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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Precious Metal Clay on: March 02, 2009 07:00:59 PM
I have a question about firing. I torch fire my pieces but they tend to curl up at the edges when I fire them this way. Would firing them in a kiln keep them flatter? I am working on convincing my hubby to get me one and this would be a point in a kilns favor! Smiley
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: anyone have this craft drill? Walnut Hollow on: December 18, 2008 11:47:05 AM
I have that drill! It's not bad as drills go, but it has drawbacks. It only has one speed so you will be limited there, and it has to be plugged in to run. Overall it's a good price for a decent drill, but a Dremel will offer you more options.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to hang a nut ornament on: October 28, 2008 08:12:43 PM
I have an idea that might work for you. If you go to the Firemountain Gems site and do a search for 'bell cap findings' you will find some caps that have loops on them already! Some look like you could spread the little prongs out and fit them to the nuts. I hope you post some finished pictures, your ornaments sound really neat!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: halp with resin and silicone molds!! on: October 22, 2008 12:40:34 PM
I have some experience with silicone molds. what kind did you buy? there should be instructions that tell you the mix ratio and how long it will take to set up before you can demold your part. other then that it is pretty easy to do with a little patience. What are you making a mold of will really determine how you make your mold. I can help out more if you can share more information on your project!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm looking for info on how to make backpack charms/trinkets... on: September 21, 2008 05:05:33 PM
I guess it depends on what kind of charm you are trying to make. You can make some out of polymer clay, but if you want to make resin ones you can just put images, glitter, or anything else you would like!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stupid problem measuring resin and hardener! on: September 18, 2008 06:12:50 PM
Don't go off of the bottles, just go off of you measurements. There is no guarantee that the bottles were filled to the same level when you purchased them. I personally like to use a weight scale when I do my pours (makes me feel like my measurements are more accurate). But there have been plenty of times when There is still some product left in one of my bottles when the other is used up!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Going to start with resin...epoxy or poly? on: September 13, 2008 04:35:44 PM
For something like magnets I would recommend polyester resin. It smells, but it is much faster to work with. Epoxy resin will take more then 8 hours to set for embeddings, but polyester resin is ready after 20 minutes or so!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Earrings on: August 31, 2008 09:24:08 AM
It's string art or spirella.
This site has some info on it and has a link to glassatic.com that has more info on it about halfway down the page.


This site has basics on creating art string, so all you have to do is adapt the idea from hole in cardboard to looping the string around wire.


Hopefully this helps!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions about Drills and Dremels on: August 29, 2008 04:26:43 PM
I'm no expert on this stuff but I know that Home Depot carries the Dremel brand as well as many of the fun accessories that go with it. You might want to consider doing a search for a place that carries Dremels for cheaper, such as maybe Wal-mart? That way you don't break the bank. Michael's also carries a craft drill in the woodworking section that is pretty nicely priced ($16) and Michael's coupons make that price a whole lot nicer! Most craft drills like these use typical drill bits, you only have to get Dremel brand bits when you want smaller or unique ones for your work!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Resin turns flexible when wearing on: August 18, 2008 12:29:37 PM
Thanks for the advice SciFunk. I tried one batch with more hardener and ironically it made the resin the pliability of a gummy bear. I will keep adjusting and playing with it. I'm sure I will get it eventually!
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