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Smooth-On, Inc. Announces Acquisition of TFB Plastics

Monday, May 22, 2017 12:00:00 AM America/New_York

Smooth-On, Inc. Announces Acquisition of TFB Plastics in Shelby Township, Michigan

Smooth-On, Inc (Macungie, PA) has announced that it has acquired TFB Plastics of Shelby Township, MI. effective May 22, 2017.

TFB Plastics was founded by Ted Bieleniewicz in 1981 and is a stocking distributor of materials used for a variety of industrial and art-related applications including mold making and casting, automotive, aerospace, prototyping, fabrication of composite parts, architectural restoration, casting concrete, taxidermy, making movie special effects, sculpture reproduction and many more. John and Christie Bieleniewicz assumed ownership of TFB Plastics in 2003.

Included in the acquisition are the Eastpointe Fiberglass outlet in Eastpointe, MI. (a local supplier of fiberglass, resin and other materials) and TFB Plastics’ line of Epoxy One® epoxy casting and laminating resins.

TFB will continue to operate in its current location as part of Smooth-On’s “Reynolds Advanced Materials” division, which will be the 10th Reynolds location across the USA. The showroom will be reconfigured and updated with new exhibits and display pieces to inspire and help people move forward with their projects. The expansion will include a new training facility for holding instructional classes on a variety of application related topics.

TFB personnel will continue on with TFB/Reynolds Advanced Materials to work with customers in supplying materials and offering technical support.

John and Christie would like to express their gratitude to all TFB customers for years of patronage and friendship and look forward to continuing to working with everyone. If you have questions, please call 586-566-7900.

You can also send an e-mail to: christie@reynoldsam.com

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Heros Find Immortality!

Saturday, January 17, 2009 8:55:28 AM America/New_York

Saber-tooth Tiger These bronze heads where designed to stand as a memorial for the three Lamoreaux brothers, who were killed in WWII. The story of their untimely deaths have been immortilized in the movie, "Saving Private Ryan". The film is based on the attempt to rescue the middle brother, Al. They are survived by two sisters, with whom the creators met. Unfortunately, the two women offered them very little to go with in creation of these life-like heads. A house fire destroyed most of the photographic memories of these men. Based on the six photographs they where given, the heads began life carved from Shivcut clay and Smooth-On 724 Urethane. For the finishing touch, wax casts where then made and sent to a foundry to be poured in bronze .

The three brothers now keep vigil in a park in Sparta, MI, appropriately named for them, Lamoreaux Park.

MATERIALS USED FOR THIS PROJECT

  • Heads carved of Shivcut clay.
  • Smooth-On 724 Urethane.
  • Made wax casts and sent to a foundry to be poured on bronze.
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Woman Leaves Babies In Car....Maybe Not?

Saturday, January 17, 2009 8:53:26 AM America/New_York

Melissa's BabiesSo, Melissa and her babies almost had a police record. That's right, these little babies once had police waiting outside of Melissa's car when she returned from a bit of shopping. It turns out, someone thought they where real babies left inside the car alone. How about that for realism? That's not the only thing you can find at her website, there are baby monkeys, reborns and fantasy creatures. Originally sculpted out of polymer clay of Dragonskin with flesh-tone pigment, in a Reoflex 30 mold. The hair and eyelashes are painstakingly hand punched for a realistic appearence. Blemishes, veins and birthmarks and added afterwards to add character to each baby. It's an amazing "birth" for such adorable dolls.

MATERIALS USED FOR THIS PROJECT

  • Hand punched hair and eyelashes.
  • Original sculpting out of polymer clay.
  • Reoflex 30 for mold.
  • Dragonkin with flesh-tone pigment.
  • Blemishes, birthmarks, veins added afterwards for added realism.
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The Duke is Back!

Saturday, January 17, 2009 8:49:52 AM America/New_York

John Wayne SculptureThere's a new sheriff in town! Perfect for keeping watch over any barkeeps saloon. If you don't recognize this guy, then you better be ready to do a shootout at high noon! This dead on replica of the John Wayne was lovingly created by Jack Price. The body was made from Flexfoam 10, with molds made out of polyester. His head was sculpted from clay and cast in Ecoflex. The hard plastic mold was created by Reoflex. HIs eyes, hands and feet made with SmoothCast 327. His fashion accessories are high quality replicas of the originals. The hat and the metal pieces on the rifle are created from 327 plastic. The body of the rifle is carved from real wood. The frame that keeps it all together is made from PVC piping.







MATERIALS USED FOR THIS PROJECT

  • Body: Flexfoam 10.
  • Head originally sculpted of clay, Reoflex rubber for the mold, cast in Ecoflex.
  • Eyes/hands/feet: SmoothCast 327.
  • Rifle: real wooden stock, metal pieces are 327 plastic.
  • Hat: 327 plastic.
  • Clothes/belt: high quality replicas.
  • Frame: PVC pipe.
  • Body molds: polyester.
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16ft Tall Samurai Guardians!

Sunday, January 4, 2009 12:59:18 PM America/New_York

2 Samurai Guardians Smooth On ProductsThese gorgeous 16 ft tall Samurai guardians where used as set props fro the Grand Rapids Ballets production of "Firebird". Built in studio located in Grand Rapids from styrofoam blocks and coated with styrocoat, these enormous "book ends" took ten days to complete by seven people who maintained regular 40 hour jobs. They're biggest obstacle was, of all things, a short deadline!

The creation began with two 12 x 4 foot styrofoam blocks, carved with hot wire foam cutters and a chain saw. Then came detachable arms made from a steel frame and connecting pins. On top of all of that, fourteen cases of Styrocoat® Sprayable Styrofoam Plastic Coating to envelop the styrofoam and give it a hard shell. The last step was painting them, in this case porcelain paint was used, however, normally a Bear Brand exterior paint is recommended.

In the end, a block of styrofoam became these formidable warriors who became supporting actors in "Firebird". The creators received their final reward when hearing the gasps from the audience as the lights went up on the stage.

MATERIALS USED FOR THIS PROJECT

  • Styrofoam blocks.
  • Hot wire foam cutters.
  • Chain saw.
  • 14 cases of Styrocoat.
  • Painted with a porcelain paint, but Bear brand exterior paint recommended.
  • Bottom, steel frame with casters.
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