Dec 31, 2008

Polymer Clay 3 D Mold Tutorial

Making a 3 D mold is simple. Choose a two sided metal pendant, or even a textured bead. You will require 2 of these as you will be making 2 identical molds.

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Step 1: Making the Mold

For the fish you need to make a two-piece mold.

Step 2: Condition enough Elasticlay for 2 of the fish or beads by squeezing between fingers like play dough. Mold maker doesn't need much conditioning as it is very soft. Best not to overwork it, otherwise it becomes too warm and squishy.

Step 3: Roll into a ball, then roll out into a tube and cut in half. Flatten the balls slightly.

Step 4: Brush your fish or object with Armour all or cornstarch as a release agent. Press your fish or object into the clay ½ way.

Step 5: Mark opposite edges with Exacto knife or needle tool, so you can realign the mold and the sides later.

Step 6: Repeat with second fish, but use reverse side of fish and press into clay.

Step 7: Mark each side of the clay ...

...So that marks will match each other.

Step 8: Bake the mold and object together, according to manufacturers instructions. Let Cool.

Remove fish from the molds.


craftyLinda said...

Tina this is a great tute thanks for sharing. I have some of the Sculpey mold maker and I have found that it is sticky. Did you have any problem like that? I love making molds and I am going to give this a try as soon as I can.

Anonymous said...

Tina, both your tutorials are great. makes me think I should get doing something! Very inspiring.


Anonymous said...

Nice Tute Tina! Haven't tried the mold maker stuff yet... looks fun! I take it, since it is called super elasticlay that it is quite flexible. How far will it bend before it breaks? And do you know if it can be mixed into regular clay to make it 'elastic-y' too?

Beadcomber said...

Thanks for the comments!
Linda...if you find it a bit sticky, chill it in the fridge for a while. It seems to get softer and softer when working it, so chilling definitely helps.
Yes, Cindy, the Sculpey Moldmaker can be mixed into other clay and will act as a 'softener'. I don't know if it willmakeit more 'elastic-y, but I suspect that it would since it itself is quite flexible after baking.

Gardens Of Utopia said...

Tina how is it really? I want to make some molds but not sure what to use.

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