BONT CASTING MANUAL
For the molding box or by hand
Bont has been creating custom skates since 1975 and is the world’s largest producer of custom made skates. In the mid 90’s Mr. Inze Bont tried molding socks to create a mold of skater’s feet and found it to be a simple and clean processed plus light weight for shipping.
The Bont molding box makes custom molding easy because it puts pressure all around your foot while it is molding it. This pressure simulates your foot being in a boot and removes much of the guesswork involved in custom boot molding. If you do not have access to a molding box, you can do it by hand.
Before we start, make sure you have these items.
Included in the molding pack
- The correct size of molding sox (small, medium and large)
- Special scissors
- 4 long plastic bags
- 1 black plastic protective
Additional items needed
- A bowl of cold water
- Rubber gloves
- Masking tape
- Permanent marker
- Bont molding box
The first thing you need to do is to make sure that your Achilles tendon is straight when you are molding. To achieve this, get someone to stand behind you while you move your feet further apart or closer together until they are straight. Usually, your feet should be shoulder width apart.
You will need to sit down with your knees bent. Make sure that you keep your heels on the ground with your weight slightly forward. Do not lean on any objects while molding. Make sure that you have a flat surface underneath your feet with plastic covering the surface so that the cast does not stick to the surface.
Take the protective strip and place it on the front of the foot in line with the big toe. Tape it to the foot in 3 places
Next, place the plastic bag over the foot and put your gloves on
The molding sox reacts with moisture in the air so don’t open it until you are ready to use it. It will set quickly. Open the sox and dip it in the bucket of water making sure it is wet.
Turn the sox inside out so that the smooth part is against the foot. Put the sox on making sure that the seam is on top of the toes and that the sock is pulled all the way up. Try and remove as many wrinkles as you can. Do not try to pull the sock so tight that it crunches the skater's toes.
Make a small cut in the bottom of the sox on top of the black protective strip so it will be easier to take off later.
Make a second cut at the top of the sox.
STEP 7 (Molding box)
Put the second plastic bag over the sox and place the foot inside the molding box. Make sure the person is sitting with their feet apart so hat their Achilles tendon is straight and knees slightly bent. Secure clip at the back. The sox will begin to heat up and they may become quite hot for a minute or so. The resin will react with the water and begin bubbling.
STEP 7 (By hand)
Wet your hands and begin to rub the sox. Pay special attention to the Achilles tendon and the arch of the foot. Make sure the feet are apart so that their Achilles tendon is straight like we tested earlier. The sox will begin to heat up and they may become quite hot for a minute or so. The resin will react with the water and begin bubbling. Keep putting water on your hands and rubbing the sox up and down to make it to close to the foot.
After about 10 minutes, the sox will cool down and become hard. If you are not sure if it is hard enough, just leave it to set for another minute.
Use the special scissors to cut along the black protective strip and cut the sox off. Then open the sock and the foot will slip out. Pull the plastic out of the sox if it has remained inside.
Hold the sox together and tape it up immediately at the ankle and arch. Write your name on the bottom of the sox with a permanent marker.
Dry the sox and pack them in foam or bubble wrap to ship to us. Make sure they are packed well so they are not damaged in transit.
And that’s all there is to it! The soxs are extremely lightweight and cheap to ship to our factory.
Use a permanent marker to mark any foot problems that we should look out for such as bunions or spurs on your feet.