Hints and Material Sources for Sculpture.
|Product||Store or Service||Use||Ingredients||Comments|
|Kneedit||Mitre 10 or hardware shop||making objects, fixing objects.||epoxy putty||You must have this on hand. Can be filed, sawn, sanded, rasped, drilled etc.|
|Selley's Window & Glass Silicone||Mitre 10 or hardware shop. Sometimes they special the product. Note: unless this product is on special, it is much the same price as the superior moulding silicone products.||Moulds||liquid non runny silicone rubber||Good for making moulds or building up expensive moulding rubbers. After you have applied the rubber without air pockets, smooth the rubber by dipping your hand in a container of water with a little detergent added.|
|Silicone Moulding Rubber and Polyurethane Foam
Silicone Moulding Rubber and Polyurethane Foam
57 Rangi Road
|Moulding and Coating||Silicone Moulding Rubber and Polyurethane Foam||Used by most sculptors|
|Polyester Resin, Glass Cloth, Talcum Powder, release agents, silicone rubber etc||Composite Supplies.
Tai Tapu, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Mobile 021 329 661
Phone 03 329 6611
Fax: 03 329 6911
|Making Composite Objects.||Resin, Glass Cloth|
Release Wax available from TR Industries, P.O.Box 1533,California 90262, USA.
|This is the best release wax I have used to date.|
|Modeling Clay||Lindsay's Leichhardt Pty Ltd,
19 Beeson Street,
Phone: Aust 02 560 2044
Fax :Aust 02 569 4585
|Making original sculptures||Clay + oil||A plastercine like clay that does not dry out.|
|Bronze Casting in New Zealand||Clark Wickham Foundary Ltd
11 Wickham street
Phone: 03 384 2584
|Pouring bronze into your investment casting.||Bronze||If you want a bronze sculpture original cast, contact John Clark.
This firm cast the bronze Sika you see on my Gallery pages
|Investment Casting of your Wax Model||Mark Le Bherz
Stainless Incast NZ Ltd
16 Waller Tce
Phone 03 3792714
Fax 03 3795889
|Putting a ceramic shell over your wax modell so that it can be cast in metal.||Ceramic||This firm invested (high temp ceramic layer) the bronze Sika you see on my Gallery pages.|
Investment Casting of your Wax Model
3 Robert Street Marton
Will invest wax objects for customers
|Putting a ceramic shell over your wax modell so that it can be cast in metal.||Ceramic||This firm will cast your sculpture in bronze for you|
Ph 03 329 6611 Fax 03 329 6911 Mobile 021 329 661
Polvester Gelcoats ISO & ISO NPG , colours available
Polyester Tooling Gelcoat
Polyester Flocotes ISO
Polyester resins Ortho & Flooring Grades available.
Pigment Pastes colours available
MEKP NAI QC SR
Carbon Fibre Various weights
Kevlar Various weights
Quadraxial 850 & 1150 grms x 1270 mm wide
Biaxial 60Ogrms x 1270 mm wide
Double Bias Tape 100, 150 & 20Omm wid
Double Bias e 400 & 60Ogrms x 127Omm wide
Chopped Strand 225, 300, 450 & 60Ogrms
Gunstock Pallets or loose cheeses
Cloth 2oz 6oz 10z cut lengths or x rolls
Woven Roving 600 x 800grm
Glass tape 25mm 50mm 75mm 10Omm
Surface Tissue Rolls or cut lengths
Peel Ply 1150mm X 50m rolls
WoolMat 6mm x 40m rolls & 2Omm x IOm rolls
Acetone Tins Pails or Drums Tins Pails or Drums
Styrene Monomer Tins Pails or Drums
Release Agents K & H range, Traffic wax
Auto Filler 4 litre tins
Talc 25kg bags
Acrosil 10kg bags
Qcells 9kg & 25kg
Microballoons Various sizes
Epoxy Kits 1.25, 5, 20 litre kits
Brushes Resin type 12mm -100mm various grades
Catalyst Dispenser 500mils & 1 litre
All MEKP plus freight. All products are plus GST. FIS over 100kg. ~
How to make a simple vacuum pump
The name is Arthur Buckland, email@example.com and if anyone wants drawings or pics, drop me a line.
I use it a lot (RTV) in my hobby of making scratch-built scale model warships. The point of this email is that you mention in your tips and hints page that vacuun pumps are expensive. NOT SO!! (with a little Kiwi ingenuity). If you have any mechanical ability (and even if you do not), it is relatively easy (and FREE) to make a vacuum pump to suck out air from any receptacle up to about a cubic metre.
Obtain an old compressor from a dumped fridge or freezer ( any F & P model will do). The tip is a handy source of old fridges, or even easier, if you have an inorganic rubbish collection on the side of the road in your vicinity. Clip off the copper tubes running out/into it ( keep the length as long as possible). Seal off one of the two inlet pipes by bending and crimping, or better still silver solder it shut.
Obtain an old pressure cylinder the same way as the compressor unit. ( an old LPG bottle will do, but a better- more volume available type would be an old oxy bottle.) Make sure the cylinder has a shut off valve. Open the valve and suck all the air out of the cylinder with the said fridge compressor - 2 to 3 mins max in time. Shut the cylinder off. Attach the piping from the cylinder to your vacuum bag or whatever you are using, and open the valve. Hey Presto! In less than a second you have removed all the air from whatever your mould is encased in and have a perfect vacuum around your workpiece. It will remove even the air that was trapped in your silicon or whatever you used to make the mould. Better still of course would be to remove the air bubbles from the mix immediately after you have made it. That way when you paint it on your plug you get complete coverage. Subsequent vacuum bagging will ensure that you get a nice crisply detailed mould. You probably know all this already! but in case you didn't - a brief description of a relatively cheap, if not free, vacuum machine.
Happy moulding, ArtBack to hints
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