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Learn to use two part silicone mold putty to make simple flexible molds to cast parts for dollhouse and model scale miniatures. Two part silicone putty allows casting of a variety of materials, from polymer clay, gesso and plaster to resin and metals. Silicone putty molds withstand reasonable heat. There are food safe forms available if you want to turn your miniature fido into special chocolates using silicone molds!

1. How to Use Two Part Silicon Mold Putty

Equal amounts of both parts of two part silicone mold putty ready to make a dollhouse cupcake mold.
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Two part silicone mold putty is the fastest way to make detailed casting molds of miniature parts. It is often used for repeating items made from polymer clay or various casting metals. Molds made from the putty will last for many years and take only a few minutes to make. Easy and safe to use it is available with a variety of setting times and heat tolerances. Molds for food products can be made from foodsafe forms of the putty.

The only downside of two part silicone mold putty is that it works best for simple press molds. It can be used for full molds if you wrap the object to be molded carefully, making sure the thickness of the material does not shift as it is wrapped over the master.

2. Make Dollhouse Furniture or Scale Building Details With a Simple Silicon Mold

This traditional garland in dolls house scale is cast in resin from a mold of a polymer clay master.
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Mold details for furniture and accessories for dolls houses, railways or gaming terrains using gesso, resin, plaster, or polymer clay and simple molds made from two part silicon mold putty.

Decorative Moldings cast this way in a simple one part mold are an asset when trying to copy carved antique furniture styles, mirror frames, or stone swags and pediments on model buildings.

Molds allow you to reproduce your specialized pieces over and over again to decorate sets of items (including miniature furniture) and silicone putty molds stand up well to reuse.

3. Make A Simple Mold for Miniature Scale Muffins, Cupcakes and Fairy Cakes

A simple mold made from silicone putty shapes dollhouse muffins and cupcakes from polymer clay.
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This project shows you how to use two part silicone mold putty to make simple one part plunge molds used to make polymer clay muffins and cupcakes in miniature scales. You may not need miniature muffins, but there are lots of other miniature parts you can cast this way in similar molds for gaming scenes, vehicle models, railroad scenes and dollhouses. These plunge molds works well for items with straight sides, or which are narrower at the bottom than at the top.

4. Make a Simple Two Part Push Mold From Silicone Putty for Polymer Clay Pie Shells

A two part mold made of silicone putty easily shapes dollhouse scale pie shells from polymer clay.
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When you need a two sided mold of an object to give you details all around, push molds are often a good solution. Push molds allow you to squash a malleable material (polymer clay, clay, paper clay) between the two layers and then remove your cast.

This simple pie crust push mold allows you to make scale miniature pie crusts from polymer clay. The molds are based on a metal bottle cap for dolls house scale, or an original pie crust sculpt in polymer clay for other scales. Flexible push molds like this one aren't useful for all items. They work best for projects with simple details and few undercuts.

Two sided push molds for polymer clay can also be made from plaster with the instructions given here for simple plaster push molds.

5. Hirst Arts Fantasy Architecture Molds

Two silicone molds for gaming scale castle parts along with some parts made in the mold.
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Hirst Arts make a wide variety of excellent silicone push molds for making building parts for gamers, or adapted O or 1:48 scale. Many of the molds could also be used for Christmas Village buildings.

The molds come in a wide range of styles, and will cast parts for gothic churches and cathedrals, as well as rubble stone styles. Their site has excellent information on casting plaster into silicone molds.

6. Patricia Rose Studio Doll Press Molds

A two part Hydrastone press mold for a polymer clay fairy by Patricia Rose Studio.
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Patricia Rose is a doll maker who teaches the art of doll making and offers learning materials based on dolls made from polymer clay in original press molds. The molds are very adaptable and are a good way to make a range of dolls in a particular scale. Full body molds and molds for faces are available. Some molds are still available in hydrostone, a form of plaster, while other molds are now being made in plastic which can be used with polymer clay, or other materials.

7. Sculpey Flexible Push Molds for Miniature Dolls

Sculpey flexible push mold for miniature doll faces, hands and feet.
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Sculpy make a wide variety of basic push molds for polymer clay. This particular mold will make miniature doll heads, hands and feet, although the proportions or characters may not suit your purposes. Sculpy make many detail push molds, some of which may be small enough to use for miniature projects.

8. Types of Simple Molds For Casting Miniatures

One piece mould with slit cut in the side for easier release of complex dolls house baluster casts.
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There are a range of different types of molds that you can use to make multiples of your original miniatures. This list shows some of the common types and discusses how they are used, and what materials they are best made from.

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