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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making custom molds for resin? Also, adding color details? on: May 17, 2010 06:36:04 AM
Acrylics really wouldn't work, I was thinking of model paints or some other type pf enamel (I was hoping someone else would know what sticks well, since I know some artists use resin to build their own models).

I've been wanting to cast more of my work in resin instead of they polymer clay because even the best clay under the best conditions still isn't very durable in small pieces, and since I sell my work I'd really like to make sure it lasts.

I was talking about a sheet mold (a "cavity" is the depression in a mold). Smiley
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does digitizing at home make it useful for professional machines? on: May 12, 2010 02:05:21 PM
You'll need a pro if you have never done it before...there are a lot of details that are hard to master (such as stitch density, reducing layers) not to mention embroidery software is challenging to master.

Overall, to have it done so it works out the way you would want, $60 is worth it! Smiley
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Making custom molds for resin? Also, adding color details? on: May 12, 2010 01:59:50 PM
 I've been making polymer clay jewelry for some time, as well as casting small and simple resin pieces, and it occurred to me that it would be nice to make custom molds of my polymer clay work so I could have unique resin pieces (rather than using the same molds everyone else can go out and buy). This leaves me with some dilemmas: how to make plenty of quality molds, and how to add the colored details.

First question, mold making:
I have seen two part mold builders for making a flexible mold, but I want to be able to make multiple cavities (so I can cast several pieces at once and not have to fiddle with multiple molds) and I have heard mold building latex leaves an inferior finish at times (not glossy like a commercial mold).

Has anyone tried vacuum forming molds? Know of any other techniques? Is a two part mold builder a good option, or would that yield a poor result for this technique?

I didn't make this piece, but this is a good example of what I have in mind:



Second question, adding color details:

Okay, I know you can color resin and layer colors, but what would be the best method for adding more detailed color changes? Would I be able to use enamel paints or another paint product to add details after the resin has fully cured, or would it peel (the way paint peels from plastics...even that silly spray paint made for plastic!)

Is it possible to brush colored resin into the mold (in detail areas) and pour in a colored background?

(Also, I am sorry if there is an answer in the general questions about resin thread, I couldn't find an answer searching and the thread is too long to read in its entirety)

Again, this isn't my work, but represent what I am going for...some details seem to be colored resin and others seem painted?

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ruffle Jammies!!! on: May 12, 2010 01:58:33 PM
Very cute top!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: More undies on: May 12, 2010 01:56:29 PM
Nicely done!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Industrial Dress Form- Any recommendations? on: May 12, 2010 01:25:24 PM
I've been wondering the same thing. Of course there are always Wolf dress forms, but that is beyond my budget at the time. A lot of the cheaper imported ones are in a single arbitrary size (a display form, rather than a tailors form).

There has to be something between flimsy fabric store forms and top of the line Sad
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mary Rose High Waisted Lolita Skirt on: May 12, 2010 01:18:42 PM
Nice!
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Lots of mini food jewellery + accessories on: May 12, 2010 01:09:06 PM
very cute!
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Chocolate Chips anyone??? on: May 12, 2010 01:06:46 PM
Yum!
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: polymer clay bangles plus tutorial post 7 on: May 12, 2010 01:02:56 PM
The first side of the Galaxy bracelet is my fav! Very stylish!
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