Monday, May 5, 2008

Making Quick Silicone Caulk Molds

To ensure I had all the proper instructions, I went to Taxidermy.net for all of their advice on how to make quickie molds with silicone caulk.
**The molds you make with this process are not for casting food you will eat. You need to buy a specialty silicone for that.**
My supplies included silicone caulk, a caulk gun, soapy water in a cup, wax paper and newspaper and Murphys oil soap, just to make sure the mushrooms would pop out of the mold.

First, I got my fingers wet with the soapy water, and I rubbed a thin layer of silicone onto the piece and let it cure.
Then, after it had dried, I mixed acrylic paint with the caulk and thickend up the surface of the mold. The paint is supposed to aid in the silicone curing faster than it would normally if it had no paint (water-based agent)
to help it dry out. It works. Go to Taxidermy.net and follow Joshua Knuth's illustrated instructions.
****Beware the odor!!!**** Silicone is quite...potent.

My Ikea Hack-Job

This is the "Before" image of the Ikea child's table and chairs I bought and put together last year. This model is called Latt.
Here is the "After":

This is the finished paint and resurfacing job I did. I painted the whole thing with a primer, then I painted the wood black.
It is important ot note that the table top and chair tops were cheap, flimsy cardboard. But, I thought they could be strenghtened with a resin top.
I added little paint chips that you can pick up for free from the paint section of Home Depot or Lowes. (It took a while to cut with scissors. Next time I'll use a paper cutter.) I purposely placed them to look like I had tiled the surface. Then I mixed a two part resin epoxy for the hard surface on the top. Voila! A table and two chairs with a new twist. Not bad for a redo on a $20 set.