What are Clay Push Molds?The term Clay Push Molds, refers to pressing softened clay or other casted material into a mold. Dozens of highly detailed impressions can be made in minutes. Our simple process allows even novice crafters to create pieces that look like they took hours to make. We hope this helps you make the most of your molds and see how fun molding can be!SO ARE YOU READY? HERE WE GO!
Start by conditioning and rolling a ball of clay to fit your mold. Warm up the clay by rolling it around in your hands and kneading it until it is pliable and soft.
Here’s the casting that we are demonstrating. Make it yourself by following our simple directions.
After conditioning your clay, dust the inside of the mold with corn starch or baby powder using a fluffy artist brush or make-up brush. Dip brush in powder, then tap off the excess. Lightly dust mold cavity in a pouncing motion. Blow out excess powder if needed to maintain detail.
Now place a ball of conditioned clay in the center of the mold.
If you are using a shallow mold you can place a sheet of clay over the mold instead.
Next place a transparent sheet of plastic on the top of the ball of clay. A clear page from a book report cover or one layer of a page-protector works well. Or any other type of clear plastic sheet that you have on hand that is sturdy, but not too sturdy that it won't peal off the back of the clay later. Read on to see why.
Clear Release Sheets are perfect for lifting your mold casting from your molds. Once you discover how to use these, you will wonder what you ever did with out them. You can purchase this item here.
Acrylic Square Tiles are helpful for making mold castings with perfectly flat backs, as shown in the instruction video, and mentioned in the step-by-step instructions. Once you use it, you will never mold without it.You can purchase this item here.
Now place a clear glass or Plexiglas tile on top of the clear release sheet.
Press the clear tile and release sheet down slowly filling in the mold, allowing the excess clay to flow-over the edges. You will be able to see what's going on underneath since your tile is clear. Be sure to press down until you are happy with the thickness of the back. Also, if you are concerned about making the back perfectly level, glue four small Lego pieces to each corner of the tile. This controls how far down the tile will go, and keeps it level. You can add or remove the Lego pieces to control the height of the tile and the thickness of your casting.
Now remove the tile and set it aside. Lift a corner of the transparent paper carefully, so it pulls the clay out with it. Remember that any over flow of clay can be cut off later, or sanded off after baking.
To remove your clay casting from the clear release sheet without distorting it, pop it in the freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes. When you take it out it will be easy to peal the transparent paper off your casting without distorting the clay. First I like to cut off the edges with a craft knife before removing the release sheet so it does not slide around on your work surface when you cut it off. By keeping it on the sheet you can turn and stabilize the casting while cutting off the excess clay. If you need to freeze it again to peel off the sheet from the back it is well worth the extra effort and easy to do. I also like to smooth out the clay edges with my finger or with a clay tool to reduce the need for sanding after the piece is baked.
Before baking you might want to use a sharp craft knife to remove any openings that you wish to remove. This is the time to add any cavities for stones or embeds so that you have a nice indentation to attach them into after baking.
Remember to add the stones or accents after baking or it will melt. I like to make the cavities with a nail head since you can get many sizes of nail heads for little or nothing.
If your object is going to be a charm or ornament, insert your wire loop or eye screw before baking. Pin backs, earring backs, buttons back can also be used.
Use your imagination and have fun!
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