Oyumaru/Instant Mold and Images from a Workshop in Hamburg

Those of you who have read my book Patterns of Color in Metal Clay, and my new book Metal Clay Practice, know that I use resin molds to make color-patterned cabochons. For example:

Oval cab

Table

Resin molds are available in many shapes, but sometimes we want to create our own shape. This can be done by pressing an object into a mold material. Here are some possible objects:

Objects

Rocks, building blocks, glass nuggets, real cabochons, beads, etc….

This mold material is thermo plastic that comes in the form of sticks, which feel like an eraser.

Thermo plastic

Put in in a bowl and immerse in boiling water.

Immerse

After 2-3 minutes the stick will soften and become clay-like. Take it out (Careful! It’s hot!) and form in into a chunk. Push your object into the chunk.

Chunk

It will cool down quickly, but I suggest waiting a few minutes to let the mold harden before pulling out the object. It will be flexible even when hard.

Mold

I used this mold to make this piece from Brilliant Bronze and steel:

Piece

The advantages of this mold material are the immediacy, the low cost, flexibility, and the fact that it is indefinitely reusable. You can trim away with scissors any excess material around your mold and use it again. Also, if you didn’t get it right the first time, you can start over, unlike other mold materials.

As far as I know, This mold material is available in the US from Art Clay World and Amazon, in Canada from Metal Clay Alchemist, and in Europe from Susan D. Design.

I just came back from a 4-day workshop that Susan hosted at her workshop near Hamburg, Germany. I will soon show photos but first let me tell you how it is related to this mold material.

Some of you may remember that for about 14 years I’ve been looking for a texture of raindrops running down a window pane. I did some crazy things to get it (like standing in the rain with a piece of glass and immediately freezing it), but all in vain. On my last day in Germany, while taking my morning shower, I noticed that the water running down the acrylic doors of the shower is actually a texture. I had half an hour before leaving for the airport. I boiled water and pressed the mold into the shower door.

Shower

It’s a little hard to see because the mold was translucent like the door. Here is happy me having the texture at last:

Happy Me

The workshop was wonderful. People came from Germany, UK, Estonia, Austria, and Holland. Sorry for the poor quality of the photos; all I had was my cellphone.

Group

Piece

Brilliant Bronze

Brilliant Bronze

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Brilliant Bronze

Brilliant Bronze

Brilliant Bronze

Brilliant Bronze

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Brilliant Bronze

Brilliant Bronze

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Brilliant Bronze


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