Crafting Mythical Babies With First Impressions Baby Mold
One Baby Mold Can Make Thousands Of Variations
During the warmer months I like to work with Polymer clay because I can open up the windows and let the house stay well ventilated during the baking process. Many people hesitate buying a mold because they can only make one variation over and over, but this mold is different. You can make thousands of different projects with just this one inexpensive mold and in this article I will show you some of those possibilities.
One baby mold can make endless Fairies with different color skin and wing shapes, decorate cupcakes and cakes with a baby theme or even make adorable garden spikes for your vegetable garden. You can use the same mold to then make baby shower favors, change the bottom and turn the baby into a Mermaid. You can turn it into a Troll Baby or even a Centaurs Baby.
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NEVER MIX FOOD WITH NON FOOD MEDIUM IN THIS MOLD.
If your going to use gumpaste and chocolate get a second mold.
Tips For Using The Mold Using Clay - I use FIMO
When I make a Fimo baby I use a very smooth ball and put only enough clay into the mold to fill it. I wipe away any excess. Once the soft clay is in the mold I put it in the freezer for 15 minutes to bring it back to a very solid state. This makes a very big difference getting the details.
I also find using a stiffer consistency with the clay allows me to define the facial features easier as well as create pointed ears.
Fimo, Sculpey, Premo and craft Smart Review
I choose to include this video about polymer clay because I agreed with it completely. Sculpey and Craft Smart are much too soft sticky. Fimo doesn't come in great colors but it does come in glow in the dark. I like that the best. It really adds a lot to the wings. So for this article I am using Fimo. Premo is so similar to Fimo, but it's price is high.
First Impressions Molds Silicone Mould - Baby - Laying - This is the next mold on my wish list!
I am one of those lucky ladies that have a husband that doesn't really pay attention to what I purchase as long as I go slowly. One day the mold just appears and I can easily tell him we have had it for a long time. That's when new babies will show up all over the place. When asked, I just yell at him for not paying attention to what I am crafting. Works all the time.
It was very easy to change the legs of the baby into a tail. All it took was a few squishes of the clay. I have no sculpting experience. This was the first time I ever tried it.
Finished And Mounted Baby Mermaid
Centaurs Baby - CK Products 3-Inch Horse Chocolate Mold
To make the Centaurs baby follow the same steps used for the mermaid, but use the back end of this horse to join the two parts together. Match the sides by adding and subtracting clay from the center and then smooth to a finished surface.
Once you use this mold with clay it can't be used with chocolate anymore.
Adorable Vegetable Markers
My Niece grew a vegetable garden and I have made her some markers for it. They were a fun afternoon project using Fimo (polymer) clay and some outdoor paint. I sprayed the markers with a sealer to protect them from the weather.
Casting Plaster Vs Clay - Tips On Choosing A Medium
I use these mediums for different purposes. I use clay when I want to change the face or create the Mermaid Baby. If you don't want to paint it then make sure you keep your work surface spotless and wash your hands often as clay will pick up every piece of lint around. I use the FIMO brand because it holds the shape of the mold and wings really well.
I use the casting plaster for the body of the Baby Fairies because if I am working on the wings or handling it often I don't want to squish the details by accident.
In my experience I have even painted the casting plaster and added clay on top of it. I have had no problem with the paint when firing the clay at low temps. For FIMO it's only 230 degrees for around a half hour.
Normally I create the wings separately and attach them later on using a clay bond. This is because I use some tin foil to place the wings on during firing. This helps them hold their shape.
I will throw one more item into the mix. I have used quick dry cement in it too and had them come out really cute. I use this for the garden. I spray the mold with some nonstick spray as it makes it easier to release.
Fondant Vs Gumpaste
Fondant does not work in this mold. It's not designed to hold details in cake decorating. It is better to cover the entire cake with it and then use gumpaste to make the decorations. Gumpaste dries harder and holds it's shape much like clay.
Melted and pouring chocolate into this mold is wonderful. You can make the baby out of chocolate and the wings from gumpaste.
Don't mix your mediums. If you use this with food make sure you don't use clay or plaster in it even if you clean it well.
Tips For Making The Fairy Baby Wings
I make the Baby Fairy wings from polymer clay. Although I have made wings with other mediums I like the clay for this because it matches the medium of the baby. I also have good control on the design and can move them so that each wing looks natural.
I like to use canes to add the color to the wings if I am not painting them. The above picture I used a leopard print cane. I use the same polymer clay cane to make the diaper.
Position Is Everything In Life - Give Your Baby A Background
Here is a piece of driftwood that will eventually house my Baby Fairies. I added some soft moss so my nursery is comfortable. This will house 6 different fairy babies, but I have to wait for them to be born.