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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Resin and Spoons on: November 07, 2008 07:20:14 AM
Thank you so much everyone!!  Grin These are super fun to make, you can put anything you want in them - little mini collages. . . although sometimes I drive myself crazy trying to find the perfect thing to put in a spoon.

As for the spoons, I usually buy spoons that are easy to bend. It's easy to test the handle by applying a little pressure to it to see if it has any give. Some spoons are just never going to bend so just walk on by those to avoid frustration! I remove the handle first by bending it all the way over. Then I use a pair of mosaic tile nippers (bought for a craft I never got into). Grasp onto the bend handle and bend it back and forth until it snaps. Sometimes it takes a couple of times, sometimes lots and lots more. Oh and depending on how long it takes to break off the handle, the spoon can actually get really hot (some scientific heat principle I have long since forgotten I'm sure).

I use Easy Cast resin. It works the best and gives a super shiny and clear finish. I've tried Castin' Craft brand in the past, but it just doesn't seem to give the same effect.

I put a bit of epoxy on the back of the spoon where the handle was broken off so that it is nice and smooth and won't slice open my neck.

As for the question about a shop, if I read the board rules correctly, I am not allowed to put that info iin a post. However, I can post a link to my blog where you can see pictures of spoons, spoons and more spoons if you would like: http://gorilladustdesigns.blogspot.com - and that only includes about half of the spoons I have made so far if you can believe it. . . I may be addicted to making spoons, hmmmm. I don't want to spam this post with my bazillion pictures of spoons, so check out the blog instead.

Thanks again - if you have anymore questions, please ask.
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Resin and Spoons on: November 05, 2008 07:59:11 AM
I am always looking for things to put in resin or to put resin in . . . and I have lately been obsessed with making resin spoon pendants. They are the perfect size - I particulary love round soup spoons and little tiny souvenir spoons. Anyhow, here are some pics of my tons and tons of spoons (my friends always find me at the thrift store by following the sound of a hundred spoons clanging together):

From a show in Atlanta:







A couple close-ups:


23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Dollar Tree Jewelry Necklace on: June 05, 2008 02:45:37 PM
Thanks everyone! I sold this at a show last week - I was sad to see it go, it's one of my favorite pieces.
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: RESIN on: May 19, 2008 08:40:08 AM
No problem Dreambelle, and dolfynbead, EasyCast Dome pretty well right away. Just pour it slow, and the surface tension keeps it from spilling over edges and sides.

Those are quite beautiful!! Where did you find the pendant/ring settings that you used?
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dollar Tree Jewelry Necklace on: May 09, 2008 11:49:50 AM
The bird is from the dollar store as are the pink beads from a couple of necklaces they had in their jewelry section. The round piece with the two pink flowers is actually one of a pair of dollar store earrings that I poured resin over and added to the necklace. I like the way it came out over all.  Wink




26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: RESIN on: August 03, 2007 10:09:41 AM
I love this thread!  I have done the bottle cap resin thing, but was wondering if anyone used metal for a mold?  I have this great shaped muffin tin that I will never use for muffins and thought I might try it.

Thanks!



I don't think the resin would ever come out of the muffin tin - you need a little flexibility in your mold to remove the resin.
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: RESIN on: July 26, 2007 09:55:35 AM
glitterkick - North Florida here! That's exactly what I do too, add more catalyst than is called for.

lol - yay for our humid, lizard infested state!  Grin
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: RESIN on: July 26, 2007 09:38:53 AM
Thanks Diane! It actually was really humid. I wish I would have known that, that specific brand of resin will stay sticky on one end...That stinks  Sad So if I put it into a bottle top, the top will be sticky?

Hey - I use Castin' Craft for all my resin jewelry. I'm in South Florida (which means CONSTANT humidity) and I don't have a problem with the resin.

To help, I use more catalyst than called for. Also, after the pieces have set a while (couple hours) I bring them inside the house to finish drying (out of the humidity). Lastly, after 2-3 days, I add a protective coat to them. Clear nail polish works best for small pieces, or if I am doing a whole bunch, I use a high gloss, clear coat spray paint. . . . no stickiness!

Oh, there is also a product, Castin' Craft curing agent, that prevents stickiness. It is added to the resin along with the catalyst. I haven't found it anywhere in a store, but it can be ordered online.

Good luck!  Wink
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Lounge Lizard on: July 23, 2007 06:21:49 AM
Would you mind sharing how to make that? My husband is a scientist and loves to preserve things like dead lizards in little jars (weird I know...I make him keep his creations at work and not in the house!)(Side note..the lizard in my avatar did not meet such a fate. Like you, my husband only preserves stuff that is already dead.) I could make him something awesome (for his office Smiley ) if only I knew how to find/make resin or what in the world to do with it!

I use Castin' Craft brand resin (available at Michael's) and pour it into a mold. There is a whole giant thread on resin that could probably answer any questions you have better than I could.

awesome!  i've never seen any animals besides bugs encased in resin... i have never done resin but am planning to soon, and was wondering a few things...

you said the lizard was mummified, so it was completely and totally dehydrated, correct?  (i've heard that if there is any moisture your resin can become sticky over time)...i don't know though, so i thought i'd ask!

also, did you use something to seal the lizard first?  i've also heard that if you're using things like paper or flowers or other things that might become transparent when touched by the resin, you need to seal them.  of course i wouldn't think this would apply to animals, but just wondering.

again, so so awesome!  what a great idea.  Grin

The lizard seemed completely moisture free . . . um, ok, I didn't actually touch the lizard, I used tweezers to pick him up. I like lizards waaaaaaaaay better than the bugs we have here in Florida, but I still am too much of a scaredy cat to actually touch the lizards. Yes, even the dried up dead ones. I will say this lizard seemed rather crispy though. Even though the humidity here is around 934% every day, he had been sitting in the 90 degree heat for about a week.

I didn't use anything to seal him since he seemed pretty much dehydrated. . . but yes, flowers can become transparent when sealed in resin, I've had that happen.
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Lounge Lizard on: July 20, 2007 12:03:03 PM
Ok, I don't know how to catch them - I've only lived in Florida for 5 years Wink I haven't really had the urge to catch any, unlike my cat. We call him The Great Siamese Lizard Hunter of Tampa Bay.

As for the tail . . . it probably fell off. If you ever try to catch a lizard, the tails sometimes fall off. Some sort of defense mechanism I suppose . . . and then the tail continues to wiggle around for a while all on its own. It was quite disturbing the first time I saw it, even more so after my cat ate the STILL MOVING tail.  Shocked

But I don't want to talk about it, let's just pretend that never happened.

Moving on!



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