Saturday, November 8

A Push in the Right Direction with AMAZING Remelt... by Tracy Alden

Hello! Tracy here with another Amazing Crafting Products inspiration post! Today I wanted to share with you creative fun with a new product called Amazing Remelt.

As per the website: "Amazing Remelt is a Non Toxic, 1-part reusable mold making material for room temperature or low exotherm materials. Amazing Remelt softens at 120°F and becomes liquid at 135°-140°F. It can be remelted and reused to make new molds time and time again. Ideal for making mold for smaller items such as jewelry, embellishments, and chocolate molds." CLICK HERE to view brief video on this AMAZING new product.

My ears for sure perked up when I heard jewelry and embellishments! It got me to wondering how it would work as a polymer clay push mold material! 

When you first open the Amazing Remelt it has a rather distinctive gelatin dessert quality to it. While you can melt the molding material in the container I carefully pulled it out and cut it up into squares to control better how much material I was using at one time. When cutting the molding material make sure to use a sharp craft knife or blade. 

I heated the Amazing Remelt in a microwave, making sure to use a microwave safe container. I suggest a plastic or silicone cup or you can make a cup, with a spout, out of Amazing Mold Putty to melt the Remelt - as I have done. This way when you are done pouring Remelt any leftovers still in the cup can be cooled and removed to be reused easily!

To create mold boxes for small items I use cookie cutters hot glued to a ceramic tile. I also hot glue the items, in this case small polymer clay charms, to the tile as well, making sure they are glued firmly in place. Now the instructions on the package say to use a Mold Release sprayed or coated over your pieces to be molded. Do NOT miss this step otherwise your pieces can get trapped inside the Remelt and it will take some doing to remove them. You can use Alumilite's UMR, cooking spray or vegetable oil for mold release.

When heating up the Amazing Remelt I was careful to try heating it for 15 second intervals. The first 15 seconds softened it but did not liquefy it. The next 15 seconds completely liquefied it. I carefully stirred it slowly with a stir stick, tapping the Mold Putty cup containing the liquid Remelt on the counter to release air bubbles. Then from a 12 -15 inch distance I poured the Remelt in the mold boxes; the distance gives the Remelt a chance to release more bubbles before cooling.

If you are molding any pieces that have detail or little crevices you can use a paperclip or small needle to drag any bubble caught in the Amazing Remelt before it cools to make sure you get a better casting. 

You may be wondering, "why all the fuss to reduce bubbles?" The bubble reduction mean you will get a cleaner and higher detail molding of your piece. The mold on the left had all of the bubble reduction steps done to it. Notice it is clear and the only bubbles are near the top of the mold, away from the impression. The mold on the right is full of bubbles, somewhat cloudy and did not get a good casting because none of the bubble reduction steps were done. 

Once the Amazing Remelt is cooled, no longer warm or sticky to the touch, you can carefully remove the mold box and the originals from the Remelt. If you notice that any Remelt seeped under the pieces you were molding you can remove the excess with sharp crafting scissors and save it for another mold.

I conditioned the polymer clay, making sure the clay was soft and warm enough to be pushed into the molds. I pushed the clay into the molds tight, making sure to flip over the molds to see if I got all the nooks and crannies.

I then carefully placed the mold. with the polymer clay still inside, face down on a ceramic tile. I then peeled back the mold and the polymer clay piece was then stuck to the tile.

I repeated this process several times and before baking the polymer pieces. dusted them with Alumilite Metallic Powders. Once cured I drilled small holes in the pieces, and strung them on cord.

I can reuse the push molds as much as I like – but once done I melt down the molds and use the Amazing Remelt for other projects! Just keep in mind once you use the Remelt for Non Food related craft materials, such as polymer clay, only use that container of Remelt for future Non Food craft materials.

What AMAZING arts and crafts can you create?

Visit my blog Art Resurrected for more craft tutorials!

Until next time, safe travels! ~ Tracy

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