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I don't understand the phrasing of your question "where do I go to get the original molds, not to make my own from an existing object".

Original molds are the property of the people or companies who make them.

In simple terms:

Molds for resin-cast parts are taken directly from "masters", which are scratch-built models made by highly skilled craftsman. Liquid mold material is literally poured over the master. When it sets, the master is removed, and the hollow "negative" that remains is the mold.

Molds for injection molding are made these days by CNC machining the "negative" cavities from solid blocks of metal. Data from the CAD-engineered plans drives the CNC process.

Edited by Ace-Garageguy
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