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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: June 01, 2013 05:39:16 PM
Does 'Dimensional Magic' work like resin? Waterproof and all? I know some of the stuff sold for pendant making is not waterproof.

Weird that maybe covering my items is causing the specks. Maybe I will do a test without the covering. But usually I get a spec or two before I even get to the covering stage. Maybe I am in an environment that has a lot of particles that can not be seen with the eye, but show up if landing in resin.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: June 01, 2013 02:41:28 PM
There is no problem with the actual curing. It cures nice and hard and clear.  I usually do not get a lot of air bubbles. I let the freshly mixed resin sit a few minutes before pouring it in, then what air bubbles I do have I just work to the top and get rid of. I just mentioned the air bubble in my original post just to cover any aspect of what would need to be removed from a cured resin item.

There is really no way to embed the paper. I seal the paper with white glue. Let it dry. Glue it to the bottom of a silver bezel cup pendant, let that dry. Then resin on top. There is no exposed paper. The resin spreads to the walls of the pendant.

When I mess up, I soak the whole thing in acetone to disolve the resin so I can reuse the pendant.

I use the rain drop resin and doming resin from Rio Grande. I've used casting craft and some other stuff from craft stores, but I am the most pleased with the rio grande stuff.

I think my solution is to just not keep checking on it. But I started doing that because when I first got started with resin it didn't even occur to me to check on them. Just pour the resin, cover, let dry for a day. So I was shocked when I discovered tiny fuzz on them when I know there was not a spec on them when I covered them. So now I do spot checks. And I pretty much always find specs. I use a fairly large plastic cup to cover. Sometimes I use a large plastic container if I want to cover everything together. What do most people use?
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: June 01, 2013 12:36:52 PM
I cover the whole item. Usually with a plastic cup. Always something bigger than the item.

I always cover it right away. Then I check on it once or twice during curing to make sure nothing has landed on it.

I have several places I do my resin. I have a small office, but there is not much ventilation there and I am overpowered by fumes.  Usually it is my basment. A large airy space so that I don't suffocate. It is not dusty at all. Not that you can see with the naked eye anyway.

What would I use to sand down the resin? Sandpaper? Or is there something specific for resin sanding? I have no problem doing the extra work to sand it down. It is a lot better than starting all over! Most of my projects have paper as the base, so when I soak the resin off the pendant, I also lose my paper or photo.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: June 01, 2013 11:50:02 AM
I ALWAYS get just the tiniest bit of dust or something on my resin, no matter what I do. It will be PERFECT, then while it dries, something falls into it. Even if I check it every hour for a couple of hours, then finally decide it looks good enough to leave alone til dried, it always ends up with some kind of debris on top! And I keep them covered!  I see resin items all the time that are perfectly beautiful, and it frustrates me that I have not turned out ONE perfect resin item! And I have made over 100 items!

Is there any way to remove a dust particle or air bubble in cured resin? I know the only thing that really "melts" resin is acetone, so would pouring a little acetone on the top and letting just the very top melt work? or is that going to leave a gloppy mess?  What about pouring another layer of resin over it? Would that hide the debris? Or will it just show right through?

THANKS! Smiley
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Question about No Bow No Go hair bows. on: July 01, 2012 12:30:33 PM
I have the No Bow No Go TNT templates.  I can make beatiful basic bows.

However, I can not make a twisted bow to save my life. I love those bows, but mine are just embarrasing! The bows always flip up or down unattractively, and no amount of shaping helps!

Does anyone else use these templates? If so, any direction you can give me?

I have watched the video the NBNG person has out, but it just tells you to make a perfect X, it doesn't really explain how to achieve said X. Mine always looks like an X, but my bows fail miserably!

Thanks for any help or direction!! Smiley

Kristi
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need to turn a pendant into a button (sterling) on: June 11, 2012 06:56:12 PM
That was my first thought, but since the pendant is sterling I want the backing to be sterling too.  I can't find any sterling buttons small enough and with a shank to glue onto it.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Need to turn a pendant into a button (sterling) on: June 09, 2012 06:27:30 PM
I need to add a jump ring to the middle back of a flat sterling pendant to turn it into a button.

I know soldering is the best thing to do, but you need a torch for sterling, right? I can not just use a soldering iron? I have the copper and flux for soldering those glass pendant type things, but I am not sure I can use that for this project.

I was also thinking resin. I know it is not nearly as permanent as a solder. But I do not want to buy a lot of new tools or equipment for this project.

Thanks!!

Kristi
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to "un-oxidize" oxidized silver? on: June 06, 2012 11:41:27 PM
On a whim I tried acetone. Works beautifully! Smiley
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to "un-oxidize" oxidized silver? on: June 04, 2012 02:01:41 PM
Thanks! I am pretty sure they are plated over brass. I will try the top one, then of that doesn't work, the pickling.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to "un-oxidize" oxidized silver? on: June 03, 2012 03:58:19 PM
Hi!

I have some charms that have the black oxidization deep into teeny tiny spaces. So polishing them isn't going to get it off.

Is there something I can soak them in to remove it? Or once oxidized, it stays oxidized?

Don't get me wrong, I love the look of them with the blackening. But I have about 50 of the same charm and want to change some of them up and make them shiny.

Thanks!!
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