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Old 12-20-2019, 10:52 PM
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Optic molds

Anyone have experience with the bronze molds Olympic color rods and spiral arts sell? I saw the Carlo Donna ones today and they are beautiful but very expensive. The ones at Olympic look nice from a picture but are they as nice?

Iím looking for a medium sized pineapple mold and a bigger 14 point.
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Old 12-21-2019, 09:18 AM
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The Hegan (Olympic) are good, but not as polished as the Carlo's. The castings are just a bit rougher, and most probably won't tell the difference on the final piece. The flaw here is the pineapple, as they have different patterns, but both are miles ahead of the Steinert. I've got 4 Hegan molds and they all perform well, even the seconds that I bought. Used Carlo's and have considered buying, but they're almost never in stock.
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Old 12-21-2019, 10:02 AM
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Ive used CDs molds for years and they are certainly my favorite.
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Old 12-23-2019, 09:34 AM
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The Hegan molds are pretty nice. I have two of them. I learned on Steinert molds (not the split ones)..... other than mold interior size dimensions, they both end up with the same results in my opinion.
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Old 12-23-2019, 10:01 AM
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If looking for a pineapple mold the Carlo Donna in my opinion is a much better mold. The geometry is very different in that it is built inside more like a cylinder rather than a tapered cone like Heagans. When the glass comes out of the Donna, its shaped like a cob of corn. The Carlo Donna is much smaller at the opening for similar volume. This makes the mold a bit more difficult to get out of but you end up with a shape that is much more versatile for making different shapes. Think pulling a long cylindrical shape. Also the Carlo Donna will have lots more more points for a similar size mold thus more detailed.
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Old 12-30-2019, 10:56 AM
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Iím about to buy my first optic mould but Iíve never used one. Itís going to be essentially for tumblers and stems.
Iím presuming it should be closed at the bottom (donít know what you would use an open one for). What can you do in a 4Ē optic that you canít do in a 6Ē? If little, then Iíll go for a 6Ē.
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Old 12-30-2019, 11:31 AM
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For the most part you want your optic mold to match the size of your gather, maybe with a little air in it. So unless you're making massive thick tumblers, or doing mezzo stampo, I'd stick with the 4". Open or closed is more about how you want the bubble to blow out, I personally prefer closed on straight optic and open when I twist.
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I have several of Scott Heganís molds - they are the easiest to use. And his customer service is great. He is a good guy! I have ordered mine from him in the past.
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Borrowing from Maui to the UK? Really? Maui up Haleakala I can see.
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Old 01-08-2020, 11:43 AM
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You selling? I know it's the wrong thread, but I'm always looking for molds.
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:16 PM
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Yeah, I'd runnit up the hill if Chris wants. Didn't realize he might be in Europe.
I'm not selling, just being neighborly.

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