TOO MUCH RESIN!!!
As mentioned last week, I thought I’d talk about mixing too much resin. IF you don’t know how much to mix for something you haven’t yet cast, always under estimate, and measure as you go along. Have a scale nearby and weigh each part and add it together as you mix so you know what it takes to cast in your mold.
Reason being, and this week’s terror story;
I worked for a company (that will remain unnamed) in Ohio for a small term. (The lack of safety precautions taken in the shop was one of the reasons I left among many.)
When fiberglassing a large form, one generally uses a resin to join the fiber layers. To do that, we mix these cups and brush it on ever so gently.
We had to make sure that We mixed only as much as we needed, and that the material wasn’t “kicked” too hard. (“Kicking” is the same as adding the part B of the compound which creates the chemical reaction of curing. Basically the more part “B”, the faster it cures. Seems sketchy to me, but again, glad I left.)
Whenever we were dealing with any kind of fast curing resin, they would always warn me. Don’t mix too much. I eventually got to see why. One of my coworkers accidentally mixed more resin, thinking another layer of fiberglass was going on. Upon realizing that we’d finished, he ran his cup outside and left it on the concrete slab where people usually go for their smoke break.
The cup started to MELT and catch on fire.
You can probably imagine the side-eye that was being given this person. This is why it is generally a good idea to play it safe, don’t over mix, and always have a safe area to cast.
Sorry for the lack of daily things for you guys to look at. Been very busy helping with a house needing some remodeling. Other than that, been trying to figure out a complication in the wall mount. It will be available soon, that much I can guarantee. I have one head that is pretty close to ready for photos.
Today’s Tuesday Terror is based on myself.
This happened around the year 2011. I was trying my hand at slush casting.
I had a resin from a nearby materials garage, and was mixing my part A to part B.
As I stirred, I got a little eager, I suppose you could say, and as I stirred, a little glorp of the liquid jumped up from my cup, between my safety glasses and my face and RIGHT into my eye. At that point, I was lucky I wasn’t mixing too much resin (more on too much resin next week), so I quickly abandoned the resin, and moved to the sink, where I ran water over my open eyeball for the next 20 minutes to about half an hour.
Moral of this story: Beginners should ALWAYS wear thorough safety equipment! Safety glasses just aren’t enough sometimes. Goggles will do you much good.
onequaintdinosaur asked: Hello there! I'm curios about what type of clay you use for your sculpts before casting. Is it something similiar to chavant clay? Also, I would like to compliment your work. Its really professional and highly inspirering :).
Firstly, thank you so much for your kind compliments!
Second: I tend to use plastiline clay. The brand I originally bought is called “Jolly King”. It’s a material that never dries, and becomes more flexible with heat. Though, for certain things, I am warming up to carving out of hard wax.
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As promised, this week, we are going to speak about GLOVES!!!
Gloves gloves gloves.
In fact, when researching through materials, there are sometimes warnings! Some gloves are made from materials that will not withstand certain chemical reactions.
Nitrile rubber gloves are a good example of a brand of gloves that are more protective than latex.
Let me give an example as to WHY it is important to wear gloves while handling certain materials*.
A friend of mine can no longer work with urethane resins.
Several years ago, she was working with the material, and got a small spill on the skin of her arm. Acting quickly, she made her way to the sink and washed with soap and water for several minutes.
Not long after, a “ivy-like” rash appeared around the area. This rash came back from time to time for a small while, before she formed a hypothesis. Perhaps it was the exposure to the resin.
Sure enough, testing this out, as she came into close proximity to the materials, the rash returned.
These days, she cannot so much as smell a hint of the urethane without getting similar reactions around her body.
She developed a serious allergy.
Lesson 1: When exposed to raw uncured Urethane Resin, IMMEDIATELY wash area with mineral spirits. Washing area with soap and water at later times is encouraged.
Lesson 2: ALWAYS wear protective gloves.
*Especially when handling: Resins, apoxys, silicons (includes caulk), and foams.
This is why I never ever want to see a youtube tutorial on casting things without gloves ever again. It makes me so angry. If you ever plan on taking the position of a mentor, you have to take ALL the precautions, because you cannot count on your pupils to be as well informed as you. You will literally pass on your bad habits to uninformed folks, and people get seriously injured from misinformation.
You have to take all the precautions, even if it seems silly. It can save lives.
All that said: I’m lucky I’m not blind in my right eye. God musta seen me outta the corner of His….