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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: July 11, 2012 03:51:10 PM
Actually, even though it says you cant, you CAN cast more than 1/8th inch piece with envirotex lite.  I do it all the time and my pieces come out just fine.  I've been working with envirotex for several years now and never had any issue with deep molds.  I think the thickest mold i've done was 3 inches.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: June 02, 2010 01:05:43 AM
is this any type of resin you can use for crafting? i didn't even know it was resin at first but you "mix equal parts of resin with hardener" to use it. it says it contains epoxy resin.

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/thumbs/156300_01Jun10_41y5Nab86EL_SL500_AA300_.jpg
http://www.eti-usa.com/consum/envtex/envlite.htm

if i can, does it come out completely clear? or a yellow color? does it work the same in molds?

Yes, that is a great resin to use, that's my personal favorite.  It comes out clear and works just fine in molds.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making resin pieces into pendants or other jewelry? on: June 01, 2010 02:23:02 AM
Ok, so during finals, my friends and I worked with that. A majority of the pendants came out BEAUTIFUL. Then, there were a few that came out sticky. That's not what this is about.

Now what do I do with those beautiful pieces??
I used a standard storebought mold. But I don't know how to make them into pendants and rings. I don' t really have an electric drill I can borrow and I"m not sure how to wire wrap them in a way that they will STAY PUT.


Can anyone help me turn them into pendants?

I have like... 24 of these things. Perhaps like 18.

Would it be ok to use hot solder around the epoxy pendants?

Hot solder would melt the epoxy.  If I were you, I'd invest the 40 dollars and buy a dremel.  If you cant afford that, you could get a fiskers hand drill which is around 10 dollars.

Once you get them drilled you can either drill all the way through to wire-wrap or you can use wire to create a little eye pin.  I glue the eye pin into the drilled hole with either epoxy glue, gorilla glue, or e6000.  I let it sit a day and then use a jump ring to make it sit right on the skin before threading my chain through.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions about Resin on: June 01, 2010 02:19:07 AM
Hi! I have been wondering where I might be able to buy some Resin... Would I find it at a craft store, like Micheals or Hobby Lobby? If so, where would it be located?
Thanks

Some michaels stores carry EasyCast - it is in the paint/glitter section of my store.  Hobby lobby does not carry it in my area.  Some hardware stores carry the Envirotex Lite in the paint section.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to find gears,cogs & steampunk trinkets? on: May 25, 2010 10:53:34 PM
I bought mine from artfire.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: epoxy resin jewelry polishing? on: May 05, 2010 06:24:42 PM
Oh, i just saw you do bigger pieces, not small jewelry like me.  In that light, i'd still suggest lining the bottom in clear packing tape and try using the foam brush instead, never got lines from that Smiley

The compound will give a soft gloss look instead of HIGH gloss look, so just a thought Smiley
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: epoxy resin jewelry polishing? on: May 05, 2010 06:22:35 PM
Here's how i did it and what i've learned.

1) cover the back of the piece in clear packing tape and cut to the size of the piece.  The reasoning is because resin will not stick to the tape and it will clear off the drip offs when its dry.
2) I've tried dunking pieces in resin and using a foam brush.  I've found when dunking them it goes on too thick and gets very globby.  Using the foam brush really cut down on the thickness of the resin.  Another thing i do is put the piece flat on my hand and use my glove fingertip and dip into the resin and just coat the resin with my gloved hands.

I used a tip from resinobsession.com and created a board full of toothpicks to allow my pieces to dry on.  I learned that they need to be spaced together very close in order for them to stay on top and not fall through.

Maybe i should just make a tutorial video on it? I hope this all makes sense.

Another technique i am trying is using polishing compound as described by a future resin crafter.  It is dialux white polishing compound - got it from riogrande.com   I'll let you guys know how well that works compared to resin dipping.  The downside to resin dipping is it takes several days to get it perfect (1 day for initial dip, 1 day to smooth the outsides and recoat, then 1 more day to coat the bottom of the piece).
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: May 03, 2010 08:18:43 PM
I had read somewhere that glitter glue doesnt work so hot because of the water thats in the glue, but never personally tried it.  I'd be interested to see if it does work though!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: epoxy resin jewelry polishing? on: May 02, 2010 05:00:32 PM
recoat them in resin is the technique i use now.  They shine very awesome with a coat of resin on top but it takes a long time for them to be cured (about a day and a half to two days)
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Silhouette images for resin. on: April 23, 2010 03:16:23 PM
sandradb, are there transparent-background "scrapbooking stamps"?  I'm unfamiliar with them.
If so, they should work since would be the same thing as a printed-on sheet of acetate...there could be adhesive on the back but that shouldn't matter much or at all.  Try it!

Diane B.

Not that I know of, but i was thinking if they filled the mold/spoon with resin, let that harden, then do the stamp and let that dry for a little bit, then fill do a final layer of resin?
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