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Hey Instructabrarians,

It's Video Game Month!  This. IS. AWESOME!  As a traditional Japanese Otaku, I absolutely adore any kind of electronic gaming system or platform (although my all time favorite is Nintendo, c'mon) and I have been known to spend on average a good 95% of my summer vacations relaxing on my couch playing games nonstop.   We've got a great influx of newcomers with awesome Video Game entries and I couldn't be more stoked for this. That's why from now until the end of this month, all of my next builds will be video game themed!  So, in the words of a certain Italian Plumber  "Let's-A Go!" 

Now unfortunately for my first VG Instructable for VG month, I wasn't able to make anything super complicated since I had a stupid economics midterm this Friday, so I really needed something that was fairly easy and quick. Thankfully, I realized I still had quite a bit of Mold Builder liquid latex from one of my current builds and decided to create a more fun and art based work than my regular mechanical / electrical ones. According to the box, it works on models of "metal, clay, plaster, wood, plastic or glass" but I recently discovered a 7th alternative use- Casting Papercrafts! And once I decided on Papercrafts + Liquid Latex Molds I knew this had to be an Ice Instructable.

Editor's Note: Please keep all Ice related comments to a minimum.  Sure it might sound amusing for the first couple of minutes, but after receiving dozens and dozens of them it becomes snow joking matter.
 
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Soda_zer02 years ago
sorry I don't get the part with the wax paper.

I really really really don't get it. For what do I use the Wax paper in this instructable?

SHIFT! (author)  Soda_zer02 years ago
Wax paper is used in order to reduce the amount of mess caused by the excessive amounts of Mold Builder one will be using. The bottom tends to become incredibly viscous and it's necessary to paint on something that frictionless to work on.

Essentially you don't need to use wax paper, per se.  Any frictionless surface such as a glass plate would work just as well.
Aha!
I see!
Thank you very much for your fast reply.

Was thinking the wax paper was supposed to be put sonehow on the actuall papercraft model to prefent to strong attachment from the dry latex mas.

And thank you for this instructable its pretty radical!
totally make a ice portagon!
bgepp12 years ago
I want to take a tiki and use this process - I wonder if I overlayed the tiki with plastic wrap then painted on the mold builder if that would work? I love how you figured this out using the mold builder stuff! I want to do more easy mold building at home so this is perfect! thanx
builderkidj3 years ago
How do you do stuff like the rupee with points on both sides?
builderkidj3 years ago
Awesome but will it work with say,a paper craft with ins and outs like link from zelda?

Ps but will it blend?
Achturn3 years ago
I love this instructable! but moreso than just the instructable itself THANK YOU FOR POINTING ME IN THE DIRECTION OF A RUBBER MOLD PRODUCT! XD

this seems so much better than the plaster molds I've been using for casting!

also in the first picture, how did you get that blue "core" to the Free-z?

again: wonderful instructable! never would have thought of making molds of papercrafts :O
SHIFT! (author)  Achturn3 years ago
Thanks Achturn! Yeah, totally agree I absolutely LOVE mold builder. This stuff is the easiest mold caster I've ever used and the results are fantastic.  It's also incredibly inexpensive too, which means you can spend more money on the casts themselves than on the molds.  Plus, because it's brush on, you can add as much or as little as you need which makes it perfect for Papercrafts!

I made the blue core using food coloring.  It's supposed to be entirely blue, but I guess that's just the way the ice freezes.
Browncoat3 years ago
With the stuff you made the mold of, would these be food-safe?
SHIFT! (author)  Browncoat3 years ago
Definitely. Once it's done drying, it forms a really nice silicon based mold, which is completely food-safe. Just make sure to give it at least 2 days to dry inside and out.
ChrysN3 years ago
Cool!
SHIFT! (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thanks ChrysN! It's my 10th instructable ever!