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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.

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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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