Saturday, January 9, 2010

For the Mold Enthusiast - Floree Japan

Although clay molds are perhaps seen as a naughty short-cut in the crafting community, I do like my molds if there's a need to do mass-crafting. Molds are like time-savers to air-dry clay users, like canes are to polymer clay users I guess! :D

Since I am not a fan of mixing sillcones to do my own molds, I would try to get the air dry clay / deco craft molds made by Floree Japan, which sadly has become the objects of boot-legging by many Etsy sellers (Some of whom I have mistakenly bought from.)


If you search Etsy's with the term 'clay mold', you'll get an array of blue-silicon copycat molds, fake Floree molds priced anywhere from $5 to $10 USD and the real Floree molds. So far, I have found only two sellers on Etsy selling the real thing which they priced at $15-$19+ USD, the former shipping these molds directly from Japan itself. You can also go through a commission seller to purchase your molds off Floree's Yahoo-auction website and have them shipped to you. Floree molds cost 980 yen per mold (around 10USD), and sometimes there is special discounts. I got my first two Florees from Tokyu Hands in Shibuya, Japan last year.

The fake ones are labelled "f-style" on the side and do not have Floree's distinctive watermark behind, which bears the mold's name and the website. The boot-leg ones are not sanded properly on the side, resulting in a lop-sided mold that cannot lie flat. Also, the inside of the molds are not shiny and smooth so clay takes a while to be removed from it. These probably go for like half the price of a real Floree mold.

Real Floree molds are made either from hard white silicon or black silicon. There's no difference between the two except you see stains on the white mold instead. The black will stain too, just that you can't see it. The front of each mold is stamped with the word 'floree'. Each mold has a distinctive watermark behind, like a company logo-thing - bearing the mold's name and Floree's website. The inside of the molds are smooth and shiny, clay comes out easily with these molds.

You can visit Floree's website to look at their products :

http://www.floree.jp/ - Main website, home
http://www.floree.jp/web1/ - Product Overview, first tab on the side-bar
http://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/floree/index.html - Floree's Yahoo Shopping Store, this is where you go if you want to buy molds and crafting materials, second tab
http://www.floree.jp/Les/ - Video Lessons on how to use Floree Molds to make deco and miniatures, third tab
http://www.floree.jp/gallery/index.html - Photograph Gallery of Products, fourth tab
http://ameblo.jp/floree/ - Floree Store Blog, fifth tab
http://www.floree.jp/kyoushi/index.html - Contact Lists, Japan only, sixth tab

Floree's website is very exciting to visit, do take a look when you are free. :)

Note : I am not putting up pictures of the molds that I have purchased but I would be glad to tell you who are the sellers for non-bootleg or bootleg Floree's  if you are interested in buying.

10 comments:

~*~Aria~*~ said...

I would love to know where to purchase non-bootleg Floree. I'm so glad I found your blog, I was about to drop $5.50 a pop on a singular mold!

Snowfern said...

wahhh very good info indeed. :) thank you!

i hadn't known of the differences, like, the original floree molds are silicon :O that way i can even use it for polymer clay AIEE!!!

you've just created another hole in my pocket. *faints*

nyann said...

Aria> Thanks for dropping by! I can drop you a note on which are the sellers for non-bootleg ^^ but it is expensive!

Snowfern> Lol~ I can burn more holes in your pocket! You know it!

THis Fat girl here luvs CAke. They call me LBCake said...

Hello I bought 90 molds for 4.00 a piece, you can understand how mad I am, oh well you live and you learn, can you please email the non expensive site. Thanks myskinnyswag@gmail.com

L & D Diaper Design said...

can you please tell me the sites, the sites on you list is in Japanese so i cant understand what it means, i tried to do translation on Google but it doesn't work for most of the words on the site: email me at landddiaperdesign@gmail.com

Sakito said...

I've bought the bootlegged ones.. *feels dirty now* I wish i could find the actual Floree ones on a website i can read ^^;. The one i did find that was selling floree molds was charging DOUBLE what they should be. you know of any sites that sell these molds for an english speaking person that.. doesnt want your soul and first born child? ^^ thankies

Sketchy Artwork from Lavah said...

i'd like to know also please :( i have searched almost everywhere and they're all soooo expensive.

red.noir(at)hotmail.com ;_; thankyuou

anka_marcella said...

hi can you please tell me the sits as well? email me at anka_marcella@hotmail.com. really appreciate it =)

octopustea said...

This would be so helpful...
Would you tell me where to get them? I don't understand japansese, so...
Would appreciate it so much! ^^

candydoll said...

Hi would you please tell me the websites as well? I've also been looking all over for the authentic molds and would greatly appreciate it, thanks!

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