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Matt asks:

I’m interested in making a silicone mold, and I’m wondering what sorts of things the silicone will stick to and what sorts of precautions to take to prevent it from sticking? I’m making a mold of a plastic figurine.

Well, you have to assume it will stick to anything. If you’re using Polytek PlatSil or TinSil, you’ll want to use a non-silicone based mold release (like PolEase 2500), and spray shellac will work in a pinch. SIlicone sticks to itself, too, so be sure to coat the different pieces of your mold in the release agent before pouring multiple parts. When in doubt, give the folks at Polytek a call; they’re really helpful on the phone and will work with your specific project to make sure you’re using the right materials and processes.

If you’re unfamiliar with moldmaking in general, check out our primer in MAKE, Vol. 08 by Mythbuster Adam Savage. You can preview the article in the Digital Edition.

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).