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Sharajj
« on: June 01, 2015 07:11:48 PM »

I'm sorry if this has been asked a thousand times. I did try a few search terms but didn't come up with anything.

Our local craft store (small town, only option -- big sad face) closed awhile back. She used to sell these little ceramic things that we could paint. They were about the size of a regular ice cube and came in numerous shapes.  Now I know she just cast them in the back of her shop with whatever molds she had.

I work a lot with kids and these were great for quick filler crafts, gifts (magnets on the back) and stuff like that.

So the question is, can I make these at home with plaster or paris and cheap silicone molds like these?

http://www.amazon.com/Longzang-F0162-Fondant-Silicone-Sugar/dp/B00A6JF0KA/ref=pd_sim_79_16?ie=UTF8&refRID=1N5HTFAEZWKTYYD0DP95

Thanks!
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steiconi
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2015 06:24:34 PM »

plaster might be a bit fragile, and the skinny bits might crumble.
Molding materials that might work:  resin, polymer clay (like Fimo), purchased or home made paper clay, bread dough clay, cold cream porcelain

Or you might advertise (Craigslist, community college, or whatever you've got locally) for potters who might be willing to fire batches of them for you for free or cheap.  Tell them "It's for the Children!"
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steiconi
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2015 05:08:56 PM »

and I can't resist pointing out, that same mold on eBay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tulip-Flower-Silicone-Mold-Mould-For-Polymer-Clay-Crafts-Jewelry-22mm-A328-/361316822501?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5420292de5
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