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I'm looking to create molds for food-safe silicone beads (like the ones babies use for teething). From another question here, I guess I can't use silicone to make silicone beads. Is there another food-safe product to create a mold?

I've seen clay and acrylic water kits suggested, but I am concerned with the food safety.

  • Is this the question you're referring to? It's also discussing methods to cast food-safe silicone beads. Could you clarify what is different about your question? – user812786 Aug 23 '17 at 12:34
  • Yes! That's the right thread. I'm concerned if I use the suggested materials for casting (clay or water acrylic resin) the silicone beads would no longer be good safe. Now I'm wondering if I should just clean the beads well once cast. I'm nervous because these are meant to go in the mouths of babes, so I was hoping someone had done this before successfully – AKodsy Aug 25 '17 at 20:44
  • Came across thing again while editing tags, and these questions look very similar, but it appears that the earlier question is regarding the actual how to of casting silicone, and this question is more about ensuring the whole process is food safe. – Web Head May 14 '18 at 19:25
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You can use food grade silicon for casting as well as for making molds. What you need to look for is chocolate casting silicon. They are pretty expensive and there are plenty of manufacturers, but you need to follow the directions very carefully.

In Europe I have had good experience with a product called schokomold

If you do cast silicon in a silicon mold, you can use a cooking spray as a release.

A word of caution though, the silicon is robust but it will break down over time through stretching and (chewing). You can make it more robust by adding more of the binding component, however your working time will also be reduced. Experimentation is called for.

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