May 23, 2013

New toys - making moulds!!

I finally got the mould putty I ordered and today I got to play with it! Thank to Jane over at minifanaticus for suggesting that I make resin stoppers for the potion bottles. It was really a stroke of genius and probably something I would never have thought of. So thank you very much Jane :)

This is truly a magical thing! I already have quite a few ideas what I can make with it, although I'm going to save this for a while since it's quite expensive (again, had to order this from eBay since it seems I can't get anything in my country!)

And these are the moulds I made. Both are stoppers for the potion bottles I made a few weeks ago.

And of course I couldn't wait to pour the resin in the moulds! Here you can see the polymer clay original and the resin ones.

The only thing I can't figure out is why the resin didn't cure clear like it did in the jars.

The skull is supposed to be as clear as the resin inside the Devil's Snare potion. Has anyone had any experience with epoxy resin and does anyone have any ideas why it cured cloudy instead of clear? I would very much appreciate any advice!

It was very difficult to photograph but still I love how this turned out! Of course this is only a temporary mould, a kind of trial and error thing. I will try to make a more decent skull once I perfect the whole procedure. 

There was some leftover resin already mixed so I decided to try mixing in mica powders. It worked great! You can see the difference between the mica powder and food colouring in the right bottle.

And here is the lantern I wrote about in my last post. I bought this for 10€, which is a great deal. I've been looking for something like this for some time now. I want to do a mini scene inside although I'm not sure yet what exactly. I was thinking of putting in some floors/rug, curtain,...
I want to make this for my mum's birthday, which is in one month so I won't be able to be extremely picky now that I don't have the whole day to mess with minis. I was thinking of putting in the table I made last week and maybe some wrapped gifts on the table.... I would love to make some shabby chic style things but my mum doesn't like that style, so they will have to be either natural wood or painted dark like the table.

If anyone has any ideas please save me :) 

Well, this is all for today. Hopefully I will be able to resolve the resin problems soon. 

Until next time!



  1. I love that lantern! At first glance I thought of a Halloween scene - the little decor pieces in the corner looked like spider webs.

  2. I have never worked with resin, but a I have readen about someone who solve your problem painting the resin with transparent nail polish to make it transparent or more brilliant.

  3. The lantern is gorgeous! Your stoppers are perfect for the potion bottles.
    Bye, Faby

  4. Hey Jana, awesome that you have some new toys to mess with ;)

    I just got myself some of that 2 part resin, I will do a few exponents over the next few days and try to figure out the cloudy issue.

    we might need to use a mold release agent , oil to insure that the sides are getting a slick surface.

  5. The stoppers for the potion bottles look good! And the lantern is so beautiful, it is a pity your Mom doesn't like the shabby style, it would be perfect for that.
    Hugs, Ilona

  6. What does your mum like to do? is she a knitter, sewer, baker? You could theme your lantern with a scene that uses what she loves. Or even a mother daughter scene that symbolizes your love.
    Also if you want a cheep way to make molds you can use liquid dish washer soap in water. Squirt in window corking, give it five mins as you swirl it round and hey presto you can use it to mold any thing. x