Hi I will try and answer all of the question's here that I have had so far about my little hand made fairy stone paving. I am not really the best blogger believe me. I struggle with this side of the craft. But a lot of people have asked me how do I make these fairy things and do I teach it. It is funny as I don't really think about that part of it. I will do my best to break it down for you. Forgive me if it leaves you still guessing. Short answer do I make video's no. No idea how to do that. I have not got enough hours in the day now.
Firstly I would like to say thank you for asking some good questions. I do make most of my moulds for scupting textures and shapes. I use a two part molud putty called silly putty produced by "Barnes" they do sell them in a variety of sizes and different strengths. I prefer to use the pink one as these are very flexible and are great for quick and easy stamping or release of polymer clay. The blue one is a little harder to use which I think is better for larger more solid pieces. I am no expert on this stuff but I love it and use it often. I will make something I like then make a mould of it. My motto make once like it mould it. I have well over 2,000 moulds. Can't help myself.
2. No I do not always seal MY polymer clay creation's to go outside unless I want that shiny new look. I like the matt look and think it looks far more natural. As Polymer clay is actually water proof and does not need to be sealed if going outside. Polymer clay is weatherproof and will not crumble or fall apart after exposure to the elements. However the sun will fade it eventually over time just like most outside surfaces. Baked polymer clay is a durable plastic and does not need to be sealed against the elements.
3. As for glueing stones onto artificial grass umm I am not really sure about that actually. But I would think at a guess super glue would be my first try. I am a huge believer in try and try again if all fails. There are always many different ways to achieve the same results. It does come down to what works best for you. I would have a go at making the path first like mine and then adding the artificial grass cut to the shape required using a cutout paper template. Thats how my mind thinks anyway. That way you could play around with it all to get your best layout. I have not used this little pathway yet in a garden just haven't had the time now I have a young 6 month old baby boy. But one day I will get around to putting it into a pot.
4. I have been into mould making for some time now and have played with many different mediums. The best for me is the two part pou and mix barnes mold making kit. Or as above I have mentioned the two part mould putty also by Barnes and silly putty.
I have some photo's of some of the molds I have made for the little doors using all kinds of different methods. Of late I have been working with a friend to experiment with silicon moulds and plaster and concrete bases to create molds of doors. First I sculpt the piece and then I am ready to create a mold for it. Then the next step is to mix and pour your resin or push clay into it. Here I poured resin and left over night to set hard. Then I start to paint it.
As you can see it turns out just like this. This is the actual door I have used in the photo's which is made from resin and painted. But the origional I sculptured with polymer clay classic. Which is a beige colour clay. I use acrylic paint to paint them. I then would put a matt gloss outside varnish on this to help it last outside.
Here is the newest way I have made some molds for the doors.I am relatively new at mold making and am still learning the ropes. But it is definately trial and error process. So same as above first I sculpt the image by hand. Then I cast it in either pour, putyy, silicon layer mold process then I create the mold. Then either pour resin, plaster, cement or polymer clay and bake or cure.
So here is the finished result. A new little poured fairy door using a mold from the origional sculptured door. Now ready to paint and hand on a wall or tree yippeeee.
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