If you’ve spent any time with our Creative Tribe, then you’ll know that people refer to our moulds as both IOD Molds and IOD Moulds.
Which one is right? Should you spell it with or without the letter “U”?
Wonder no more. Today, we’re going to put that question to rest.
Plus, we’re going to deep dive into how to use moulds in all your DIY home decor projects, furniture makeovers, craft creations, and food decorating adventures.
So seriously, is it mold or mould?
It’s both! Mould and mold both mean a cavity that can be filled with a substance to create a decorative shape. The shape you create is called a casting.
If you live in America, then likely you use the spelling “mold,” but if you speak British English, then you’ll spell it ”‘mould.”
At Iron Orchid Designs, we love all things FANCY so we decided to use the Queen’s English and call our molds “Moulds.”
Everything you ever wanted to know about IOD Moulds (and more!)
Check it out our video below for an IOD Moulds Deep Dive. If you prefer to read, keep on scrolling down. No time now? Pin this post for later.
IOD moulds are lovingly created, finely detailed, and made of super durable silicone. They can be used for all kinds of crafty projects, DIY home decor, and furniture makeovers.
There’s no limit on your creativity with these molds!
With a variety of designs, from flowers to feathers, ornate swags to swirling scrolls, these molds can give a classical, Victorian, shabby chic, boho, or vintage look to any project.
You can check out some of our latest mould designs here.
Iron Orchid Designs is the only decorative mould maker to have a micro rim on each and every mould cavity.
Why is a micro rim important?
Because it means you’re able to get a crisp, clean edge along the base of your casting and the clay releases easily from the mold cavity without distorting your design.
The micro rim also allows you to quickly smooth and level the back of your casting so it will sit flush on your project surface. (Can you tell how magical we think the micro rim is?)
Because IOD moulds are made out of food grade silicone, you can even use them as fondant molds when doing sugar crafts. (Want to learn more? Check out this step-by-step post on how to use IOD moulds when cake decorating.)
Now let’s jump into showing you exactly how to use IOD Moulds (or IOD Molds if you’re Googling in American English)!
How to use moulds made by Iron Orchid Designs
The best way to learn is by doing, so we’re going to show you everything you need to know about IOD moulds while making this piece of wall art.
Want to create your own wall art with IOD molds?
Here’s a list of the materials used and step-by-step instructions.
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- Classic Elements Decor Mould – Find your nearest IOD stockist here
- Acanthus Scroll Decor Mould – Find your nearest IOD stockist here
- Trimmings 1 Decor Mould – Find your nearest IOD stockist here
- Swags Decor Mould – Find your nearest IOD stockist here
- IOD Air Dry Clay – Find your nearest IOD stockist here
- Putty knife
- Titebond Quick & Thick Multi-Surface Glue
- Sculpting Tool (optional to conceal cracks)
- Your favorite chalk type paint in turquoise
- Your favorite chalk type paint in black
- Paint bottle
- Chippy paint brush
- Shop towels
Simple 15-Step Guide on How to Use IOD Moulds
Step 1: Lightly brush some cornstarch in the IOD mold cavity and shake out any excess.
Step 2: Pinch off the desired amount of IOD air dry clay needed to fill the cavity and place any remaining unused clay back into a sealable plastic bag. This will keep your clay soft and ready for your next project.
Step 3: Squeeze the clay in your hands to warm it up a bit and then roll it into a ball or snake shape depending on the shape of the mould cavity you’ll be using.
Step 4: Press the clay firmly into the cavity making sure to fill it up entirely.
Step 5: Use the putty knife, pull away any extra clay until the micro rim is fully visible all the way around the cavity; Take a moment to smooth and flatten the back of the casting with the side of the putty knife so that your casting will lay flush on your project.
Step 6: Flip the mould top side down and then fold it back to release the casting onto your work surface; Handle gently to prevent warping or distortion of the design.
Step 7: Arrange the castings on your project surface.
Step 8: Apply glue to the backside of the casting making sure to fully cover the surface and then position the casting where you want it on the board.
Step 9: Wipe up any excess glue with your finger or a soft bristle brush.
Step 10: Let your project dry. Ideally you should wait 24 hours to let the air hardening clay fully dry. If you’re in a rush, you can just wait 30 minutes for the clay to form a crust before moving on to the next step.
Step 11: Once the clay is fully dry, you might notice a few cracks. You can either embrace the distressed character (we usually do!) or you can take a few extra moments and repair the cracks.
To repair cracks: Take a small bit of wet air dry clay out of the packaging and use either your fingers or a sculpting tool to push the clay inside the crack.
Blend and smooth the clay in a way that works with the casting design. Then wipe away any excess clay.
Step 12: Now it’s time to paint with your chippy brush. Squeeze the desired amount of turquoise paint onto your project and use irregular brush strokes like you’re making a small “X” shape.
This cross-hatch motion will give your project a lovely texture that will become visible in the next step. Also, use your brush to push the paint into all the nooks and crannies of the detailed design.
Caution: If your clay isn’t fully dry, be sure to use gentle strokes with your brush so as not to deform the design.
Step 13: Once your paint is dry, you can use any one of several techniques to create an antiqued finish. For this project, we used a dark wash by mixing 1 part black chalk style paint mixed with 3 parts water in a small cup.
Step 14: Working in sections, use a chippy brush to paint the wash on to the project and then blot the area with a damp, crumpled shop towel.
You’ll want to work in sections, painting and blotting before moving on, so that the dark wash doesn’t have time to dry.
Step 15: Wash your moulds and tools with a mild soap and warm water while you wait for your beautiful creation to dry.
What materials can I use in my IOD Moulds?
All the things! Really, you can use almost anything you can imagine in your moulds.
Our favorite product to use is the IOD air dry clay.
We’re often told it’s the best air dry clay because it’s so easy to work with and it really captures every last bit of detail in the moulds. It has a smooth texture that is pliable and soft so your hands won’t get tired when you use it.
While IOD air dry clay is specially formulated to have minimal cracking or shrinkage, you might still see a bit of distressing once the clay is dry.
You can either easily repair the cracks or, as we suggest, you can just love the extra vintage look it gives your piece.
Do you prefer a polished, contemporary look where the casting doesn’t have any cracking?
The only thing we strongly caution against using is silicone caulking as it will stick to your mold and likely ruin it
If you’re making your own food decorations, you can use fondant, chocolate (candy melts), sugar paste, pie crust, and cookie dough. (Just don’t use the same mold for food and craft materials.)
Mould Arrangement Ideas
Start out simple. Use your moulds to create a pretty frame like we did in the sixth episode of the Gallery Wall series.
After a bit a practice, try creating the DIY wall art outlined in this post.
Remember, if you’re going for a classical look, think about symmetry when arranging moulds. Look to master artists, architecture, and nature to inspire you when you get stuck.
If bohemian is more your style, then you might enjoy arranging your molds on furniture using a freestyle technique like on this Anthropologie style dresser makeover.
More IOD Mold Project Ideas
Looking for more IOD mould project inspiration or want to share what you’ve made? You have lots of options.
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Now that you know how to use IOD moulds (or IOD molds if you Google in American English), go make something beautiful and share it with us!