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The Prop Builder's Molding & Casting Handbook



A comprehensive guide to the use of more than thirty molding and casting materials in the design and construction of theater properties and scenic elements. Includes a section on designing and building a vacuum forming machine for use in constructing theater props.

236 pages
soft-cover
filled with black and white photos
Year of Latest Edition: 1989
Cost: $29.99

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SAFETY (pp 13-19)

THE MODEL (pp 21-25)
Preparing the Model

THE MOLD (pp 25-70)
Undercuts - the need for multiple part molds
A One-Part Plaster Mold
A Two-Part Plaster Mold
A Two Part Mold - Shim Method
Dental Alginate
Moulage
Latex Rubber Molds
Silicone RTV Rubber Molds
Fabric Resinforcements
Making an Injected Silicone Rubber Mold
Extending Silicone with Fillers

MOLD RELEASES (pp 75-81)
Self-Releasing Molds
Absorption Molds
Water as a Release Agent
Aluminum Foil
Petroleum Jelly, Green Soap and Wax
PVA
Glass as a Mold Release
Other Release Factors
Mold Release Recommendations

MAKING THE CASTINGS (pp 81-173)
Choosing the Right Casting Material
Slipcasting
Latex Casting
Laminated Castings
Neoprene Casting
Papier Mache
Celastic
Fiberglass
Hot Melts and Thermoplastics
Wax (Paraffin)
Machinable Wax
Hot Plasticine
Hot Melt Glue
Hot Melt Rubber
Breakaway Glass
Sugar Glass
Pico Resin
Breakaway Bottles
Polyester Resin
Water Extendable Polyester (WEP)
Urethane Casting Materials
Two-Part Urethane Foam
Hair Implanting
Urethane RTV Casting Rubber
Casting With Hardware Store Products
Silicone Caulking as a Mold Making Material
Casting With Plastic Body Filler
Plastic Wood

VACUUM FORMING WITH THERMOPLASTICS (pp 175-223)
Vacuum Forming Machines
Vacuum Formable Plastics
The Vacuum Form Process
Making a Vacuum Form Machine
The Clamping Frame
The Oven
Building the Chasis
The Vacuum System
Making Modifications
Making Vacuum Formed Castings
The Pattern
Producing Multiple Patterns
Cutting and Trimming
Making Splices
Oversized Castings
Framing Oversized Castings
Cornice Molding
Prepainting the Plastic Sheet
Making a Marble Clock
Vacuum Formed Books
Vacuum Formed Leaves
Vacuum Fomred Marketplace Display
Making a Lightweight Statue
Making a Lightweight Headdress
Vacuum Forming Transparent Plastics
Making a Sphere




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