Wow, thank you guys! I think you might have saved my sanity, trying to come up with workable molds. I have my mold made, created out of regular polymer clay, and so far, it looks good. Just have to try to get my clay OUT of the mold without smearing everything to death. I'll give the freezer idea a try, and then I'll try to find some cornstarch.
I do have one more question about making molds. See, the mold that I want to make does not have a physical object to base it on. I cannot press it into the clay to make a mold, I have to create it myself. Now, I have one finished, but it took forever and I could not get all of the details right, so I want to try again. To create a mold from scratch, someone told me to try to carve it out of already baked clay. I've seen this work beautifully for several people, but I cannot achieve their level of detail. So I tried to make it out of soft clay. Again, I wasn't able to get as many details as I would have liked, and the surface was not very uniform. What way is the best to create an intricate mold (a medallion pendant, actually)? Are there any tips if using soft clay or carving it out of baked clay?
Again, thank you for any advice that you could send my way!
This is my first time attempting to create ANYTHING out of class, so I wanted to ask for some advice. I am interested in creating a mold for a pendant that I wish to create. I heard that the Sculpey Bake and Bend was really nice for creating a double-sided mold, which is what I want to do. However, I couldn't find anything less than a massive kit for twenty bucks, when I only really want a couple of ounces of the clay.
So I wanted to know if creating a mold out of regular polymer clay would work just as well. And if that does work, is there any sort of tips that one might need in order to get the clay out of the unflexible mold without distorting any of the details? Is there anything that I should spray into the mold so that the clay will not stick, but pop out easier?
Any help that you might have would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
I've got a tough one. My guy and I have been dating each other for a couple of months now, and although I had some good presents lined up, I lost my job and therefore now can't afford them. Which isn't bad, but now I've got to turn to the creative route (which should be interesting, as I'm not very crafty). I need help!
My guy's not like most of the others that I've read about on here. He's not into tools, he's not into technology or anything. We're both into LARPing (for those of you who don't know, that's live action role playing). We met at a national event a couple months ago, and out of the hundreds of people there, we found each other and hit it off. His character is a pirate and that is something that he is really into, so I would love some ideas that could include piracy!
I plan on making a little scrapbook of the two of us (he is just as mushy as I am, so I think he'll appreciate it). I also want to do a drawing of both of our LARPing characters together under the stars, to remember how we met.
Other than that, I'm out of ideas. He's my complete opposite with everything else, so it's hard to come up with ideas that would mean a lot to him. He isn't into technology or gaming (except for Zelda, which in his opinion, is the greatest video game series ever). He is quite an athlete, adoring football and was his high school's best track runner. But I'm sport-stupid, so I have no idea of how to make any gifts for him that have to do with this. He loves zombie/horror movies.
Sooo, yeah. That was a lot of rambling. I really want to get him some pirate gifts, and maybe something to do with zombies. But I don't have any ideas.... Anyone care to lend a hand? Please?
Hello there. I've been a lurker here for the past week or so, but this post made me decide to actually register and reply. I live about fifteen/twenty minutes away from Bowling Green, but go to school there.
You've already named all of the best places in BG that I know of, except Big Lots. I actually never considered that store before now! But Hobby Lobby in Findlay is mighty useful (but that is probably because it's closer than the other stores).
Hehe, and BG is well known for its club spots, isn't it? My friends swear by Uptown, but I'm just a tad too young to go there. In a few months though... Ah, well, anyways. It's good to see that there are craftster people nearby!