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The May 2017 Smart Art explored Mold Making & Casting. The instruction booklet gives a bit of background on the project and also Project Pointers – these are key!
The box included:
~ComposiMold Original 6oz ($15.95)
~Composi-stone 1lb ($13)
~Crafter’s Acrylic Paint Black ($2.15)
~Prima Marketing Resin Owl ($1)
~Dazzling Metallics Acrylic Colors 4 – 2oz Bottles ($6.12)
~Princeton Artist Brush Co. Select Artiste Brush Set #4 3PCS ($9.99)
Total Materials Value: $48.21
Smart Art always includes step-by-step instructions. You can choose to follow along exactly or branch out on your own if you are comfortable.
The first step was to make the mold. We (my husband helped me out with this one) used a cup to melt the ComposiMold in the microwave and used the dish the ComposiMold came in to form the actual mold. We put the owl flat in the container and then poured the ComposiMold over it. We let it dry overnight, and resin owl popped right out!
The next step – which I have no pictures of, was to use the ComposiStone (mix 2 1/2 parts to 1 part water) to cast the owl. This was fairly simple, and again we let it cure overnight.
Ours is the one on the left. It has a tad less detail than the resin one, but I think it turned out great!
I used two coats of the included gold paint and think my little owl is adorable. We have a ton of left over supplies and could use them to make more owls (I’d guess we could make at least a dozen more), or we can remelt the ComposiMold to make other molds. The possibilities are endless!