Thursday, February 28, 2013

Making Multiples from Molds ~ AMP DT Post

Okay, so I know it is totally not Christmas anymore, but this post is one I didn't get to do at Christmas time so I'm doing it now! 

Ever need to make multiples of an item you have . . . like 40 of them for a third grade class project?  Well I did.  As one of the room moms in my son's class, I came up with this ornament for the class to make and take home for parent Christmas gifts (the one above is the one my 3rd grader made).  Most of it was paper and cotton.  But can I make it easy on myself and make a paper belt buckle?  Nooooooo . . . of course not!  So, here's what I did.  I started with making two single molds.  I then made two "rounds" of belt buckles and then made a long brick from my Amazing Mold Putty, pressing all four of those buckles into the putty to create a "multiple mold."  I was then set to make six buckles at a time.  While 10 minute quick set Amazing Casting Resin is super fast (compared with others which can take 24 hours or more to set-up), can you imagine how long it would have taken to make 40 of these one at a time?!?  I, for one, just don't have that sort of time.  So this was a perfect solution to my problem. 

To start, I mixed my Amazing Mold Putty using a 1:1 ratio of "A" and "B" (click on the link at the end of this post to go to their website for a tutorial).

Next, I pressed my metal buckle into the single small brick of putty I created.  I then mixed my Amazing Casting Resin (use the link above for detailed instructions) - equal parts A and B. As soon as parts A and B are thoroughly mixed you can begin pouring into your mold (It will turn an opaque milky white when it is completely hardened unless you are using clear).  Once it hardened (about ten minutes), I then repeated this process a second time to get my second single buckle mold.  Once I had two buckles, I repeated this process another time making two at a time this round.  Once I had four buckles, I then make a much larger (longer) mold putty brick and pressed all four of them into that brick to make it a "multiples mold."  Take a look at my molds below.

Then I began making my 40 belt buckles.  Since I certainly didn't want to mess around with trying to paint or color each of these belts in some way after they were made, I simply grabbed my Alumilite Metallic Powder in silver and quickly and easily brushed it into the mold before I poured my resin.  The belts popped out already colored as you see in the ornament picture above (a close-up picture is below).
What do you think?  I think they came out perfect!  Amazing Mold Putty is so easy to use that I now make multiple molds even if I am just making a few of something because I am so impatient.   I know when I am finished I can put the molds away for another use or I can pass one of the singles on to a friend  . . . the gift that keeps on giving.  What do you need to make in multiples?  I know I say it every post, but I maintain . . . the possibilities are endless.
Thanks for checking out this month's project - Make sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think! Also, don't forget to check out the Amazing Mold Putty website for these and more Amazing products.

~ Make Today Count



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Twilight Mini Album Birthday Gift

Love Bites! Mini Album
Okay, so in hindsight I went a little "My Big Fat Greek Wedding - Wedding Planning Album" all up on this thing, but I was trying to hide a seam and really should have just used ribbon, not lace.  I don't like the lace but it was finished and what could I do? I really think the rest of the album came out cute - I should have made one for me too lol.  Today I'm going to post the first few pictures and will post some more later this week.  I've been home sick and then home with a sick child and am still catching up.  So here's what I have so far . . .

The Jacob brooch I on the front cover is one I made
(see earlier posts for close-up pics and the how-to on it).

The binding has a wolf charm, a silver vampire teeth charm, a crystal charm and some ribbon.

The album is put together using "paper hinges" I created just scoring cardstock.  I like this method because you can choose the space between your pages by how far apart you score it.  That way you can have chunky embellishments without your book turning into a big "V" shaped monstrosity.

The inside front cover has a chain that is meant to look like Bella's
bracelet from Jacob with Edward's diamond heart on it as well.

That's all for today.  Check back later for more pictures of this album.

~ Make Today Count