How to Craft Life Out of Molds?

The crafting industry has always focused on casting and mold making. Although their uses and applications are varied and longstanding, they play a pivotal role in today's artistic production as well as industrial manufacture. From leagues of centuries ago, sculptors and other artists have used plethora of techniques to make life-like casts. Today of course, the methodology has gone through a sea-change but the basics remained the same.

So before we get into the process of how to make molds, let’s understand what exactly this thing is. Mold is a distinctive block with a hollow cavity made out from a desired model (object). A mold is used to create the cast by pouring liquid wax (or other preferred molten material) into the hollow cavity. To remove the cast from the mold, a releasing agent is used which is nothing but a specific chemical that stops the both from sticking to each other.

Ceramics and glass items for tableware perhaps have been the oldest uses of molding and casting. Whether you want to make one or a hundred replicas of the original, you can do it with a mold.

The steps are generally pretty easy to follow even for the first time mold maker. Get the mix ratio correct (follow the instruction on the kit) although no weighing is necessary as such. Next, pour the material over the desired object and set it aside. If the model is some part of your body like the hand, keep it still. The set time is different for different materials. For instance, alginate sets faster in warn water than when mixed in cold water. After it is set completely, it is advices to reinforce the alginate with a plaster jacket of bandage. Once it’s cured, the entire thing is removed as one. This takes a bit of caution as alginate is very fragile. It can then be colored if required.

EnvironMolds is one of the reputable names in the casting and molding industry. You can order the kits for mold online from their website They also have the guided video instruction to follow in case you want to learn it on your own!

Painting on Casts Made Possible

Mold making and casting are advanced arts that involve the use of specialized materials like resins, latex rubber and silicone rubber. These materials are easy to use and produce excellent molds and casts.

However, painting them is another story altogether. Most artists are confounded when their painted casts start chipping or cracking very soon.

The fault lies not in the material or the technique, but in the paints themselves. Regular paints just do not work well will rubber or resin materials. And this is exactly why EnvironMolds has devoted a complete section to specialized paints and dyes like silicone paint, latex paint and resin paint.

On the website, you can easily locate this segment under the Art Supplies tab. It throws up various options of specially created painting and pigmenting systems for latex, silicone and polyurethane applications.

There are a range of pigments that should be mixed with the corresponding paint medium before painting on a cured surface. Or you can also mix the pigment directly in the casting material itself before adding the catalyst to get a uniform intrinsic color on the entire cast.

There is also an exceptional offering called I-Glo photo-luminescent pigments. This comes in a crystal form and can be mixed into a clear casting resin or sprinkled over a finished surface before sealing it. It will create a glowing effect in the dark by absorbing light during the day. The pigments are invisible during the day, thus creating two distinct looks for the artwork.

All the above pigments are so formulated that they bond with the rubber or resin material. As they become a part of the cast itself, they will not chip, crack or rub off at all.

So, remember to use the right resin, latex or silicone paint for finishing your cast!