Latex Mold & Low Fire Clay
Posted 03 April 2013 - 03:32 PM
I'm just beginning in the world of clay, I've been working with ceramic molds and pouring slip to create pieces, so my question (above) is in reference to something I want to do, but have not tried yet. I would like to make a chess set (copy of the one I own) to give to a friend, but be able to create it in clay so I can carve and color (glaze) as I want. I have mold making latex rubber (that I usually use for my childrens' school projects & arts n crafts) and I was wondering if I can use it to make a mold of the chess pieces and board, use a low fire clay (not pouring slip) in the mold to create the new pieces. Would this work? Should I use a release agent? Is there a specific rubber latex mold I should get or can I use what I have? I have a glass chess set and a wood one - would one be better than the other to make the molds?
Any ideas &/or suggestions are extremely welcome.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 04:10 PM
Wood or glass? The only issue for wood would be cleaning it after and for glass, making sure the clay does not stick to it ... Maybe a light coat of oil like baby oil or cooking oil??
Also, I hope this is for a Christmas gift as it might take a lot longer than you hope.
Have fun and post a picture when it's done. : > )
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:51 PM
Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:21 PM
might be easier to make a couple tiny plaster molds for a more stable molded piece.
Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:51 PM
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