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Moulding Projects

Interior design is not just about the design phase. Very often, you cannot find the item you want to add the finishing touch to a room and have to resort to some creative handy-work to come up with the exact feature you want. There are lots of different techniques that can be used depending on what you are trying to achieve, but in this article, we thought we would explain how you can make elaborate and stylish curtain tie backs, door, and cabinet knobs inexpensively. Curtain tiebacks are made from different materials and are usually extremely expensive. We think you will be surprised at how ornamental and costly looking these curtain tiebacks and doorknobs look!

The foundation piece for your ornamental curtain tie back is a simple plaster mould. Looking on the internet will reveal a cornucopia of different designs that lend themselves to the job in hand. When thinking about moulds, what usually comes to mind are those available in craft shops but there are many sophisticated products available for you to use. The moulds are typically a plastic form of an ornamental three-dimensional design.

The moulds can be used with products that set hard such as clay, wax, plaster, or concrete products. Not only can they be used to create stunning ornamental ceiling and wall designs but also for making curtain tie backs and knobs for drawers and doors.

Requirements:
1. You will need the mould of your choice. As previously mentioned, an internet search will pull up all variety of architectural moulds you can purchase for your project
2. Select wood or wall screws of the right length and strength to penetrate your wall, cabinet door, or drawer.
3. A small bag of concrete
4. Release spray such as silicone spray, mineral oil or even cooking spray.

Instructions:
1. Turn the mould face down on top of an old towel.
2. Spray the inside of the mould with release spray, or brush it with mineral oil. Do not allow the oil to pool in the recesses of the mould.
3. Mix the concrete according to the manufacturers directions.
4. Pour the mould 1/2 full then tap up and down lightly to force any air bubbles to the surface.
5. Fill the mould up but do not overfill.
6. Check to make sure the mould is level.
7. After about 15 minutes, insert the head end of the screw in to the centre of the wet concrete and press just until the head completely disappears in the mixture. Prop it up straight if it tends to tilt.
8. Allow to harden completely for at least 24 hours.
9. Once it has hardened, turn the mould face up, and while holding your hand under the concrete, begin to work the mould free.
10. Once the piece pops out, allow it to completely air dry then paint as desired and varnish.
11. Screw the piece into the chosen location and there you have a unique item to complement your décor.

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