Paige (plockwood)

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What do you mean by "mold" and whether or not something needs a mold or not? What for?

What do you mean by "mold" and whether or not something needs a mold or not? What for?
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    Hi Paige! Mold-making is the process of creating a rubber mold from a clay original in order to cast duplicates in a permanent material, such as resin for example (see this video for further explanation: https://cgcookie.com/lesson/different-types-of-molds-explained/) When you sculpt in polymer clay, however, this process is optional. A sculpture made of polymer clay can be hardened with heat (i.e. the oven) and thus becomes a permanent sculpture in itself. If you still want to make copies of this hardened polymer sculpture you can, but it is not necessary as when you sculpt in oil-based or water based clay - both of which are NOT meant to create permanent sculptures, but merely the master sculpture to be molded and then cast in a permanent material. So if you just want the sculpture for yourself and don't want to make a mold, polymer clay would be a good choice. After hardening this material can be sanded, primed, and painted. I hope that helps! :) ~Lisa