How to Make Silicone Molds for Resin Jewelry
If you don't see the jewelry you want to wear in stores, why not create it yourself?
Resin art has become so popular that some people have created small businesses around it. So have you been wondering how to make resin jewelry? You have to start with a quality silicone mold.
These jewelry molds are available to buy from craft stores and jewelry suppliers. But if you want to create pieces that will stand out from the crowd, making your silicone molds might be the answer.
Here's a quick guide for making silicone molds for resin jewelry.
Gather the Materials
Before you make your molds, first, you have to gather the materials. From your local craft store, you can find a variety of kits to make silicone molds. The store should have a few different methods to choose from.
For example, you may find a silicone putty that is easy to mix and safe to work with, especially for children. There is also liquid rubber, a pourable medium that hardens with time.
Before choosing your materials, it's important to consider what you plan to create. Some silicones are food-safe, and others aren't.
If you're making jewelry, this won't be a concern. But if you want to use your resin for more than one craft, be aware that you're choosing the right kind.
Making a Negative Form
When using a silicone mold kit, it's essential to follow the directions included. Typical steps include mixing the two parts of the silicone to create the mold material.
You'll be making what's called a negative form. This is an impression of the object in the silicone that will take the shape of the initial object when the resin is poured.
A beginner-friendly method is to make a block mold. Here the resin would be poured into a small container, and the object that creates the mold would be placed into the silicone.
It's important to remember that any details you want from your object should be placed into the silicone.
You should also have something to keep your object in place so that it doesn't sink to the bottom of the mold or move around to ruin the form.
There are other methods to mold making, like the glove or blanket method. This means applying layers of silicone with a small brush. However, this method is much more time-consuming than the block mold method.
Once you have your object in the silicone, be sure to follow the provided instructions on cure time. This depends on the kind of silicone you're working with and the size of your mold.
Curing can take a few hours before you're ready to de-mold and start your resin project.
Create Your Own Resin Jewelry in a Silicone Mold
Resin jewelry has become increasingly popular over the last few years. You can create stunning and unique pieces that look like wearable pieces of art in your own home with easily acquired materials.
You can make a silicone mold out of just about anything from things you find in mature to small trinkets you already have. In a matter of hours, you can have unique pieces that everyone will ask about.
Ready to create something new right now? Check out our silicone molds for your next jewelry project inspiration!