How to make a blanket mold with EasyMold Silicone Rubber

To start I covered my work space with wax paper.
Supplies: EasyMold Silicone Rubber, the item you want to make a mold of, a measuring cup, stirring stick(s), and brush(es).


 
EasyMold Silicone Rubber is a 2 part mix. Part A is white and Part B is blue. These are mixed in a 1 to 1 ratio which means you need to mix equal amounts together.

 

Measure out some of Part A into your measuring cup...


Add an equal amount of Part B...


Mix thoroughly until a uniform color is reached. Be sure to get all of it from the bottom and the sides of the cup.


 

If you have difficulty measuring by pouring (this stuff is super sticky!) here's an alternate method of mixing.
You can use a disposable spoon: scoop up a spoonful and then level it with a popsicle stick and scrape it into your measuring cup. Do this for as many spoonful as you think you'll need.


Use a second spoon and stick to repeat with Part B making sure to add the same number of spoonfuls.


Mix the two parts together thoroughly...


until a uniform color is reached.


Once mixed, brush a thin layer of the mixture over the item you are making a mold of.


Once you have covered the item, spread the silicone about an inch around the inside and outside of the item- this will give you "handles" to make the mold easier to hold onto when filling with resin and to help when removing resin from the mold!
Let this layer of silicone rubber set up for at least an hour but not more than 12 hours.


Once the rubber sets for an hour or so you can peel the silicone rubber remnants out of your measuring cup and reuse the cup!



Mix up another batch of the silicone rubber and brush on a second layer an give it another hour or so...


 
Now mix up and brush on a third layer of silicone rubber and let it set for at least 12 hours
 


 
After the silicone rubber has set for at least 24 hours you can remove your item from the mold. Start by gently peeling the edges up to release it from your work surface. 


Don't worry if there has been some seepage...


Use an exacto knife to make a slice along the mold cavity being careful not to cut the original item.


Then you can remove the original item from the mold! The mold needs to rest for another 24 hours to make sure that the silicone rubber has fully cured before using it to cast resin.


When you are using blanket molds they may need to be reinforced so that the resin doesn't alter the shape of the mold. They might also need some extra stability if they don't sit quite level. This is achieved with some sand (or rice) and a bowl that is big enough to hold the mold.


You can use sand from the beach and sanitize it (bake on a cookie sheet at 200F for 30 minutes) or grab some decorator sand from a dollar store of craft shop.



If you get a bowl with a lid you can store the same sand for future use!


Nestle the mold into the sand but be sure not to get any sand in the mold.


 
Grab your supplies: EasyCast Resin, Dyes, Glitter, and the Mold.

 
 
Mix up a batch of EasyCast Resin and start adding in your "ingredients".


Pour the resin mix into the mold...


Let this set for 24- 72 hours until completely hardened.


Begin unmolding by gently peeling the mold away from the resin.


EasyMold Silicone Rubber is really flexible and makes getting your resin out super easy!


The original is on the left and the new one is on the right!


My surface was not level (OOPS!) so I got a couple of jagged bits...


To remedy this I am sanding the jagged areas. This makes the resin surface opaque so it needs to get another coat of resin.


Mix up another batch of EasyCast Resin and fill in any pocket areas and use a toothpick to spread the resin over the opaque areas to get that shine back! Let this set for another 24-72 hours to harden completely.


The layer of resin really helped get rid of jagged areas!! The glitter settled causing a color gradient...


I love how the EasyMold Silicone Resin was able to replicate the bracelet so I can match my wardrobe!! 
 


 

2 comments:

  1. too cool! what a fab shape for a bracelet! thanks for sharing your process...i would never have guessed!

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