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« on: February 23, 2005 08:57:13 PM »

I want to make my own push molds for polymer clay. How would I go about doing this?
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Ayn
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2005 08:44:36 AM »

Hello! Sorry I don't do polymer clay (or any other kind lol) but I believe there is indeed a product you can buy to make your own molds; doesn't require baking or other heat ...

See if maybe this page helps you get the idea? believe this particular product is called Flex Mold but there could possibly be other names/brands too :
http://www.pcpolyzine.com/july2001/molds.html

[[ I'm including this link too because there's a msg board where you might be able to get additional help if you need it but *also* because I never knew one could use rubber stamps w/ some polymer clays (I'm so lazy, that would be my choice instead of molds, lol, but you're probably way beyond the stamp stage!) :
http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/stampclay1.html

And here are more tips about making-using flexible molds for both flat & 3-D objects (might need to scroll down a bit since the first part seems to be about rigid molds) :
http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/cyclopedia/molds_owl2.html

If I happen to run across anything else that sounds like it might help I'll add it here ... good luck to you!

whoa ..
did you know you 'could' try making molds w clear 100% silicone caulk? (definitely NOT the ordinary white bathroom caulk; we use the clear silicone type all the time around the house both inside & outside; very useful stuff to have around, readily avail. in hardware stores, home-DIY stores, etc etc) ...
The brief article on the webpage below calls silicone caulk merely a "marginal entry on the list of mold-making materials" but does list a few tips & tricks.
Also, this particular page describes/sells another brand of 2-part flexible moldmaking silicone, Artiques's Mystic Mold. And of course, as with the other urls above, you might also find other helpful info/tips/how-tos/products on the rest of the website :
http://www.littlebit.com/ideas_pc/pctips.htm
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2005 12:27:39 PM »

Hi,

You can make your own push molds for polymer clay from a number of materials:

--regular polymer clay
--flexible polymer clays, including MoldMaker clay from Polyform
--two-part silicone putties

and also even :
--various glues, including hot glue
--one part silicones like tub sealant
--latex rubber
--plaster

Though some of those things work better, or at least give more highly detailed molds (if that's what you need) than others.

The two most commonly used for polymer clay are plain clay or flexible clay, and two-part silicone putties.  Plain clay is the cheapest option and works well for most anything (no undercuts though).

I have a whole page at my polymer clay website on making molds from clay and the various other options, which also discusses how to use the molds with raw clay to make casts from them:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/molds.htm

And this page has more on making flat "molds" for use as texture sheets:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/texturing.htm


HTH,

Oh, and fair warning  Shocked... once you learn to do this, the entire WORLD will become fodder for making molds!  Grin  Grin  Grin



Diane B.



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POLYMER CLAY "ENCYCLOPEDIA" 
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
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