Plaid (Mod Podge), have created new products for their Mod Melts line. I received the Neons, Metallic, and Glitters Mod Melts sticks to play with and review. There is also a Colors one available on the Plaid website. These are similar to the Sea Glass and Milk Glass Mod Melts that were released first.
The Plaid site, describes Mod Melts as follows:
Use Mod Melts to create custom embellishments for crafting projects that can be decorated with craft paint. Each package contains sixteen 10″ long mini melts.
Size: 10 inch Design Size: 16 pieces
The packaging has the dimensions of one Mod Melt stick, the stick amount, the product name, and some basic instructions in English, French, and Spanish.
HOW TO: Starting in the middle of the design on the mold, squeeze the Mod Melts into the mold and work your way out to the outside of the design. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing. Trim off excess melt from the edges. Paint, glitter or ink design element to coordinate with project.
There are photos with less detailed instructions too.
These are the Neon Mod Melts. They are light pink, bright orange, bright yellow, and dark green. Though the colors are lovely, I wouldn’t consider a dark green to be “neon”. The Colors pack has a brighter green in there. Cathie Fillian shared this photo of what all the new Mod Melts look like together. A nice color palette. If there is any color you feel is missing, well you can add that to the finished Mod Melt object with paint, ink, and glitter. These are a nice creamy formula. They melted well, just like normal hot glue, and filled the molds nicely.
These are the Mod Melts Metallic. They come in Silver and Gold. You get 8 of each color, for a total of 16 sticks. These are a thicker formula. You have to be patient and let them warm up well in your mini glue gun. They do have one major flaw. The luster of them leaves lines of where the melted stick is overlapping. You can see that in the swatching below. It was a little better if it was super warm, but not by much. Less noticeable in the smaller objects, but very obvious in the larger objects from the Gems Mod Mold. As you can see in the project below, I used that flaw to my advantage, creating Faux Geodes, where that flaw would look appropriate.
These are the Mod Melts Glitters. They come in red, silver, green, and gold. They are a thick formula like the Mod Melts Metallic sticks. You do need to make sure they are hot and have patience. I was rushing when filling the larger objects, and it caused some blockage and squirt back in the gun. I had to slow down, and clear out the blockage several times with both the Glitters and Metallic. The Glitters didn’t have an obvious marks from where the melted stick overlapped itself. I tried mixing the glitters, but that didn’t look awesome. However, I did experiment with adding loose glitters to the mold before adding the melt, and that worked great. That’s an option if you wanted your glitter objects to have more color depth and variation.
These are the results of me tinkering with the Mod Melts Neon. I didn’t paint them as you can with the Sea Glass and Milk Glass options, but you certainly can. Instead, I played with mixing the colors and formulas. I figured the intention of these were to provide a rainbow of Mod Melts colors and formulas. These worked well to fill in the small details. I used them mostly with the Trinkets Mod Mold, but also the Gems, Flowers, and Nature Mod Molds. On the right, you can see where I mixed a few formulas. The butterfly at the top, from the Nature Mod Mold, might look nicer if the green was actually neon. The contrast is very harsh. However, this worked great for the nest from the same Mod Mold. The donut has a bit of mixing, as I was transitioning from one color to the next. The cake and candy bar are a mix of orange and yellow. Looks yummy like a lemon cake. The large flower is a mix of orange and light pink, which gave a nice painterly look. This an object from when the sticks were transitioning inside the hot glue gun. The flower strip is me altering the colors. I did the orange ones 1st. After they were cool and I had transitioned to the light pink, I added the pink. They look great. You need to make sure the colors are fully touching, for the object to be strong. You can overlap the colors a bit on the back for added strength. Those flowers are form the Flowers Mod Mold. I used 4 different molds to create this variety.
I made these objects with Mod Melts Metallic, using the same 4 Mod Molds. You can see the melt lines I mentioned above. I can’t think of a way of disguising or lessening these. Even with making sure the melt stick was hot, they still appeared. I played with mixing the two colors, gold and silver, to see what effects I could get. I used the silver to fill in the eggs, mirror frame, and brush handle. Then, I filled in the remainder with the gold. I love how these worked together. You do need to be very careful when filling in selected details. As you can see with the mirror, if you aren’t then the mistake is obvious. You can however, remove the object after it’s cool in each stage, and cut away mistakes with scissors. Then, put the object back into it’s mold and finish filling it with the next color. The diamond gem at the top is a mix because I was transitioning from the silver to the gold. I was hoping these would smoothly mix, but they didn’t and the transition was very obvious. I liked how the silver looked in the flower Mod Mold. The matte silicone of that mold makes the object matte too. However, this had some nice highlights. I made a few more than shown, to make into jewelry later on.
I made these objects with Mod Melts Glitters, using the same 4 Mod Molds. These have a nice glitter impact and depth. They are very shiny with the Trinkets and Gems Mod Molds, because of the shiny silicone of those molds. They are more matte with the Flower and Nature Mod Molds, because of the matte silicone of those molds. These have such a strong sparkle, that they can visually obscure details. You could probably bring back some of those details with paint, but you will lose the depth of the glitter. Perhaps some metallic paint washes would be ok. I loved them best in the simple shapes from the Gem Mod Mold. There are some other new Mod Molds that the Mod Melts Glitters would look great in…Alphabet, and the gears from Industrial.
I played with mixing some of the formulas, to bring out certain details in the molds. The strawberry is red glitter and green neon. The ice cream is pink neon and gold glitter. The cupcake the pink neon, red and silver glitter. The rainbow clouds are silver metallic, pink, orange, and yellow neon. The bird on a branch is yellow neon, gold and green glitters, the gem is gold metallic and glitters. The beaded strip is gold and silver metallic and glitters. To do these, I filled each detail with the separate color or formula, let them cool, and then added the next and so on. The rainbow clouds turned out to be too small to do this easily, so perhaps this one would be better painted. The bird on the branch and beaded strip turned out the best. This was fun to do.
As I mentioned above, the Mod Melts Metallic had a noticeable flaw. I used loose glitter inside the Gem Mod Mold, before adding the Mod Melts Metallic and Glitters to the mold. I wanted to test this idea of embedding materials into the objects, as they are being created. These worked out great. I think these look like geodes, just as intended. I made several, and created 3 necklace, 2 earring pairs, and a ring. I have some extras left over. Head over to my blog, Crafty Lady Abby, to see my tutorial on making Faux Geodes and the shown jewelry.
- The Neon Mod Melts are easy to use. Very smooth. Quick to heat up
- The Glitter Mod Melts have a great depth of glitter
- The Metallic Mod Melts have a nice luster
- You can easily embed loose glitter into the Mod Melts, which can help you control color. This might be possible with luster dust, colored powders, and micro beads too. If your decoration is too deep to embed, you can attach it to the front of objects with a little E6000
- You can paint, ink, and glitter the molded objects
- You can use Mod Podge decoupage mediums to seal any extra embellishments onto the molded objects
- Though the packaging says it takes 10 minutes for the objects to cure, some small ones take about 3 minutes and large ones about 5-7. When they are cool to the touch, they are ready
- The name for the Neon Mod Melts is a little odd, since the dark green isn’t a neon color
- The Glitter Mod Melts have such a high sparkle, that object details are visually blurred
- The Metallic Mod Melts have luster marks when melted, which are more obvious in larger pieces
- Though the objects are hard after being created, they are made of a meltable material. They could melt again, if subjected to enough heat. Don’t leave them in high heat situations
These Mod Melts are currently available for purchase on the Plaid website for $9.99 a pack. The 4 Mod Melts and 11 Mod Molds will be available at Michaels mid-June. This will bring the total to 6 Mod Melt packs (16 colors) and 15 Mod Molds (162 designs). Overall, I really liked these. The objects are sturdy and can be used for a variety of projects. I loved making jewelry with them, but they could also work for home decor, gifts, hair accessories, scrapbooking…just use your imagination.
Disclosure: Products provided for review purposes. All opinions are based on my first-hand experience with the product.
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Those look great, especially the neon ones, I am not so sure about the glitter ones, not as pretty after melted, but fairly interesting.
Great detailed review. I like playing with the original mod melts and these will just up my playtime! I wonder if a heat gun would make the lines in the metallic less noticeable? After they show up at Michael’s I’ll have to give it a try. Thank you, Abby, for a very thorough review! Well done!
This is awesome!! I have been wanting to try this ‘product’ since the milk glass version came out now, there is much more to look for. You mentioned about cutting the excess off … how hard was it to do that? Did you use just regular scissors? Also you mentioned the sticks worked better being warm but what temp is your glue/craft gun? (I have a couple but one is adjustable to 2 temps) and I don’t want to burn the melts with too hot a temp. I’d be really interested to try cutting the sticks into 1″ pieces and stacking them into the gun to on purpose get the ‘marbled’ look.
Abby Davis says
Great questions. You can cut the finished objects with regular scissors. I used a high temp mini heat gun, which is what the packaging says is required. I had to let the metallics and glitters heat up longer before using them, than the neon ones. This is because of the formula differences. The metallics and glitters are thicker formulas than the neon sticks, and required a longer heating time. It would be interesting cutting the sticks into short lengths and stacking them in the gun for a marbled look. That would probably work better on the neon and color sticks than the metallics and glitters.
Abby Davis says
A heat gun might make the metallic lines less noticeable, but it will also likely warp the finished object. Something to test out yourself.
Abby Davis says
It’s hard to photograph glittery things. These have a deep sparkle to them, since it’s filled with glitter. You can make the objects shinier with a layer of Mod Podge Gloss or Super Gloss.