Hello! Tracy here for another edition of Mold Rubber Monday! I am always looking for new shapes and textures to mold and cast in resin. In the process of sorting my beads recently I noticed the hard plastic containers many small beads come in have perfectly smooth and glossy lids. With the help of Amazing Mold Rubber I was able to create new resin pendant molds from them!
- Amazing Clear Cast Resin
- Amazing Mold Rubber
- 2" Butterfly Paper House Productions Stickers
- Dried Flowers
- Stir Sticks
- Craft scissors
- Plastic lunch tray (from pre-prepared small wraps and sushi)
- Small lids from plastic bead containers
- Disposable gloves
- Craft Heat Gun
I went through my collection of plastic bead containers picking the best shapes and glossy smooth tops. I cleaned each piece to be molded with rubbing alcohol to remove any debris or dirt.
Carefully following the instructions, I mixed up a small amount Amazing Mold Rubber and slowly poured it into my mold box, in this case a former plastic food tray. CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation. In the process of mixing, the Amazing Mold Rubber had formed bubbles. To quickly pop the bubbles I used a heat gun to slowly heat the uncured mold rubber to pop the bubbles.
Once cured I had a perfectly smooth layer of Amazing Mold Rubber at the bottom of the mold box. I mixed up more Amazing Mold Rubber to fill up the tray with another thin layer. I carefully placed each lid into the liquid Mold Rubber and pressed them into place with a stir stick.
Since many plastic objects placed in Amazing Mold Rubber tend to shift or drift in the liquid silicone, I placed little glass decorative pebbles into each lid to anchor the lids in place while the Mold Rubber cured.
Once the Amazing Mold Rubber was completely cured I removed the lids from the plastic tray. When I gently removed the lids from the Mold Rubber they came out rather cleanly, requiring very little trimming of the mold rubber with craft scissors.
I mixed up a small portion of Amazing Clear Cast Resin, making sure to slowly stir to reduce air bubbles and let it sit for 10 minutes. I poured resin into each mold, filling them up halfway. Using tweezers I placed small amounts of dried herbs and flowers into each mold. In a few of the molds I placed Paper House Productions Stickers on top of the dried plant material. Since these stickers are thin plastic I did not need to seal them before placing them into the resin. I carefully removed any air bubbles by using a heat gun. I let this layer cure to a tacky set.
I mixed up another small portion of Amazing Clear Cast Resin, this time just enough to fill each pendant mold to the top. I added a few more stickers and bits of dried plants to create a 3D effect in each piece. I let the resin cure completely.
Once I removed the pendants from the molds I carefully sanded any edges smooth. With the addition of a small hole drill through the top or a small jewelry bail glued to the back of the pendants, these pieces are ready to be made into wonderful Springtime jewelry!
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Until next time, safe travels! ~ Tracy