Here's how it starts - you buy a few molds that are exceptionally cool. In particular the ones that produce these bracelets and rings:
And then you start wanting earrings that are an exact cube, only to discover that apparently no one on the entire internet would like to sell cube molds of the size you are now convinced is imperative for said earrings. So then you stare at your molds. And you think, "self, how hard could that really be?" So then you do what you always do in times like these - you head straight to youtube. Turns out you can figure out how to do *anything* with the help of YouTube. (As a sign that our civilization might be headed straight to hell, I used to say that I could figure out how to do anything with the help of a book. Now it's YouTube. Progress or regress, you be the judge.)
So YouTube sent me on my way, and after some more sleuthing I came up with a likely looking silicone product - which I'm pretty sure is the exact same product used in the molds I like so much. Surely this is a sign! And this product requires a digital gram scale, which strangely enough I actually own due to my stint as a produce farmer. All signs still looking good. So here's how it all went down:
1. Pull out scale, feeling proud it's in your possession.
2. Realize the f@#*ing thing is now killing batteries every time you put them in, due to its apparent desire to display the word "off" when it's off. But if it's displaying the word, it isn't really off, is it? So then go find...
3. The battery charger.
4. In the meantime ponder the fact that you can't find the power cord. Think that charging and/or removing batteries all of the time is going to get tedious, so call the store you bought it from and inquire about buying a new power cord. Upon hearing the news that a new cord will cost $50, decide playing with batteries isn't so bad.
5. While the batteries are charging, rig up the containers. I went for the very sophisticated take-out soup container/plastic cup and dixie cup options. Along with some double sided tape these actually worked pretty well.
6. Mix up the goo. Not a big deal, but rather sticky. Definitely recommend gloves.
7. Stir goo until hands cramp. Not kidding. That stuff is thick.
8. Pour goo into molds.
9. Wait. Overnight.
10. Peel off the paper - and then pry and drag rings and bracelet out of the now-firm goo. And voila! Molds!
These are mine sitting beside the originals - and while mine are a little more ragged that the originals, they're a pretty close approximation. Success! Of course the real test will be once I actually use them. And now that I know I can more or less make molds, I've got to find the exact right cube for the earring of my dreams. So a follow-up report will be forthcoming.