This is a follow up to my Faux LifeSaver candy necklace. My daughter wanted me to make her some 'Personalized' LifeSaver 'candies' with her school name. I made a mold of the backside of a LifeSaver (plain), made a few polymer clay casts and used alphabet pasta letters to spell the name of her school. Made some new molds of the custom LifeSavers and we now have a bunch of school LifeSavers for her class mates.
I made some school rings, using two methods: A wirewrap ring band and an embedded metal ring band.
You will need:
* Makit & Bakit high flow styrene plastic crystals see http://craftsuppliesforless.com/kidscraftsupplies_makitbakit.html or type Makit & Bakit in search engine of your choice and you will find lots of sources.
* 2 part silicone mold making compound (needs to be silicone so it can be baked in the oven at 375 F) http://amazingmoldputty.com/ or many other brands available at craft and jewelry supplies
* LifeSavers candy or any other candy you want to copy - it needs to be something with a flat side so you can make an open-faced mold.
* various gauge wire for wire wrap ring band OR thin pieces of stiff metal, old watch hands, thin metal tube or simlilar for embedded ring band.
* aluminum foil
* baking sheet
* small spoon or plastic straw with the end cut at an angle
* oven - gas or electric - must be radiant heat - NOT a microwave, with an exhaust fan and/or open window nearby (ventillation)
* heat-proof bowl
* heat gun
* wire cutters
* small pliers, round nose, chain nose etc.
* alphabet pasta for making raised letters (I found English letter pasta and even Hebrew letter pasta!)
* white glue, paint or some kind of sealant for the pasta letters
Step 1: Make Custom LifeSaver Candy
You need to make a master customized LifeSaver candy so you can make several molds for casting lots of customized LifeSavers.
1. Select a LifeSavers candy with a smooth back.
2. Take two equal parts of silicone mold compound (usually they are different colors). Mix until well blended, until only one solid color. (Work fast and know how much work time you have to make your mold - check product packaging).
3. Roll into a ball and pat it flat and smooth. Press over the PLAIN side of the candy. Smooth edges neatly and make the side walls even. Press putty into the center hole of the LifeSaver. From the back side, make a small cone indentation with a pencil or pen tip. Flip over and gently press the mold onto a flat surface to form a level bottom.
4. Wait until silicone putty is set (15-20 depending on brand). Test back of mold by gently pushing a fingernail into the putty - if you can see a fresh indentaion, the putty is not set, so wait 5 minutes and try again. When putty is firm, carfeully rmove the candy and inspect the mold for quality - smooth surface.
5. Take polymer clay and prepare for use (I knead it by hand, check internet for other methods for conditioning polymer clay). Press softened clay into the mold and press flat. Carefully remove the plain candy base.
6. Decide your on you word and select the necessary letters from your bag or box of alphabet pasta shapes.
7. Carefully place your letters in a circle on top of your LifeSavers blank. Use a flat surface (butter knife, craft stick etc.) to gently push letters into the polymer clay. Press letters about halfway into the clay. Depending on number of letters and candy size, you may need to place letters closer to the edge of the cirlce to get them to fit. Keep working until you are happy with how your master look. Smooth clay around the base of the letters.
8. Bake polymer clay according to package directions. Don't worry if the pasta letters brown a little, as long as they don't turn black.
9. Cool. Coat the pasta letters with some kind of sealant - white glue, modge podge, varnish, acrylic paint etc. and let dry.
10. Use silicone putty to make a mold of your custom LifeSaver Candy