Molds are made from shoe soles for comparison purposes when a forensic study is being performed as part of a police investigation. Copies of a shoe sole can also be produced from a mould. To make a mould you need to learn each step of the process. Making a mould requires the use of a pliable agent. The type of agent to use when making a mould is silicone rubber.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Utility knife
- Moulding clay
- Silicone spray
- Silicone rubber
Cut the sole from the shoe you want to mould by using the utility knife.
Place a 1-inch think base of moulding clay onto the bottom of the shoebox. Smooth out the clay so that it is flat.
Place the shoe sole face up into the shoebox and press it gently into the clay. Apply a small amount of silicone spray to the surface of the shoe sole and the clay.
Mix the silicone rubber by following the instructions on the package. Pour the silicone rubber into the shoebox. Cover the shoe sole with at least 1/2 an inch of the silicone rubber.
Allow the silicone rubber to cure or set up between 16 and 18 hours. Separate the cardboard from the mould and then remove the moulding clay.
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