Using UTEE in my plastic molds

Using UTEE in my plastic molds

Right after I started making molds, I had a few questions asking me whether UTEE (or ultra thick embossing enamel) would work in the molds.  I had plenty of UTEE but no way to melt it and pour as I did not own a melting pot used with UTEE.  I was going to purchase one but right about that time, Ranger discontinued it to come out with a new style which was eventually released.  I purchased it last month and finally arrived a few days ago.

Embellishments made from UTEE in TJL moldsI am glad to report, that UTEE does indeed work in my plastic molds that I have available for sale.  The pieces you are seeing were made with clear embossing enamel and antique copper Pearl Ex mica powder using my rose cabochon and hard candy mold.  The rose mold was made with my thickest plastic and the candy mold was made with a slightly thinner plastic and both worked out perfect.

UTEE EmbellishmentsUTEE with molds is a perfect way to create quick embellishments for jewelry, scrapbook projects, or any altered art.  One of the best things about it, unlike resin, is if you don’t like your pour, pop it back into the melting pot, remelt it, and pour again.  I created a video that I am embedding below but as you will see in the video, I did not mix the powder as thoroughly as needed and also the camera impeded my pouring a bit.  Off camera, I threw the pieces back in and remade them.  This time, the powders mixed all the way and I filled the cavities fully creating the pieces you see.  They harden quickly and are really light weight.

A tip or two –

  • When you start pouring, don’t stop.  The UTEE hardens quite quickly and will cause crease lines in your piece which I show below.  Its better to over pour a bit and trim than to stop and get an ugly crease line.
  • Do not use any colorants that will react with heat.  You will see in my video that I tried some white ink which reacted with heat and caused it to cook.  Avoid these as it leave a residue.
  • After your finished or if you need to change colors, let your pan cool and any UTEE left in the pan will harden and you can remove it to keep for another time.

Below you can see the video to see the process.  Super easy!

Unconventional Supplies :: Water Putty Pendant

Unconventional Supplies :: Water Putty Pendant

This is my first post on this blog.  I so wished that I had my complete blog and years and years worth of posts but unfortunately there was no saving it.  I have waited far to long to re-instate this.  More than an introduction, I really think your first post should state something about you.  I am not really a conventional person when it comes to art and always like to stand on the edge using newer products and technologies.  I always like to try the unconventional supplies that you would not expect to apply into art, this being one of them.

Durham’s Rock Hard Water Putty is a gypsum-based powder that becomes very hard when mixed with water.  It never shrinks and has great bonding strength.  It is normally used to fill holes and patch items but has been used by artists for some time.  Below is a few videos of this project start to finish along with photos of the completed piece so you can see better.

Wood Putty Pendant

Wood Putty Pendant

Wood Putty Pendant

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