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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My First Successful Resin Piece on: August 30, 2009 11:07:55 AM
Hey I have another question: to make the polymer clay figure did you use TLS (Translucent Liquid Sculpey) to join the pieces together or can you just blend with your fingers (like you would with other clay)?

I'm really ghetto when it comes to clay.  I pushed the pieces together the best I could without distorting the shape of the rectangle, and then, since I didn't care what the back looked like, I used some more clay to secure the 'joints', like this:


It looks ugly, but for its purpose, it didn't matter Smiley
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My First Successful Resin Piece on: August 30, 2009 08:00:56 AM
Thanks for the feedback guys!!

The inukshuk idea actually came from my work.  We have an inukshuk award we give to employees for excellence - and as I'm leaving in a week I was going to turn this into a necklace or a keychain for my boss... but in the end I love it too much to give it away! Sad  Plus I don't think she'd ever wear it as a necklace.

I think I will turn it into a pendant... I was thinking of gluing a bail to the back of it, since I don't have a drill.  But since it's clear I'm a bit worried it'll look stupid/messy...  Are there any other options?
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My First Successful Resin Piece on: August 29, 2009 04:17:02 PM
Finally something I'm not ashamed to post!!

The piece is a small Inukshuk - for comparison the squares on my bedspread are 1x1 in.  I made it using Castin Craft Polyester Resin, and coated it with some Eberhard Faber clear coat once it cured.


Here's the model for the mold.  I made it from polymer clay.


and the actual mold itself, which I made out of Siligum silicone. 


The stuff works really well, it even took the slightly textured surface of the clay which I find gives the final product an interesting look.

Overall I'm really happy with it!  I still don't know what to do with it... any ideas?
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Polyester Resin Issue - HELP!! on: August 27, 2009 05:18:23 PM
Here's my experience working with Castin' Craft, just for your info. I used it many, many, MANY times and the backs were always tacky. The only thing that helped was using the Castin' Craft brand surface hardener and doing two pours. So the initial pour, wait for it to harden, then do a thin second pour mixed with the surface hardener. The only bad thing about the hardener is that it gives the resin a slightly cloudy appearance. If you are mixing colors with the resin, it's not noticeable, but definitely is if you want it clear.

Other than that, gluing a small piece of felt of the back of my pieces was my only other solution.

I use Easy Cast brand resin now and love it, I would never use the Castin Craft again. I can work with it much longer before it starts to get tacky and the surfaces and backs are always very smooth and non-tacky.

Best of luck!

Oohh thanks for the insight!  I'm going to have to try to find a craft store in my area that has better selection so I can experiment more.

My most recent pieces actually turned out decent.  I left them 24hrs and then glossed them with some Eberhard Fabre clear coat (it was all I had...) and they look pretty nice.  I think it also helps that I didn't have to cut them out of the mold, but I'm pretty happy with the turnout overall.

Cheesy
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Polyester Resin Issue - HELP!! on: August 26, 2009 06:01:13 PM
Thanks for the info!  I started reading your page after I posted and realised most of my questions were answered there.  Thank you for taking the time to answer anyway Smiley

Only the exposed side is sticky, the rest is okay - I just figure that it would be nicer to spray the whole thing with glossy stuff.

The pieces I made yesterday turned out A LOT better than my first try so far, so I'm feeling a bit more confident!

Thanks again Smiley
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tons of Resin Pendants (a lil pic chubby) on: August 25, 2009 07:22:32 PM
Actually for the past few months I've been working on a book to show how these processes are done, trouble shooting information, and pretty much a collection of all the knowledge I have collected in my 5+ years of working with resin, it should be completed soon

I had been curious about resin in the past but your work posted here is what inspired me to go out and try it.  I'm definitely going to buy your book!!

27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Polyester Resin Issue - HELP!! on: August 25, 2009 06:01:45 PM
Thanks for the info guys!  The epoxy resin sold in craft stores here are the store's own brand called Vitra-Laque.  I'm not sure if it's designed for deep molds, but "laque" to me sounds like "lacquer" which makes me think that it's supposed to be used as a coat and not in a mold.

I tried mixing some more polyester resin this evening.  I mixed it really well and made sure that the resin was completely uniform before pouring it.  It's also less humid so I hope that helps too.  So far they seem to have turned out much better already, I made a really deep one that became fairly solid very quickly, so I'm hoping at least that one turns out if none of the others do.

Thank you for the link Diane!  I had actually stumbled upon your website yesterday afternoon but I was at work and couldn't look at it for very long.  I'm going to read some more tonight.

My idea is, if its slightly sticky, I could use some sort of sealer on both sides of the cast handling it only with rubber gloves to minimize finger prints.  Would that work?

Is it recommended to use the same brand of sealer? Or would any kind of clear coat work?  I know that craft stores around here don't sell anything except the resin and the catalyst/hardener.
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Polyester Resin Issue - HELP!! on: August 24, 2009 07:49:20 PM
This probably has been asked before but I can't find anything super specific to what I need.

Three days ago I tried my hand at polyester resin (castin craft).  I did some embedding with different objects and they turned out okay except for 1 detail... the exposed surface (the back) is STILL sticky.  It's been over 72hrs.  Also the front part (that was touching the mold) got some finger prints after I took a few out last night.
Now would be an appropriate time to mention that I used some soap molds and no mold conditioner/release, mainly because craft store sin Montreal pretty much SUCK.  (sorry omer deserres... i can't love you anymore.)  So basically I was unable to get most of the casts out of the molds, but that's not really the issue... they didn't turn out that well anyway and I don't foresee myself using them for other projects.

SO, I bought some siligum (fun!!) and made a couple flexible molds.  That's 1 issue solved.

How do I get rid of the stickiness issue?  The finger prints look terrible...  I really want to know if I did something wrong before I mix some more resin and run into the same problem...  Help!! Sad
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Green and Pink Craft Room on: August 16, 2009 05:20:12 PM
I LOVE your craft room!! I'm so jealous..  mine's got bicycles and saggy bookshelves in it..

Also, how did you get that screensaver on your mac?  It looks like the Blackberry digital clock...
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tons of Resin Pendants (a lil pic chubby) on: July 24, 2009 09:15:44 PM
Those are amazing!!

What are the little things inside made of?  Like the dragonfly and the words.
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