Review of Martha Stewart Clay and Silicone Molds

I was very excited when I discovered the newly released Martha Stewart Molds and Clay.  I love Martha and her products.  She may be a bit on the pricier side but most of her products are of good quality.  These molds are no different.  She released two kits, 3 mold selections, and one alpha based mold.  The kits comes with a package of white air-dry clay, four basic colors, floral wire and tape, two wooden tools, and four molds.  The mold selections come with four molds.  The designs are perfect sized for jewelry pieces and accents.  They are very much like the Wilton Fondant push molds as far as quality.  No ragged edges or bubbles in the mold and a very compressed silicone material.  What I fell in love with were the little frames.  I can do so much with them.  My only complaint about the molds are some are a bit thin in the middle.  I will definitely be purchasing more of her molds in the future.

On the other hand, I will not be purchasing her air-dry clay.  I have never used air-dry clay before but I can’t imagine she wouldn’t be happy with the effect herself and would have been much better off with a clay more similar to polymer clay.  The clay right out of the package is very similar in texture to what I remember cold porcelain and is very lightweight.  It is very moist and colors mix beautifully in it.  The problems begin when it starts to dry.   As your rolling it into a ball and you are not releasing the moisture from the clay, it begins to crack and never really gets into a smooth, consistent ball.  As it dries, it becomes very porous and cracks.  It does not dry hard and is very flexible.  If you have ever used bouncy putty, this clay dries very similar to this.  I am not a fan.

This would not be a clay I would use for any jewelry purpose.  The only use I could see it possibly for is scrapbooking, mostly because of its lightweight aspects.  I could see it being painted and used in mini-books and such.   I have recorded two videos, so you can see the molds up close and person.

Thumbs-up Molds!   Thumbs-down Clay!

 


Handpouring Your Own Silicone Molds

Handpouring Your Own Silicone Molds

Premade purchased molds are wonderful.  I absolutely love them but what if you have a hand-shaped item or something with tremendous detail that is all your own?  Mold putty is wonderful but it has its downfalls.  It doesn’t get into crevices well and doesn’t show high detail.  The only option is to move on to liquid silicone.  There are a lot of them out there.  I started pouring my own after I saw a Martha Stewart video using Smooth-On Oomoo.  It is a silicone that does not require a vacuum chamber and is a beginner type silicone.  You can purchase it from the Smooth-On website but after researching found that it was cheaper to purchase the starter kit from Dick Blick on sale or with a coupon and you get the trial size of their Smooth Cast resin with it.  Here is a link to the trial kit on Dick Blick’s website.  Or if you just want to purchase just the Oomoo, here is a link to just it.MoldMax Silicone Mold

When I purchased my vacuum chamber, I moved up to a heavier duty silicone called Smooth-On Moldmax 27T which is a semi-translucent silicone with a much tougher tear strength.  Pouring silicone is not rocket science but there is a learning curve.  I think the most important aspect is preparing your piece and making sure you have a tight bond with the base of the pour surface.  It is also important to realize that what you put into it equates to Mold Max Silicone Moldwhat you will get out if it.  If you mold a dirty piece, your mold is going to pick up all the imperfections so it is important to clean all pieces.  I recently did a video showing how I prepare my molds.  Following the preparation video, is a video of me pouring the molds.  I am sure there is a superior way to do this but this is what has worked for me and seems to work.

 

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