Flexible material for engraves

Aren’t most IPAs more like 12 to 16 proof? 50% alcohol, 100% proved?

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6% ABV, technically 12% proof but nobody measures beer that way.

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I do my bucks in hard material (either acrylic or 3D printed plastic) and then vacuform food-grade polypropylene sheets over the top. They are great for chocolate molds. Obviously not for baking in (if you want that use silicone), polypropylene sheets would burn up at baking temperatures. Silicone molds are good to 450F (230C if you aren’t in the US)

BTW here was my original post on the topic:

There was an update (I got better at producing the molds)

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I hope you try engraving the silicone and let us know how it goes. :slight_smile: Cuz now I’m curious.

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Actually one of my very innovative things I have done with the GF was in fact I lasered silicone impregnated material (and displayed this at MFNY sponsored by GF). But no I meant cast the silicone in a mold.

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Pics?

@cynd11 had suggested engraving the silicone itself. It’s an interesting idea…

This was the original post where I described it.

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I get what your meaning…sort of like those beautiful engraved rolling pins. What about a wood block of some kind?

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Definitely requires some thought… which I am not capable of right now, just back from 3 day field trip chaperoning 7th graders. But, I do know that I want to see if I can source some kind of thick-ish silicone sheeting, that’s my first choice. If not, I think I will look into engraving acrylic and doing casting of some kind. For this year, I might well just engrave directly on the material if I can get it to work, but it would be nice to know I can make my own mold for future reference, that won’t be so time consuming. Thanks all for the replies!!

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I’m sure you saw this already:

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Wow, I’m way behind and had not. Thanks!

Best technique is really to produce bucks (the positive) and cast a mold around it in silicone (or vacuform like I did for my chocolate). Casting with silicone is super easy to make molds. Silicone is great as nothing sticks to it, and it be flexible it’s easy to get things out of the molds… Of course if you are making bucks, in general to facilitate mold removal, you want to add a draft angle (the object should wedge in towards the middle so that as the object starts to pull out of the mold less and less is in contact breaking suction…

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