A mould is a negative, hollowed-out image of a figure used to create multiple, identical sculptures which you can display, give to friends or family members, or sell in a speciality shop. One type of clay often used to create moulds is polymer clay. Polymer clay is a versatile craft clay that can be baked in a conventional oven and used to mould any number of objects. For example, a mould of a decorative pipe out of polymer clay can be fired in a basic conventional oven and reused multiple times.
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Things you need
- Polymer clay
- Clay wire
- Clay knife
- Decorative pipe
Knead a 6-inch ball of polymer clay for five minutes to remove any air bubbles. Polymer clay can be purchased at craft stores or art supply stores.
Cut the clay in half with a clay wire.
Place a decorative pipe in between the pieces of clay.
Close the pieces of clay together again, and press it firmly.
Press the structure for about 3 minutes, then gently separate the halves again, removing the pipe with your finger tips.
Place the mould halves onto a baking tray with the decorative side facing upward.
Bake the mould in a 150-degree oven for 15 minutes.
Once cool, you can press clay in between the two mould halves to create moulded sculptures of the decorative pipe.
Tips and warnings
- Using talcum powder can help remove the clay from themold.
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