Mold making is fun and easy. It also helps open up new possibilities in so many crafty areas. Love your vintage button collection but don’t want to use it up? Have a necklace design in mind but can’t find enough beads to complete it? Love sculpting figures but can’t seem to reproduce your favorite creations? Well, there are several simple mold making techniques you can try to help solve those issues.
Simple one part molds can be used to capture textures or patterns with ease. Making buttons or cabochons is simple when you use a 2 part silicone mold making material. No need to worry with complex, multi-part molds and you can get to producing multiple parts in no time. This works great with clay or casting resin. This is what I tend to work with the most. Click on the picture to take you to Amazon.
Liquid latex can be used to make slightly more sophisticated molds of 3d objects as well and objects that require the ability to capture more detail than the 2 part silicone molds can provide. This can either be brushed on or poured, depending on the product.
2 part molds can be used to make molds of more complex figures or 3 dimensional objects that may need more support than the liquid latex can provide. These can be made out of plaster or silicone rubber and are great for casting objects out of resin or for use with clay.
Let me begin by saying I love Amazing Mold Putty. I have more molds than a teenager out on their own for the first time. I have finally graduated from molding what is around me to creating molds from polymer clay so I can cast my own unique pieces. The molding putty is easy to mix, not too sticky and makes detailed impressions. It is an easy 1:1 ratio. I have tried about 3 other brands and I have to say they each had their own issues. One was so sticky it was hard to mix without getting everywhere and the other two made molds that weren’t flexible enough. I started out by carrying it with me everywhere and molding anything that caught my eye; texture on furniture (don’t use on fabrics, I was playing with wicker and bamboo pieces), floors, walls, friends’ appendages, etc… It sets up fast and stays pliable. I’ve made impressions in polymer clay and now resin and the resulting pieces are just as interesting as the original. I found you have to watch for air bubbles but that seemed to be the case with all of the brands. Paying attention to how you are mixing the parts together helps cut down on the bubbles.
I have also been using Super Sculpey Firm as my sculpting medium. It is easy to condition, easy to blend and is very durable. I found that the lumps, bumps and fingerprints disappear with less effort. For my usual work I’ll still stick to Premo but for pieces I’m going to cast in resin I will use SSF. I’m enjoying the smoother texture and have been impressed with how it holds onto details.
Hope this information helps with anyone who has been experimenting with mold making. I haven’t graduated to the liquid silicone molding mediums yet but I probably will. I have been eyeballing some of my 3-D works for casting and need something else to make molds with. I’ll keep you posted.