Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Super Fast Molds with EasyMold!

 At first glance I hope you can't decide 
which is the original bird and which is the molded copy 
I made with EasyMold and EasyCast resin.
 Earlier this month I was in Paris.  Part of my annual trip includes antiquing where I look for vintage and unique items for my upcoming year of art projects.  This little bird was a fabulous find.
 I knew I would not be able to use the original in a jewelry project.  If I did, I could only use it once.

EasyMold allows me to create as many duplicates in as many colours as I want.  I have quite a few projects and a video showing you how to use EasyMold.  Here are the highlights:
  • Easy to use, 3 Minute working time, 25 minute cure.
  • Ideal for small molds, excellent detail from original.
  • Strong, flexible, reusable molds.
  • High Heat range, up to 400ยบ F.
  • No Shrinkage.
  • Self releasing, no mold release agent required for most applications.
 In three minutes I made up my circle of EasyMold silicone putty and simply pressed my original into it.
25 minutes later I have a mold of my bird!  
You can already see that the indentations on my bird have been duplicated in the mold.  I can now use this mold with resin, chocolate, candy, wax, clay, cement, ice, embossing powders and so much more.

Reminder:  The mold should be allowed to rest for 24 hours before you pour resin into it.  
Second Reminder:  If you want to use the mold for chocolate or other food items do not use it with art supplies.  Keep you food molds separate.  If you love your object make two molds-one for food and one for artist materials.
 I decided to make a white casting of the bird.  This will make it easier to colour.  I added opaque white pigment to a batch of EasyCast resin.
 My favorite way to colour resin is with metallic wax rub ons.  Here is my bird after the first layer of colour.
Several applications later I am thrilled with my final bird.
I am sealing the colour with several coats of Resin Spray.  Without a top coat, the wax colour would just wipe off.

9 comments:

  1. The bird is gorgeous!
    I've just started to use resin as a medium. Where do you get the metallic wax you add color with?
    So far I haven't added color to any set pieces - just different color additives to the liquid resin. You can see what I've done so far at my etsy shop - BericasBaubles.etsy.com
    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Erica, the company that makes my favorite wax seems to have gone away, but I do still see these on Amazon. The higher-end version of wax colours is a brand name Gilders Paste. I use that too. Also, Rub N Buff does the trick as well.

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    2. http://www.amazon.com/Craf-t-Products-Complete-Metallic-Embellishment/dp/B00BCOODHO/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1ZEMTT4HTM149

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  2. Which one is the original? They are both so beautiful! I honestly can't tell!

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  3. Great Ideas, i like it so much, they look like the same.

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  4. I've used this to make molds. I found out the hard way you should only use enough product to make only one mold at a time. It sets too fast.

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    1. I learned that too. When I demo EasyMold I see people trying to make two molds at once...three minutes is not a long time...so make one mold at a time. This is the fasting item you can make in the resin world where we are trained to wait for a 24+ hour cure time!

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  5. Beautiful!

    This porcess is fascinating. I really enjoy your tutorials, Farmi.

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