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IOD Decor Moulds

The IOD Décor Moulds are made from food safe materials (do not use the same set for food and crafts), and can be used to transform and create baked goods, furniture, soaps, jewelry, and just about anything you can think up in that creative brain of yours.
Different Mediums
IOD Décor Moulds can be used with many different mediums. We will cover the two most common here. Every medium has its own characteristics, challenges, and virtues.
Air dry clay, or paper clay: IOD paper clay is an air dry medium, and one of our favorites. Like most paper pulp based air dry clays, some shrinking, warping, and cracking is inherent. We like these qualities for a distressed, authentically vintage look. Our favorite way to apply moulded pieces is to remove them from the mould while still moist, and adhere to the surface with the appropriate glue so it conforms well. For vertical surfaces, use a piece of low tack tape to hold it in place so it doesn’t slide.
Casting resins: There are some great pourable resins available. These have completely different qualities than the paper clay. There is no shrinking or warping, and the castings are more consistent. Depending on the project, these qualities can be helpful. If you need to conform them to a curved surface, this can be done if removed from the mould before it’s completely hardened.
On releases: We find that most of the time a release is not necessary and the casting will come out without the use of a release, however, if you are having trouble with the material sticking (more common with clays than resins), a light dusting of simple cornstarch or arrowroot is a great choice.

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Written Tutorials:

French Baroque Chalkboard 

Stunning Statement Necklace

Bread Box Charging Station

Mid Century Desk Redesign

Shabby Chateau Screen Makeover

FAQ:

Q. I’ve used the paper clay in the moulds and seem to have some cracking and/or warping. What can I do about this?

A. Paper clay shrinks and this causes a small amount of warping, and sometimes cracking. You CAN let them dry in the moulds to minimize this, but we really like to adhere the pieces while they are still moist to a piece, and allow the cracking to occur on the natural contours (this also makes it easier to not break them). What we love about paper clay,is that it is light weight, rigid (though does not have tensile strength, so it’s suitable for things that are on a stable surface), and holds an amazing amount of detail– without baking. For the artist who is doing vintage or distressed style pieces, paper clay cracking is actually encouraged, and we enhance the cracks, as a part of the mixed media and distressed style. Please take some time to watch the videos linked above on this page to see others using the paper clay in the moulds for more help!

Q. Can I use the paper clay moulded pieces while damp? Should I wait for them to dry before adhering them to my project?

A. Yes! You can actually glue your moulded pieces while still damp to your project with the appropriate glue. ( I like to use wood glue for most of my projects) It will dry in place and therefore be shaped appropriately for your projects.

Q. What are some ideas of materials I can use in the Vintage Art Decor Moulds?

A. Most anything you can think of will work in these moulds, which are versatile and hardy because they’re made of silicon. If you do bake with them we suggest purchasing a different set and not mixing the crafting with the baking set. You can use chocolate, fondant, sugar paste, polymer clay, paper clay, paper machete ( this can tend to stick to the moulds a bit, so play with the proper consistency ) baking clay etc. etc. etc. ( google Art moulds and you’ll come up with bazillions of ideas!)