LIST OF MATERIALS
1.) Item to create mold from. In this case, two wooden toppers I purchased from Michael's.
2.) One 16 ounce container of liquid latex. Purchased from Michael's for $14.99. This is enough to do 3 small molds. (You can purchase a gallon of liquid latex for $55 online. For larger projects this is a must).
3.) One inexpensive paint brush to brush the latex on.
Applying the Latex
There are several ways in which you can apply the liquid latex:
1.) You can dip the item into the liquid latex, making sure to coat the entire mold evenly. It is important to make sure you have a way to suspend the entire object, so that it dries thoroughly.
* I only recommend this process if your object is capable of lying flat or you are wanting to make a cast from an object or design on a flat surface (see pic at bottom of section). Dipping the object wastes a great deal of latex.
2.) The preferred method is to use the brush and apply a layer, allow to dry over 24 hours, apply another layer, allow to dry and repeat the process until you have a thick enough coating to make a lasting mold.
3.) The professional mold maker will use gauze strips to reinforce the mold. By dipping a gauze strip into the liquid latex, you then apply to the mold. This is generally done on large objects and not smaller objects.
The Picture below is an example of application style #1. This is a project I will post later.
REMOVAL OF LATEX MOLD
Once the you have applied enough latex layers to create a thick mold, you will need to remove the mold from the object.
1.) With a sharp exacto knife, score a cut deep along one side of the mold. If the knife doesn't cut or cannot cut through the layers of latex, a pair of scissors may be used.
2.) Gently begin peeling back the latex from the object. I do not coat my objects with anything, as the latex generally releases very easily.
Keep in mind it may be necessary to peel the entire mold all the way back, as tho you are turning it inside out.
One you have removed the the latex from your oject, you will have a mold to create wax casts from.
Stay tuned for the next section on how to pour the wax and prepare the wax object to be placed in plaster of paris.......