How to Make a Cast of a Camera: Making a One-Part Mold Using Mold Making Material

Everyone loves to look at photos. From cool selfies to family memories, pictures say more than a thousand words.


But what about the camera? Cameras have changed so much over the past few decades, sporting all sorts of different looks and styles. Wouldn't it be cool to cast your own camera, adding your own special flare to it?

Copy that.


Here's a quick snapshot on how to make a one-part mold of a camera using our new product, Mold Making Material.

The first thing we did was make a box slightly larger than the camera. We like to leave about ½” to ¾” of space between the box and the object you're cloning.

We used foam core for this mold’s frame, taping the sides together and also lining the inside of the box with clear packing tape.

Make a Cast of a Camera Using Mold Making Material- make a box slightly larger than the camera


The tape helps the box to become waterproof and also allows for the finished mold to be easily pulled away.

We then superglued the camera to the bottom of the box so that nothing moved once the liquid silicone was added.

Make a Cast of a Camera Using Mold Making Material- superglued the camera to the bottom of the box


Next it was time for the Mold Making Material. We mixed equal measurements of Part A and Part B until the color was consistent.

Make a Cast of a Camera Using Mold Making Material- mixed equal measurements


The 2 parts of the Mold Making Material kit are actually 2 different colors (white and dark blue) so you'll know when the mixture is thoroughly mixed when the color becomes one consistent medium blue hue.

Make a Cast of a Camera Using Mold Making Material- thoroughly mixed


Next, we poured the mixture into our container and over our camera.

Make a Cast of a Camera Using Mold Making Material- poured the mixture into our container


Then, we waited for the mold to cure. 3-4 hours at room temperature will do the trick.

Make a Cast of a Camera Using Mold Making Material- waited for the mold to cure


After poking the mold to ensure it was ready (solid and not sticky), we removed the camera from the mold.

Make a Cast of a Camera Using Mold Making Material- removed the camera from the mold


Ba-da-boom! The mold is complete. We can now make exact replicas of this camera over and over and over again.

Make a Cast of a Camera Using Mold Making Material- exact replicas of this camera


You can use many different substances to fill the mold, such as cement, plaster, polyurethane, soap, clay, polymer clay, play dough and wax, but 
we recommend ArtResin epoxy resin in combination with our line of ResinTints. 

💡 TIP: You can also use Mold Making Material for food safe molds to create personalized shapes out of chocolate, candy, ice, butter and more!  Just remember, molds made for use with food should ONLY be used for food.  For more information, see our blog Make Your Own Food Safe Silicone Molds.

Make a Cast of a Camera Using Mold Making Material-  ArtResin in combination with our line of ResinTints


Just like Mold Making Material, ArtResin is a simple 1 to 1 ratio of resin and hardener. Measure out equal parts of both solutions and mix thoroughly for 3 minutes. You’ll have approximately 45 minutes of working time with the resin mixture before it will begin to set.

Make a Cast of a Camera Using Mold Making Material- 1 to 1 ratio of resin and hardener


Grab any color of ResinTint and pour a few drops into the ArtResin. Then just mix it all together.

💡 TIP: Learn more about resin colorants in our blog What you Can Use to Color Clear Epoxy Resin? 

Make a Cast of a Camera Using Mold Making Material- Grab any color of ResinTint and pour a few drops


Pour your tinted resin into the mold right to the top and let it sit for at least 24 hours. ArtResin is hard to the touch after 24 hours but a full, hardened cure will take 72.

Make a Cast of a Camera Using Mold Making Material- Pour your tinted resin


Once time has passed, feel free to remove the new camera from the mold. You can repeat this process many times over as the mold is strong enough to make multiple copies.

Make a Cast of a Camera Using Mold Making Material- remove the new camera from the mold


Can't you just picture the endless possibilities?

Have fun and create as many replicas as you wish.

Make a Cast of a Camera Using Mold Making Material- create as many replicas as you wish

...Do you copy? ;)

 

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About the author: Dave Zak

Hi, I'm Dave, a Canadian-based entrepreneur. I was born an artist and I love to tinker and create things. After studying art and working in marketing, I founded ArtResin in 2008 in response to the toxic and yellowing resin products that were giving me headaches and ruining my artwork.