Silicone molds for clay are very helpful when you’re attempting to do different things, including the execution of jewelry projects, home decor and statement pieces. They’re a great shortcut to use when you’ve got a complex design in mind and you need a good approach that will get good results without compromising too much on legwork.
As far as materials go, silicone is a great material with polymer clay as it is highly heat resistant – it’s become the top choice as far as baking materials go and so its no surprise that projects having to do with crafts have taken off. It’s highly popular to use with soap, resin, among other things…For that reason alone, you can bake your clay right there in the mold. Now on to a few flexible silicone molds for polymer clay that will be versatile and long lasting.
Yes, air dry clay will work with silicone molds as well. You should definitely consider those too, if you work with it instead…it can help in getting realistic efforts in less time, for whatever you’re planning to craft.
Polymer Clay Push Molds
How do they get their name? Well, you do actually “push” on the mold in order to release your final clay piece. It’s a good idea to wait until your project has fully cooled before attempting to pop them out.
If it’s giving you a hard time (meaning hard to extricate) you may want to take it under cool running water…not that different from releasing Jell-O or something similar…of course we’re talking about art materials which is more important….but you get the idea.
Flower Molds For Polymer Clay
I have also found a few polymer clay flower molds too, which would be great for jewelry and other pieces. Flowers, in my experience, are harder to sculpt from scratch so if you have something with noticeable details on it like these I found…you’ll be sure of getting a great looking result.
I especially like how leaves are included too, your flowers that result will look that more realistic if offset with a leaf or two flanking the design. This one (on the left) includes carnations, roses, and zinnias (to the best of my ability identifying them – I am not a flower expert but I do recognize certain types). You’ll have great looking bouquet or single flower jewelry every time.
Molds For Jewelry
Molds for jewelry components – whether you’re trying to make sum cute contemporary dangle earrings or a show-stopper pendant for a friends’s birthday, molds made for this purpose will really be a boon. These below will let you do just that.
Molds for Air Dry Clay
If you’re working with self-hardening clay, you have options available to you as well. This kit I found on Blick Art Materials is made for this kind of clay as well as other materials, and can withstand heat up to 400 degrees F. You will be able to capture small details easily . It will cure at up to 24 hours giving you plenty of leeway. It is self releasing so you won’t have to use cooking spray or some other such product to extricate your finished works of art.
Well that’s my findings for silicone molds for clay…. I hope this will help you get started in the right direction of finding shortcuts to creating beautiful work!