When it comes to making your own custom jewelry, silicone molds can be great tools to have on hand. Molds come in all shapes and sizes and can really help you get the most out of your raw materials while helping you create unique pieces that are truly your own! These 5 reasons will show you just how powerful silicone molds can be and why they’re an essential part of any jeweler’s toolkit. Let’s take a look!
1) Less Waste
Compared to metal or glass molds, silicone molds tend to last longer and create jewelry that’s easier to remove from a mold. For example, some metal molds need an extra step called deburring—this involves sanding down rough edges in order to avoid unnecessary damage when you make jewelry out of a mold. With silicone molds, there is no deburring necessary because it can simply be removed without damaging your hard work! So what do you think? Are you ready to invest in some silicone molds of your own?
One of my favorite aspects of using silicone molds is that they can make your creations truly one-of-a-kind. With standard molds, it’s a lot harder to create unique pieces. Silicone jewelry molds are so flexible that you can completely customize a design with very little extra effort (or expense). For example, if you love dolphins but want to create something a little different than what’s available at your local craft store, all you have to do is change up some details and add some bling. Your new dolphin jewelry will be one of a kind!
While resin and polymer clay are both very strong (resin can be sturdy or flexible, depending on what you use to create it), they’re not quite as durable as silicone molds. To put it another way, these clays break down over time. And while that may not matter if you’re just creating a few prototypes, an artisan will want something they can use again and again and that won’t wear out with continued use. If durability is your goal, silicone molds are a good choice.
4) Better Designs
Silicone mold make it possible to create intricate and detailed designs that would be difficult or impossible to cast using other materials. Once a design is poured into a silicone mold, it can be reproduced many times without losing detail. This makes silicone molds ideal for producing consistent series of pieces. A huge benefit when making small-batch jewelry. Not only do you know exactly how much product you are going to sell, but you can also price each piece knowing exactly what your costs will be and how much profit you will make on every single item. Additionally, there is no longer any need to wait until enough material has been made to cast an entire collection at once, allowing you complete freedom in deciding when each piece goes on sale!
5) Silicone Jewelry Molds Save Time (for you and your customers!)
When it comes to jewelry making, time is money. Whether you’re charging by your hourly rate or working to generate sales, time is a valuable commodity. And when you have only an hour or two to make a dozen pieces (like most crafters) and fit in other tasks, silicone molds can save you hours of work. Using molds also gives you more flexibility—you can create unique designs that would be impossible by hand-carving every single one yourself. That means extra profits or that much longer break between projects!