Step One: The SIMPLE molds..
Just buy some molding clay and shape it into what you want your finished product to look like, cutting pieces away here, pushing little indentations in there.
As you work with the clay, it will harden into your mold.
You can also make a mold by filling a cookie sheet just less than full with a liquid acrylic or some other substance that will dry hard.
Before it dries, take your favorite plastics and lay them into the acrylic.
When the liquid starts to set, pull the plastics out. Make adjustments to the mold as needed.
Keep reading for different applications, various molding materials and dozens more ideas you can use at home, or in the back yard if you prefer a breeze in your face.
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There are a number of polymer clays available, Fimo being the easiest to get in Britain. The only problem with Fimo is that it is very crumbly to begin with and requires a lot of working in the hands (rolling and kneading) to get it to a useful consistency. For the purposes of stamping, a softer clay such as Sculpey or Cernit is preferable. Note that although paper clay is a different material, and much lighter and more delicate than the oven bake (polymer) clays, most of the following can be done with that too, as well as other air-dry clays. Always follow the manufacturer's baking instructions, as the clays may vary a little. Some Fimo colours, for example, need lower temperatures than others.
|SULPHO-PLASTICS are particularly adaptable for making molds and light castings requiring tensile strength but very clear outline. It may also be used for making ornaments and novelties. However, as this is flammable, do not use for ashtrays. |
While the name would convey the thought of plastic sulphur, which is an unstable allotropic form of sulphur, this is not the case, as the sulphur acts as a bond to hold the filler together and forms a stable material.
Interesting marble effects may be obtained by varying the filler used; and by substituting a small quantity of chalk to replace some of the graphite, a very pleasing glazed surface marble is formed.
As long as the graphite is retained as a filler, this plastic may be electroplated and forms a very economical base for such work.
FORMULA: Mix thoroughly and smoothly together 25 parts of GRAPHITE and 75 parts SULPHUR and place over heat. As soon as the mass has melted and runs like water, remove from the heat.
In any case, a temperature of 235 degrees F not be exceeded. If heated to about 250 degrees F, the plastic will form a rubbery mass and will have to be cooled and reheated. In this liquid state the plastic is ready for casting and may be poured into smooth surfaced molds.
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DESIGN: The number and variety of articles that can be
manufactured from Sulpho-Plastic is practically unlimited
and to make a complete list would be impossible. However,
any article of reasonable size and simplicity of design such as
lamps, curios, buddhas, elephants, vases, plaques, brooches,
desk-sets, toys paper weights, etc., may be cast by using an
original or purchased article for a pattern or model - or an
original design may be patterned in clay and used to make a
mold. It is advisable for the beginner to choose a simple
article for a start, preferably solid, such as paper weights
|MOLDS: Molds may be made of metal or plaster of paris. Metal molds, however, require a great deal of skill and equipment to produce. Therefore for the beginner, it is advisable to use plaster of paris.|
To make plaster of paris molds; first obtain a box, wood or cardboard will do; about an inch longer each way than the article to be cast. Coat the inside of the box very thoroughly, yet thinly, with stearine or sweet oil. Use this also on the article to be cast. This acts as a lubricant and the plaster of paris will not cement itself to either the box or the article, if the oil is evenly distributed.
Now, next make a thick, creamy mixture of plaster of paris by sifting the plaster gradually into the water, stirring constantly to prevent lumping. Let this stand a few minutes to allow the air bubbles to escape. Pour mixture slowly over pattern in this box to about double the thickness of the pattern.
Allow several hours to dry, then remove. If the stearine or sweet oil was applied properly, this will be easy. When the mold is thoroughly dry, give it a coat (thin) of shellac and repeat in 12 hours. Mold is now ready for use.
MOLDING: First and foremost always make sure that you have lubricated your mold with beeswax or stearine. Place molds on a reasonably level surface and pour the sulpho-plastic into the mold, quickly and smoothly. Do not pour from a height as this will break the lubricant and leaves blemishes on the casting. Plastic must be poured quickly to prevent cooling in folds and thus making a poor casting. One of the big assets of sulpho-plastics is the fact that it dries and hardens almost immediately. There is no long wait for casting to dry.
Make A Mold substance, ready to mix and use.
Cast your own castle. What a wonderful gift for anyone,
anywhere -- a chess board set on a castle. Hundreds of
variations and different product molds too. Let your
imagination run riot with all these casting methods.
The instructions are very complete and very clear.
Anyone can follow them and become an expert.
Make your own Double-Sided Dragon Head I was experimenting with dragons so I decided to make a necklace of dragon parts and then entered it into a contest for wearable art over at Polymer Clay Central. I didn't want to make the same bead over and over and over, but I wanted them all to be similar. To do this, I needed a mold that made a 3D bead, getting both the front and back of the item. Since there are no dragonhead bead molds out there, I had to make my own. You probably find yourself in the same position of needing a double-sided mold to manufacture multiples of one of your original artworks. In this tutorial, I hope to help you accomplish that.
You can make lollipops (suckers) easily at home with common household ingredients and just a few supplies from the Sweet Creations product line. Here is a unique line of lollipop (sucker) molds for home use. The easy to use molds are made from durable food grade aluminum and can be used to make hard candy or chocolate lollipops. Now anyone can create delicious, attractive lollipops in about thirty minutes!
Make Your Own Masks: Probably the most important thing you must know about making molds for masks is to use the correct material -- #1 Pottery Plaster. Unlike Casting, Patching, or Plaster of Paris, #1 Pottery Plaster doesn't form a skin when it sets. This enables it to absorb water from the latex when the latex is poured into the mold. Other plasters won't do this. #1 Pottery Plaster is very water absorbent.
Prep the Sculpt by painting it with mold release if you wish.
I usually spray it with silicone mold release which is available
at a good paint store or craft shop.
It is easy enough to make your own molds.
This article will help you along the way and
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