Have you ever wanted to add an interesting detail to a piece of furniture, or repair or replace an applique, but didn’t know how? The good news is it’s easy to make DIY furniture applique molds with ETI EasyMold Silicone Putty, and furniture appliques with ETI FastCast Urethane Casting Resin!
Hi, Resin Crafters, it’s Bre from Average But Inspired, and I’m here to show you this incredible way to make furniture applique molds and the actual appliques, too. I am ecstatic over this technique because the possibilities for it are endless!
My sister and I found this cute mirror for a bargain price at a flea market. We loved the scalloped top, carved details, and hazy mirrored surface. The only problem was that it was missing one of the round applique pieces in the upper left corner.
My sister bought it after I convinced her I knew just how to make this mirror fabulous once again! I’m glad she trusted me because I was able to recreate that missing applique detail with help from ETI products, and I gave this mirror a whole new life!
The technique I share in this post can be used in so many ways. Make DIY applique molds to dress up plain furniture, add details to home decor pieces, or replicate features to be used on other surfaces. When you see how easy this is, you’ll want to try this process on something!
Supplies Needed to Make DIY Furniture Applique Molds and Resin Furniture Appliques
- ETI EasyMold Silicone Putty
- ETI FastCast Urethane Casting Resin
- ETI Mixing Cup Set
- Object to be replicated
- Protective gear: gloves, safety glasses, ventilation, covered work surface
- Optional: paint and paint brushes
How to Make Furniture Applique Molds with EasyMold
Let’s start by walking through how to make furniture applique molds with ETI EasyMold Silicone Putty. I’m pretty sure you won’t believe how easy it is!
Start by taking enough putty out of each container so that you’ll be able to cover the item being molded.
Then, mix equal parts of the purple putty and white putty until it forms a solid color. This will take about one minute.
Roll the mixed EasyMold Silicone Putty into a ball and press it onto the object being molded. In this case, you can see that I pressed it onto the applique that I wanted to replicate for the left side of the mirror.
Leave the EasyMold in place for twenty-five minutes, and then carefully remove it from the object being molded. You’ll be very excited to see a perfect impression of the original object in the EasyMold Silicone Putty.
If you’re planning to create the replica applique with resin (as I show you in this post), plaster, or concrete, set the mold aside for at least 24 hours to let it cure before you begin the applique-making process. If you’re using a different material, such as air dry clay, you may use the mold immediately.
How to Make Resin Furniture Appliques
Once the DIY silicone mold has cured, it’s time to make the actual furniture applique.
For this step, I used FastCast Urethane Casting Resin, which is my new favorite thing on planet Earth. (No, I’m not exaggerating!) FastCast has NO ODOR and hardens in just ten minutes! For someone who has no patience at all, this resin product is a game changer!
Anyway, I mixed it up in a 1:1 ratio, and stirred for thirty seconds- making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the Mixing Cup.
Then, I poured that mixture into another Mixing Cup and stirred for another thirty seconds.
Working quickly (because it hardens so fast), I poured it into the mold I previously made with EasyMold. It began turning white right before my eyes and was hard in ten minutes – just like the instructions said.
Fifteen minutes later, I was so excited to pull it out of the mold and reveal a perfect reproduction of the applique already on the mirror.
Using E6000 glue, I secured the new resin applique to the mirror.
Adding the Finishing Touches
Since the resin is white and the mirror is brown wood, I painted the resin applique with brown acrylic paint and let it dry.
If you do this and want the applique to match the finish of the original piece, use a mix of paints to create a color and finish that matches the original.
In the case of this mirror, my sister wanted a painted finish. Because of that, I taped off the mirror and painted it with a pretty aqua chalk paint.
Painting the applique brown helped it blend in with the rest of the mirror- just the look we wanted.
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Bre is a content creator at Average But Inspired. She strives to inspire creative action in others by providing written and video DIY and craft tutorials, furniture upcycle projects, and home decor ideas. She wants others to feel empowered to tackle DIY, regardless of skill level or experience. When she’s not making something, you can find her watching Bravo TV with her labradoodle, Jasper.