I recently posted a Web Finds link on how to a make your own cabochons using polymer clay. I was pretty excited about the project because as a crafter I have bought my fair share of plastic cabochons. I use them on Rock your Iphone, Crazy Clips, 60 Second Earrings, Rockin' Hair clips, and more. I especially like them as scrapbook page and handmade card embellishments. All you need to make an endless supply of polymer clay, or resin cabochons is a reusable silicone mold. You can buy pre made molds on Etsy, but I discovered that for the price of just one or two molds, you could make several of them. You just need a box of EasyMold that can be found at Michael's. It is currently $19.99 so use your 40% or 50% off coupon. Ideas for molds are limitless. Charms, cabochons, momentos, jewelry, buttons, and steampunk can all make great molds. Now that I know how to make my own molds you can count on additional posts showing how to make the actual cabochons using different materials. It is very addictive, easy, and fun.
The first thing to know about working with EasyMold is that you need to work quickly. You will have approximately one minute to knead the putty. The product sets within a few minutes so you will make one mold at a time.
Take equal parts of the white and purple mold putty. Unlike resin where you need to be exact you can eyeball equal parts. The size of your cabechon will determine how much putty you need. Mix only enough to make one mold.
Knead together the two colors until you get a uniform color. Get rid of the striations of white as seen in this photo. This will take approximately one minute to knead. This photo was taken at the half way point.
Roll the kneaded putty into a ball and then flatten slightly.
Press your object into the putty to form mold, or apply putty to the piece.
Leave the object in the putty to cure for 25 minutes.
After 25 minutes you can pop out your object and you have a mold that is ready to use for modeling clay, candy, soap, resin, colored hot glue, plaster, epoxy, metal clays and more. You can use your mold immediately for most applications. You just need to wait 24 hours for using resin.
Check back soon for fun tutorials on how to make oven bake cabochons, and more using your molds.
The Rebel Crafter