Luxe & Lucid posted a terrific picture from the December Art Basel & Design in Miami that was beyond interesting. I am so glad they posted the picture in the original size, because I had to take a deeper look at the picture to see how they put this wall together. It looks as if they displayed plaster ornaments which were anchored to the wall, and leaves that were made from plaster or porcelain were connected together with wire then connected to the wall or the ornaments themselves.
Here we see a very high impact look that we can all borrow for our own homes. You can create your own white leaves from clay or plaster which you can then spray paint and put together yourself. This look can be created out a number of different patterns. Instead of leaves, you can look at a floral pattern. You can create this out of a symmetrical pattern of round rosette disks. White is a color that works with any other color. Have your back drop apple green, fuchsia, ocean blue or what ever color you desire and use white plaster molds for a strong contrast.
Creating molds from Plaster:
Plaster is so easy a baby can do it! It is as easy as mixing plaster powder with water, pouring into into a mold and letting it set.
You want a consistency that this thick and not watered down, so the plaster design doesn’t break in half.
For larger molds it is suggested you add sand, or a few twigs to give the support to the mold. For smaller molds, it isn’t necessary.
Actually creating plaster molds is one of the easiest crafts you will ever do that produces such a beautiful end result.
Tip- One really easy way to know when plaster is dry is that the mold itself will feel very light. If it is heavy or has a dark gray appearance, it is still wet. Dried plaster should be very white, and light to carry.
Creating molds from Clay:
Push molds on the other hand are great for very small detailed molds. The molds are often purchased for jewelry making because they won’t break as easily as plaster. Plaster molds, on the other hand are great for architectural details that will end up on the wall. Robert Adam is a perfect example of the beauty that can be brought to a room using plaster molds.
Push molds are made out of hard clay themselves. The idea behind it is you use clay which you soften in your hands, and you press them into hard molds. Plaster on the other hand is a lot easier. You pour the contents of the liquid plaster and allow it to set over a couple of days. The result isn’t labour intensive, but on the other hand, you have to wait for your final plaster patterns to dry.
I have used push molds in the past to create key holes for my dressers, and different ornaments that I could hammer on to my furniture. In this post I painted up a bombe chest, and copied the pattern of the hardware pull for a very prestigious effect.
If you go to Michael’s crafts, you can buy the sculpey clay in a 2 ounce package for 2 dollars. Why not purchase it online in bulk….
I have found black ideal for re-creating hardware pieces, although can be purchased in a number of colors including white.
How bake-able clay works is you shape it into your desired form and bake according to package instruction (typically 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes for every 1/4 inch of thickness). Once cool it can be sanded drilled carved and painted.
The drawbacks to bakeable clay molds….
Some clay is harder than others. I find sometimes the clay can be so hard to kneed that it can make your hands ache. Once you have it softened up, it is quite easy to work with.
Ideally, you want the clay to be semi-hard so the overall pattern keeps it’s shape when you are extracting the clay from the mold. If the clay becomes too hard, it won’t extract well at all, because it is too soft.
Bake-able clay allows you to form molds, and have them the very same night. Bake-able clay molds allow you to hammer them on to wood, furniture, and remain durable for years. Plaster molds on the other hand are great to put in places where they will never get touched. One bump or ding, and the pattern might be broken. Never before could you create stunningly beautiful molds with very little effort like you can with plaster.
My suggestions for Push Molds For Creating A Wall Like The Picture Above:
Ivy Leaf Flexible Silicone Push Mold Polymer clay Resin Wax Fondant or Plaster
Large Carved Rose Flower Cameo Polymer Clay Push Mold
Peony Flower 1 1/2″ Silicone Resin Clay Fondant Flexible Push Mold
Cherry Blossom Flower Clay Fondant Flexible Push Mold Large
My suggestions for Plaster Molds:
3 Embellishment Molds Can be Used with Plaster Fimo Clay Wax
Stunningly Beautiful Oversized Flower Plaster, Concrete Mold
Decor accent Plastic Mold 7″ x 1″
Romantic Round Plaster Mold,Concrete Mold,Clay
Large Scale Fleur de lis Plastic Mold