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Mold Making

by Diane Foster

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Mold Making by Diane Foster

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Diane's Bio:

I’ve been making molds of one sort or another since 1975. I started with latex molds. Latex is cheap and simple to use; it does not last long and it needs a backing mold to maintain shape, it also interacts poorly with metal. I taught myself how to make plaster molds for miniature ceramics.

In the 1994, Fritz Moler, a retired master mold maker from the Hummel factory in Germany came over and taught myself and two friends the proper way to make plaster molds over the course of two weeks. I learned how to make polyurethane master molds from a commercial doll mold maker in 1993.

For polymer clay, silicone putty is the best mold material to use. It is not inexpensive, but it is easy to use and can be put in an oven with polymer clay in it to cure.

Oyumaru, a Japanese plastic that is softened in hot water is another interesting mold material for polymer clay. It is not cheap either, but it can be reused numerous times. Molds are fun, easy, and a good tool to add to your polymer clay craft box.