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Tutorial: Molds for Poly Clay

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Last night, I broke down and freaked out about having my Nehelenia outfit done in a week or so... I promised not to procrastinate, but alas, it seems that has indeed occurred.

Instead of paying a fortune for beads for the necklace, bracelet, etc, I decided to try something new - using polymer clay (Fimo, Sculpy, etc) in a quickly made silicon mold. I was originally going to cast these out of resin, but was too lazy to pull all of that stuff out, and risk getting the "casting pox" rash from it. Plus, the resin would take at least 15 minutes before I could demold it and cast again, and I just did not want to spend that much time (I think I wound up with 100 of these in the end).

:star: You can find info about the "Amazing Mold Putty" here, as well as order it, I think...

I apologize for the picture quality - they're from my cell phone, but you should be able to follow what I was doing pretty decently with them. It's easy, either way, so no worries.

I forgot to mention in the tutorial that these, as with all bits out of polymer clay, can just be painted with generic acrylic paints (these were~)

I'll post pictures of the finished jewelry and cosplay when it's all done, but for now, you can use your imagination :3

As per the usual, do not copy, steal, edit, redistribute or do other malicious things with or to this tutorial.
If you claim it as your own, I shall find out and you'll have to watch your back...

©2011 Sam Lemieux // `taeliac
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mimiru's avatar
OH man, I needed this tutorial so badly! I was about to make molds myself, but out of other fimo clay, and that just wouldn't be flexible. I need to find this molding stuff!
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PerfectlyImperfect75's avatar
useful, but amazing mold putty is really expensive in canada so i just use crayola model magic or this amazing clay thing from dollarama :D
taeliac's avatar
Oh, I believe it. Its kind of expensive here, too, but not too bad. I never tried using Model Magic - I think I may give that a shot sometime soon! Thank you for the tip!!
MalteseLizzieMcGee's avatar
Much easier than my method: I made molds from polymer clay. It actually worked quite well for making little jewels from hot glue.
benihimecosplay's avatar
this is very helpful! thank you :)
KoryXIII's avatar
Very useful tutorial! ^^
Emberae's avatar
love your tutorials always!
Kiarachu's avatar
Wow...great tutorial!I will go to check my local hobby store for that mold...
taeliac's avatar
Definitely do! You can also check for it online, it's by Alumilite (I think I sprit that right ^^)
Kiarachu's avatar
Thank you and I will check the internet too ^_^
NaughtyBirdBoutique's avatar
did you bake the clay in the mold?
taeliac's avatar
Nope, just popped it out as it was, laid it out and cooked it then (sorry if it was unclear in the tutorial...)
NaughtyBirdBoutique's avatar
No worries, I was just curious :]
I'm actually trying some molds out of polymer clay because I don't have the mold stuff, so I'm experimenting!

Thanks for replying :]
taeliac's avatar
No problem :3

I just checked the package, and it does say that if you want, you can cook in any molds you make with them, up to 350*F or so, so I actually think that you could indeed bake clay in the molds :boogie: It might be worth checking out if you ever want to...

I've never tried making molds out of clay before, but that might not be a bad idea. I do know that the craft store by us has something like "easy mold" or something for polymer clay, which I think is just a squishier poly clay, might be worth checking out too! :glomp:
NaughtyBirdBoutique's avatar
:D Thanks for the heads up!
MTC101's avatar
Very handy. I'm sure I'll find a use for this method sooner or later.
DarkFireRaven's avatar
Thanks so much! :D
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bear48's avatar
cool Thank you
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taeliac's avatar
Hehe, you betcha it was! It worked perfectly!
DragonElfRanger's avatar
Wonderful Tutorial!! I have some big round beeds for a character I want to make, but can't find them in a see through red color...so I was thinking of making aresin mold. Now I'm wondering if this sort of thing would work better.
I read through it all, but I have a quick question: So if you wanted to do a whole bead (like not flat on one side), you just make two molds and...which parts glue together? The Molds or the final beads?

Sorry for the trouble!
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