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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Pictures of craft fair setup - Please post! on: July 06, 2011 12:00:21 PM
I have been doing a ton of shows lately so thought I would share some pics. Most all of the boxes are Xerox boxes covered in fabric. They are great for display and at the end of the show, take off the lid and load everything inside the boxes - tablecloths, jewelry, bracelet stands, etc. Makes for easy storage and pack up at the end of the day.





2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Resin and Spoons on: July 06, 2011 11:39:12 AM
Hey - thought I would add a few more pictures to the thread. These are from my current line taken at shows I have participated in over the past month. I've been experimenting more with painting on the spoons.

Large spoons:


Large spoons again:


Small spoons:


3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Domino Pendants on: March 25, 2011 07:12:23 PM
Very nice, my favorite is the AZ iced tea one. The colors are so pretty. Also unrelated, but I love your glasses!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Resin and Scrabble Tile Reversible Bracelets on: December 20, 2010 06:27:17 AM
Love the cows - LOVE the cows.  Wisting the cows because I collect black and white cows.  The hearts and birds are great too, and really like the ones with the dimensional charms.  Great job.  What drill bit did you use to get through the tiles?  It must have been tiny!  Are they all gifts or for yourself?  Maybe next time carry the resin over to the lettering side so that wood colour is consistent.

I used a Dremel, and I *think* I used the 5/64th drill bit, or the size right above that. Mainly I sell them at shows, but since my shows are mostly over for the season, I guess they are gifts to myself till next year.

I might try that in the future for the wood color, but I kind of like the inconsistency of it for now.  Grin
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Resin and Scrabble Tile Reversible Bracelets on: December 20, 2010 06:25:04 AM
I used a CNC mill to drill my holes and holy smokes was it a pain.... Angry

If you know a better way I would love to hear it Smiley

Hey~

I use a dremel for drilling the holes. It's pretty easy. I use the electric dremel since I have so many to drill. I used to use the rechargeable dremel, but it would die after about 14-16 tiles. It cost about $50 for the dremel - it came in a box with tons of attachments although I have only used it for drilling so far.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Resin and Scrabble Tile Reversible Bracelets on: December 18, 2010 08:38:58 PM
Well pretty much the title says it all. These bracelets are made out of scrabble tiles. The outside has images/charms covered in resin and the insides all spell something.

Cows spell GOT MILK on the inside


Golden Girls (Blanche is on there too, you just can't see her)


Birds


Blue and black


Wild at Heart


Leap Frog


Wicked


Messy Heart


Goodnight Moon


The cat's meow


And a big clump of bracelets
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Challenge 1: Sea Spoon Pendant on: February 10, 2010 07:17:06 PM
I made this pendant from an actual soup spoon. It has a bit of blue paper layered over a sea green background, then just added bits of chain and pearls and covered the entire spoon with resin. That's pretty much it  Grin


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2686/4347933932_5fecff9a98.jpg

Side view
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4042/4347186635_6eb2c3db88_b.jpg

CLOSE up
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2793/4347222361_edc219f2ec_b.jpg

showing the whole chain (crap picture, but the best I could get)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2759/4347188041_a25600d432_b.jpg

And one more just because
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2796/4347933354_abe466a088_b.jpg
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Resin and Spoons on: December 21, 2009 08:53:42 AM
Too cool! Can I ask what resin you use and if you have any tackyness? I can not get mine to harden where it does not touch the mold! I have tried five different sealers and they don't do well either! I made neat stuff but can't wear it because it is sticky and picks up dirt, hair, or any fuzz at all! And the smell is so strong.
I have been using the easy craft with catalyst. I am thinking of trying epoxy. Thanks!

Hi, I use Easy Cast brand and it doesn't have any odor. I used Castin Craft in the beginning and it smelled horrible. Also, I had the same problem with that brand (would not harden to the touch where it wasn't in the mold) and I experimented with EVERY type of sealer (from nail polish to the Castin Craft spray sealer) and none worked to my satisfaction. So I definitely recommend Easy Cast, it dries clear and smooth and NO tackiness.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Resin and Spoons on: December 21, 2009 08:51:11 AM
I have been trying to put on the backgrounds (pictures, scrapbook paper, etc) without flattening the bowl of the spoon but the paper wrinkles and isn't a smooth finish.  Any suggestions?

I am experiencing the same thing!  I have to assume that each background paper is individually cut and shaped since each spoon may vary in size and shape, but I just can't seem to get the paper to lay down without wrinkles!  I'm hoping to make a special one for my mother for Christmas, so hopefully I can get a little advice.   Wink

Great work.  You truly are an artist!

Hi, sorry for the late reply. Yes, each background/paper is cut individually. The wrinkles have a lot to do with the thickness of the paper as well as the depth of the spoon. For a really thick paper, I try to work the wrinkles into the design. For example, the spoon below I used a very thick paper (paint chip) and you can clearly see the wrinkles around the edges:



Another option is to layer the papers so that you can avoid wrinkles by only using small strips of paper. Like this:


Or just use half the spoon for paper like this:



In general, the more shallow the spoon and the lighter weight the paper, the less wrinkles. Try to work with the paper by pressing it into the spoon and working out the wrinkles, make discreet cuts to the paper if needed, work the wrinkles into the design, cover a wrinkle with a charm or something, etc. Hope this helps!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / More spoons and resin on: October 01, 2009 01:20:42 PM
Have been playing around again with resin and spoons. Although my favorite are the large round soup spoons, have also found out how cute and little souvenir spoons are for pendants.

Soup spoons:










Small souvenir spoons:





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