicone molds are superior to wood and tuck tape, and HDPE molds because:
They can be used with epoxy resin, resin and wood, concrete, plaster and more.
They never need assembled, or disassembled. Saving huge amounts of time.
The strength and flexibility of the molds allows you to insert and remove pieces of wood easily.
The corners and edges never need sealed.
When using wood, the wood stays in place, tight in the mold if you cut it 1/16" larger than the width of the mold. Preventing the need for clamps or weights.
The mold is heat resistant (within reason!), and wont damage when you are popping epoxy bubbles with a torch or heat gun.
The molds are reusable. However silicone molds do have a finite lifespan when used with epoxy resin, but getting 20-30+ castings out of the mold can be expected when they are properly cared for and a mold release spray is used.
Like HDPE, epoxy resin does not stick to silicone. However, the heat generated by the exothermic reaction and the chemicals in epoxy resin are very harsh to all silicone molds. Additionally, if part of your epoxy has not fully set due to improper mixing, the epoxy can become bonded to the mold. Both of these factors can lead to mold tear out when removing your piece from the mold, leading to pits and tears on the surface of the mold. This is why we strongly recommend the use of non-silicone based mold release spray before each pour to increase the life of your mold. We use the 'MG Chemicals 8329 Non-Silicone Epoxy Mold Release', Smooth-On Ease Release 200 or Mann Ease Release 200 which are readily available from Amazon and other online retailers. Cooking spray, vaseline, silicone based sprays or sprays designed for urethane or polyester products should NEVER be used. Using a proper, non-silicone based mold release can mean the difference between getting only a couple of uses from your mold to 20, 30 or more.