I wanted to have some leaf shaped napkin rings to decorate my fall and Thanksgiving holiday tablescape but I wasn’t able to find any in the local stores, so I decided to create some!
Here’s the full tutorial on how I made a mold of a leaf shape so that I could duplicate it into leaves for my Napkin Rings.
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CREATE THE LEAF MOLD:
To create a mold that is the shape of the leaf style that you want, use the easiest product I’ve found for making molds. EasyMold Silicone Putty.
This putty is very easy to use and anyone can do it!
Put your gloves on first.
Take a small amount of Part A and roll it into a ball. Then do the same with Part B until they are very close to the same size.
This is a small, thin leaf so I didn’t need a lot of putty. For larger items you may need more. Adjust accordingly.
Next, you will knead the two together until they are a solid purple color with no streaks. This takes a few minutes.
I typically press them together with my palms. You will need to knead quickly as you only have about three minutes to get your item pressed into the putty before it begins to cure.
As I said, you only have about three minutes before the putty starts to cure so work fast.
As soon as it is mixed and solidly purple, roll it into a ball. Place it onto a nonstick surface and flatten it.
Finally, press your leaf shape into the putty.
Leave the leaf object in the putty while it cures. Curing will take about 30 minutes. Once the putty is hardened, remove the leaf shaped object and you will have the perfect leaf mold!
Now you have the perfect leaf mold that you can use to replicate this leaf for many different purposes. You could use this for chocolate (yes, it is food safe) or resin or ice. Whatever you want!
I used mine to make resin leaves for my DIY Autumn Leaf Napkin Rings!
Just be sure if you’ve used it for food that it stays that way. Don’t use it with resin then make something edible from it. NOT GOOD.
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Sheri has been creating all of her life in various ways and finds great purpose and empowerment in creating something new. When she’s not in the workshop or craft room she is making memories with her husband, four kids, perfect dog and ornery cat.