Flexible or Heat Bendable Mouldings – Which is right for you?
At Chic Mouldings, we offer many or our designs in a “soft” flexible material. I decided to create a blog to help you decide which material is best for your project and budget. Hopefully all your questions will be answered here, but if not, drop us a line.
For instructions on what glue to use and how to use your flexible mouldings, please go to the instructions page.
What is the difference between a “hard” regular resin moulding and a “soft” flexible moulding?
A “hard” moulding can become flexible with heat, but it will then firm up again once it cools down.
A flexible moulding looks the same as a hard moulding, and is does not have a “jelly” like surface, so feels the same as a hard moulding once applied onto a firm surface, but will bend without heat. You an of course use heat on flexible mouldings to get even more flex, but in most cases that will not be necessary to get a great flex, right out of the pack.
Please view this video which demonstrates the flexibility of our flexible “soft” mouldings.
Why would I use a flexible moulding instead of a regular resin moulding?
If you do not have a handy power outlet for a heat gun or hairdryer, but need to bend your moulding, flexible is the better option.
If you are using a moulding on a flexible surface such as fabric when making costumes or accessories, ,or rubber or foam for example when constructing stunt props and costume props.
If you do not want to be touching a hot moulding – if you are not careful they can burn you! A flexible moulding does not need to be heated, so no risk of ouches.
Do they cost the same?
Flexible mouldings are a little dearer due to a more expensive raw material and a slightly more involved production process.
Is the level of detail the same?
Absolutely! The flexible mouldings are a slightly darker off white, but other than that, the level of detail is exactly the same. In fact, i use the same moulds to cast each type!
Remember that all our mouldings are hand made and although great care is taken to produce the perfect casting every time, the nature of the casting process can result in occasional tiny imperfections in the casting which will usually be undetectable once the moulding is painted. If not, a little filler can fix any imperfections quickly and easily. For flexible mouldings, it’s recommended to fill imperfections after the moulding is attached to a hard surface. For flexible surfaces such as cloth) use a flexible filler before or after adhering to your project.