How to Make a Pipe Mold

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Polymer clay can be used to make molds.
Polymer clay can be used to make molds. (Image: pipe image by Anthony CALVO from Fotolia.com)

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Polymer clay
  • Clay wire
  • Clay knife
  • Decorative pipe
  • Oven

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.

Cut the clay in half with a clay wire.

Place a decorative pipe in between the pieces of clay.

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

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

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

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

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

Tips & Warnings

  • Using talcum powder can help remove the clay from themold.

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