Using Polymer Clay Molds To Create Clay Replicas
Watch this short YouTube Video to check out an easy way to get perfect castings from your polymer clay molds, then come on back to see my materials list and instructions below. I tried plastic, but it didn't work, wrong type? I like packing tape (or just a thin acrylic block)!
1. Spritz the clay mold and rim using an extra fine spray or spritzer bottle of water. Some people prefer to use a dry release such as cornstarch.
*TIP: Do not try to press the clay into the mold to fill it.. Just "place" the clay on the mold and press lightly.
3. Place a piece of packing tape on the clay ball, sticky side down. It will not effect the clay....as long as you do not leave it there and forget about it. Ask me how I know?
5. Take the clay out of the freezer. While the clay is STILL ON THE TAPE, place it on a smooth ceramic tile and cut away the excess with a craft blade knife. This way it sticks and you can rotate the tape and clay making cutting easier. If you have any areas to cut out from the space between or inside the flowers or design shape, do this now I also like to smooth cut edges.
7. Remove clay from the freezer and allow it to warm up to room temperate for about 5 minutes. Add any surface powders etc. now, and then bake on a tile, as directed for your clay brand. Tip: you can antique your piece with paint after the clay cools to bring out the details as an alternative to using powders.
2. Roll a ball of clay that will be just large enough to fill the mold with just a little overflow over the edges. This can be cut off later. I try different ball sizes, measure with a circle template and write the size on the back of the clay mold with a permanent pen (Sharpie) to refer to later.
4. Press the clay into the mold firmly with the acrylic square, until it stops. You can rock the acrylic around if the clay does not want to reach the edges of the mold easily. Remove the acrylic square. Lift a corner of the tape slowly and carefully, so it PULLS THE CLAY OUT with it. Place the clay, WITH THE TAPE still in place, into the freezer for 15 minutes, to firm up clay.
6. Place the clay with the tape back into the freezer for 10 minutes, to firm up the clay again. Remove form freezer. Holding the clay piece with one hand, slowly peel away the TAPE FROM THE CLAY with your other hand, NOT the 'clay form the tape' which can bend or distort it.
8. Optional: Add a hole or loop to the clay IF needed at this point. I did not as I will glue on a bail when it is finished (see project above).
*Check out "Molds For Resin & Clay" Facebook group for buying silicone molds (for clay) and ldpe flexible plastic molds (for resin). Just request to join!
*TECHNIQUE UPDATE: Lately I've been experimenting a little more...and I am just using the acrylic square (no packing tape) to press the raw clay FIRMLY into the baked clay mold. Then, flip the acrylic over and lift the mold a little all around the edges...then PEEL the clay MOLD from the raw clay. The raw clay has been sticking fine to the acrylic. I then CAREFULLY cut around the shape cutting extra clay off the edges with an Ex-Acto knife held at a 90o angle. Try not to press to hard as you will cut into the acrylic (ask me how I know?). The tiny scratches/cuts don't hurt as I try to always use the same side of the sheet but try not to cut into it.
Tranz-Fuze Transfer Paper
Making Tube Beads with Tranz-Fuze
Follow the Transfuze instructions to create your transfer, sizing it to wrap around your clay rope. I cut my beads to the desired length, smooth the cut ends and then slide them onto a thin double pointed end knitting needle to form the hole (below).
Wrap the transfer around the bead and trim so that it is the same length as the bead and the edges will just meet and do not overlap. Apply liquid clay to the surface of the tube bead, wrap the transfer around it and smoth in place. Refer to instrucitons.
Spumoni “Tranz-Fuze” inkjet transfer paper is amazing on polymer clay. We have been experimenting for a long time with products that work well with inkjet printers, which seems to be the most common type for home use. Our paper is unique in that the layers can be separated, allowing for a larger variety of applications such as clay cylinder beads.
"What you see is what you get!" Your transferred images will be as vibrant and beautiful as they were right after you printed them. The steps are easy and the results are very durable.
Tranz-Fuze works great on flat sheets of clay, as well as slightly domed clay cabochons.
*Complete instrucitons will be sent to your email once your Tranz-Fuze ahs shipped.
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New 2017 Tranz-Fuze Image Wrapped Beads
I textured the white clay ends for contrast.
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