You may be considering casting (sometimes called “pouring”) molds using concrete, cement, plaster, ceramic material, wax, soap, and even hypertufa is used as a medium.
Plastic Mold (sometimes spelled “plastic mould“) can be made from a variety of materials. There are latex or rubber molds. These are generaly expensive to purchase and take a fair amount of expertise to use. They give great detail and beautiful results when used properly.
Many of these are made to order, so delivery time is 3 -5 weeks after you have placed an order and paid your money. This is a long wait if you are just starting off in the hobby or business.
Your investment in plastic molds will be considerable and even with several hundred dollars worth of molds you may only have 5 – 10 different castings to offer your customers.
I recommend that you start with the much cheaper and easier to use rigid or semi rigid plastic molds. They are inexpensive and will give you an excellent feel for mixing and casting whichever medium you are interested in. If you invest $150 to $200 in these you will have 20 or 30 different castings to sell and be well on your way to making some money!
Plastic molds can normally be ordered and delivered within 5 -7 working days. You are in business as soon as you recieve your molds as most retailers will include instuctions. These molds are very durable and will give you a great start in you casting business.
The choice is yours.
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