So over the last few months I have been practicing a new method of casting called cold casting. I have been meaning to try this for about a year! but taking the time out proved tricky with business and family commitments. So in the new year I promised myself that I would set some time aside to get started. I think sometimes as a business owner it’s so easy to be so busy working in your business that you forget to set some proper time aside to work on your business. To enable you to further develop your skill set and grow and develop your business.
What is Cold Casting?
A cold casting is a bonded resin and metal mixture (metal powder) which can be polished like real metal to give a beautiful depth and shine. This is a really luxurious finish which has a lovely feel due to the high metal content. Another big advantage of a cold cast is its strength over plaster/gypsum.
The casting is taken in the same way as normal with an alginate casting gel, but the process after this is quite different with lots of complex steps. This involves me first making a plaster cast as normal then making a silicone mould of this plaster cast. The silicone mould is then filled with the resin/metal mixture. I use a high percentage of metal powder to resin for a really luxurious finish. Once the cold cast is cured it goes through several stages of polishing to bring out the beauty and shine of the metal.