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Mold Basics
 

What is most important about a Southern Standard Mold is what it produces! The molds are not particuarly "picturesque," and it's one of the reasons we don't show photographs of the molds themselves throughout this website. When you look at our molds, they don't resemble the outcome product at all. So rather than put meaningless photos on the site, we show you what come out of the molds.

That being said, we figured you might be interested in what the molds are like, so we've included this page to show and explain that. Southern Standard Molds are not intended to be things of beauty. Quite the opposite. They are made to be extremely sturdy and functional. They are self-supporting so the user can easily fill them with concrete. They are easy to assemble and disassemble. The eagle you see at left shows the detail captured by our molds, and that's important, too. We use materials that provide the optimum blend of strength, durability and the ability to reproduce even fine details.

What you see to the right is an actual mold, and more specifically, it is the mold that produces the eagle pictured above. Going from the top down, you can see a tan-colored part. This is the latex rubber liner. A more detailed description and photo of this are below. The cavity you see at the top is where the concrete is poured.

To support the rubber liner, a shell made from fiberglass resin (that's the red material) is formed around the liner. Fiberglass, as you probably know, is extremely strong and at the same time lightweight. Another benefit is that it does not rust or corrode as metal materials will. A close examination will enable you to spot bolts passing through seams in the mold. These are for assembly and disassembly. Our molds are engineered for easy operation...we build them with the optimum number of pieces to allow them to go together and come apart quickly. At the same time, strength is a major goal, along with the assurance that the mold fills and releases the end-product flawlessly.

One final point, unlike many molds, ours are self-supporting. Note the wooden "legs," in this instance 2 x 4 stock. Our molds stand on their own, which means you don't have to figure out ways to hold them in position as you work with them.

The photo at left more clearly shows the rubber liner...the real MOLD part of the mold. The crisp details that are associated with Southern Standard products are the result of this material. As you peer down into the cavity, you can see some of that detail that reproduces the rocks on which the eagle perches. And if you could see even further, the feathers are even more impressive. This mold is typical of most; it fills from the bottom. Once the mold is assembled, prepared concrete is slowly poured into the opening to ensure that it reaches all parts of the mold to prevent air pockets and voids. The concrete is allowed to cure, and then the mold assembly bolts are removed to allow the mold product (in this case, the eagle) to be removed.
 
 
   
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