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Make Easy Custom Molds with Mold-n-Pour
Fun and Easy Custom Mold Creation!
Want to make your own custom molds to use with polymer clay, embossing powders and more? Then look no further than this superb, easy to use Mold-n-Pour putty from the fabulous craft company, Ranger.
If, like me, you love making things with polymer clay, you may well use molds in your creations. They are great for making common items quickly that you would otherwise have to make over and over again. But buying lots of molds can quickly become expensive, and what if you want a mold that doesn't seem to exist? Ranger's Mold-n-Pour allows you to make your own custom molds from any object - ornaments, rubber stamps, you name it!
It is super easy AND fast to use - just combine equal parts of the two differently colored putties, squash out and press your desired object into the putty, then allow to set. It is hard within 10 minutes and your new mold peels easily away from the object without damaging or staining it. You are left with a flexible mold to create a perfect item over and over again!
Now, the first time I used this product, I bought the 1.5 ounce pack, and although I made quite a few molds from it (see pictures below), I would have loved to be able to make more, so if you are a prolific crafter who will want to make a large number of molds (or, indeed, large sized molds) then go for this 4.8oz pack instead. It's also better value for money!
There is no need to worry about mucking up the process and wasting any of the precious putty - it really is simple to use. The first time I used it all of my molds came out perfectly and I used all of the putty with no waste. Here are my tips for making the most of your Mold-N-Pour:
* Select the object you wish to create a mold from. To combine the casting putty, use a plastic scoop to spoon out some of the putty from one pot. Flatten it out and make sure it covers half of your desired object, before rolling it into a ball. Repeat with the other color putty. Make sure both balls are pretty much the same size. Combine them and keep squashing and pulling until they are completely combined to create one uniform color putty. Don't take too long as Mold-n-Pour begins to set as soon as the two putties are combined.
* Form the new putty into roughly the right shape for the object, then press it firmly on the object. Make sure you create a lip around the object
* Leave to set for 7-10 minutes. To check the mold has set, press your fingernail into it, and if you leave no mark, it is ready. Carefully peel it away from the object and voila! You have a mold.
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Now, these molds are just great for making things out of polymer clay. But you can use other materials with them, too - I've used them with precious metal clay to make jewelry and charms, homemade soap mixtures, candle wax... I've even poured in hot UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel, also by Ranger) to make super cool enamel-effect embellishments (find out all about how to use UTEE in this guide, Melting Pot Art).
For more ideas on what to make with Mold-N-Pour, and how to use different materials with your custom molds, you might like to visit my guide Create Custom Molds with Mold-N-Pour.
I highly recommend this stuff if you want to make great molds. I recently had a new batch arrive in the post and can't wait to use it. I'm making skull molds ready for Halloween crafting and spooky sculpting. What will you make?
5 Reasons to Buy Mold-n-Pour to Create your Custom Molds
1. It's non-toxic
2. It's super easy to use and sets fast - within 7-10 minutes
3. You can make a mold from any object
4. The putty does not damage the object you cast from in any way
5. The resulting mold is flexible and compatible with all kinds of materials
Items to Use with your Mold-n-Pour Custom Molds
Use professional Sculpey clay to create wonderful pieces from your molds.
Melt UTEE in a Ranger Melting Pot (combine with other UTEE colors or Ranger inks) and pour into your molds to make amazing embellishments and crafts.