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Hi all! Lately I am more and more intrigued by trying to make my own silicone molds for LEGO parts (mostly Bionicle) and make resin casts. I have had a look online and there's some good tips and tutorials. This is an "old but gold" tutorial about how to make molds for lego hairpieces and helmets, I remember it from many years ago, but now sadly the images have gone missing. Has anyone tried, and has experience to share? In particular brands of silicone and resin to use. Another important thing will be trying to match as much as possible original LEGO colors. Does anyone have some experience to share on that regard? It would be very helpful! Some people got very nice results but I doubt they'd want to share their secrets :P I have never attempted silicone casting, so I only know what I could read online :) Thanks for your help!
I've been on eBay recently and I saw some really cool minifigures, something that really stood out to me was the helmets (I'm talking starwars here :P) I really want to make my own mold and make my own well.. helmets. What do I need to accomplish this task? Is there a cheap alternative? I bought "Instant Mold" and I'm waiting for it to arrive, but I think the main problem is the cast. Any help is appreciated.
Phoxtane posted a topic in General LEGO DiscussionSo this was posted on my local LUG's Facebook page today. It'll be quite the shift for such a large consumer of plastic! http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20140218/NEWS/140219915/lego-looking-for-a-sustainable-replacement-for-abs 'Lego A/S is setting a target to use a sustainable resin in its signature bricks by 2030, replacing ABS. The search for that new resin will not be easy, though, said Allan Rasmussen, senior project manager for Lego. Not only must the selected material be able to meet the same characteristics as the locking building blocks, they must also blend seamlessly with bricks already in children’s hands. “I need to find a material that is just as good as this one,” Rasmussen said. “I need to find a material that will be just as good in 50 years, because these are passed down from generation to generation.” Speaking at Innovation Takes Root 2014 in Orlando on Feb. 18, Rasmussen said the sustainability quest is in its early stages, but the Danish company already has tested some bricks using an impact modified polylactic acid are “very, very close.” A problem with a post-molding “creep,” however, means that a few weeks after they are molded the bricks do not click and stick together as well as they should.' Any thoughts, comments, or reactions?