When we get new products at the shop we are as eager to try them as our customers are.
And if we discover a great tip or trick to get the best results, we can’t wait to share it with you.
A great example came when we were recently experimenting with our range of Redesign with Prima decorative moulds.
These silicon moulds can be used in so many different ways to add personality to your home.
Use them to add interest to a dresser, liven up a picture frame or even display them as an artwork in their own right. Among the exciting range we have in stock at the moment are elegant borders, butterflies, feathers and a beautiful peacock.
All of them can be used with a variety of mediums such as modelling clay, Plaster of Paris and resin.
Just choose the medium you want to use, pour it into the mould, allow to set and release.
While experimenting we discovered a brand-new option which works wonderfully and leaves the resulting casting a little flexible which is great when attaching to surfaces with a slight curve.
So, drum roll please... to make our castings with our Redesign with Prima moulds we used a hot glue gun!
Most people who are keen on crafts will already have a hot glue gun in their armoury and with replacement glue sticks now fairly inexpensive it’s a fab way to experiment with the moulds before you try out other mediums.
Once your hot glue gun has warmed up, just squeeze the glue straight into the mould. You do need to work quite quickly as it dries fast. It’s important to try not to overfill the mould, though you can always lightly sand the back before securing it in place.
Once dry, pop it out of the mould and paint with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ which will cover beautifully without the need for primer.
You can then wax the finished piece or have a go at gilding to add a touch of luxury.
When you are ready to attach your casting, you can use more hot glue or a mixture of hot glue and wood glue.
One of the great things about the Redesign with Prima moulds is that they are highly detailed so they really do add something special to upcycled items.
They are also really easy to clean. Just give them a wash with soap and water, or you can even pop them in the dishwasher.
Take a look at our current range of Redesign with Prima decorative moulds.