Reported by Jenny Barnett Rohrs
Usually I’m a thrifty crafter- after all, money doesn’t grow on trees, and why buy products or tools that are one-trick ponies? As a consequence, I’ve been making molds for my polymer clay pieces out of scrap clay and dealing with the difficulty of de-molding by gritting my teeth. But now, intrepid crafters, things have changed!
I got a sample of Mold-N Pour by the fabulous Suze Weinberg herself at CHA, and it’s taken me a while to try it out. I started by trying to figure out what might be a good item to mold. One that is not too deep, not too intricate, one with no under-cuts. So this is what I started off with (I decided to not use the rosary charm, after all).
It states on the package that you need to use equal parts of the purple and white compounds and mix them together thoroughly for the silicon to set up. However, they don’t include a scoop or perforated lines or anything, so I dug this little scoop out of my glitter drawer (doesn’t everyone have a glitter drawer?). [Editor’s note: yes. yes we do.]
…and then started mixing. Now, they also tell you on the package that it’s sticky– and IT IS. It totally stuck to the paper the container was sitting on. It even stuck to the glue gun mat that I usually work on because it’s non-stick! Thank goodness for my palette knife- I was able to slide it under to release it just fine.
Just to let you know, it is VERY easy to mix it’s soft and slightly greasy feeling, but not unpleasant. I was surprised how quickly it mixed up into one color. Time to make molds!
Unfortunately, I got caught up in the moment and forgot to take pictures of making the molds-but it’s so simple you don’t even need photos. You just wad your Mold-n-Pour into a ball, flatten slightly, and then press your object straight down into the blob. Leave it there for 10 minutes or so… and when your finger nail doesn’t leave a mark, it’s done.
Because this is a silicon mold, it’s super flexible and non-stick. My original objects popped right out! I tried each mold- the leaf, face, and key- in polymer clay and melted UTEE, because I’m familiar with both of those. Here are my results:
Overall, I was impressed- the UTEE was easy to use- just pour in, let cool, and pop out (the black examples above are UTEE.) I also used gold polymer clay and again, the polymer de-molded so easily I had very little distortion. One note on polymer, though: the clay I was using was a little stiff, and so I had to work it to get it into the super-flexible mold- which DID cause some distortion (you can see that most clearly on the bottom-most face example; it’s a little flattened).
So after crafting for years without Mold n Pour, suddenly I’m scanning my studio for buttons, jewelry, and trinkets to make molds of!
- easy to knead
- sets up quickly
- heat-resistant; you could bake polymer clay right in the mold if you wanted to
- can be used for chocolate or food-crafting if dedicated to food-only
- can also be used for soap & candle-making
- readily available at craft & big-box stores
- OK price-point- between $11-13
- no easy way to measure – you gotta eyeball it…
- sticky- watch your surfaces!
- so soft & flexible it might not “stand up” to firm polymer clays
Have YOU used Mold-N-Pour? Love it? Hate it?? Tell us about your experience!