Tuesday, May 22, 2012

How we make our Best Flexible Molds

We store our molds face down to keep out dust & debris.
 We are often asked "How do you make your molds?"

Here is a step by step of the process.

Remember we are a mom and pop team so no assembly lines or automation just hard work!!
I mix enough 2 part Urethane rubber for about 12 molds.

















Clean Molds are sprayed with release.















Now I fill to the ledge.

The "Beast" will hold 24 molds.

 Our vacuum chamber (the "Beast") was hand built about 1990 and is still going strong. However, we have had to replace the Vacuum Pump once.
The molds are vacuumed to remove all of the little air bubbles so that they don't stick to the surface of the detail.

"Don't want it to look like a face has a wart on it's nose :)"
Left: The gauge shows that the chamber has reached maximum vacuum. At this point air is being pulled out of the rubber and looks like it is boiling!

Molds are  set out to cure

Branding time!!!

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Pulling molds

Ready to trim, notice the edges

I used to trim with scissors, this is much better.










Branding is done with an indelible ink that will stick to the rubber.

Even if the packaging is gone, you can tell who made the mold. 

Molds have a little excess after pouring.

Clean edges and ready to package and ship.

A standard paper cutter removes all of the edges left on the mold.








































That's it!   

You can see them all on our website Best Flexible Molds. 

4 comments:

Robin M said...

Thank you for showing this. I love the process of making things. I also love the little molds that I got at PAPCG that you donated for the guilds fundraiser. Thanks again. - Robin

Ellie AKA Claylady43 said...

Hi Robin,

You're very welcome and we are so glad that you are enjoying the molds.

Penni Jo AKA Claylady43

Janie said...

That was cool!

Ellie AKA Claylady43 said...

Thanks Janie!!

Peej