Okay, so I know it is totally not Christmas anymore, but this post is one I didn't get to do at Christmas time so I'm doing it now!
Ever need to make multiples of an item you have . . . like 40 of them for a third grade class project? Well I did. As one of the room moms in my son's class, I came up with this ornament for the class to make and take home for parent Christmas gifts (the one above is the one my 3rd grader made). Most of it was paper and cotton. But can I make it easy on myself and make a paper belt buckle? Nooooooo . . . of course not! So, here's what I did. I started with making two single molds. I then made two "rounds" of belt buckles and then made a long brick from my Amazing Mold Putty, pressing all four of those buckles into the putty to create a "multiple mold." I was then set to make six buckles at a time. While 10 minute quick set Amazing Casting Resin is super fast (compared with others which can take 24 hours or more to set-up), can you imagine how long it would have taken to make 40 of these one at a time?!? I, for one, just don't have that sort of time. So this was a perfect solution to my problem.
To start, I mixed my Amazing Mold Putty using a 1:1 ratio of "A" and "B" (click on the link at the end of this post to go to their website for a tutorial).
Next, I pressed my metal buckle into the single small brick of putty I created. I then mixed my Amazing Casting Resin (use the link above for detailed instructions) - equal parts A and B. As soon as parts A and B are thoroughly mixed you can begin pouring into your mold (It will turn an opaque milky white when it is completely hardened unless you are using clear). Once it hardened (about ten minutes), I then repeated this process a second time to get my second single buckle mold. Once I had two buckles, I repeated this process another time making two at a time this round. Once I had four buckles, I then make a much larger (longer) mold putty brick and pressed all four of them into that brick to make it a "multiples mold." Take a look at my molds below.
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