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Tutorial: Molds for Poly Clay by taeliac Tutorial: Molds for Poly Clay by taeliac
Last night, I broke down and freaked out about having my Nehelenia outfit done in a week or so... I promised not to procrastinate, but alas, it seems that has indeed occurred.

Instead of paying a fortune for beads for the necklace, bracelet, etc, I decided to try something new - using polymer clay (Fimo, Sculpy, etc) in a quickly made silicon mold. I was originally going to cast these out of resin, but was too lazy to pull all of that stuff out, and risk getting the "casting pox" rash from it. Plus, the resin would take at least 15 minutes before I could demold it and cast again, and I just did not want to spend that much time (I think I wound up with 100 of these in the end).

:star: You can find info about the "Amazing Mold Putty" here, as well as order it, I think...

I apologize for the picture quality - they're from my cell phone, but you should be able to follow what I was doing pretty decently with them. It's easy, either way, so no worries.

I forgot to mention in the tutorial that these, as with all bits out of polymer clay, can just be painted with generic acrylic paints (these were~)

I'll post pictures of the finished jewelry and cosplay when it's all done, but for now, you can use your imagination :3

As per the usual, do not copy, steal, edit, redistribute or do other malicious things with or to this tutorial.
If you claim it as your own, I shall find out and you'll have to watch your back...

2011 Sam Lemieux // `taeliac
Taeliac.Etsy.com :: TaeliacStudio.com

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mimiru Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
OH man, I needed this tutorial so badly! I was about to make molds myself, but out of other fimo clay, and that just wouldn't be flexible. I need to find this molding stuff!
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samirashamseddin Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
thank for help :la:
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PerfectlyImperfect75 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
useful, but amazing mold putty is really expensive in canada so i just use crayola model magic or this amazing clay thing from dollarama :D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, I believe it. Its kind of expensive here, too, but not too bad. I never tried using Model Magic - I think I may give that a shot sometime soon! Thank you for the tip!!
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MalteseLizzieMcGee Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011   Traditional Artist
Much easier than my method: I made molds from polymer clay. It actually worked quite well for making little jewels from hot glue.
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benihimecosplay Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is very helpful! thank you :)
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KoryXIII Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Very useful tutorial! ^^
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Emberae Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
love your tutorials always!
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Kiarachu Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow...great tutorial!I will go to check my local hobby store for that mold...
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Definitely do! You can also check for it online, it's by Alumilite (I think I sprit that right ^^)
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Kiarachu Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you and I will check the internet too ^_^
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NaughtyBirdBoutique Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
did you bake the clay in the mold?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nope, just popped it out as it was, laid it out and cooked it then (sorry if it was unclear in the tutorial...)
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NaughtyBirdBoutique Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No worries, I was just curious :]
I'm actually trying some molds out of polymer clay because I don't have the mold stuff, so I'm experimenting!

Thanks for replying :]
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem :3

I just checked the package, and it does say that if you want, you can cook in any molds you make with them, up to 350*F or so, so I actually think that you could indeed bake clay in the molds :boogie: It might be worth checking out if you ever want to...

I've never tried making molds out of clay before, but that might not be a bad idea. I do know that the craft store by us has something like "easy mold" or something for polymer clay, which I think is just a squishier poly clay, might be worth checking out too! :glomp:
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NaughtyBirdBoutique Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D Thanks for the heads up!
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MTC101 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Very handy. I'm sure I'll find a use for this method sooner or later.
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DarkFireRaven Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! :D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Any time! :3
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bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional
cool Thank you
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AlysaTaladay Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice save! :)
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, you betcha it was! It worked perfectly!
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Vashtastic Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011   Digital Artist
YAY!
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DragonElfRanger Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wonderful Tutorial!! I have some big round beeds for a character I want to make, but can't find them in a see through red color...so I was thinking of making aresin mold. Now I'm wondering if this sort of thing would work better.
I read through it all, but I have a quick question: So if you wanted to do a whole bead (like not flat on one side), you just make two molds and...which parts glue together? The Molds or the final beads?

Sorry for the trouble!
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riotfaerie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You know how much I love you now (like I always do!!). XD :heart:
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TheJabberwokk Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student General Artist
thanks so much for sharing!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Any time :3
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Yunie-chan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, any time - thought it might be helpful for someone :3
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Laylian Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
This is great! Thanks for the tutorial! The pictures are easy to follow. I think I could actually do this XD
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, you definitely could! It's not hard at all, and a fun way to make buttons or jewelry without the tediousness of making each and every one one at a time :3

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Laylian Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
I'll be giving it a try here in the near future, once school lets go of my neck, haha. If my results come out recognizable, I'll put them up ^_^
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StarsOfCASSiOPEiA Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student General Artist
As I've said before- right when I'm thinking about a new project, you put out a tutorial for a technique I'll need.

Thanks. :heart: :XD:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Great minds think alike, definitely :highfive:
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StarsOfCASSiOPEiA Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student General Artist
:highfive: Or you're one step ahead of me, lol!
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radtastical Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for posting this! I've always wondered how making molds works
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
There are so many different ways of doing it, but usually, I fail at them - this is by far the easiest way I've found!!
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Izixa Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very handy resource. I may see if I can get some ordered by semester end (pottery class). I'm always a bit nervous about what might happen if what I stick in isn't clay. If not I just start shoving objects into clay and see what happens.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, the bonus of silicon is usually the only thing that sticks to it is silicon, so just about anything else would make the molds non-stick :3 If you're really worried (like, a very sticky material - a friend tried it with hot glue in the mold and it was messy!) you can coat the inside of the mold in mold release to help get the cast out later :3
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Izixa Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I imagine hot glue was messy! It's well.. hot and melty..
But these would be helpful to make molds of some shells I bought.
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bluetie Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Even without the massive wig 'o doom I'm excited for this. :)
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, well, I'm thinking of trying one of the wig stores in Milwaukee to see if I can find one to butcher ;P So, there is a chance of the wig o doom, but still - it's going to be fun! I'm excited!! :glomp:
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bluetie Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
No matter what I can't wait to see you in it. :D

Hopefully you can find something!
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Kisshu-Neko Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for this tutorial! I will probably have some casting with clay to do in the future ^^
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Definitely try it!! It's not too bad to do, and fun on a rainy day :3
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SeductiveByatch Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
So did you put 2 molds together to get the full round shape or did you glue them together or just roll the fimo around in one mold with a toothpick in it to get the hole in them?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm actually going to just be using these flat, and gluing an eyepin (I think that's what they're called... they're shaped with one loop on one end, a rod part of the wire, and then you make another loop on the other end...) to the back of them.

If you wanted them 3D, you can make two molds, or just glue them back to back. Since it's soft enough clay, I'd think you could make two of them, push them together with a toothpick in the middle (what I originally tried to do and then I said screw it ;P )
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SeductiveByatch Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
AWW ok
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MedeaHiasobi Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is pretty awesome! It's because you're all nifty and innovative and stuff :D Don't worry, stuff'll be done in time. I'm running around like mad, too :hug:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, something is getting done ^^ I'm doubting I'm going to have a wig, tho, unless I just butcher my Yuuko one, as I still haven't ordered my wefting yet :(

And, sorry I missed your call the other day! We were at the doctors, I forgot I had an appointment, and it was rather long (just normal shrink-doctor, nothing major) :hug:
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