Finding time to play with all these wonderful new products is half the battle - the other half of the battle is the part of me that expects to know everything and create the perfect uncomplicated easy and speedy project the FIRST TIME....no suffering, fiddling, researching or start overs....
However the course of true love never did run smoothly. I LOVE mouldings, love their character, shape, detail, their patina and how they transform...so I had to figure out these new silicon moulds and the various different mediums.
I had to research, fiddle, start over, rethink and learn from others.....
Hear is what I have learnt and important to remember:
There isn't much info on what glue to use, but I have been using a wood glue as suggested. I prefer applying the moulds when they are still wet. You need to remember that as your moulding dries it will shrink slightly. It pays to be near by during this process unless you too impatient like me and use a hair dryer. As it dries it will lift off your surface, but gently keep tapping it down and pressing the edges to allow it to bond to surface, Again don't be too fussy as the gaps will disappear under the paint.
If you wait until the moulds are dry, you need to remember that they will no longer be flexible, but hard and more delicate. Think about how you want to use them or where you want to apply them.
I also painted them while they were still wet, which seemed to be fine, I used a hair dryer inbetween coats.
Easy clean up with water. I used an old toothbrush to get into the little cracks, works really well
why use these moulds
Well its slightly addictive....but really satisfying making the moulds from scratch. Once you get going, you suddenly realise the endless possibilities. These moulds are so cost effective when you need a few moulds, great for gift making and framing. If you have a girlfriend, why not each buy one, you can share them around as they wear really well.
If you are on facebook, I recommend following the Iron Orchid Designs, they really do some wonderful things and not too "crafty" - wait until you see their stamps....the other thing I have been playing with....the trick to all of this is to actually do the things you love, not just pin them to your board or save them for "when you have time" - there is NO time for anything anymore - you have to carve out time to refresh your soul and do the things you love....
WHERE TO FIND US
Look for the above Living Room Signage
1131 Amohau Street
Next to Vetro Mediterrean Foods and NZO Ride Central