Prop Making & Special Effects
Produce realistic props and special effects for film, television, theater and commercial displays with Polytek® mold making and casting materials
A wide variety of effects and objects can be created using Polytek® materials, including faux glass objects, breakaway glass (PlatSil® SiliGlass), faux bronze objects, lightweight foam props, life-like silicone props, safe weapon props, historical object reproduction, scenery and much more.
Select from Polytek's wide range of materials options, including silicone, polyurethane, latex, and epoxy materials, to create custom molds, props, and effects.
Select a product line below to learn more:
Polyurethane Plastics: Rigid & Semi-Rigid
Use Polytek® polyurethane casting resins to create rigid and semi-rigid props. From fast-setting resins to water-clear options, almost any color, size, shape, weight and appearance can be achieved by using these systems.
Polyurethane foam is often used to produce lightweight props and decor. It can also be used to backfill other casting materials, such as polyurethane plastic, polyurethane rubber and silicone rubber.
Polyurethane rubbers can be used to make flexible molds to cast multiple copies of one object, or can be used to cast flexible props. While all polyurethane rubbers can be used to cast parts, the PT Flex Series is very popular because of their low-viscosity mixes, simple 1A:1B mix ratios and fast demold times.
Silicone rubbers can be used to make flexible molds to cast multiple copies of one object, or can be used to cast flexible props. Silicone molds are most often used when making molds for resin or foam casting as release agents are generally not needed for either process.
Silicone is also an excellent material for animatronic skins.
PlatSil® SiliGlass is a platinum-cured silicone designed for making super-clear, glass-like rubber castings for special effects and prop applications. SiliGlass is designed to act and look like broken glass when hit.
PlatSil® SiliFoam is a platinum-cured silicone foam with a 15 lb/ft³ density. Often used in conjunction with PlatSil® Gel Silicone Rubbers to create realistic props.
NaturForm™ Mask Making Latex Rubber is designed to be poured into a dry, unsealed Gypsum plaster mold and air dries to form a high-strength, flexible casting. Natural latex rubber is one of the most popular materials for making novelty Halloween masks, prosthetic appliances, haunted attraction props, and animatronic skins.
PolyPoxy® Casting Epoxies are aluminum-filled, heat-resistant, room temperature curing (RTV) systems that are typically used for heat-resistant vacuum form tools, injection and compression molds, RTM and RIM molds, and matched dies.
PolyPoxy® Laminating Epoxies are low viscosity, room temperature curing (RTV) systems formulated for general purpose and high-temperature fabrication applications.
Surface Coating Epoxies
PolyPoxy® Surface Coat Epoxies are thixotropic, room temperature curing (RTV) systems formulated for the fabrication of general purpose or heat-resistant laminated tools, including dies, foundry patterns, core boxes, and router, trim and inspection fixtures.
PolyPoxy® Epoxy Clays are two-component, room temperature curing (RTV) systems. When mixed together, these components form a soft, dough-like consistency that cures to a hard solid with excellent toughness and dimensional stability.
PolyPoxy® Epoxy Adhesives are two-component, room-temperature curing (RTV) systems designed to be used as general-purpose adhesives as well as a bonding adhesive for TekBoard™ Tooling & Modeling Board.