This is my idea of a water vessel.
I found these two ceramic pitchers at an antique market and love the relief images.
I decided to make a partial mold. I only need one side of the vessel for my projects.
On Monday I showed you how easy it is to make a mold with ETI's silicone putty. My first mold turned out fantastic.
Alas. I made an error on my second mold. I pressed the pitcher too far into the putty and made a little hole at the bottom. I opted to test the mold anyway.
For my first "test mold sample" I made a small batch of EasyCast resin and added sky blue powder from the Luminarte line of polished pigments.
I taped the bottom of the mold with the tiny hole and poured in my resin.
Ta Da! 12 hours later I popped out these molded duplicates. I then let my molded pitchers cure for the full 48 hours...at the 12 hour point they are partially cured and I can reuse the molds right away.
I had a little sanding to do. Resin does climb up the sides of the mold and sometimes you need to just cut or sand away these edges.
I usually lay my objects flat on sanding paper and make sure my edges are even. This side of the molded pitcher will not be seen, so I don't have to make it look perfect.
The real test was to see how my molds did with the relief images. To highlight them I pulled out my silver Gilders paste.
The mold with the hole lost the central image...I was expecting that...but the other picture is wonderful!
What are you waiting for? Make a mold!