Instructions, facts, and descriptions for using plastic concrete molds
1. Variety of Patterns Within The Same Styles: Many of the plastic mold styles are made with from 2-8 different patterns within the same style. As an example, our #1120 Slate style offers four different “base patterns” of slate within that style. Our #0923, Antique Used Brick, offers a mix of five different patterns within that design. Molds may also differ slightly as to the depth of the individual pattern, as we vary the vacuum during manufacturing the molds, add talc (in the form of baby powder), or change other variables to accomplish the unique designs found in our tile molds, and consequently, in our stones and tiles.
2. Baby Powder Fragrance: The “baby powder” fragrance you may notice on our molds is due to us using baby powder during thermoforming. It serves two purposes. It acts as a release agent to make manufacturing more efficient, and depending on the mold style, may be used in a heavier form to make individual mold styles unique one-of-a-kind designs. As an example, this “powdering” technique is used extensively during the manufacturing of our Rustic Series molds. The powder piles in certain areas and forms additional ridges that compliment the "base" patterns.
3. Cutting & Trimming Mold Sheets: A number of our mold styles may be shipped to you as part of a sheet, which you will need to separate before using. Or, you may want to trim selvedge from individual molds to conserve storage space. The main reason we ship our molds out with extra selvedge is to help protect them during shipping. Since we started using this method, our Producers have reported that they receive virtually all of their molds intact. We usually add a few molds to large shipments at no charge, to compensate for the rare cracked or split mold found in a shipment. To trim off selvedge, follow the directions on the slip included with each shipment. It's simple to do, and it minimizes breakage. Basically you are “scoring” the plastic around the mold with a razor knife, bending the scored area back and forth, and snapping it to separate. Be careful as sometimes, a sharp edge on the mold may result. Always wear gloves, a long-sleeved shirt, and eye protection when handling the molds.
4. Mold Care Reminder: When possible, store your molds on their edges, leaning on each other. If you must store your molds “flat”, be sure not to press them too firmly into each other, and don't stack them too high. If you do, you may find split and cracked corners the next time you try to use them. Keep your molds out of direct sunlight, and away from heat sources.
5. Mold Release Reminder: Never store molds for an extended period of time (1+ weeks) when coated with an oil- based mold release. It may soften and deteriorate your molds and turn them yellow. Always wash your molds with mild soap and water and let them dry thoroughly before extended storage.
6. Mold Ordering: Whenever possible, order your molds by the “piece”. As an example, it takes nine 4”x 4” molds to equal one square foot, four 6”x 6” molds, one 12”x 12” mold, etc., etc. It just makes pricing easier. In other words, nine “each” #0940 molds will equal one square foot. Our order form is designed to be “eaches”, and is priced accordingly. Understand that a mold "sheet" is different from an individual "mold". There may be as many as fifteen or more molds on a sheet. You are purchasing the individual mold, not the sheet. Unless of course you ordered fifteen of that particular mold.
7. Mold Cleaning and Pouring Reminder: Whenever possible, be sure to clean your molds thoroughly after use, unless you are going to fill them immediately with another pour. If pouring different colors in the same mold, try to plan on going from light to dark. In other words, if you were going to pour “Berry” and “Terra Cotta”, and use the same molds… Pour the “Berry” on day one, and the “Terra Cotta” on day two. The same rule holds for batches in your mixer… always start the day with the lightest color, and end it with the darkest color. If you leave your stone or tiles in the mold longer than normal, more residual color will separate from the mold sides, making the mold easier to clean and demold. An easy way to “clean” your molds automatically! Remember… the longer you leave your material in the molds curing… the easier the stone or tile will come out of the mold. There really is no limit as to how long you can leave the item in the mold curing. The "perfect cure", resulting in the hardest stone or tile, would be if it were cured without any exposure to air. Again remember... "curing" is not "drying". Moisture is your stones friend... air is it's enemy when curing. Keep your newly-poured concrete covered in plastic if at all possible.
Photos and Descriptions of Olde World Tile Molds
The following photos illustrate some of the various sizes and styles of the molds we offer. The photos are of actual molds, so they may not show the finer details of the tiles they will produce. Look at the description on our price sheet for a more precise written description. We are continually adding new mold styles and sizes, and have the ability to produce molds from samples submitted by our Producers and customers, as long as they are not protected by copyright. We also sculpt designs, logos, etc., should a Producer or customer get a large order for a custom design. Submit samples for a quote.
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