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The stone on the left
was cast in a silicone mold taken from a stone model made from Sculpey®
Clay. The stone needed to be a specific size and thickness or we
could have used any small flat stone to make the mold for this project.
This stone was cast from
our new XENOSTONE-L formula so we could laser mark the sabertooth
cat and name onto the stone. We used CorelDRAW® to do the artwork
in black and white so the laser would recognize the color to mark
on the XENOSTONE-L cast stone.
This is the first of
many designs for this particular stone casting shape for a new product
line and web site called Stone Age Pets that will be used to help
raise money for animal shelters and wild animal rescue organizations.
This Greenman was cast
from XENOSTONE in a chocolate mold we made. Once it had set
up we simply applied a silver coat to the casting with our finger
and then after that had dried, did the same with a gold color just
on the raised parts of the casting. The natural mottled brown of
the XENOSTONE casting and the applied metal colors made this
piece look like an antique metal casting.
This is going to be fantastic
for doing drawer and cabinet hardware and for doing Steam Punk type
items and Steam Punk Jewelry pieces.
This will also be perfect
for doing furniture pieces as accents for tables, chairs, desk,
light switches and outlet covers, and all kinds of other applications.
This special Halo Master
Chief helmet image and user ID were made as a special custom gift
for one of our employee's to be given as a birthday gift. The tile
size is 3.5 inches square by 1/2 inch thick with a cork back applied
so it can be used as a coaster or a paper weight.
This is a tile that was
made using our XENOSTONE-L material and laser marked with
the design. The color of the tile material was changed to a tan
color using a small amount of tan iron oxide coloring.
The tile was bedded on
a black felt pillow and put in a stationary box with a clear plastic
lid and a silver stretch band to finish it off for the gift.
The iron gate concept
art to the left was done to show what would be possible to incorporate
XENOSTONE castings as accents into what would otherwise be
a simple iron gate. Since castings can be repeated, it would be
great to accent an iron fence to match the gates and also add accents
and other decor to support post and other features.
it possible to create this type of design for outdoor use and could
also be used around swimming pools, doorways, stair balusters, wall
dividers, and much more. If accents were ever broken or vandalized,
they could be easily replaced as long as the molds that made the
castings were still available.
Click on these links
to see other concepts- GATE
casting is a patented product made by one of our customers called
a Pot Rock They are designed to be placed in the bottom of
a pot before putting in the potting soil to help with drainage and
healthy root growth.
The molds for each of
the three sizes of this product were made from silicone and are
all one piece molded items. Silicone molds work exceptionally well
for casting XENOSTONE items in especially if they have undercuts
and other difficult to mold shaping to them. The original models
were hand shaped and sized for their purpose using Sculpey®
Clay. The XENOSTONE castings will last for many hundreds of
The next three photos
are taken of a tile that was cast from XENOSTONE in plastic
molds we made. The tile was removed from the mold in less than an
hour. After about one hour we took the stone out into the parking
lot and had one of the other business owners in our complex that
owned a full size truck drive up onto the tile to see if it would
withstand that much weight after having been just freshly cast.
As you can see by the
photo, the tile did not crush. This is the same tile in the pictures
About three hours after
the tile was cast, and having already been parked on by a full sized
truck, we asked a FedEx driver that was making a delivery with a
big heavy truck to drive up onto the tile when he parked to unload.
As you can see, even with the weight of a much larger and heavier
truck, the tile survived the massive weight without so much as a
crack or any other signs of damage.
After the driver pulled
off the stone, he also drove over it without stopping with his duel
As you can see, there
is no damage to the XENOSTONE tile and no cracks or even so
much as a chip.
I don't know of any product
with the exception of some cast plastics that can do what this cast
ceramic stone is capable of after just coming out of the mold. And
to top it off, all that is used to make the castings is carefully
measured water to XENOSTONE so there are no toxic resins involved,
or ovens for baking or heating. This demonstration was done straight
out of the plastic mold.
This does not mean the
tiles or castings are indestructible, it just shows what kind of
compression strength the material is capable of withstanding. By
the way, we tried to break the tile after it was parked and driven
on by using our hands, just in case there may have been hidden cracking
internally, but were unable to do so. We are fairly husky guys,
and did put some effort into trying to break it by hand. This tile
was then passed out as a sample to a customer.