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Specimens Mould by IOD - Iron Orchid Designs
Specimens Mould by IOD - Iron Orchid Designs
Specimens Mould by IOD - Iron Orchid Designs

Specimens Mould by IOD - Iron Orchid Designs

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Specimens Mould by IOD - Iron Orchid Designs

This mould is all about the beetles!

The IOD Sisters grew up with grandparents who were totally into academia -  think dusty stacks of books long before it was a trend. Whether it was botany or pinned insects, the academia theme brings a sense of comfort and familiarity for the sisters, and they wanted to celebrate that in this mould.

Paint with shimmery metallic greens and blacks for life-like realism. They are gorgeous in shadow boxes trimmed with gold bamboo from the Faux Boi Mould with natural elements from the Fronds Transfer for a botanical backdrop.  

One single 6" x 10" mould

Moulding mediums for IOD Moulds

IOD Moulds can be used with many different mediums. 

IOD moulds are food safe.

Every medium has its own characteristics, challenges, and virtues. For furniture and craft projects we recommend:

Air Dry or Paper Clay:

IOD paper clay is an air dry medium. Like most paper pulp
based air dry clays, some shrinking, warping, and cracking is inherent.

We like these qualities for a distressed, authentically vintage look. You can apply moulded pieces by removing them from the mould while still moist, and
adhering them to the surface with the appropriate glue so it conforms well. For
vertical surfaces, use a piece of low tack tape to hold it in place so it
doesn’t slide.

Casting Resin:

We recommend Amazing Casting Resin. 

Resin has completely different qualities than the paper clay. There is no shrinking or warping, and the castings are more consistent. Depending on the project, these qualities can be helpful. If you need to conform them to a curved surface, this can be done if removed from the mould before it’s completely hardened.