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Technique Day – Making Moulds

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve all had a good week, time seems to be going so quickly for me at the moment.   I handed in my notice after 19 years to follow my dreams of becoming a professional crafter, and finish on 4th March for good.  I’m really looking forward to times ahead!

Today is a quick technique for you, with something you might not have used or heard of before – two part moulding putty.

The reason for this is that you can make all your own embellishments for your projects, and take moulds of found objects, or precious items that you need to keep but would like to have a copy of to use.

Firstly, you take some Suzan Lenart Kazmer Moulding compound, (available from Indigoblu), which comes in two pots, one white, one yellow.

Take out equal parts of the white and the yellow:

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Mix the two together, for approx 1 minute, until they are one colour.  Roll into a ball, and make a shape that will take your object when pressed in.  Gently press your object into the mould, and leave it there for around ten to 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes your mould will have gone off enough to release the object.  You will be left with a lovely mould to use again and again.

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If you want to use resin with your mould, it’s best to wait 24 hours before using it, so it’s perfectly cured.  Otherwise, you can use plaster of paris, paper clay, polymer clay and other similar compounds in your mould.

I chose to use Ice Resin, with a touch of Indigoblu Cottage paint in Postbox red, to make a lovely red rose.

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You only need a tiny bit of red paint on the end of your mixing stick, mixed into the resin, and it will still set.  Leave the mould and resin for 24 hours, and then you can turn it out.  You can use them on cards as embellishments, paint them on canvasses, or as I have, used the rose and made a pretty ring, just by adding a vintage style ring blank.

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It’s so simple to make your own embellishments!  The moulds are re-useable over and over again, you will get a lot of castings from one mould.

While I am here today, don’t forget to check out the Indigoblu website, the event’s page has been updated, and more will be added as we have the information.  Just hover over the dates to get an idea of what’s on.

The Gallery is getting a makeover too, so make sure you keep stopping by to check out the fab designs and inspiration.

Have a good week everyone,

Best Wishes,

Nikki K.

xx

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6 Comments on Technique Day – Making Moulds

  1. good on ya Nikki, good luck with you new career 🙂

    Karen Clarke | February 25, 2014 at 8:31 am () ()
    • Thank you Karen. X

      Nikki K | February 25, 2014 at 8:54 am () ()
  2. Love this idea I was wondering if you could use UTEE in the mould?

    Loraine | February 26, 2014 at 7:02 pm () ()
    • Hi Loraine, yes utee will work in the moulds, and plaster of Paris or paper clay. Ice Resin is best if you want to keep things crystal clear and not yellow at all, but utee will work. Xx

      Nikki K | February 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm () ()
  3. Lovely ring, need to try the ice resin x good luck in your future ventures.

    Julie Cassidy | March 5, 2014 at 7:12 pm () ()
    • Thank you Julie – you won’t regret trying the Ice Resin either – I promise!
      x

      Nikki K | March 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm () ()