Monday, March 24

#Cre8time Experimenting Yields Unexpected Results on Mold Rubber Monday

Good evening Amazing Crafters! Susan dropping by again for Mold Rubber Monday. Last Monday, I shared how I created molds to used to cast loads of handmade screws, bolts and other hardware baubles in the March Frog Dog Studio Kits. Each of the pieces were pristine duplicates of the brand new hardware molded. Today, I am sharing another mold that I've created to show the AMAZING detail captured by Amazing Mold Rubber... except this bolt is a rusty, grungy original I found in my crafty stash – surely something I picked up in a parking lot or the street.

I glued the bolt using 3M spray ahesive to the inside of a small metal tin {just slightly larger than my original}. Please CLICK HERE to jump to last week's post. I had other items in the works so again I prepared an entire container of Amazing Mold Rubber {please CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation}.

The March Frog Dog Studio Kit contains this awesome Rusting Powder by The Dusty Attic. After seeing everyone's results using this - I couldn't wait to try it out. So I read the instructions, and OPTED to experiment. The test was to see how the rusting powder works using the Amazing Casting Resin as the bonding agent. Well, short answer... FAIL! The resulting metal look is great - except the powder bonds with the resin removing it's ability to rust when vinegar is applied to activate the rusting.


I dusted the The Dusty Attic Rusting Powder directly to the mold as I would using the Alumilite Metallic Powders, and I prepared another mold with the smaller hardware items also.

I prepared a small batch of Amazing Casting Resin {equal parts of "A" and "B"}. I added a small scoop of Alumilite Gunmetal and Bronze Metallic Powders, and also a scoop of the The Dusty Attic Rusting Powder. I added no dyes to the resin; stirring a little extra because I couldn't see the mixture go clear and then poured into the molds.


I love the real metal coloring that has resulted after the Amazing Casting Resin has cured. I pop them all out, and trim off any flashing, then spray with white vinegar following the rusting powder instructions. Unfortunately, even after an hour, there was no change in the color of the items, visible rusting or oxidation. I chalk it up to a learning experience... and I still have a lot of new, fun usable hardware ready to go for more distress and coloring. If you don't try – you won't know the answer.

Side-by-side you can hardly tell the difference!

The rusting powder dusted into the mold along with mixing into Amazing Casting Resin with Alumilite Bronze and Gunmetal Metallic Powders gave a fabulous aged metal coloring – even though NO DYE was used. I will cast a few more items like this and then apply the The Dusty Attic Rusting Powder, as instructed, using an adhesive, then apply vinegar to activate the rusting and oxidation. These are a nice base to start with and it was a good learning experience. Stay tuned for a another project I will have using these here on Thursday.

What items would you mold and cast
for your mixed-media projects?

If you would like to see more of my creations, please visit my blog
sbartist : painting in the dark by clicking here. ~ Susan

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