How to make latex molds

Written by elizabeth chaplin
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Making your own latex mould is an easy way to create pieces of artwork. You can make jewellery charms, sculptures, home decorations, and many other items with a latex mould. With simple household items and liquid rubber latex, which you can find at craft or hobby stores, you can create a mould that can be used again and again.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Liquid rubber latex
  • Paintbrush
  • Cheesecloth
  • Heat gun or hair dryer

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    Making a Latex Mold

  1. 1

    Choose an object you want to make a mould of. This could be a rock, toy, body part, or an interesting shape.

  2. 2

    Brush a layer of liquid latex over the surface of the object, making sure you cover everything. Apply at least six more coats of latex rubber to the object using a heat gun or hair dryer to speed up the drying time between each coat. Avoid using a heat gun or hair dryer if you are moulding a body part. Apply layers until the latex is only semi-transparent.

  3. 3

    Place a layer of cheesecloth over the object and coat this with a layer of rubber latex. Make sure to cover all of the cheesecloth and get it into all of the crevices of the object. Apply more coats of rubber latex until the cheesecloth grating is no longer visible. Continue applying coats of rubber latex until the cheesecloth grating is no longer visible.

  4. 4

    Allow to dry for at least 24 hours. If moulding a body part, let the area dry until it is no longer tacky.

  5. 5

    Carefully pull the mould from the object; latex pulled too aggressively can tear. It should pull away from the object cleanly, leaving a mould you can fill to make your desired item.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not pour liquid latex over nostrils or into the mouth. If creating a face mould, make sure to put straws in the nose before proceeding.

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