" Why make your own moulds? "
Bennita produces all of her homeware products using silicone moulds she has made herself. This process ensures that her products are original and unique. Having learnt several mould making skills whilst studying at the University of Brighton, here are some behind the scenes images of this rarely seen method.
THE MASTER FORM
The mould making process begins with form. This can be done using several methods but usually on the plaster lathe as seen to the left. Once the master form is produced, Bennita then prepares to make the silicone mould. Depending on whether this is a one or two part, this part of the process is quite tricky but well worth the time and effort.
THE FINAL MOULD
After 48 hours curing, the silicone mould can then be used to cast products from. This can last for years with careful washing and usage etc. This is just one of many processes that often go unseen, but Bennita believes that the value of handmade comes from consumers learning about skills and methods that go into the products they purchase.