Plastic moulding is the various plastic molds in which resin is poured to make resin castings. Molds are readily available in a wide variety of forms that allow you to create unique resin jewelry, souvenirs, drawer handles, wall plaques or clocks, sun catchers, soaps, and even chocolates or cheese. It is vitally important to use only “food-safe” plastic molds specially manufactured for use as food molds. You will be able to fashion a dazzling array of beautiful resin items and jewelry using different combinations of resins, dyes, and artifacts to embed: your only limits are your imagination, available time, and skill.
A vast number of ready-made plastic molds are available for purchase, or you can craft and make your own silicone molds. The actual mold trays used for plastic molding can be simple and stylish, or as strikingly detailed as you can imagine them to be. Embedding charms or other unique artifacts in the resin in the plastic mold of your choice will produce one-of-a-kind jewelry which will capture everyone’s attention.
Plastic molding is durable and reusable; they come in self-releasing polypropylene and polyethylene plastic molding, used especially with clear polyester resin or epoxy resin like Resin Obsession Super Clear resin. While plastic molds are usually self-releasing, using a mold release/conditioner each time a mold is used is highly recommended. It cleans, conditions, and extends the life of your molds through many castings. Castin’ Craft Mold release Conditioner is odorless and solvent-free, and is also one of the most frequently recommended release/conditioners on the market. A more advanced type of Mold release is the Ultra 4 Mold Release. It is as easy as 1-2-3 to make your own jewelry with plastic molding and resin. Before starting, it is, of course, always a good idea to protect your work area with freezer paper, waxed paper or trash bag. After removing any dust, accumulated grime, or resin from the mold, simply spray it with mold release/conditioner, allow to dry thoroughly and you are ready to begin casting your resin creation.
Make sure that the mold is on a level surface, and then fill the mold cavities to just below the top. Once the pieces are cured, simply flip the plastic molding tray over, and press the center of each piece to release it, flexing the mold if necessary.
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