Polymer Clay Seaside Miniatures

Hello! Tracy here to share another tutorial with you! My obsession with miniatures is often a driving force behind my polymer clay projects and today's project is no exception. While the process of finding new miniatures to add to scenes or settings is fun, sometimes one can only find only a few pieces, not enough to complete a diorama. I wanted to have a wide variety of sea-side elements to use without damaging my originals, and this is where Amazing Mold Putty came to the rescue!

How To

I collected as many vintage small metal charms, shells and even a tiny pair of antique sand dollar earrings to mold. Since the metal pieces had sentimental value I didn't want to use them in my miniature scene but they could make wonderful molds to create miniatures out of polymer clay!

 

I mixed up some Amazing Mold Putty (CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation), and molded it around the pieces. I was careful not to press the mold putty too much into the tiny crevices of the shells to make it easier to remove them later.

Once the Amazing Mold Putty cured I removed the original pieces. To close up any molded loops created by the metal charms I mixed up and pressed tiny little wads of Mold Putty into the open portion of the mold as seen in the above photo.

 

I conditioned the polymer clay, making sure the clay was soft and warm enough to be pushed into the molds. I pushed little wads of clay into each mold and made sure the clay was filling the molds by pushing down the clay with a small stylus. I then put the molds filled with clay on a ceramic tile into a toaster oven, per manufacturer instructions, to bake. Amazing Mold Putty can easily tolerate the oven temperatures required to cure polymer clay.

Once the polymer pieces were cured and cool to the touch, I popped them out of the molds and trimmed any uneven edges on the miniatures with a craft knife. I applied acrylic paint to detailed portions of the clay, rubbing off excess paint with a paper towel