Tips and Information about making jewelry

With this blog, I hope to share my knowledge, successes, trials and errors, student's work, tips, and information about making jewelry.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Using Mold Pellets for Custom File Handle

Have you ever heard of Multi-Mold Pellets? At first glance the pellets look like rock salt. But, they are actually small plastic pellets that become malleable when heated in hot water (140 -170 degrees F) They can be used to make molds, reverse molds of texture plates, doming forms, and more!

To warm, place a small amount of pellets into a stainless steel strainer and then place in a pan of hot water. When they become clear they are ready to mold.
Pellets in pan of hot water

Pellets are ready to mold

Forming a shape with my fingers
New handle
File with no handle
Here, I formed a handle for my flat file. Once you form your desired shape, allow the plastic to air-cool before using. The plastic turns opaque and hard once cool. If you want to re-use or re-shape, just heat again until clear and re-shape.

 For more tips on using this great product, go to the mold-making section PMC Connection's website.