Create Beautiful Decorative Curtain Tie Backs
Ornamental curtain tie backs are expensive! Styles are somewhat limited in our local décor stores and that got me to thinking. Couldn't I just make some myself? Of course I can! I'll just use a plaster mold.
When we think of molds, most of us tend to think about those cute little craft molds in the craft store that are made for candles and candy. But there is a whole world of gorgeous, decorative plaster molds out on the internet that are elegant and beautiful and can be used in a myriad of ways to decorate your home.
Molds are typically a plastic form of an ornamental, three dimensional design.
Molds can be used with products that set up hard such as clay, wax, plaster or concrete products. Not only can they be used to create stunning ornamental ceiling and wall designs but consider this fun project for creating your own unique curtain tie backs and drawer/door pull knobs!
You will need:
1. The mold of your choice. If you have a hard time finding molds that you like in your local craft store, simply use any internet search engine, type in 'plaster molds' as your search and various websites will come up where you can purchase beautiful molds.
2. 2. Wood Screws of a necessary length to penetrate in to your cabinet door or drawer (depending on it's thickness).
3. A small bag of concrete
4. Release spray such as silicone spray, mineral oil or even cooking spray.
1. Turn the mold face down. (I place mine on an old towel).
2. Spray the inside of the mold with release spray, or brush it with mineral oil. Do not allow the oil to pool in the recesses of the mold.
3. Mix the concrete according to the manufacturers directions.
4. Pour the mold 1/2 full then tap up and down lightly to force any air bubbles to the surface.
5. Fill the mold to full but do not over fill.
6. Check to make sure the mold is level.
7. After about 15 minutes, insert the head end of the screw in to the center of the wet concrete and press just until the head completely disappears in the mixture.
Prop it up straight with something if it tends to tilt.
8. Allow to harden completely. I would leave it for at least 24 hours.
9. Once it has hardened, turn the mold face up and while holding your hand under the concrete, begin to work the mold free.
10. Once the piece pops out, allow it to completely air dry then paint as desired and varnish.
With a mold, you can create as many tie backs as you wish. Looking for items to sell? Molds can be your answer. Get creative and think of ways to create wall hangings, candle holders, paper weights, welcome signs or any number of items using molds as your decorative element.
© Victoria Larsen 2012