What is Silicone?
“Silicone” is a generic term, like the word “plastics” – it covers a rather wide range of materials and properties. The chemistry of a particular polymer determines its characteristics, from hard and brittle varnishes, to soft and flexible rubbers. The initial work on polysiloxane chemistry dates back almost 60 years and it continues today.
Generally speaking, Polysiloxane (the proper name for Silicones) are stable synthetic compounds (polymers), with lubricating properties that mimic organic, carbon based compounds such as petroleum, animal fats and vegetable oil.
Silicones are used for a lot of things. They can be elastomers and lubricating oils. The caulking in your bathroom is probably made of a silicone. Among other things, silicones are also used to make the heat resistant tiles on the bottom of the space shuttle, breast and other implants, and hair conditioners that don’t cause buildup.
The dictionary defines silicone as:
” 1) Any of a group of semi-inorganic polymers based on the structural unit R2SiO, where R is an organic group, characterized by wide-range thermal stability, high lubricity, extreme water repellence, and physiological inertness and used in adhesives, lubricants, protective coatings, paints, electrical insulation, synthetic rubber, and prosthetic replacements for body parts.”
” 2) Any of a large class of siloxanes that are unusually stable over a wide range of temperatures; used in lubricants and adhesives and coatings and synthetic rubber and electrical insulation”
Our Favorite Silicone Candy Molds
Clarita Home makes a great set of silicon molds in the shape of lego bricks and mini-figures. These moulds are great for making chocolate, hard candy, soaps, candles, crayons, ice and many more things in the shapes of legos. Perfect for kids birthday parties, baby showers, or adults who want to take a trip back down memory lane.