Working with Push Molds & Polymer Clay

Rose Push Mold There are many different projects you can make with polymer clay and push molds. You can use the polymer clay figures to embellish everything from frames to scrapbook pages to gift bags to clay pots and much more! Below you're find tips and instructions for using your push molds.

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Instructions for Using Push Molds

  1. Dust your pushmold with cornstarch using a soft brush. Turn the mold upside down and tap lightly to remove any excess cornstarch. This will prevent your figures from sticking to the mold.
  2. Knead the clay until its smooth and soft.
  3. For deep mold areas, roll the clay into a ball and press it into the mold from the middle to the outside.
  4. For shallow mold areas, flatten the clay and press into the mold from the middle to the outside.
  5. Carefully peal the clay out of the mold.
  6. Trim any excess clay from the outside of the clay figures with a knife or exacto-knife.
  7. Smooth out any rough edges with your fingers.
  8. Bake the clay figures according to the clay's manufacturer's instructions.

Polymer Clay Tips

  1. If you're using flexible push molds and having a hard time removing the clay from the mold here's a little trick. After you have pressed all of the clay into the mold, place the mold in the freezer for about 2 minutes. Remove the mold from the freezer and pop the clay out by pressing on the back of the mold. It will come out like an ice cube.
  2. To glue clay figures to wood, paper, or glass, glue gels such as E6000, Suger Glue, and Goop work best.
  3. If you're making faces or animals, seed beads make great eyes!
  4. To remove any color residue that the clay leaves in your mold, spray a little window cleaner in a paper towel and wipe it away.

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