1 inch (26mm) up and down
5/8" (19mm) eye to eye
Polymer clay molds are compatible with
polymer clay, any brand
PMC (Precious Metal Clay)
Air Dry clay (porcelain)
pottery and ceramic slip
DO NOT USE WITH
Molten metals, Resin, Plaster, Wax, Soap, Edibles
ABOUT THE MOLDS
Molds you receive are made from polymer clay.
Polymer clay is basically a low temperature clay containing plastic which hardens when cured at low temperatures (275 degrees)
The mold is hard and will not bend (is not flexible)
Although polymer clay molds are deemed not food safe they do work well for fondant, gum paste. Care should be taken for proper cleaning to avoid bacteria. A soak in rubbing alcohol and water rinse, air dry is highly recommended if you decide to chance it. Food grade silicone (bendable) molds are available. Request a food grade mold if it is not listed. Prices are higher for silicone molds. Some molds are not available as food grade.
Size given is the item that is removed from the mold. Size is usually noted several times in a listing. Please notice the size before ordering to avoid possible disappointment.
Before baking, adjustments can be made to the item you have molded.
Example: change the expression on a face to personalize your work.
How to use a push mold
1.Prepare the mold by treating it with a release agent. Water and talcum powder are popular choices. Be generous with your release agent, but remember that using too much will clog the mold and prevent the finest details from transferring completely. Excess powder should be tapped off.
2.Form your well-conditioned clay into a ball or a sheet. (For deeper molds, a ball works best. For shallow molds, a sheet will suffice. Experiment to see what yields the best results with your particular mold.)
3.Place the ball of clay into the center of the mold. Press the clay firmly and evenly until the mold is filled. Depending on how much clay you use, some clay may overflow around the sides of the mold. (This overflow may or may not be a problem. If excessive overflow gives you trouble with removing the casting, try again with smaller and smaller amounts of clay until you learn exactly how much to use.) Avoid rocking the clay back and forth, as this can cause the clay to move in the mold. The result is often distortion or double-impression of part of the pattern.
4.Remove the clay from the mold. You may be able to simply lift the clay out. However, if you find that you have difficulty removing the clay without distorting it, try these methods: a.Attach a plug of scrap clay to the back of the clay in the mold. Use this as a handle to pull the clay out.
b. Allow the clay to cool before trying to remove it. You can even put it into the fridge or freezer to make it firmer.
c. Start with refrigerator-chilled clay. This is especially helpful if you are starting with soft clay.
d. Placing the mold in the freezer before use works well.
5. If there is excess clay (overflow), carefully trim it away with a craft knife. Now is also the time to do any tweaking to the shape, before you cure it (according to manufacturer's guidelines).
6. Work on a ceramic tile. It can be placed in the oven along with the piece.
7. It's good to cultivate a habit of cleaning your molds with isopropyl alcohol after each use. This will make them last longer, and it will also make the next use easier-- no sticky residue to contend with.
This information is from polymerclayweb