A recent New York stage production required outfitting a dozen actors with authentically styled police batons. In addition to looking just like the real thing, some batons were required to be stunt-ready props. Actors playing police were frequently thrown across stage during brawls with other actors playing gang members. It was important that the props be both flexible enough to be safe yet durable enough to resist the nightly abuse on stage. Smooth-On's TASK® 13 semi-rigid resin made for the perfect choice.

This step-by-step tutorial shows the process of making a two-piece block mold from a police baton using Mold Max® 30 silicone rubber. It also shows how to cast a reproduction using TASK 13 semi-rigid resin.