July 16, 2012

Ornamental Plaster Appliques Made in Gum Paste Molds

I found some gum paste molds that work great for making plaster appliques 


I showed you HERE in a previous post how to make molds for plaster appliques using polymer clay, still a great option since it gives you the ability to make unique appliques


But, this is pretty easy too.  These Wilton gum paste molds are priced at $9.99 at JoAnnes (Of course we never shop without our coupon)  And there is a huge selection of designs


These work great because they are flexible and the plaster pops out when hardened.

Dust the mold with any powder or corn starch



Then make up some plaster to about the consistency of pudding  (Plaster is available at any craft store) and pour it in your mold
Oh ya, this is a really precise step as you can see



Now lift the mold up and drop it a couple times to get the air bubbles out.

Here is the important part, to get the appliques to lay flat on your project, go over the mold with your shiny new (Or crummy old) putty knife


Let it dry, pop them out and glue on your project, I used E-6000 glue for this shelf.  

This is an optional step, but you can go over the applique with gel stain or brown paint, it just made it easier to cover with paint when it was the same color as the shelf


A little oops paint, brown glaze, and sanding and you'd never know this little vintage hand crafted shelf did not originally come with a decorative element



That's it kids, couldn't be any easier if you wanted to add a little something to something!

I'm going to put this in my booth Orange Tree and price it at $28

Happy Crafting!

60 comments:

Gina said...

Now this looks like something that even I could do! I love the shelf, Carol.

Марина Байрак said...

Очень красивая полочка получилась!

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

How cool is this!! I may just give this a try myself ~ I have very simple and old, and flat kitchen cabinets, and this would be an easy and affordable way to dress them up!!

Connie said...

What an amazing idea . . . You are incredibly talented. I'll be using this idea and I'll be hitting the follow button to follow this amazing blog you have created. Thank you, I am so excited I can not wait to try this.
Have a marvelous week. Connie :)

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Carol, this looks wonderful and oh so romantic! Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a blessed week,
Kathy

dlw said...

awesome post, as usual! i've been following you for a little while now, and you are very generous with the how-to info. i go to some blogs that like to show off the pretty finished product, but are stingy (boohoo!) with the how to! thanx for not being one of THOSE bloggers!
take care!
debra

Simona said...

♥ Ottimo tutorial Carol seguirò sicuramente i tuoi consigli ♥
Have a nice day
Simona

Petite Michelle Louise said...

gorgeous! going to have to try this! merci! ;)

Marilyn said...

Now here's ANOTHER thing to put on my shopping list! The wooden appliques are expensive and these would be so easy to make! I like this mold a lot, so I'll be watching for one! Thanks!♥♫

Katherine said...

Ahhh you creative gal! I NEED some of those molds as well! lol I was actually carving something out of wood last time and took a cut on my finger -.- I remember you mentioned this before and I forgot... well, not anymore! :)

Hugs,

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Carol,

Your shelf is gorgeous!!! You always amaze me with great stuff!

Dee

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What an awesome project, Carol...looks like fun! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

lynn said...

the shelf is darling, and i LOVE this tut, carol! thanks so much for sharing all your great ideas!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

You are just Mrs. Creativity! I love all your projects and am so thankful for your tutorials. I want to do this one too!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You are good...very very good! I know someone will be thrilled to find it in your booth!

Susan Erb said...

I know what I'll be using this week's JoAnn coupon on! What a great idea - I like the comment about dressing up kitchen cabinets, but I tink I'd better practice a bit first. Thanks for always sharing your great ideas!

Sue

hopeandjoyhome said...

Very cool! I love that you love misusing items for your own purposes as much as I do!Your shelf looks great!

Tracy said...

Proving once again that you are a crafty genius! Going to look for coupons now!

Liz said...

Oh My Gosh! That is such a great idea!!! :) I'm soooo going to keep this in mind. Thanks!

~Liz

P.S. you have a kitty that you take out in a stroller??? That kills me. Ours are leash trained too...but a stroller. That is darling. I can't imagine our kitties going for that.:)
Thanks for popping in!

marda said...

Great tutorial...LOVE the shelf.

Mary Ellen said...

You are just the greatest! You come up with such great ways of doing thing and then share them with us!!!

Love this idea and will definitely be using it!

bee blessed
mary

NanaDiana said...

Well, whoda thunk it? What a GREAT idea! I love it-and look how that piece turned out. It looks like it was part of the shelf all along- xo Diana

Little Miss Maggie said...

Carol, these are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this with us. I love appliqued furniture. It's so pretty.

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Holy cow Carol! That is just amazing! I would have never thought to use those Wilton forms. Awesome! Thanks for the tip and I love your shelf! xo

Debbie said...

Brilliant!! I love this type of project because I'm pretty sure that even I could do it.

Now, I couldn't have thought of it...
That's why I need the Carols of the world.

Ginger said...

You have such inspirational ideas. I'm so doing that, I love anything with ornamental goodies on it. Thanks Carol

trumatter said...

Hello there! Where have you been? This is ultra fantastic and I'm definitely doing this. Great job there.

chris mckinley said...

Thanks for sharing, I never knew it was this easy!!

chris

BECKY said...

Fabulous, and so easy!! I may make some of these for my new studio!! Which at the moment is waning in the progress area. Waiting on hubs to take care of a few things...maybe it's time for me to make his favorite pie?? :o)

Hugs!
Becky

Karie's Chic Creations said...

I love this little project. I am certainly going to try it. I enjoy coming to your blog you always have the most charming things, and projects. Thanks so much for sharing. Karie

Patty Patterson said...

How lovely! It would be so interesting to just spend a day watching you! You do amazing work and are so creative!

Claudia Tyler said...

Yes, my heart still jumps a little bit when The Polka Dot Closet arrives in my inbox! I always know there is something new to learn or be in awe over. I'm never disappointed.

Claudia
Homestead Vintage

Createology said...

How clever of you my dear to use supplies in unintended ways. Your shelf looks absolutely fabulous. Blissful Creating...

SavannahGranny said...

Love this project. You are so clever. I am always wondering what you are up to next.
Hugs, Ginger

Connie said...

Hi Carol, thanks for stopping by and visiting. Yes, it is an amazing shop, but the little lady, 95 year old Elnor, was even more amazing. Those cowgirl boots were made for line-dancing. Don't you think? It is great to see you here, have a great week. Connie :)

rosieinspirations said...

It's gorgeous Carol! And what a great alternative to purchased appliques. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas.

Sue@House Pretty said...

We don't have a Jo Anne's around where we live. The first time I wa into one was a couple of weeks ago, on vacation in the US. I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE!!! Thanks about this reminder of the applique idea. I'm going to use it on a couple of things. Brilliant!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, Oh this turned out wonderful. So romantic and so chic.
Thank you for sharing your steps. I have done this but with some plastic molds which do not work as well. I have also used stensils right on the project and then lifted off for the raised plaster that dries on the surface. It can be tricky, I like your way better.

Happy Creating, CMD

Debbiedoo's said...

Easy for you kid! Nawww...I think I could do this too. Looks fabulous Carol! 23 more days for sissie!

Sue@House Pretty said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and empathizing with my ugly bathroom woes, lol!

A Paris Flea said...

These molds are terriffic...don't think we have
them at our JoAnnes. I might have to look on-line.
Thanks for the heads-up on these.
The shelf is so pretty~~~great job!

Happiness, Mickie

Michelle said...

That is just absolutely fabulous! What a beautiful transformation on that shelf. Thanks for the idea!!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

This tutorial is proof that you can do anything! Amazing!!!

GrandmaSoucie said...

You're AmAzInG!!!!!

Rebecca said...

Carol you are AMAZING! I love all you create. YOU GO GIRL!

Now sweets...your note to me tonight meant so much. I'd have scrolled down too. Didn't mean to be a drama queen. Just tried to tell the story how I felt it.

Make not mistake about it...knowing I don't have MS means so much to me. I know I'll get better soon! God is good.

Love to you sweets~

Rebecca

Chris said...

Beautiful job Carol. Will keep these tips in mind for future crafts. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Thanks for showing us how easy and fun this looks!! Looks neat.
Lina

Herballistic Garden said...

Oh my goodness....I've been waiting for a good tutorial on just this very thing! Thanks so much! (over from Miss Mustard Seed & heading back to "like" you!) xo wendy

Sunnyside Dru said...

I had to pin this, awesome!

Vintage Street Designs said...

It looks amazing!!! Oh...and thanks so much for the tutorial, I can't wait to give it try! Blessings ~ Judy

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

I love this soooooo much!!

Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs said...

Hi Carol,
I found your blog via The Graphics Fairy and must say I'm glad I found it. I love your blog and the way you write it. I'm really enjoying the tutorials and your creative projects. This will definitely help me with my many small and large projects I'm trying to tackle. : )
Thanks so much for sharing. I'm now a new follower and hope you'll get a chance to stop by for a visit.

Cindy Cade said...

Hey Carol,
Lovely projects as always. :-) Did you know you can use wood putty for a longer lasting mold? Check out http://waterputty.com/creative/castings/
Creatively,
Cindy Cade imcindycade@gmail.com

Mehul said...

This is so easy plaster applique. But I want to ask if there is any good alternative to Wilton gum paste molds? As this is not available to me.

- Mehul
Indiana Limestone

A Southern Rose said...

Your shelf is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with all of us. I can't wait to try it. :)

Barbara Jean said...

thanks for all the fun how to's.

blessings
barb

Heart Vintage Design said...

I love the way you always include your prices. It help us "newbies" gauge out how to price our creations : )

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WLWK4FD aka The Faux Fae said...

VERY NICE!!! I am about to go shopping now! Yay!

Shirley Bath said...

I love what you have done. You have amazing ideas.