- 100% silicone
- A tub of some kind
- Dish soap
- Item to be molded (mixed nuts in this case)
Step 1: Create the silicone mold
Fill a small tub with water and add a generous amount of dish soap.
Squeeze some silicone into the water. The amount will be dependent on the size of the object you’re molding.
Wet your hands with the soapy water and then kneed the silicone under water.
Continue to wet your hands as needed to prevent the silicone from sticking.
Once you no longer need to wet your hands to keep it from sicking (roughly 10 mins), place the silicone on a sheet of wax paper.
Step 2: Take molds of the mixed nuts
Gently press the object you are taking a mold of into the silicone. Press it in far enough that the sides are covered, but not far enough to touch the wax paper at the bottom.
Let dry for the amount of time indicated on the silicone packaging.
Gently peel away the mold from the object.
Step 3: Insert clay into the molds
Firmly press airdry clay into the molds and leave to dry for a few hours.
Once dry, gently peel the clay out of the molds. You may need to trim the edges, but this will be easy because the clay at the edges will be thin.
Step 4: Paint the nuts
Now, paint the nuts with acrylic paint.
Almonds – Apply a base coat of cream and let dry. Then, apply a thin layer of a reddish tan color and wipe away some areas using a dry brush.
Cashews – Apply a base coat of cream and let dry. Then, apply a thin layer of a golden color and smudge out with a dry brush to create a toasted look.
Walnuts – Apply a base coat of cream and let dry. Then, apply a thin layer of a dark red-brown color. Finally, apply a dark brown, almost black, color into the crevices.
Cover all of the nuts with a layer of matte Mod Podge and let dry.