How to Make a Pipe Mold

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How to Make a Pipe Mold
Polymer clay can be used to make moulds. (pipe image by Anthony CALVO from Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Polymer clay
  • Clay wire
  • Clay knife
  • Decorative pipe
  • Oven

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Instructions

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Cut the clay in half with a clay wire.

  3. 3

    Place a decorative pipe in between the pieces of clay.

  4. 4

    Close the pieces of clay together again, and press it firmly.

  5. 5

    Press the structure for about 3 minutes, then gently separate the halves again, removing the pipe with your finger tips.

  6. 6

    Place the mould halves onto a baking tray with the decorative side facing upward.

  7. 7

    Bake the mould in a 150-degree oven for 15 minutes.

  8. 8

    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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