Tips and Techniques – Using Push Moulds

I’ve found these Push Moulds on the shelves of Spotlight and of most art and craft stores. They are a Latex mould about 15 x 10cm which has recessed moulds of various themes – People, Animals, Houses, Dolls – the list goes on. You will find the push moulds wherever you find the Sculpey or clay.

For today’s Tip I am using the “People”push mould which comes with the head and torso of a man, woman, small boy and small girl plus some of their accessories.

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The Sculpey needs to be manipulated in to a ball roughly the same size as the mould you are putting it in to. You need to get the Sculpey to a point where it is nice and soft – easy to push in to a mould.

Push the Sculpey ball into the mould ONE PIECE AT A TIME – it’s better to have too much Sculpey and then have to cut some off rather than too little. Keep pushing the Sculpey into the mould as if you are putting Spackle into a hole in the wall – nice and even, pushing more even when you think it can’t go in any further. You are trying to get it into every nook and cranny of the mould.

Once the Sculpey/Clay is in the mould it needs to stay there for a while to harden and become firmer. But don’t wait too long – we don’t want it become brittle. (Except in the case of air drying clay when it would be best to leave it in over night).

Once the clay or sculpey has become firmer, you need to push it OUT of the mould. This is a bit tricky, but all you have to do is push the mould over (upside down) with one hand and then bend/flex the mould slightly in order to slowly push the moulds out.

You should end up with something like these:

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Bake in a warm oven (follow the direction on the Sculpey pack) at approx 120 degrees C for about 35 mintues. The Sculpey will shrink a little and end up very firm when cold.

Use a stencil knife to cut off any extra “bits” that have been left on the mould.

Now it’s time to paint the moulds – you COULD actually make the moulds already coloured by using different colours of Sculpey at the beginning, but unless you are prepared to work under a microscope you will find that pretty hard work!

To paint the mould you need to use ordinary acrylic paint (I’ve used Making Memories) with a small brush. Apply the areas of colour that would be considered the BACKGROUND. IN this instance (with the small girl) I painted her skin colour first, then hair, then sleeves, then pinafore, then details. The reason for this is that if you make a mistake doing those other layers first, you can always cover it up with a top layer.

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And here is the whole family:

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Have fun with this girls!!

Sares x

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