how to make resin mold for figurines

by:Ennas      2023-06-10


Resin mold making has become a popular crafting technique for creating unique and durable figurines. Whether you're an experienced mold maker or a beginner, creating resin molds can be a rewarding experience that allows you to unleash your creativity. In this article, we' ll guide you through the process of making your own resin molds for figurines.

Here are the five sub-topics we will focus on in this article -

1. Materials required for making resin molds

2. Preparing the figure for molding

3. Creating a mold box

4. Mixing and pouring the resin

5. Demolding and finishing the figure

Materials Required for Making Resin Molds

Before diving into the mold making process, it's important to have all the necessary materials at hand. You will need a silicone mold making kit, resin, a mixing container, stir stick, mold release, clay, and the figure you want to mold. Additionally, make sure you are working in a well-ventilated area and follow the manufacturer's instructions on the safety precautions.

Preparing the Figurine for Molding

Once you have your materials ready, it's time to prepare the figure for molding. Begin by cleaning the figure and removing any excess debris. Smoothen out the rough edges, and ensure that it's completely dry before proceeding. Next, apply a mold release to the whole surface of your figure evenly, which will help release the mold from the figure easily. Alternately, you can apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) to the figure.

Creating a Mold Box

To create the mold, you need to first make a box to hold the silicone. Take an empty cardboard box and size it up for your figure. Cover the base and walls with clay, ensuring that there are no cracks or gaps. Press the figure into the clay and ensure that it's well-seated. To give your mold a one-piece design, ensure that your mold box has one open side (top, front or side, depending on the shape of the figure).

Mixing and Pouring the Resin

Now it's time to mix and pour the silicone. Most silicone kits consist of two parts- a base and a catalyst. Mix the two parts together following the manufacturer's instructions. Pour the mixture into your mold box, ensuring that it completely covers the figure. Allow the silicone to cure as per the instructions. Note that it can take up to 24 hours for the silicone to cure completely.

Demolding and Finishing the Figurine

Once the silicone has cured, it's time to demold or release the figure from the mold. Begin by removing the clay from the mold box. Carefully peel away the silicone from the figure. If you have difficulty removing the mold, use a craft knife to cut it open. Next, it's time to cast the resin. Mix the resin according to the manufacturer's instructions. Slowly pour the resin into the mold and let it cure completely. Once cured, gently remove the figure from the mold by flexing the mold and releasing the air pressure. Sand and polish the figure as desired, and your resin mold for the figure is now complete.


Making resin molds for figures can be a lot of fun and very rewarding. With the right materials and techniques, you can create figures that are unique and long-lasting. Following the step-by-step guide above will help you create a mold that you can use over and over again. Happy molding!

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