Basics of Mold Making

Basics of Mold Making

These videos and step-by-step photo tutorials will introduce you to basic techniques for successful moldmaking. These tutorials are suitable for beginners.

Whether you are interested in reproducing a sculpted figure, an antique picture frame, an industrial pattern, an architectural molding, a fossil, animal skin (taxidermy), the texture of a piece of fabric, or a toy, you start by making a rubber mold. Whether you want to make one or one thousand reproductions of an original, you can do it using a mold.

Whether your original model is made from clay, wax, plaster, sand, concrete, stone, metal, bone or almost any material, making a rubber mold makes it possible to reproduce that model – exactly.

Step-by-Step How-To's

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Smooth-On is here to take the guesswork out of making flexible molds and castings

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How To Mold a Prop Shield For Cosplay

How To Mold a Prop Shield For Cosplay

Jon N. shows us how he creates a mold for his Thundercats shield.

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Casting Concrete Using Aquacon® Release Agent

Casting Concrete Using Aquacon® Release Agent

AquaCon® is a water based concrete release agent that aids in releasing concrete castings from Smooth-On rubber molds

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Making a Simple Block Mold Using Mold Star® 15 Silicone

Making a Simple Block Mold Using Mold Star® 15 Silicone

Mold Star® 15 is an easy to use Shore 15A platinum silicone that is mixed 1A:1B by volume.

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How To Make a 1-Piece Silicone Cut Mold

How To Make a 1-Piece Silicone Cut Mold

Mold Star® 15 is perfect for experienced mold makers or people just starting out.

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Making a Simple Block Mold Using OOMOO® Silicone

Making a Simple Block Mold Using OOMOO® Silicone

This mold making tutorial video shows how to make a one piece silicone block mold using OOMOO® silicone rubber

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Making a 2 Part Mold Using Mold Star® 15 Silicone

Making a 2 Part Mold Using Mold Star® 15 Silicone

This video outlines the 2-part block mold making technique using silicone rubber.

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Making a 2-Piece Mold Using OOMOO® Silicone

Making a 2-Piece Mold Using OOMOO® Silicone

Mold box construction, model preparation and release agent application for a 2 part pour on mold are covered in this video.

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Molding a 3D Object Using Rebound™ 25 Silicone Rubber

Molding a 3D Object Using Rebound™ 25 Silicone Rubber

This tutorial shows how to create a Rebound™ 25 brush on silicone mold of a figurine

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