Ever make something in polymer or metal clay, that you wished you could make again? Well, I have, and I have found that two part molding compound is my friend.
I use it ALL the time. I make most of my own textures, stamps and molds and it is something that I do not live without.
Yesterday I tried my hand at it using a more three dimensional, and detailed item that I made. I thought I'd share how easy it is to make a mold of your beads so you can easily reproduce them.
Here is what I made free form, in polymer clay. (It's a lotus flower, not sure if you can tell or not). I baked it, and wanted a way to make more without so much time invested into it.
So I got out my two part molding compound- it is a silicone product.
Use a designated plastic spoon to scoop some out of each.
Make sure you have an even amount of each color.
Mix them together.............
until they look like this (some brands are yellow and will turn light yellow)
Next flatten it a little (not too much) and press it over your item. Try to make sure it covers all the parts, and in this case, because it was very 3-D, in all the crevices.
Then leave it sit. The package says it takes 5 minutes to set, but I think its still too soft at that point and find 20 minutes to work best.
Voila! You have a mold. This one got a bit messy, I had to clean it up a little byt trimming some extra silicone off.
To test my mold, I pressed some new polymer clay into it, and got this.........
I am pretty happy with it. I needed to use my needle tool and such to clean it up a bit, since the edges have excess clay, but it is still much quicker then starting from scratch!
I am going to try to use it in metal clay too.
So, remember- molding putty is your friend!
And saving time with the production, allows me more time to paint and create and make pieces like this with it.
I leave you with Peace Lotus, my newest design.