"Cold-Casting" is a term used to describe the process of mixing metal powder with a resin and applying the mixture into a mold. The finished casting gives the appearance and weight of solid metal. The metal cold-cast process is faster and much less expensive when compared with foundry casting of molten metal.
To make a metal cold-casting, metal powder is mixed into Smooth-Cast™ 325 Colormatch™ resin, duoMatrix™ NEO, or Matrix Dryve™ until the mixture is thick and creamy. The mixture is then "slush-cast" or brushed onto the mold surface until the material cures. The gel coat is then back-filled with straight resin, resin mixed with metal powder, resin mixed with lead shot or Foam-iT!™ rigid foam. Smooth-On offers metal powders that can be added to our liquid plastics to create cold cast metal castings.
Powders include bronze, brass, copper, aluminum and nickel/silver (for a pewter-like effect).
Learn how you can use Matrix Dryve™ polymer gypsum to create a cold casting.
Using Smooth-Cast 57D Milo demonstrates two techniques for casting his bear skull mold.
Learn How To Make a Metal Cold Cast Prop Wrench With Milo
Use Smooth-Cast™ 325 resin and Bronze powder to make a nautical looking aquarium stand.
Smooth-On fan Jon N. shows how he makes a mold for a real metal cold casting.
We demonstrate how to create a metal cold casting using the duoMatrix™ NEO polymerized gypsum system.
Creating metal cold cast panels using Smooth Cast ONYX liquid plastic and bronze powder.
The metal cold-casting process is faster and much less expensive compared with foundry casting of molten metal.
In this video tutorial, we show how to make a mold of a female torso using Body Double Lifecasting Silicone