Ok heres another game. Who ever answers this tuff question wins a blank of your choice of my molds over 500. Finished by me or just the blank your choice. I pick the winner if there is one. I will know because I have trid everything. But take a guess it could be the winning answer. How do you make the artifical fin on a fish It must be clear like clear water also strong and paintable with no air bubbles perfable like peanut butter so you can trowel in on the mold.
Lets have fun. Randall Desormeau
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a clear five minute epoxie. I've seen it used for fin repair, so why couldn't it be spread into a mold?
Email me..I've tryed everything..and I may have a soulution
Maybe a clear acrylic resin?
...clear gel coat...
Last year Steve Steinbring of Newton Supply along with Steve Novak made clear fish reproductions and clear SANDABLE fins from RTV molds and Bondo molds with the Epo-Grip Clear Paste epoxy. Bet you haven't tried "everything" yet.
I once made a set bass of fins out of tough fin.
But acrylic scenery resin works great
However Randy D. decides it's best for atmospheric conditions way up there in the U.P. As a native of of Alpena, I know those winters. I know I didn't win but I'll settle for a pastie. Peace- Jeff F.
Envirotex, it is a clear resin and will elf level and will not yellow. Good Luck. Dan Hudzik
Envirotex, it is a clear resin and will SELF level and will not yellow. You can pour it into the mold or simply paint it in with a foam brush. Accidentally hit the enter button when I was typing, sorry about the 2 post. LOL Good Luck. Dan Hudzik
The new clear stuff is great and still tastes the same as when we were kids.
So far I have tried everything except the playdough. This is a tuff one for everyone, Its lunch time so I check. Will check again tonight.Alot of the answers are all good but not the answer I am looking for but this will give us a learning experance. Randy D.
I bet your using hot glue but your melting it in a pot not using a hot glue gun.Possibly your using silk span or maybe thickening it with cabosil to make them stronger.
Regular glass. Like moretti rods, melt it into the mold like glue.
Clear hot melt glue, but dont overheat it. Flexible, clear, strong and thin.
...air bubbles Bill. And it spreads more like STICKY peanut butter.
Hmmmm, Randy it's starting to irritate me now. Hmmmm, actually I think I know the answer, is it: "check the archives"! LOL!
Get back here and give the darn answer - LOL!
If YOU got bubbles, you didn't do it right. And epoxy will even work in CANADA. LOL
Also George the stuff I tried was not water clear. Kind of milky looking not clear like glass and some fish fins are clear. But maybe there is a way to get it clear but I dont know of a way. Tell me and you can be the winner. Also the bubbles. Thanks Randy D.
Heck I am not a fish person but I want to add my 1/2 cent anyway. My suggestion is not worth more then that unfortunately. How about those clear plastic covers you put over those fluorescent ceiling lights in big building. They melt when you apply heat to them with a hot air gun and you can shape them into anything you want. No bubbles in them either and they are extremely clear. Heck they get liquidity enough with real high heat to pour them into a mold.
In case I did not win I would like to have two pasties. Unlike Jeff I need to be balanced and one just won't do it.
Can the splash scene pellets be melted to a liquid and than poured into a mold. Not sure never tried to totally melt them ?
Or maybe Clear acrylic latex caulk it's creamy ?
Fiberglass resin + hardner + cabosil to a vaseline consistency. Trowel it on the mold and press together till she kicks?
lexan clear plastic
silicone thinned with xylene? i dunno i just like spelling xylene. Croc
polyurethane? Jeff F.
There is a clear resin that is flexible. I can't remember the exact name of it though.
You can put a small amount of acetone in resin and it will become flexable but it doesnt have to be flexable. It needs to be clear strong and no bubbles. Perferable like peanut butter so you can spread it on the mold. The main words are clear.strong.no bubbles. and perferable like peanut butter. All I need is someone to guess then I will ask them to explain. I said it would be tuff. Randy
Bake,cut to shape. That tells my age......lol
We used to make great reproduction skin parts using Buckeye Supreme Glue, too. If its thin it dries clear. It de-molds good, and stays flexible while still holding its shape.
Rubber cement lol
is it even possible?
melt sugar til its nice and smooth but before it carmelizes spread it in the mold and let cool. and if the fins dont look good ya eat them lol, i give up
My next experiment will be with pmc760 flexible casting urethane from Eager Plastics. Not thick like peanut butter but it is one of the thicker clear casting products on the market, with a viscosity of 2800 cps and a shore hardness of 60A. Strong enough to hold it's shape but not brittle should one happen to bump against it while painting.
Lots of guesses. The only way I know how is. Clear yes bubble free vacumm yes strong yes with fiberglass matt. A paste yes but not clear like water. So the question goes on until someday someone figures it out. Make a art. fin clear like water bubble free strong and a paste so you can spread like peanut butter. Game over..... Randy D.