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« on: February 28, 2014 12:14:21 PM »

A few months ago I was intrigued by Mod Melts but didn't really want to get into a new must-have supply.  I decided to try regular hot glue in some various silicone molds I had already.  It worked great!



I eventually used coupons to buy to Mod Melt molds because they were cute, but I am still just using them with regular hot glue.  I painted all of the ones in the photo with normal acrylic paints.  I might not use the hot glue version on jewelry, but it's great for papercrafting and various embellishments.



A few suggestions if you decide to try this technique:
-Let your glue gun get really hot...to that point where the glue just starts to seep out on its own.  That will ensure it is fluid enough to fill the tiny crevices on the molds.
-I've found it gets into the small areas more easily if you bend the mold (to stretch it open) while you're filling it with the hot glue.  I put a photo below to show what I mean.
-The glue that is actually touching the mold seems to dry last, so even if the back feels dry let it sit a few minutes before removing it.
-It works best if you can set the molds on a flat surface so the glue levels itself and you have a nice flat back on your molded piece.

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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014 01:11:44 PM »

Thanks for posting this!
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014 02:26:44 PM »

What a great idea, LovelyMiss!! I'm always on the lookout for new embellishment ideas for scrapbooking & cards - and I never thought of this! (Didn't think it was possible with the glue and silicone molds to be honest...  Shocked )
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014 03:33:58 PM »

Fascinating!   Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2014 09:49:21 PM »

Very pretty! Interesting technique! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2014 01:40:00 PM »

It's great to know that regular hot glue works in the molds! I didn't know you could paint the dried hot glue with acrylic paints, so that opens up a whole realm of possibilities. Soon, I will be hitting the store with a coupon in hand to get a Mod Melt mold so I can give it a try.

Thanks for sharing this!
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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2014 02:19:57 PM »

It's great to know that regular hot glue works in the molds! I didn't know you could paint the dried hot glue with acrylic paints, so that opens up a whole realm of possibilities. Soon, I will be hitting the store with a coupon in hand to get a Mod Melt mold so I can give it a try.

Thanks for sharing this!

It's really fun, I'm glad others are going to try it!  They do take a few coats of paint, but acrylics dry so fast it was easy.  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2014 06:18:11 PM »

It's great to know that regular hot glue works in the molds! I didn't know you could paint the dried hot glue with acrylic paints, so that opens up a whole realm of possibilities. Soon, I will be hitting the store with a coupon in hand to get a Mod Melt mold so I can give it a try.

Thanks for sharing this!

It's really fun, I'm glad others are going to try it!  They do take a few coats of paint, but acrylics dry so fast it was easy.  Cheesy

I have some silicone molds for ice cubes, but I think they're too deep. I think that tomorrow or Monday, I might have to head to the craft store! And then I can figure out what I want to make with them... although I should probably do that part first!
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2014 08:11:21 PM »

It's great to know that regular hot glue works in the molds! I didn't know you could paint the dried hot glue with acrylic paints, so that opens up a whole realm of possibilities. Soon, I will be hitting the store with a coupon in hand to get a Mod Melt mold so I can give it a try.

Thanks for sharing this!

It's really fun, I'm glad others are going to try it!  They do take a few coats of paint, but acrylics dry so fast it was easy.  Cheesy

I have some silicone molds for ice cubes, but I think they're too deep. I think that tomorrow or Monday, I might have to head to the craft store! And then I can figure out what I want to make with them... although I should probably do that part first!

I have some ice cube ones I've tried, too.  They are a bit too deep to fill them fast enough.  I was wondering if it would work if I switched to a full size glue gun/sticks instead of the minis.  I haven't wanted to buy another glue gun yet though.  On the ice molds it was harder to see whether or not the mold was adequately filled, too, since it was so deep.  I made a bunch I don't know what I'm going to do with yet.  I figured...hey, the glue gun is already hot...why not?!  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2014 09:34:13 AM »

Whoa!! COOL! I had no idea this was possible. Thanks for sharing your tips.
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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2014 11:13:55 AM »

How cool!  I didn't know this would work!  Great idea, thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2014 01:50:08 PM »

I've been playing around with these too -- they are so fun to make! So glad someone posted about them here. It really does open up a world of embellishment possibilities!
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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2014 04:00:24 AM »

Not sure how I missed this, but am so very glad I found it. Such a great idea. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2014 01:34:43 PM »

We were just looking at these in the store! One question - do you have a low-temp glue gun, or does this work with the "sear-the-flesh-off-your-fingertips" high heat ones?  Cheesy

I'm fine with buying the molds, but the special glue sticks were a bit pricey...
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« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2014 02:47:19 PM »

I definitely recommend the searing hot high temp ones.  The high temp glue takes longer to dry and is a little more liquid-y so you can maneuver it into the details of the mold more easily.
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« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2014 07:53:59 AM »

Cool stuff.  I've messed around with making hot glue casts years ago too, but I just made an imprint in modeling clay and injected the hot glue into that, I didn't have a ready-made mold.  You've got to pick or wash off bits of clay from your casting afterwards, but it works.

I've also used hot glue itself to make molds.  It's renewable too in that, once you're done, you can just melt it down again to make a different mold.  If you'd like to see an example of that, here are some photos of hot glue molds I made to cast multiple spider legs for an articulated action figure (scroll down to the mid-construction photos):

http://www.angelfire.com/ult/ace/zariche.html
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« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2014 03:22:51 PM »

I've also used hot glue itself to make molds.  It's renewable too in that, once you're done, you can just melt it down again to make a different mold.  If you'd like to see an example of that, here are some photos of hot glue molds I made to cast multiple spider legs for an articulated action figure (scroll down to the mid-construction photos):

http://www.angelfire.com/ult/ace/zariche.html

That's super cool!  Thanks for passing along that info...now I want to make molds! 


Just as a side note for everyone, I recently tried a non-silicone rubbery plastic mold made for poly clay that I got on clearance.  It still worked with the hot glue, but on a very small detailed part, the mold seems to have ripped or melted...I can't quite tell.  So, obviously use caution with this technique if the molds are not silicone or specifically made to handle heat!  Wink
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« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2014 11:55:06 AM »

do you think this same idea could work with PUFFY FABRIC PAINT and PLASTIC CANDY MOLDS?

i have some plastic candy molds i used to use for polymer clay. since they are plastic, can NOT use hot glue as described in this post (such an awesome idea tho!), so wondering if I could SHALLOWLY fill the molds with puffy paint?

might just try and see if it works. will post successes/failures Wink
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« Reply #18 on: October 03, 2014 02:26:30 PM »

do you think this same idea could work with PUFFY FABRIC PAINT and PLASTIC CANDY MOLDS?

i have some plastic candy molds i used to use for polymer clay. since they are plastic, can NOT use hot glue as described in this post (such an awesome idea tho!), so wondering if I could SHALLOWLY fill the molds with puffy paint?

might just try and see if it works. will post successes/failures Wink

That's a cool, idea!  I haven't used puffy paint in a long time, so I don't feel qualified to even guess at the outcome!  Cheesy  I did just pick up a huge pack on clearance, though, and have a few plastic candy molds, so I'll be interested to hear if it works!
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« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2014 11:56:27 AM »

These are really fun!  You can buy bags of hot glue sticks for pretty cheap.  I wonder if my hot glue pot would work...just have to figure out how to pour without making a mes and burning myself! Grin
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