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