RedRebelCustoms wrote:A gate is a cylindrical rod you put into a sculpt or glue on. It allows for both pouring and telling a sculptor where to cut to add joints to create articulation or simply for the removal of parts to sculpt seperately or cast seperately making casting detail easier. In this instance glueing a larger rod to the hilt or sword itself would allow for a larger hole to pour resin into. You may have noticed the sprues on parts and the round spots on your figures where they were cut off after pouring the plastic. In that case though a gate acts as a vent for overpour to ensure there are no air bubbles in the pressure mold. Not called a gate in anything but initial sculpting as far as I know though it's just a sculpting term.Forgot... something as simple as a straw could be used as a gate if molding flat and put through the top of the mold but a large straw is probably a bad idea. I would use something just big enough to pour through afted demolding to minimaze sanding and reworking.
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