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MagicOzzy
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I have been searching like crazy to find a rubber or silicone ball the exact diameter of a ping pong ball 38mm or 40mm

If anyone can point me in the right direction that would be great!

Thanks

Mo
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MO,

Try your local party store or maybe here. . .

http://www.rnt2.com/index.php?dispatch=c......y_id=179

Good luck!
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Lol...Frank, you were on my list to contact.

I have been to every toy store, party shop, dollar store....

I do appreciate your suggestions though!

Mo
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Head over to TAP plastics and explain what you want. They have moulding/casting products that can get you what you need.
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A 38 mm ping pong ball is almost exactly 1 1/2 inches in diameter. The match isn't good, because of the difference in the translucency of the ping pong ball vs the silicone ball.

You will need to paint both balls.
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One thought. you could use an actual pingpong ball with a small hole in it. then pickup some white RTV silicone at your hardware store (used as caulking around wet areas as well as a gasket maker) and fill the pingpong shell with the silicone. one it dries carefully slice the shell and extract your white silicone ball. trim the flashing from the filling hole.
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I am not sure of what sizes they carry, but try http://www.rnt2.com and check their Load Ball category. They carry lots of interesting items.
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Closest RNT2 gets in a rubber ball is 1 3/4" (45mm).
I think Lint has a good idea - I've done this same sort of thing with water to make ice balls in the freezer for a frozen final load. But my shell was made from the two round halves of a platic easter egg and was taped together so getting the ice ball out was easy.
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Hardware store RTV requires moisture to cure (usually humidity in the air). I doubt that injecting standard RTV into a closed mold would ever cure. Think about it, if it did why doesn't it harden in the tube?

There are two part RTVs that are chemically cured, but it sounds like a lot of trouble to me. Do a Google search for industrial rubber or silicone balls. There are industrial suppliers all over the world that make and distribute balls in all size.
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Thanks all for the advice I'm still on the hunt and will check out some of the recommendations Dave gave...if anything turns up I will let you all know.

-Mo
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Thanks all for the advice I'm still on the hunt and will check out some of the recommendations Dave gave...if anything turns up I will let you all know.

-Mo
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The biggest problem with party shops is that if you order from them by mail, the sizes of the balls are never exactly what you expect them to be. I have ordered balls from one of the big party houses only to find that their 35 mm balls and their 40 mm balls were the same size. You have to take the balls you are going to use and match them up on the spot.

This said, the Fakini balls are very consistent. They are actually silicone balls. The ones you get from the party shops are not silicone balls, they are usually PVC balls or PVA balls, depending on the company involved.

Ozzy - you never said why you need them to be the same size. I don't need an exact answer, but what I need to know is if you need to be able to have one of them pass for the other.
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I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to Bill Palmer for his help and expertise with helping us find and figure out ball options for the routine Mo and I are working on!

Greatly appreciated!

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Bill tends to make a habit of being helpful around here, shame on him! Your routine sounds intriguing Daniel. I was also thinking along the Fakini route as I read this thread. I have some 1" Fakini balls but I'm not sure they do the exact size you would need.
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Maybe one of these:

http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/38mm-plastic-toy-ball.html

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One of the big problems with these balls is that they are very seldom actually 38 mm. Sometimes they are as large as 45 mm.
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Fakini balls might be the answer you are looking for, as Bill mentioned..They come in different colors and sizes and keep their tones over time. They are expensive, though..
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