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How to make a one-part mold by LimitlessEndeavours How to make a one-part mold by LimitlessEndeavours
Thanks to :icongraveatart:, whose Vurmling head i used for this tutorial and thanks to hubby who assisted me by playing the hand model! :heart:

You can't make your own mold/cast or don't want to waste money and material? I offer you my help! Like for :icongraveatart: i can make molds and casts from YOUR object for the fraction of the price you would spend on materials! Send me a note!

Have you seen my other tutorials?

Learn From Mistakes Others Make by LimitlessEndeavours How to make a two-part mold by LimitlessEndeavours How to make a resin cast in a one-part mold by LimitlessEndeavours
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StorybookCreatures Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! I didn't know you could cut silicone molds in half, I thought they were too flexible, I figured it would leak! Very cool that it doesn't! Thank you for sharing this. Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] 
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stolen-foxes Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
What a well done tutorial! Thanks for sharing.
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:iconlimitlessendeavours:
LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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MagicMage-y Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just wanted to pop in and say that I found this tutorial extremely helpful! I just made my first mold for an art doll of my own, and it turned out great, probably because of this tutorial! XD
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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superstarhollyann Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I freaking love you for all of your tutorials! Huggle! 
Most people that make cool dolls like yours like to keep it all hush hush but you do all these lovely tutorials and even sell diy kits. I'm so wanting to buy one for a good practice of assembling a doll before I sculpt my own. I just need to decide which one I want and save up. >w<

But also I've been looking for stuff on resin casting for a while because I've been wanting to make my own garage kit figure. So thanks again! I am a dummy! 
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:iconlimitlessendeavours:
LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!

I'd suggest you get our DIY-Wolf for practice. It is the latest addition to the DIY-Kits we offer and the best designed doll, very "user friendly" regarding sewing, painting and assembling. :meow: Check our online store for availability www.limitlessendeavours.com
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KaypeaCreations Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This might be a derpy question but does the clay need to be baked or does it matter?
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Not derpy at all :meow: For a 2p-mold you should, since you have to build a clay bed where you squeeze your original in, as well when you flip the mold over to peel away this clay bed to create the second wall of the mold. Check out this example in my stash sta.sh/027w5z5d55lo
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KaypeaCreations Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hehe. Thank you for the reply! so for a one part mold it doesn't matter? I know I got a quote from you but I then thought how many I actually wanted to make and of different things so thought I would give it a shot first before I slammed you with orders lol. 
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Cheezez I was just about to fix my reply - I mistakenly thought I am answering to the new submission from today. Freak. I'm so sorry. My bad!

For a 1p-mold you don't have to necessarily bake it - if you are sure your mold will turn out just as you planned. But to be on the safe side, i'd suggest to bake your original - just in case your mold turns out bad.
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KaypeaCreations Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh there's no need to apologize hun least now I know if I ever need to make a two part mold :) thank you for your answer helps a lot ^^
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MrsWiccan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am about to start making some monster/creepy dolls....would it be better to make the claws/paws a solid resin for durability? Or doing a couple coats of this would suffice?
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
I suggest to cast all doll parts in resin for maximum durability!
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oHmega14 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful! Thank you for sharing, but I do have 1 question... Can the molding components used in this tutorial be used with polymer clay like Sculpey? I want to make molds for future use (because I'm too lazy to sculpt a similar object from scratch lol) but I wanted to know if Mold Star was safe to use when making a mold for polymer clay. Thank you again!  
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes, you can use Mold Star on Super Sculpey. All clay is fine, as long as it does not contain any sulfur! Mold Star (and most other molds) does not cure in any way on contact with materials containing sulfur!
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oHmega14 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Thanks a ton! :hug:
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Lunewen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Great tutorial, I would ask you what silicon do you use to make your molds ? :)
and what release agent do you paint on your sculpture?
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:iconlimitlessendeavours:
LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
I use "Mold Star 15 Slow" from smooth-on. Check out their homepage, they have many different molds for any purposes. www.smooth-on.com

My release agent is called "Ease Release 200" from Mann Release Technologies. Also here, check out their homepage to find the right release agent for your project! www.moldreleases.com
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Lunewen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
thank you very much !! :D
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Mercifell Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student General Artist

Ah, such a lovely tutorial! I love how you always try and help out other artists. <3 You're amazing.

 

(Psst! Just a small fix for your tutorial- any clay that has sulfur will impede the mold making process. Sulfur disturbs the chemical reaction in silicone, and will make the mold cure improperly. So any clay but sulfites. XD Learnedthatthehardway,oi.)

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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the hint! I finally found the file to fix it! :hug:
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Glacialwolf13 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
forgot to ask 2 more things..
1.  what clay and resin do you use
2 in the first picture, why do you have a blue and yellow bucket of mold?

thanks for taking the time to answer my questions!
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
In the tutorial i used sulfur free clay. If you are molding, both original object AND any unbaked clay that you might use during the molding process MUST be sulfur free!! Otherwise the mold material doesn't cure and stays sticky!
I use polyurethane resin.
The mold material consists of two components. Only mixed together, the chemical reaction starts to set in and makes it cure!
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Glacialwolf13 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
what 2 components do you mix together to create the mold though, if you don't mind me asking? if only 2 things needed, why were there 3 cups of stuff in the tutorial though?
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
The mold material is consisted of two components and need to be mixed together to make the chemical reaction work! (To make it harden.) A and B Cup contain the two compounds, the C cup is used to mix both together!
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Glacialwolf13 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ok thanks, but whats the name of the two compounds and the stuff to mix it together???( i didnt see it on the tutorial) OwO
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Mold Star 15 Slow
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Glacialwolf13 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
so if " Mold Star 15 Slow" is used in 1st cup, whats used in the second cup?
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
The second cup contains part 2 of the mold, like it says in the tutorial.
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Glacialwolf13 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
great tutorial. if you don't mind be asking a few questions... what mold do you use? also, is the head hollow ( to make the head hollow i usually just form the head than get a knife and make a hole in the back, i know that's a bad way, how do you do it?) and is the head baked or not baked when doing this... finally.... in paragraph 1 of your tutorial, what is the " demolding process" and how do you do it. 


also, the second row of pictures, and the picture in the middle looks like a giant marshmallow...  :)
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
The mold is use is called "Mold Star 15 Slow".
The original head wasn't hollow, but the copies where!
To create a hollow head, i use to sculpt the head over a solid base, covered with tin foil. After baking the sculpey head, i can easily lift it up from the base! Check my tutorial out, to learn this technique! 
Demolding is simply the removing of the original object out of the mold. This happens by cutting a one-part mold open (shown above, last row, middle picture), or - if you use a two-part mold - by separating the two pieces!

:giggle: The giant marshmallow is just clay. ;)
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Ashley-Wright Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
I have been sculpting the pieces to a future doll for a while now, and all I have left are minor details. 

I see that you are using Mold Star. If you don't mind sharing, which one are you using? 

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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
I use Mold Star 15 Slow - That allows you to work in a decent speed, especially when you mold multiple pieces.
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Ashley-Wright Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Thank you so much for replying and for the information.

I can't tell you how intimidated I am to mold/cast these doll pieces.

I hope you don't mind me asking you more questions. 
Do you use Smooth-Cast for your doll parts. 
Have you ever had an issue with the heads being to heavy?
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome!
No, go ahead - ask me what you want :)

I use polyurethane resin form Tap Plastics.

I never had problems with this yet. You can make a slush cast -->  and control the weight of the head with this method. If the head is too heavy in the end, you can use a dremel to carve resin back out of the head - a dusty annoying work!
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AmyLinesAndColour Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you sooo so much for sharing this!
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome! :meow:
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BleuMune Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've really been interested in doing resin molds, so I'm really glad that I could find your tutorials.
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you find them helpful! Let me know, if you have any questions. You can also stop by for the live molding/casting session tomorrow 8pm (CDT). More infos in my latest journal!
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BleuMune Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much. I'm sorry I missed your livestream. I'm in the middle of moving and haven't been able to use a computer.
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
No worries! The streams are both recorded ;)
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BleuMune Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh cool! The minute that I'm moved in and have a minute to sit down and relax I'll watch them. ^ ^
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nataku Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Informative tutorial, thank you for making this.
Will you be doing a tutorial on how to make a two-part mold?
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Your welcome!

Yes, i will make a tutorial about how to make a two-part mold! Stay tuned!
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omfgitsbutter Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Do you think there are some items that you should do a two part mold for all the time? Or will this method work for almost anything
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
It depends on the object you want to mold. Sometimes a two-part mold is more ideal due risk of failures or destruction while the molding and casting process. It's up to you to figure out and choose the right way! :)
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PixelNoob Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I am definitely going to try this over the summer when I'm bored and have the time :D
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Let me see the result! :meow: Leave a note if you have any questions about the mold making process!
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omfgitsbutter Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
I never thought of making a one part mold and then cutting it, amazing, you rock so much :)
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