I'm amazed that your method for applying sylgard actually works, I've
always been a painter. I might have to try your method some time.
And yes, we've got a narishige so I know exactly what you're talking
about (unfortunately its in our other lab, being used by the people
you can't trust with the flaming-brown). I've got a microforge still
in it's packing container, so I might give it a try.