Monday, February 4, 2013

DIY Cabochon Mold and Cabochons

Don't you love that ring!? I was giving it for a gift at a recent Birthday and decided it really needed matching earrings. I found cabochons I liked and decided to make my own mold so that I could make them whenever I wanted. It was really fun and easy, you will love it!
Take a trip to your local craft store and look for the Fimo and Sculpey. I purchased this Sculpey Mold Maker pictured below and I am really happy with it.

The instructions are super easy to follow. I kneaded the clay until it was soft and then used cookie cutters to get a round shape. Next take he cabochon you already have and push it into your clay circle.

The instruction say to dust your cabochon with corn starch but I found it worked best dusting the corn starch right on the clay. Then it popped out nice and clean.

I made several molds at once.  Then you bake them following the instructions on your mold maker clay. Once they are baked (and cooled) you are ready to start making your cabochons!

In the picture above you can see the Fimo clay but I do use Sculpey clay as well. I really like the Sculpey clay for the flowers. I feel like the Sculpey clay is softer and easier to push down in the mold to fill all the little designs.
I made a bunch of pink flowers.

They pop out of your mold really easy and are ready for immediate use after you have baked them. Sometimes if you have over filled your mold you may want to gently sand the edges after it is baked.
I used E6000 glue and attached a set to earring findings  and it made the perfect jewelry set for the Birthday girl! Cabochons are great for jewelry, hair clips and paper decorating and now you can make all your own! Have fun and feel free to link in the comments to projects you make with your cabochons!



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