Monday, March 16, 2009




And so... I have another fun site for you to go visit.  www.compositherm.com.  This is a really cool reusable mold compound.  It is very reasonably priced and I like it!  At first I thought it might be too soft and rubbery but I just needed to experiment a bit.  And Stan Farrell, the owner dude, is a total sweetie.  He is very helpful and answered all my emails right away.  Stan even put a tutorial on just for us polymer clay addicts!  It's the one using the star.  How cool is that?  I asked for clarification and Stan made us a whole new tute!

Anyhow,  I like this stuff and I love the fact that when you are done with your mold, just toss it back into your container and next time you want a mold, you just reheat it.  The pictures here are a mold I made using a button.  

Even though the mold is very rubbery, the next day it is much firmer and easier to use while still being very flexible.  So, if you plan ahead and don't need to make something in the next hour, you'll be better off, methinks.  You can use the mold as soon as it sets but I found that allowing it to set overnight made it much easier to use.  

Another thing I found is that the mold melted much quicker than I thought.  The directions said nuke it for about a minute.  I nuked my whole jar for 30 seconds ( take the top off and set the jar on a saucer ) and that did the trick.  I know all microwaves are different so I'd suggest starting at a shorter time then adding a few seconds if you need to.  I used one of those little plastic cup pill thingies you get in hospitals.  I will have to ask my neighbor the nurse to bring me home a supply.  :D

I think having a reusable mold compound is wonderful.  If it doesn't come out the way you want it the first time, you just reheat it.  And I think you can reheat it indefinitely so you pay less than $10.00 and have mold compound forever.  I bought the 6 ounce jar ( I think it's 6 oz.) but they have a bigger size, too.  

Customer service is wonderful!   So... go check them out, ok?  Compositherm.  

9 comments:

missficklemedia.com said...

This is great info!
I have been searching for inexpensive molding supplies and I'm excited to try this one after your thorough description.
Thank you for sharing!

2 Good Claymates - Dave and Carolyn Good said...

Wow! That is exciting. I usually make mine out of polymer clay but then you end up with a ton of them all over the place! Thanks for the info!
Carolyn

lifeartdesigns said...

Interesting...

MoeArt said...

You are entirely welcome! You'll have fun making molds. And I think this stuff can be reheated indefinitely. :)

MoeArt said...

You're welcome, Carolyn! I have a zillion clay molds, too. I keep looking at my button mold thinking, I will melt it and make something else. Kind of like the Wicked Witch... just melt her! :D

CIndy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

This sounds really cool Moe! I like the idea of it being reusable. Sometimes I've made molds that I thought were going to look great but they ended up being pretty lame. This way you could just reuse it and never feel like you wasted a thing!

MoeArt said...

That's just what I thought, too. Great minds and all that. I did reheat a few times and it was great! No change in the composition at all. I had to make my button mold a couple times before I got it right. I think you just need to mess with it a bit to see what works best for you. Let us see what you make, ok?

Caly's Jewelry Creations said...

Too Cool Moe...!! You find the coolest things...! I am off to check them out...!! Hugs!

MoeArt said...

Thanks, Dawn. :) I'm putting a little update on here, too.