How to Make a Pipe Mold

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Things You'll Need

  • Polymer clay

  • Clay wire

  • Clay knife

  • Decorative pipe

  • Oven

Polymer clay can be used to make molds.

A mold is a negative, hollowed-out image of a figure used to create multiple, identical sculptures which you can display, give to friends or family members, or sell in a specialty shop. One type of clay often used to create molds is polymer clay. Polymer clay is a versatile craft clay that can be baked in a conventional oven and used to mold any number of objects. For example, a mold of a decorative pipe out of polymer clay can be fired in a basic conventional oven and reused multiple times.


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Step 1

Knead a 6-inch ball of polymer clay for five minutes to remove any air bubbles. Polymer clay can be purchased at craft stores or art supply stores.

Step 2

Cut the clay in half with a clay wire.


Step 3

Place a decorative pipe in between the pieces of clay.

Step 4

Close the pieces of clay together again, and press it firmly.

Step 5

Press the structure for about 3 minutes, then gently separate the halves again, removing the pipe with your finger tips.


Step 6

Place the mold halves onto a cookie sheet with the decorative side facing upward.

Step 7

Bake the mold in a 150-degree oven for 15 minutes.

Step 8

Once cool, you can press clay in between the two mold halves to create molded sculptures of the decorative pipe.


Using talcum powder can help remove the clay from themold.