Curious about Iron Orchid Designs Moulds? (or is it Molds?)

Curious about Iron Orchid Designs Moulds? (or is it Molds?)

November 03, 2023

Are you looking to add a touch of elegance and detail to your artistic creations? Look no further than IOD Moulds. These versatile tools are made from food-safe materials and can be used to transform and enhance your artwork across various mediums. Whether you're into baking, furniture design, soap making, jewelry crafting, or any other form of artistic expression, IOD Moulds will take your creativity to new places.

Iron Orchid Designs Moulds: A Gateway to Endless Possibilities
Made with attention to detail and using high-quality, food-safe silicone, IOD Moulds stand out among other molds in the market. The patent-pending micro rim ensures that your castings have a clean, crisp edge. This level of detail sets IOD Moulds apart and makes them a favorite among crafters and foodies alike.

Mastering Different Mediums with IOD Moulds
IOD Moulds are compatible with various mediums, and we'll cover the two most common ones here. Each medium has its own unique characteristics, challenges, and virtues, allowing you to explore and experiment with different effects.

Iron Orchid Designs Air Dry Clay
IOD Air Dry Clay is an air-dry medium that offers a vintage, distressed look to your creations. Some shrinking, warping, and cracking may occur during the drying process, which only adds to the authentic charm. To get the best results, remove the moist molded pieces from the mold and adhere them to the desired surface using suitable glue. If you're working on vertical surfaces, use low tack tape to hold the casting in place until it sets.

If you're seeking consistency and no shrinking or warping in your castings, pourable resins are the way to go. Unlike paper clay, these resins offer a different set of qualities. They are ideal for projects that require conforming to curved surfaces, as they can be removed from the mold before fully hardening. Cameos is a wonderful mould to try with resin, watch me as I learn to use resin the first time. WARNING: I drop the F bomb.

Getting Started with IOD Moulds and Air Dry Clay

To begin using IOD Moulds with air dry clay, follow these simple steps:
1. "Eyeball" the approximate amount of clay and gently press it into the cavities of the mold. The exact measurements for both liquid and solid clay are conveniently etched into the newer molds, but with clay you can start with extra and simply remove the excess.

2. Remove excess clay using your fingers and then use your thumb or a palette knife to achieve a smooth, flat casting with a clean edge at the micro rim. 

3. Turn the mold upside down and let gravity do its magic to release your casting. It should come out easily. Keep a zipper storage bag handy to store any unused clay, ensuring it remains fresh, moist, and protected from air exposure.

Here is a short video on my YouTube channel to watch this process

Tips and Tricks and FAQs for Successful Molding

  • Mould release: IOD molds are made of silicone, which means you don't need a release agent. However, to enhance the detail of your casting, we recommend applying a light dusting of corn starch in the cavities. If you accidentally use too much, just tap the mold to remove the excess.
  • Mould release made easier:  After you put your clay in the mould, put your mould in the freezer for 10 minutes. Your clay will pop right out. Watch this video to see how fast they pop out after freezing. 
  • Inspirational Layouts: Find inspiration for your casting layouts by emulating historical architecture and classical design. Platforms like Pinterest or Facebook can provide a wealth of ideas to build upon. Mix and match mold designs, even combining parts from different molds to create unique compositions that suit your artistic vision.
  • Wet or Dry Application? Both wet and dry application of castings are viable options. However, it is recommended to apply the castings while the clay is still moist and pliable. This allows the casting to conform to the shape of your project surface. 
  • How long does it take to dry? Up to 24 hours for the thicker/bigger casts.
  • Why does the clay crack after its dry? Some cracking may occur as the IOD Air Dry Clay dries, especially if you have glued the clay to your surface while it is moist. Many artists love this vintage, aged look and welcome the cracks, emphasizing them with paint or dark wax. If you are not a fan, you can fill in the cracks with a tiny amount of clay.
  • What glue to use: When working with Air Dry Clay castings, most white glues and wood glues will work well. Tite Bond Quick and Thick is the IOD Sister's favorite, providing good adhesion when generously applied to the back of your castings. Wipe away any excess glue and ensure proper contact with your project surface.
  • Painting Techniques: IOD molds can be painted while wet, but allowing them to dry for about 30 minutes beforehand helps form a surface "crust." Use a soft brush and gentle strokes, ensuring not to compromise the intricate detail of your casting. (ie, don't push the paint brush into your clay)
  • Depth and Detail: To enhance the beauty and detail of your mold design, consider using antiquing techniques such as color washes, colored wax, scumble, glaze, aging dust, or pigment powders. Choose a sealer that complements the products you use.
  • Versatile Applications: IOD molds can be used for various projects, including furniture, cabinetry, lamps, picture frames, trays, and much more. Let your creativity soar and explore the endless possibilities.

I used the butterfly mould for candy making! This is a simple and fun thing to make during the holidays. Learn how!

  • Compatible Mediums: IOD molds can be paired with a wide range of mediums. From two-part casting resin and earthen clay to polymer clay and hot glue, the choices are plentiful. Even TOILET PAPER! Additionally, IOD molds are food and oven safe, allowing you to experiment with edible materials like cookie dough, fondant, and more.
  • Avoid Silicone-based Mediums: It's important to note that silicone-based mediums, such as caulking, should never be used with IOD molds. They can bind to the mold and cause irreparable damage.
  • Cleaning Is Easy: Use mild soap and water, and then allow them to dry face-down on a towel.

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