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Plaster/Casting Powder
Sergas
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Alberta, Canada
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Posted: Monday, May 07, 2018 - 01:35 AM UTC
Is there any good place in Canada where you can buy good Plaster/Casting Powder?. I live in Edmonton, maybe some locals know a good store or maybe just a Micheals?? I have not checked the Art Suppliers yet, just Rona and Home Depot. I bought myself some molds from dioramadebris. They do tell you not to use "cheap" Plaster of Paris, but that was the only thing i could find in Edmonton. Now i have the problem that the Plaster of Paris wont take color very good. No matter how much Color i put in the mix... it will just turn out grey!

thanks for your help in advance.
Dragon164
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British Columbia, Canada
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Posted: Monday, May 07, 2018 - 11:17 AM UTC
David,

Does it have to be a plaster or powder? if not have a look here:

https://vikingplastics.ca/

They are in Edmonton

Cheers Rob.
Sergas
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Alberta, Canada
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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 04:29 AM UTC
Powder is what i m looking for.

I was already at that place. But they only sell 30 pound bags and that`s a bit to much.

Well i guess i have to keep looking.
Kevlar06
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 04:35 AM UTC
I don't know if they sell "Durhams Water Putty" in Canada, but I find it works great for all kinds of plaster projects. Its slightly yellow, and dries almost to the consistency of a resin when finished. It can be carved and sanded too. I've used it as a "casting plaster" by just mixing it with more water to thin it out. It comes in a quart sized cardboard can.
VR, Russ
junglejim
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Alberta, Canada
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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 07:50 AM UTC
Look for 'Hydrocal', Hobby Wholesale sells the lightweight hydrocal, might work.
Hydrocal

Jim
Dragon164
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British Columbia, Canada
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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 11:43 AM UTC
Durhams Water Putty is available here I have some. :-)

Cheers Rob.
Kevlar06
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 09:58 PM UTC
Durham’s can be purchased in smaller quantities and is less expensive than hydrocal. But Hydrocal-like products can be purchased from Michaels or Hobby Lobby (under the”Woodland Scenics” brand name) in the lower 48. However, Durham’s seems to be a harder, more dense form of plaster— I think it has similar qualities to a resin when it’s fully cured. I mix it a little thinner when pouring it into a latex mold.
VR, Russ
Sergas
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Alberta, Canada
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Posted: Monday, July 09, 2018 - 12:34 PM UTC
Thanks for the help guys.

I did went to Hobbywholesale and bought the Hydrocal. I did a test coloring on a Diorama base and it looks like it does take color.

cheers
David