I usually make my moulds for my polymer clay creations with Siligum. I love the stuff- it is dead easy to use, sets very quickly and the detail is very good when you use the resulting mould. However it’s not cheap when you use it a lot. I have also used Sculpey’s Mold Maker in the past, but it is trickier to use as you have to bake it and when you mould items they are harder to get out, because the Sculpey is soft before you bake it.
When I was browsing this website http://www.metalclay.co.uk/ I stumbled across two moulding compounds I have never heard of before, so I decided to try them out and I’d like to share my findings with you.
First up: The Amazing Mold Putty
This is an American product which works on the same principle as the Siligum, but at £17.99 it is a slightly cheaper than the Siligum (though just noticed on Metalclay.com that they have lowered the price to a very competitive £19.99, and as far as I know this is the cheapest on the net).
The putty comes in two parts – yellow and white and you mix two equal parts of the putty together for about minute until the colours blend in nicely.
Then you form a ball to eliminate creases in the putty and put it over the item you want to mould. Make sure the whole item is all nicely covered to get all the details. Be aware that the compound has an open time of 3 minutes before it starts to harden.
I used my polymer crosses and they are an awkward shape to mould. Other items like shells certainly would work better.
Let the compound set for about 20 to 25 minutes, remove and you have a nicely detailed mould to use with your polymer clay, Art Clay, PMC, ice or even chocolate. The stuff is non-toxic.… Read More