I'm glad that I've got a lot of ideas going, but just wish I could settle to something.
Last night I got really fed up with myself and made myself sit down and do one thing, so I thought I'd tell you about it.
You take equal amount of each of the compounds and using your fingers work the two pieces of compound together until you end up with a light blue mixture. While the compound is still soft (and it doesn't stay that way for more than a few minutes) you press a button (or other object you want an impression of) into the compound and then leave it to set. I learnt recently that you can keep working the compound in your fingers, but when it's ready to set it will set - I overworked a piece because it was just so squidgy and fun to play with, at least until it turn rock solid between my fingers and had to go in the bin.
This is my favourite of the buttons that I wanted to mould and the mould that I made from it last night.
|Heart button and mould|
|Moulds of buttons|
|Swirl button and mould|
|Swirl button and moulded charms|
On one of the charms above I remembered to drill a hole for a jump ring to be threaded through before I fired the piece on the gas hob (I don't own a kiln, although I'd really like one!) for the other two I forgot to drill a hole so will need to find another way to attach them to chains. The charm in the lower left of the photo has had a small cubic zirconia gem set into it - although the gem isn't very straight unfortunately. As you can see from the photo above the final charms are smaller in size than the original button, this is because when the binder burns off the piece shrinks slightly in size.
Until another time