Earlier this spring I bought these beautiful buttons at an antique market in Paris. They were pretty expensive, so the likelihood of me using them in a mixed media project was rare.
The main button on each vintage card is a beautiful jewel.
It was hard for me to pick just these two button cards. I justified the purchase with a thought. “I can make a mold of these buttons!”
Environmental Technologies makes more than the world’s greatest resin: Envirotex Lite. They make excellent mold making products too! EasyMold Silicone Putty is one of two mold making products I want to showcase this week.
Here is why I love the silicone putty. EasyMold is a easy to use, Odor Free, Non-Toxic, FDA compliant – Food Grade, two component silicone putty. More magic in a box!
- 3 Minute working time, 25 minute cure.
- Ideal for small molds, excellent detail from original.
- Strong, flexible, reusable molds.
- High Heat range, up to 400º F.
- No Shrinkage.
- Self releasing, no mold release agent required for most applications.
You mix equal parts until the putty is one solid colour. Then you only have a few minutes to embed what you want to make a mold of.
I made a little circular ball for each button. I flattened it onto my work surface and then embedded my buttons. Twenty five minutes later I had a mold ready to pour Envirotex Lite into.
I always do a “test pour” whenever I make a new mold. This way I can pull out any dirt or dust that may have transferred from the original object I molded. I also get to see my mold in action!
Once I confirmed the molds were great I mixed up resin. In one button mold I poured in a pink batch of resin, in the other a poured in black resin. Coloring resin is something I showcased in an earlier blog post.
This mold held the resin nicely so I stepped out of my studio.
But when I came back I saw that I had some spillage. This is something I wanted to show you so I let my resin cure as is.
It is very easy to repair this later. See how the spillage cured?
Just trim it and your duplicate is saved.