Craftster Community

JEWELRY AND TRINKETS => Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions => Topic started by: Hippie9 on April 21, 2011 01:13:49 PM



Title: Is There A Brain Mold Out There?
Post by: Hippie9 on April 21, 2011 01:13:49 PM
 I'm hoping to find a small mold of a brain. Jewellery-sized. Does anyone know of one?  I'd prefer a 3 dimensional brain but it doesn't have to be

???


Title: Re: Is There A Brain Mold Out There?
Post by: Alexus1325 on April 21, 2011 01:51:20 PM
I don't know how small you could get them, but I've seen brain Jell-o molds for Hallowe'en. Maybe ice-cube molds would work better???


Title: Re: Is There A Brain Mold Out There?
Post by: Hippie9 on April 21, 2011 02:09:01 PM
I *did* see some brain ice cubes but they were only 4 brains to a tray....too big for what I wanted to do.

I was hoping for maybe 12 brains to a tray....


Title: Re: Is There A Brain Mold Out There?
Post by: rainbowsewist on April 21, 2011 02:15:08 PM
i found an ice cube sized one at the dollar store at halloween time. i just moved so its packed at the moment, but if you want i can look for it. i prob wont use it anytime soon so you can have it, just message me :-)


Title: Re: Is There A Brain Mold Out There?
Post by: Diane B. on April 23, 2011 08:45:07 AM
Depending what material you wanted to use in the molds and how, you could easily make molds (or a tray/sheet of molds) from a brain you might buy of the right size, or have around after Halloween, or even make yourself from polymer clay (probably using ropes of clay you wind around over a solid clay hemisphere**) and bake, etc.

It sounds like you're referring to push molds (one-sided), but you could also make molds with undercuts or perhaps even completely-whole molds from 2 part silicone putty molding material too with a brain form like that.

More info on both here if interested:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/molds.htm

**
http://images.google.com/images?q=polymer+clay+brain
http://images.google.com/images?q=clay+brain


Title: Re: Is There A Brain Mold Out There?
Post by: Hippie9 on April 25, 2011 10:56:19 AM
Thanks Diane, but I was hoping to cast some brains in resin....or something...I don't have a clear idea of how I will do this. I also don't have the patience to make a brain out of polymer clay.

I was also thinking of just using a picture of a brain and embed *that* in resin. I want to make fridge magnets for the people in my brain injury workshop.


Title: Re: Is There A Brain Mold Out There?
Post by: GonzoLou on April 25, 2011 08:41:35 PM
only last night i started searching for silicone ice cube trays for the same reason!  I think the one I came across is the set of 4 you mentioned you had already found but thought i'd drop the link in for some other cool silicone ice cube trays out there... i haven't played with resin yet but it's making my fingers super itchy!!!

http://www.demilked.com/creative-and-unusual-ice-cube-trays/


Title: Re: Is There A Brain Mold Out There?
Post by: Hippie9 on April 27, 2011 09:29:30 AM
Wow! I never saw all of these ice cube trays but yeah, I *did* see that brain tray. I love the Gin and Titonic tray!


Title: Re: Is There A Brain Mold Out There?
Post by: Diane B. on April 27, 2011 09:49:00 AM
Quote
I want to make fridge magnets for the people in my brain injury workshop.

Love this idea and purpose!

Quote
I was hoping to cast some brains in resin....or something...I don't have a clear idea of how I will do this.  

If you want to cast with resin, you can still make a mold but it would have to be from 2-part silicone putty.  It's flexible, takes very good detail, cures quickly, is highly heat-resistant, and nothing much ever sticks to it.  If you want to read about silicone molding materials, brands, characteristics, etc, check out this page at my site:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/molds.htm (click on 2-Part Silicone Putties)
(....although there's only been one brand of 2-part silicone molding material available *locally* at craft stores, etc--Amazing Mold Putty-- there is a new brand becoming available now too and hopefully it will be higher quality, though you may not need high quality...can't remember name but it might be purple; or you can check my page for better brands of silicone putty online)

If you want to make casts in a mold though, you can easily use polymer clay instead (plus polymer clay can be made any color, texture, etc, as well as have inclusions and simulate just about any other material there is from ceramic and glass to wood, pearl, metal, stone, jade, etc., etc.).  
Polymer clay can be made into the molds themselves, and also used as the casting material in those molds or in other kinds of molds.  That's actually done all the time and it's great fun to boot.  Here is a pic of some of my molds (and some of the casts from them) in a previous post of mine, plus more info about doing it:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=101292.msg960710#msg960710

Quote
I also don't have the patience to make a brain out of polymer clay.

If you don't want to make a simple brain as a form for creating the mold, you could probably have someone else on Craftster or in another polymer clay forum make one for you, especially since it will be for a charitable purpose.  
Or you can shop at Halloween places, for example, for brain earrings, rings, jewelry, or little decorations/etc (at this time of year though probably mostly online).

You could also find brain stamps or you could create brain stamps in various ways with polymer clay, or create stamps by finding one or more brain drawings you like and sending the drawings off to ReadyStamps**, etc. When you get the stamps back, press them into polymer clay to make the frig magnets*** (then perhaps "highlight" or "antique" the impressions, etc, to further decorate them).

You might also like "brain canes" made from polymer clay as a classy image for some of your magnets.  Brain canes can be cut as thick slices then have a magnet put on back, or thin slices can be placed onto balls or other areas, etc, of polymer clay then rolled into the background so they become part of the clay.  They can look quite different depending on color, complexity and technique.
Here are some examples, and instructions:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dolphinplay7/4657695424
easier: http://tinyurl.com/easybrain
http://www.flickr.com/photos/edelchen/1540372231
http://www.flickr.com/photos/perlengaby/2074343412
http://maloustvarjalno.blogspot.com/2011/02/brainstorming.html
slices of brain cane on a base for barette: http://www.justbarrettes.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/brain-cane.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3398597482
square brain cane, not overlapped ("kaleidoscoped" placement):
http://www.claylessons.com/gallery/brain-cane-necklace-and-earrings
http://www.gemorama.com/graphics/00000001/braincanepic.jpg
http://www.etsy.com/listing/34599870/blue-gold-and-green-brain-cane-design
TUTORIALS (using a "Skinner blend" but wouldn't have to):
http://sopcg.blogspot.com/2009/01/easy-versatile-cane-even-if-you-think.html http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/braincane.html
more tutorials and examples on this page of my site:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/canes--instructions.htm (click on the Folded canes subcategory which is  under the Layers category, then scroll down to the parts on "brain canes")
 
Quote
I was also thinking of just using a picture of a brain and embed *that* in resin...

That would be cool too.  For info about putting an image under resin, in several ways, check out this page as well if you're interested:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/other_materials.htm

It would be easiest to use epoxy resin, glue the image to a base of some kind (even baked polymer clay), elevate that item, and pour the resin on top allowing it to drip off if necessary...or you could pour the resin into a permanent "cell" of some kind which would contain the resin (with the image underneath).
You could also use some kinds of molds with polyester resin (more fiddly and less good for lungs) or certain kinds of epoxy resin, and cast the images upside down as "embedments" in the resin.
Then glue on the magnet, perhaps using 2-part epoxy glue (pretty much the same as epoxy resin).


** ReadyStamps is my favorite place to have this done... you send them a sheet of paper on which you've drawn/photocopied/printed/whatever (b&w) as many designs (including text if you want) as you can fit into a 9 1/2 x 7" rectangle plus $35, and they'll send you back a 9 1/2 x 7 sheet of rubberstamps of your images (they'll also include the "plate and matrix" or reverse mold, if you request).  
You can then cut the stamps apart and use as is, or mount (temporarily or permanently) on blocks of wood or plastic sheets/blocks/boxes.  
It's a great deal and can be quite addicting to have that much power  .  You can read more about how ReadyStamps works here and get a direct link to them:
http://www.polyclay.com/ready.htm

*** stamps and polymer clay-- making stamps from polymer clay, using stamps with polymer clay, etc:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/stamping.htm

making magnets from polymer clay:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/other_materials.htm (same page as resin link above, but click on the Magnets category near bottom of list at top of page)

HTH, and best of luck with it!
Diane B.


Title: Re: Is There A Brain Mold Out There?
Post by: Lori Mendenhall on April 27, 2011 09:58:12 AM
how about using the one that is too large and making paperweights instead? or, just get stronger magnets and make larger fridge magnets. I think I once tried to cast resin in one of these rubber molds. I did not use release and it stuck. so, I guess you'd need to really use a good release, or cast it in polymer clay and then cast that one in Amazing Mold Putty then you would not need release. hope that makes sense...?