My main issue was that the butterfly is a thin, very spongy, textile like material, and I was just hoping it would mold well.
With the Chef's instructions I pulled it off!
I took my butterfly off the ribbon, see how thin?
Rolled out some Safe-D-Clay... hhahah I actually love this clay because it's so smooth, easy to work with. However this was the first time that I didn't build the clay bed around my object, but I had to roll it out. It was an excellent workout. I was sweating by the time I was done. Then my Dear Mentor told me I could just warm it a little for easier rolling. So, make note, warm your clay in the microwave for a few seconds if your kitchen is cold.
Then I took my fly and a medium brush and brushed every single detail inside and out with Seal-Dit. Making sure, the dit is not making details disappear by adding too much, just brush it very lightly. This is to keep the silicon out of the spongy material. Closing pores up. I really took my time on this to get a clean mold.
Then brushed the clay bed with a thin layer of Release-Dit, just enough to make it shiny. This is to ensure that when your mold is cured, everything comes right off of it smoothly.
Pressing the fly into the clay bed, just enough to make it stay down, not too deep, so I will have some depth to the mold. I ran through it lightly with a ball point tool, to make it sit in there evenly. If it's sticking up somewhere the silicon will go right under it!
Adding about an inch to the contour I cut around the butterfly. Cut it so will save us some silicon.
I made a clay ribbon, and attached it to the clay bed. With a clay tool and even with the tip of my fingers I had to smooth all corners away, where the bed and the wall attached, so there were no creases and holes, where the silicon could escape!
So now it looks like a butterfly in a box.
Brushed some of the Release-Dit on the inside of the wall too, and measured 1" up from the top of the butterfly, made a mark. That's how I know when to stop pouring my silicon.
After this is pouring time. I used a pourable silicon called CopyFlex. Mixed the two parts of exact equal amount totally. And started pouring in one spot slowly, trying to prevent bubbles. Once it's up to the mark, it's done. Curing time is about 4 hrs, I usually let it sit over night. Next morning I am always a little scared when using a new method to see the results! Here is my butterfly chocolate mold!
Chef what did I forget? I am adding my chocolate butterfly too in a minute!