How to Start Mold Making

First, determine what item to craft a mold around. Your first attempts should be flat molds, so use objects where the detail is mainly on one side. Your model could be a seashell with interesting natural features, such as a scallop shell, or maybe a medallion where you could use either side. 3D molds can also be created to display detail all around, but beginning with easier projects will virtually guarantee you will obtain satisfactory results while building your self-assurance and capability at the same time. You can make chocolates or hard candy in these molds.

 

Steps involved in Making Molds

Enhance the model below to your area of work, fixed with the goal that your trim silicone can’t get under the shell. You might use “museum putty” for this, or a specialty product made for this step. Make up the molding material by following the instructions from the manufacturer.

 

Products such as CopyFlex or Silicone are excellent materials. After mixing the two parts together, you will have about 15 minutes, ordinarily, to apply the material around your model. Press a very thin layer of the carefully mixed molding material to your shell, carefully filling all details on the surface. This is followed by a thicker layer, about 1/4 inch or so; you need to be careful that this layer is bonding to the under-layer.In about an hour (or normally less) the mold will have cured entirely. The time for your project to set will be detailed in the manufacturer’s instruction sheet. Keep in mind, the thicker you construct the mold the less malleable it will be. You certainly need enough thickness for stability.

 

Now, easily peel your new custom candy mold from the pattern and it is ready to use after washing with warm soapy water. Two-part custom candy molds are more difficult to produce, but not so tricky you shouldn’t try it! The method here is that you are fashioning two molds which will fit together accurately to reproduce your pattern. By following the manufacturer’s directions you will find out the way to prepare candy molds that are usable for years.

 

The original model should not have any very raised or depressed details that would make it difficult to remove the candy you create in the mold. If you build the mold at the proper thickness, you will have less trouble anyway as silicone is quite forgiving.