DIY – Gummy Bear Necklace. This tutorial is a summary guide to using Pinkysil and a quick How-to mould a Gummy Bear. I have often used Pinkysil to make moulds of various items (cabochons for jewellery mostly) and I thought I’d give a quick introduction to the types of Pinkysil available and an example of what can be achieved … a cute Gummy Bear, that you can attach a chain to and make into a necklace, or perhaps a ring or hair accessory!
There are two types of Pinkysil available. I buy mine from Barnes. You can also buy it in various weights depending on your moulding needs. On the left is the ‘regular’ Pinkysil and on the right, the ‘putty’ Pinkysil.
Above is the ‘regular’ Pinkysil, which is also skin safe. Note the mixing ratio is 1:1. (This means you mix equal parts of the pink and white liquids together). Both the regular and putty are mixed at 1:1, so they are very easy to use. The regular Pinkysil is quite liquid and pourable – Think cream consistency!
It sets quite rapidly. You’ll have about a 2-5 minute working time once mixed together. The higher the temperature (in the room), the less work time you’ll have. You can release items from a mould usually after about 20 minutes.
Above is the Putty Pinkysil. Also mixed at 1:1. (Grab an amount of equal size of both the pink and white and mix together). I have used a small amount in the jar – that explains the ‘drips’ in the jar, however the consistency is quite thick – it does not pour. Think Blu-Tack consistency!
In this tutorial, I will be using the regular Pinkysil.
You will need:
- Gummy Bear. or cabochon / plastic gummy bear to make a mould of.
- Silicone Cupcake Tray. Little container, etc. Must have flat bottom.
- Mixing container. Glass or plastic.
- Mixing Stick. Like a large ice cream stick. Flatter is better.
- Blu-Tack. Helps to attach to bottom & when trimming silicone.
- Exacto Knife / Nail Scissors. For trimming excess silicone.
- Pinkysil. Regular – mix only what you need.
- Pin / Isopropyl Alcohol. Optional. To pop surface air bubbles.
- Polymer Clay. In your chosen Gummy Bear colours
- Oven. To bake your Fimo Gummy Bears.
- Necklace Findings. or re-purpose an old necklace.
Place a small amount of Blu-Tack on the base of the bear. Secure to bottom of container.
Mix your Pinkysil (1:1) quickly and thoroughly. Try not to whip, which can create air bubbles.
Pour into your container (with the Gummy Bear in place) with a thin even stream and importantly keep pouring IN THE SAME SPOT – ie. Do not DRIZZLE it all over. This way, it helps to avoid air pockets and fills from the bottom up and as it rises, keeps the detail. Keep filling until your bear is completely covered.
Once filled, I sometimes give my container a gentle tap to help any trapped air to rise to the surface. You don’t want to dislodge the bear though. This is also where the Blu-Tack helps – to keep the bear still! Pop the bubbles with a pin, or lightly spray with isopropyl alcohol to desolve them.
Your mould is ready after at least 20 minutes setting time. Pop out from the container, remove your Blu-Tack and with your Exacto knife and / or scissors, trim away any silicone ‘skin’ that may be over the bear, so you have a nice clean edge.
Now is your chance to mould Gummy Bears galore! Use translucent and bright polymer clay for different effects. Bake as per instructions for whichever polymer clay you are working with. I use Fimo.
Glue a flat bail to the back of the Gummy Bear, add a jump ring and thread onto a necklace. You’ve made a sweet little Gummy Bear Necklace!
You can of course re-use the Pinkysil mould over and over to create a whole sleuth of bears! Who knew that the collective noun for a group of bears is called a sloth or sleuth! I didn’t. Shouldn’t it be a sloth of sloths?
I’m not sure if Pinkysil is available in other places other than Australia, but there are very similar products on the market, so you can still make your own DIY Gummy Bear Necklace. Have fun everyone!