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Molding and Casting Small Parts with Nothing But Hot Glue

It is amazing how many different ways one can go about creating molds and casts, especially for quick and dirty “low res” parts. There are many commercial products to use, but you can even make molds from things you already have around the house.

In this video on making small parts for miniature gaming, this hobbyist uses nothing but hot glue to create his molds and hot glue to cast the parts (along with vegetable oil as the release agent).

You won’t get precise results using this method, but for things like multiples of something for decoration, small parts for cosplay, or terrain pieces for gaming, it’s cheap, easy, and the results are get-by good. It does take some practice, you are limited in what sorts of objects you can cast, and 2-part molds using this method are very difficult. But in a pinch, it’s worth giving it a try.


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