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How to Make a Press Mold for Polymer Clay

Updated on October 25, 2016

Create Original Jewelry Using Press Molds

Press molds are a great way to make polymer clay jewelry with a lot of detail much faster. In this lens I show you via videos how I made a press mold of a sculpted cameo that I made and then press several pendants using it.

Cthulhu Press Mold
Cthulhu Press Mold

About Press Molds

Press molds are very simply molds that you press polymer clay in to pick up the shape and detail of the mold. These are very useful for doing flat bottomed objects like pendants or buttons. You can create a single sculpted piece and mold it so you can make dozens of copies in different colors and finishes. You can also use press molds to add texture to a polymer clay bead by molding a section of a found object like lace, orange peel, bark, a basket, etc.

What You Need to Make Press Molded Jewelry

Materials

  • 2 Part Silicone Mold Putty
  • Object to Mold
  • Polymer Clay
  • Surface finishes such as mica powders, paint, varnish, etc. (optional)
Tools

  • Smooth work surface such as wax paper, cutting mat, smooth tabletop
  • Pasta machine or roller
  • Xacto knife

Making the Mold

Finishing the Mold

Using the Press Mold with Polymer Clay

Finished Pendant

Finished Pendant
Finished Pendant

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    • LiteraryMind profile image

      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      The more I read about polymer clay work, the more I want to adopt it as a hobby. This is another great lens on the subject.

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      Keith Winter 4 years ago from Spain

      Great lens and tutorial. Many thanks for sharing.

    • Ann Hinds profile image

      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      This is also helpful and where I think I need to start. Thanks so much.

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      Laniann 6 years ago

      Well done with good instructions.

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      spider-girl 6 years ago

      Great tutorial lady!