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In case you missed it, the theme for October is “casting materials,” chosen strategically, of course, to resonate with the mounting excitement about everybody’s favorite maker holiday—Halloween! Whether you’re making wearables or hand-held props, there’s probably a method, material, or technique in our archives that will inspire you to take your costume to the next level. To start things off, here’s a sampling of some of my personal favorite casting- and moldmaking-related posts, from past months, and I couldn’t resist leading in with a bit of inspiration from about this time last year—a roundup of some of the raddest, baddest, yes-I-daresay-bitchin’est prop weapons we’ve ever posted. Enjoy!


Top 10: Prop Weapons


DIY Rotomolding Machine


Custom Piece Molded from 3D-printed Parts


Choosing a Sillicone for Casting Soft Buttons


Casting Resin Rings


Mixing Polyester Resin


How-To: Duplicate Vinyl Records by Casting


Heart Mold from Homebrew Silicone


Sci-Fi Propcasting Tutorial from Shawn Thorsson


DIY Casting Silicone from Caulk, Pourable Version

Did I miss a good one? Let me know, below?

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Mike

    Hey, hey, hey!! If you want me to encourage my kids to read your stuff, keep the foul language out of it completely! >:0

    • Apple

      I second that notion. :)

  • surfdude

    umm, look it up- it’s a regional thing. in southern california growing up the word was a cheerful G rated way to say great! i assume it was used in that context.