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Experimenting with some ice sculpture molds

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I bought these two in an antique shop earlier this summer.  They were solid white and made of a little bit thicker plastic than normal blow molds.  When I researched them, I found out they were ice sculpture molds.  So...the fun part.  I bought some aerosol primer from Sherwin Williams and gave them each a couple of coats.  Then I applied the colors you see.  The problem with both is that it seems to get a coating thick enough to not look patchy, I would have ended up applying it so thick that it would have blocked the light.  I'm glad I tried it, but it didn't turn out quite like I had envisioned.

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When I paint molds I try to light them up, it helps getting the paint on even. I dont use primer either, more paint the darker they will be. You could always strip them and start over.

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I don't have the patience to start over, but I will remember about not needing to use primer.  The material these were made out of was a different type of plastic.  It seems more bendable, if that makes since.

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I dont have the patience either,  I have several molds all stripped but Im guessing I will give them away because I dont see myself ever painting them.

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