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How to use Polymer clay to make molds for Polymer Clay

Hello dear polymer clay enthusiasts!

Here’s a tutorial on how to make molds using polymer clay. Keep in mind that when you are using these molds directly with polymer clay, you’ll have to use a release agent to make sure that you will be able to take the polymer clay out of the mold, easily. So you can use cornstarch, baby powder or even water.

In my case, I used polymer clay wrapped in gold foil so I didn’t have to worry about taking the clay out of the mold.

If you’re familiar with my work, you know that I like to use molds. But they are just conversation starters. Because I will tweak the molded piece to look like I want it to look. And it will surely not look in any way like the original piece. The idea of using a mold means in fact having a base from where to start, then I would model, color, reshape my molded piece to become something else, a new design, I mean.

For this piece, that looks a little bit, in my humble opinion, like a Spring Fairy Head, I used the decoration of an Egyptian inspired box (meaning the Toutankhamon/Cleopatra style head on top of the lid). I’m a flea market fan so it’s not a surprise that I have odd objects like that around the house.

In case you don’t have little figurines or statuettes to mold, you can still try this idea with cameos, buttons, vintage jewelry pieces and any other items with an embossed interesting design.

I used a bracelet/cuff frame and 24 gauge wire to turn it into a cuff, but, of course, you can use this inspiration to make pendants, brooches or any other piece of jewelry.

Well, I hope that you’ll like this inspiration and I hope that you’ll use it in your work with polymer clay.

Have a beautiful and creative week-end!

Happy claying!

Mihaela

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