Experiences with Casting My Own Dolls

On October 19, 2016 by geminick

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I’m not sure if I’ve told you guys about this, but before I chose to send Ask to Harucasting for the pre-order, I tried my hand at casting my dolls myself. How did I find it? Why am I currently not doing it myself? Read on and I’ll explain.

Did I Enjoy Casting My Own Dolls?

Both yes and no, to be perfectly honest with you.

I did enjoy the finished product and the feeling of opening up a silicone mold and pulling out a piece of my doll cast in resin. That was the fun part. The rest? Not really my thing – at least back then.

Molding with silicone and casting dolls in resin isn’t as easy as it sounds, it’s actually a lot of hard work. At least, that’s what I found when I tried to make it work. And because I live in Sweden, there are also some very strict rules I had to follow in order to be allowed to do any form of casting with toxic resins professionally. But more about that later.

I won’t go into details about the actual casting and molding procedure, but I will tell you this: it’s a lot of hard work! You have to know exactly how much to pour into whatever bowl you’re using, then you’ve gotta add the exact amount of color pigment you want and so on. And, should you fail with any of this, the resin is ruined.

And you know what? Resin is expensive. Not to mention the silicone! It is terribly expensive – if you live in Sweden, it’s even more expensive. Everything in this country, is expensive. (Except for school, health insurances etc. – the trade off is nice.)

The stress of ruining my very expensive materials, that I couldn’t afford buying more of at the time, made my first experience with casting and molding somewhat… not-so-nice. I messed some things up, which we most of us do during our first try of something new, but I did like pulling out Ask’s head from the silicone molds. Because of the last thing, I’ve considered trying out casting my own dolls again in the future. I might just try it. But those dolls will most likely only be one of a kind dolls or at least of limited stock. I won’t make it into a full time thing.

Ask's silicone mold. I dug this out from a drawer in a dark corner. They're very old now.

Ask’s silicone mold. I dug this out from a drawer in a dark corner. It’s very old now.

How Come I Chose to Outsource the Casting?

Aside from what’s been explained above this paragraph, there were other factors at play, such as the aforementioned strict policy on toxic substances. The only reason I could just go ahead and “try” casting at home, was because I didn’t have a company at that point, I was just my own person. And there’s a great difference to that here in Sweden.

If I had had a company then and there, I would’ve had to contact the local authorities to set up an appointment for them to check out my casting facility. They would’ve had to see if the facility met all of their expectations. If it didn’t, I would’ve been forced to buy all kinds of extra equipment and re-build the whole facility into a factory. More or less, anyway.

So, it wasn’t all that simple. I know in the US and most likely in Asia, you’re allowed more freedom with these things. But Sweden has a tight policy on these things (which is a good thing, believe me, but it does give me some trouble).

Of course, there’s also my health. Toxic substances + health = bad stuff happens. Not sure if I want to risk it. So, for now, I’m outsourcing my dolls to Harucasting.

Why Haru Casting?

I could spend a whole day writing about why in the world I chose Harucasting of all casting companies out there, but you know what? I think I’ll just write up a different post about them. Because they deserve it, if you ask me.

Stay tuned for next week’s post for more info!

♥ / Jessica

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