As 2015 comes to a close, we would like to share some events and projects from the past year. Unfortunately, we can’t list all of the interesting events we’ve attended and people we’ve worked with, but these are some highlights:
– SureCrete Visit –
Back in January, we visited SureCrete Design Products (a decorative and specialty concrete manufacturer) at their headquarters in Dade City, FL. While there, we worked on a variety of mold making projects, including the making of a table mold of an old-growth cypress:
– World of Concrete 2015 –
We had a great time meeting attendees and fellow exhibitors at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Here are tutorials that show how to make some of the items found in our booth:
- How to Make a Concrete Sign
- How to Make a Veneer Stone Mold
- Casting “Warped” Concrete Tables in Rubber Molds
- How to Bend or Warp Decorative Concrete in Rubber Molds
We’ll see you at World of Concrete 2016 at Booth #351 in the North Hall!
– NEW Concrete Mini-Catalog –
In February of this year, we were excited to introduce a mini-catalog that serves as a “starter” selection guide for our concrete customers. It features product recommendations for applications involving concrete casting, texturing and stamping:
- Cast Stone Veneer
- Form Liners
- Decorative Surfaces & Decor
- Casting Plastics & Hardcoats
– The Precast Show 2015 –
A big thanks to everyone that stopped by our booth at The Precast Show in Orlando, FL. We’ll see you next year in Nashville (Booth #879)!
– Customer Project: The Whimsical Gardens –
John Cannon of The Whimsical Gardens brought his clay sculpture to our facility to make a mold of the figure and then reproduce it in plastic on a rotational casting machine. See the process of making the tin-cured silicone block mold here.
– New Tutorial: Lifecasting with PlatSil® Gel-25 –
One of our distributors, BITY Mold Supply, visited us in late 2014 to help with this PlatSil® Gel-25 lifecasting project. The video tutorial was posted this year:
– IMATS NYC –
We attended IMATS NYC in April and saw the live “Popeye” makeup applied by Neill Gorton (Neill Gorton Prosthetics Studio) & Josh Turi (Designs to Deceive). Prosthetics were made from PlatSil® Gel-25 & PlatSil® Gel-10.
– CONstruct FX Event –
In May, we attended CONstruct FX (hosted by The Compleat Sculptor) as a vendor. CONstruct is a brand new expo specifically focused on sculpting, molding and casting for special effects, prosthetics, prop making and makeup. We had a great time meeting attendees and industry professionals and we hope to attend in 2016!
– National Sculpture Society –
Thank you to everyone that stopped by our table at the National Sculpture Society Sculpture Celebration in Philadelphia, PA in June!
– Kiln-Casting with Glass –
Anna Boothe, who has worked with glass since 1980, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at her glass kiln-casting process. Steps include: making the original wax model, fabricating a flexible Poly 74-24 rubber mold, casting wax copies, pouring the refractory mold, melting the wax, kiln-casting and cold-working the glass.
– Concrete Convergence –
In September, we attended the first annual International Concrete Convergence to demonstrate some mold making techniques.
[photo by www.kulishdesignco.com]
– Jerseyfest Model Kit & Statue Fair –
Thank you to everyone that stopped by our table at the Jerseyfest Model Kit & Statue Fair. As explained on jerseyfestfair.com, this event is a “[…] celebration of movies, television, and comic books, with the focus on monsters, science fiction and fantasy.” They even offer a variety of classes and demos.
– Concrete Decor 2015 –
The Concrete Decor Show was held in Indianapolis, IN this year. Thank you to everyone that stopped by our booth! We’ll see you next year in San Diego, CA.
Interested in learning how to make some of the decorative items you saw in our booth? The tutorials are listed below.
Decorative Concrete Panel Tutorial
This tutorial shows the process of making a decorative glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) panel using various Polytek® mold rubbers and casting materials.
Wood-Textured Concrete Stools Tutorial
This tutorial details the process of making a polyurethane rubber mold of a log that will be used to cast concrete stools.
– October 2015 Mold Making & Casting Workshop –
Twice a year, we hold a Mold Making & Casting Seminar/Workshop. Take a look at some of the projects attendees brought to our October workshop.
Thank you to all of our customers and distributors for a great year!