I have two new molded button shapes to show you today. They gave me the opportunity to write a short post reminded you about a molding tip I gave you in October.
These are the two buttons the molds were made from.
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The blog post I wrote in October explains how to make a mold.
This picture is a mistake sample.
This is what happens if you pour resin into a mold too soon. When you make a mold with silicone putty it is cured in 25 minutes. That is great! You instantly have a mold with little fuss. However, it continues to release gases for the next 24 hours. These two samples are the result of not waiting a full 24 hours before using the mold by pouring in resin. The resin looks like it was boiled. In some ways I love the effect, but it doesn't make for a nice finished duplicate of the original. The mold was not ruined. It just wasn't ready for this pour. After I popped out the two "mistake pieces" it was ready to use after the full 24 hours.
So, just remember to make a mold a full day or two before you need it. I also always make a test casting before I make a good finished piece. For today's finished samples I mixed up some Envirotex Lite and some pink powder. (The powder was from Luminarte, but I do not believe they sell it anymore)
The detail captured in the mold is excellent!
I add a little gilders paste to highlight sections.
Try to make a mold sometime soon!
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