When we hear the word mold the thought of a bacteria or other nasty substance comes to mind. However, this is not the type of mold I am talking about. A mold is a hollow cavity that when filled will create a reverse imprint of what is inside. Using ingot molds, wax molds and even wooden molds, people have been able to create or cast a perfect image of anything that they may want.
How to make a mold?
A mold is simple to make. Well, depending on the materials you are using for the mold making process, for simplicity sake, you can make a mold out of any material you can think of. For this example, we are going to make a mold out of clay. You can pick up clay from any modeling store or off the shelf in the kids’ section of Walmart.
Take some clay and form it into a square. You want to make it larger and thicker than the item you want to make a mold out of. You want to repeat this process from the front of the mold. Once you have your two pieces find the center and create a fill line using a pencil.
Once you have two squares and a fill line you want to find the object you want to make a mold out of. Take this item and place it in the center of the clay, pushing down slightly creating an imprint. Then taking the other piece of clay place it over the top of the first piece and press down creating an imprint on the other side.
Once you have your imprint perfectly matched, carefully remove the top piece of the mold not to ruin it. Remove the item from the other side. Once the piece is removed you will see that you now have a perfect imprint of the item you want to cast.
Taking some type of material such as water, plaster or whatever you want to make your model out of, you want to carefully pour the contents through the pour holes you created with your pencil. Allow the substance to dry and harden. Once this is complete remove both sides of the mold again and you will have a perfect representation of what you just created a mold for.