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Air Art Girl



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Location : Washington State

PostSubject: Acrylic Moulds   Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:32 pm

Is anyone using those acrylic molds to make nail art?

Just wondering your thoughts and experiences with them.


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PostSubject: Re: Acrylic Moulds   Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:16 pm

nope not here

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Leo Snake
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PostSubject: Re: Acrylic Moulds   Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:23 pm

I've seen them in the mags and have been getting emails from the mfgr about them but have never used them. They do look interesting though.
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Location : Philadelphia, PA

PostSubject: Re: Acrylic Moulds   Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:39 pm

We have some samples here at NSI. Our Director of Education played with them and liked them. I think they could be helpful - like a little nail art factory. On free time, bang a bunch out and then let your clients choose what they want to be applied to their enhancements.
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PostSubject: Re: Acrylic Moulds   Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:25 pm

where can I get a hold of some? they sound like a lot of fun since I'm new and have a lot of downtime
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Leo Snake
Location : Washington State

PostSubject: Re: Acrylic Moulds   Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:06 pm

jpollock wrote:
where can I get a hold of some? they sound like a lot of fun since I'm new and have a lot of downtime

Ahhhhh, a newbie!!!
Make sure you watch for the NW Nail tech retreat this year.
www.nwnailtechs.com

I'm not sure who in the states carries them. They are looking for distributors and have been emailing me.
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Location : Peoria, IL USA

PostSubject: Re: Acrylic Moulds   Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:05 pm

Ellen, something you just might be interested in trying:

At Michael's craft store, they carry little baggies of buttons. I think they are in the scrapbboking or beading section, or both.

Some of these buttons have components to them that can be taken apart. For example, I have a teeny, tiny cameo that came out of the center of a larger button frame.

Then there is a product that you can get at either Hobby Lobby or JoAnn's, called Mold Maker. It's a flexible polymer clay that creates silicone-like molds. (In other words, the molds are rubbery after baking.)

So what you do to make your own molds is this:

1. Coat the object to be molded with a brushed-on layer of dry corn starch, a sprayed-on layer of Armor All, or a rubbed on layer of clear Aloe Vera gel. In a pinch, you can use spit. You just need something that will keep your Mold Maker from sticking to the item.

2. Condition an amount of Mold Maker that is approximately 4x the size of the item you are molding. To condition it, you just mush it in your fingers for about 60 seconds or so. It will be soft, sticky, and feel like bubble gum. Don't worry, that's okay.

3. Pre-heat your oven (toaster oven is best, uses less energy) to 275 degrees farenheit. Check the temp with an oven thermometer (available at any grocery store for less than $5) and adjust temperature if necessary. Most ovens are off by about 25 degrees so this is pretty important.

4. Put some aluminum foil dull-side-up on a baking pan. Roll your Mold Maker into a ball, and then press it on to the pan so it gets flat on the bottom but mounded on the top.

5. Carefully press your item to be molded into the clay. Try to keep the item as straight and level as possible as you push it in. Go slowly so the clay gets into the nooks and crannies.

6. If the item is metal or glass, then it's best to leave it in the clay and bake it like that. But if it's plastic like buttons, then you have to carefully lift it straight up, doing your best not to jiggle it around.

7. At this point, if you screw it up, repeat the molding process. I usually screw up with this 1 out of 3 times so don't be surprised if it takes you a few whacks at it to get the hang of things.

8. Place a sheet of aluminum foil loosely over the top of your mold, preferably making a tent-shape so the foil doesn't fall on top of the mold.

9. Bake for 30 minutes per 1/4 inch of thickness of mold. If the mold is more than 1 inch thick, then bake in two or three 30-minute baking sessions so you don't brown the mold.

10. Allow the mold to cool. Once it is cool, you can use it and it's very flexible.

To use it for making little gel 3-d designs, you'll probably want a spray-on mold release like the Armor All? I don't know because I haven't done this. But since gels and acrylics are polymer based like my clay, the same principles might work. You'll want to add your gel and cure a little bit at a time to ensure the center of the molded item gets cured completely. You can add glitters or shapes or whatever between the layers of gel too, which could be cool.

Ooh.. you could probbly do some sort of water-nail kind of thing. Just doing the molded part hollow... you could do a thin layer of gel, curing as you go, little at a time, until the gel has a fairly thick wall all around the mold but none in the center. After it's cured, pop it out and you have a hollow 3-d design?

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Air Art Girl



Leo Snake
Location : Washington State

PostSubject: Re: Acrylic Moulds   Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:10 pm

Cat you are so funny, I see your artistic mind working, lol
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PostSubject: Re: Acrylic Moulds   Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:45 am

Heehee. Yeah. Sometimes the ideas just get sparking! LOL~

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