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How to Make a Glove Mold with Dragon Skin & Cast a Faux Wood Repro
Dragon Skin® Q is a high performance platinum cure silicone rubber that can be mixed 1A:1B by weight or volume and cures at room temperature with negligible shrinkage to a Shore 10A. Cured Dragon Skin® is very soft, very strong and very “stretchy”. It will stretch many times its original size without tearing and will rebound to its original form without distortion.

This stretchiness makes Dragon Skin® Q ideal for creating one piece glove molds.  A Dragon Skin® mold can be turned completely inside out without risk of tearing.  This means castings can be removed without cutting the mold, leaving no visible flashing common with many mold configurations.
 The original is a carved wood model.  In most cases when reproducing a wooden original, it is important to also reproduce the woodgrain.

1 - The original is a carved wood model. In most cases when reproducing a wooden original, it is important to also reproduce the woodgrain.
 Gather all materials, including accessories, prior to beginning the mold making process.

2 - Gather all materials, including accessories, prior to beginning the mold making process.
 Begin by securing the original model to a melamine board using hot melt glue.

3 - Begin by securing the original model to a melamine board using hot melt glue.
 Next, spray the original model with Ease Release® 200 release agent.  This will aid in removing the cured silicone mold from the original.

4 - Next, spray the original model with Ease Release® 200 release agent. This will aid in removing the cured silicone mold from the original.
 Measure out Part A of Dragon Skin® Q silicone rubber.  It is important to use the fast set version (''Q'') when making a brush on mold.  This will drastically speed up the mold making process.

5 - Measure out Part A of Dragon Skin® Q silicone rubber. It is important to use the fast set version (''Q'') when making a brush on mold. This will drastically speed up the mold making process.
 Measure out and equal volume of Part B.

6 - Measure out and equal volume of Part B.
 Dragon Skin® is translucent in its natural state.  This can sometimes make it difficult to ensure thorough coverage over an original model.  Adding a small amount of Silc-Pig® silicone pigment will eliminate this problem.

7 - Dragon Skin® is translucent in its natural state. This can sometimes make it difficult to ensure thorough coverage over an original model. Adding a small amount of Silc-Pig® silicone pigment will eliminate this problem.
 A small amount of THI-VEX® II silicone thickening agent is added to the mixture. This will help the silicone stay on vertical surfaces.

8 - A small amount of THI-VEX® II silicone thickening agent is added to the mixture. This will help the silicone stay on vertical surfaces.
 Combine all components and mix thoroughly.  Continue mixing until there are no color striations present.

9 - Combine all components and mix thoroughly. Continue mixing until there are no color striations present.
 Apply Dragon Skin® Q to the original model.

10 - Apply Dragon Skin® Q to the original model.
 The first layer of a brush-on mold should be thin.  This will help eliminate any chance of bubble entrapment.

11 - The first layer of a brush-on mold should be thin. This will help eliminate any chance of bubble entrapment.
 Apply Dragon Skin® Q over the entire model and begin building a flange 3'' (8 cm) around the base of the model.  Allow rubber to cure until tacky (approximately 45 minutes).

12 - Apply Dragon Skin® Q over the entire model and begin building a flange 3'' (8 cm) around the base of the model. Allow rubber to cure until tacky (approximately 45 minutes).
 Mix a second thickened batch of Dragon Skin® Q.  Adding a different Silc-Pig® pigment to alternate layers will help ensure thorough coverage over the entire model.

13 - Mix a second thickened batch of Dragon Skin® Q. Adding a different Silc-Pig® pigment to alternate layers will help ensure thorough coverage over the entire model.
 Apply a second coat of Dragon Skin® Q.  The yellow Silc-Pig® contrasts well with the previous layer.

14 - Apply a second coat of Dragon Skin® Q. The yellow Silc-Pig® contrasts well with the previous layer.
 Second layer can go on thicker than the first.

15 - Second layer can go on thicker than the first.
 Completely cover the model and continue building flange. Allow rubber to cure until tacky (approximately 45 minutes).

16 - Completely cover the model and continue building flange. Allow rubber to cure until tacky (approximately 45 minutes).
 Mix a third batch of Dragon Skin® Q silicone.

17 - Mix a third batch of Dragon Skin® Q silicone.
 Add additional THI-VEX® II thickening agent to this layer.

18 - Add additional THI-VEX® II thickening agent to this layer.
 Using much thicker material means the mold can be built up faster. Use a stick to trowel the thickened rubber over the previous layer.

19 - Using much thicker material means the mold can be built up faster. Use a stick to trowel the thickened rubber over the previous layer.
 Cover entire model and continue building flange. Allow rubber to cure until tacky (approximately 45 minutes).

20 - Cover entire model and continue building flange. Allow rubber to cure until tacky (approximately 45 minutes).
 Mix a final batch of Dragon Skin® Q with some THI-VEX® II added.

21 - Mix a final batch of Dragon Skin® Q with some THI-VEX® II added.
 Brush this batch over all other layers.  This layer will further build thickness, but will also smooth out the surface of the mold, making application of a support shell easier.

22 - Brush this batch over all other layers. This layer will further build thickness, but will also smooth out the surface of the mold, making application of a support shell easier.
 Completed Dragon Skin® Q brush-on mold.  Ultimate mold thickness should be approximately 3/8'' (1 cm).  Allow rubber mold to completely cure (approximately 75 minutes).

23 - Completed Dragon Skin® Q brush-on mold. Ultimate mold thickness should be approximately 3/8'' (1 cm). Allow rubber mold to completely cure (approximately 75 minutes).
 Prepare the mold for application of the support shell by trimming back the flange to a straight edge around the entire mold.

24 - Prepare the mold for application of the support shell by trimming back the flange to a straight edge around the entire mold.
 Gather materials used to create the support shell.

25 - Gather materials used to create the support shell.
 This mold requires a two-piece support shell.  Begin by planning out where the support shell will split to prevent mechanical lock.  Draw a line over the high points of the model.

26 - This mold requires a two-piece support shell. Begin by planning out where the support shell will split to prevent mechanical lock. Draw a line over the high points of the model.
 Using water clay, create a shim along the line drawn in the previous step. This shim will act as a separation line between the two halves of the shell. Brush Smooth-On's Sonite® Wax over all surfaces Plasti-Paste® will come in contact with, including the base board.

27 - Using water clay, create a shim along the line drawn in the previous step. This shim will act as a separation line between the two halves of the shell. Brush Smooth-On's Sonite® Wax over all surfaces Plasti-Paste® will come in contact with, including the base board.
 Smooth-On's Plasti-Paste® filled urethane plastic is designed for use as a support shell.  It is mixed in a ratio of 1 Part A to 3 Parts B by volume.

28 - Smooth-On's Plasti-Paste® filled urethane plastic is designed for use as a support shell. It is mixed in a ratio of 1 Part A to 3 Parts B by volume.
 Mix and apply Plasti-Paste® over the rubber mold.

29 - Mix and apply Plasti-Paste® over the rubber mold.
 Build Plasti-Paste® support shell to an ultimate thickness of 3/8'' (1 cm).

30 - Build Plasti-Paste® support shell to an ultimate thickness of 3/8'' (1 cm).
 After first half of Plasti-Paste® shell has fully cured (about 90 minutes), removed clay in preparation for application of second half.

31 - After first half of Plasti-Paste® shell has fully cured (about 90 minutes), removed clay in preparation for application of second half.
 Plasti-Paste® will stick to itself and other surfaces vigorously.  It is important to use a release agent to separate the two halves of the shell.  Begin by applying Smooth-On's Sonite® Wax to any surface the fresh Plasti-Paste® will come in contact with.

32 - Plasti-Paste® will stick to itself and other surfaces vigorously. It is important to use a release agent to separate the two halves of the shell. Begin by applying Smooth-On's Sonite® Wax to any surface the fresh Plasti-Paste® will come in contact with.
 Follow the application of Sonite® Wax with a spray coat of Universal  Mold Release®.

33 - Follow the application of Sonite® Wax with a spray coat of Universal Mold Release®.
 Mix and apply a second batch of Plasti-Paste®.

34 - Mix and apply a second batch of Plasti-Paste®.
 Build Plasti-Paste® support shell to an ultimate thickness of 3/8'' (1 cm).

35 - Build Plasti-Paste® support shell to an ultimate thickness of 3/8'' (1 cm).
 Allow Plasti-Paste® shell to full cure (approximately 90 minutes).

36 - Allow Plasti-Paste® shell to full cure (approximately 90 minutes).
 Once the Plasti-Paste® has cured, the support shell can be removed.

37 - Once the Plasti-Paste® has cured, the support shell can be removed.
 Before peeling back the rubber mold, apply some talc powder to the outside surface of the mold.

38 - Before peeling back the rubber mold, apply some talc powder to the outside surface of the mold.
 The talc powder will make removing the Dragon Skin® mold easier by reducing friction on the surface of the rubber.

39 - The talc powder will make removing the Dragon Skin® mold easier by reducing friction on the surface of the rubber.
 Begin removing the Dragon Skin® by peeling it back from the base.

40 - Begin removing the Dragon Skin® by peeling it back from the base.
 Continue rolling the rubber mold over on itself.  Dragon Skin® is soft and stretchy enough to be completely inverted, like a glove.

41 - Continue rolling the rubber mold over on itself. Dragon Skin® is soft and stretchy enough to be completely inverted, like a glove.
 The Dragon Skin® rubber will reflect perfect detail captured from the original piece.  Because the silicone is so stretchy, there is no need to cut  the mold in order to remove the original.

42 - The Dragon Skin® rubber will reflect perfect detail captured from the original piece. Because the silicone is so stretchy, there is no need to cut the mold in order to remove the original.
 Re-seat the Dragon Skin® mold into the Plasti-Paste® support shell.  Rubber bands are used to bind the two halves of the shell together.

43 - Re-seat the Dragon Skin® mold into the Plasti-Paste® support shell. Rubber bands are used to bind the two halves of the shell together.
 Invert the mold and place it into a bucket.  Once the mold is level, the casting process can begin.

44 - Invert the mold and place it into a bucket. Once the mold is level, the casting process can begin.
 When reproducing woodgrain, it is important to use the appropriate combination of resin and filler.  Smooth-On's Ure-fil® 5 is combined with Smooth-Cast® 300 to create a woodgrain finish.  The proper mix ratio is 1 Part A to 1 Part B to 1 Part filler by volume.

45 - When reproducing woodgrain, it is important to use the appropriate combination of resin and filler. Smooth-On's Ure-fil® 5 is combined with Smooth-Cast® 300 to create a woodgrain finish. The proper mix ratio is 1 Part A to 1 Part B to 1 Part filler by volume.
 Combine all elements. Adding SO-Strong® Brown pigment will result in a casting closer in color to the original.  Mix all elements thoroughly until no color striations are present.

46 - Combine all elements. Adding SO-Strong® Brown pigment will result in a casting closer in color to the original. Mix all elements thoroughly until no color striations are present.
 Once thoroughly mixed, pour the resin/filler mixture slowly into the mold.

47 - Once thoroughly mixed, pour the resin/filler mixture slowly into the mold.
 Once the Smooth-Cast® resin has cured (about 10 minutes) the Dragon Skin® silicone mold can be removed from the casting.

48 - Once the Smooth-Cast® resin has cured (about 10 minutes) the Dragon Skin® silicone mold can be removed from the casting.
 Cured casting is a dull tan color, but the woodgrain is still present in the piece.  It simply needs to be highlighted.

49 - Cured casting is a dull tan color, but the woodgrain is still present in the piece. It simply needs to be highlighted.
 In this case, black shoe polished is brushed into the surface of the piece.

50 - In this case, black shoe polished is brushed into the surface of the piece.
 Allow the shoe polish to sit for a short period, then use a paper towel to wipe off excess.  Shoe polish will remain in details and deeper areas of the casting.

51 - Allow the shoe polish to sit for a short period, then use a paper towel to wipe off excess. Shoe polish will remain in details and deeper areas of the casting.
 Following a spray with clear acrylic lacquer, the finished pieced is displayed alongside the original.  The woodgrain has been reproduced to perfection and casting looks just like real wood!

52 - Following a spray with clear acrylic lacquer, the finished pieced is displayed alongside the original. The woodgrain has been reproduced to perfection and casting looks just like real wood!

                   
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