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Good Impressions: Making a Mold

Follow these steps to create pendants and charms with real depth. 

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

You can create permanent, flexible molds of finely detailed objects with the use of special mold-making clay. Use these molds to reproduce favorite designs from family heirlooms or flea-market finds in any color you choose. 

Sources

Sculpey Mold Maker, $11 for 8 oz, createforless.com.

materials

  • Mold-making clay

  • Clay-conditioning machine

  • Cameos or intaglios

steps

  1. Start by using the conditioning machine to roll out a piece of mold-making clay to 1/4- to 1/2-inch thickness. 

  2. Cut out a square or rectangle that's slightly larger than the item you want to cast. 

  3. Press your item all the way into the clay –– cameos and intaglios take to the mold-making clay beautifully –– and then remove it and bake the clay according to the package directions. 

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