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1  a resin diary (process with picture and tute) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by mixi on: May 27, 2006 02:39:14 PM
this is a diary of trial and error with resin.  here i've dropped down all the process and my conclusions (and questions).  i've always wanted to mess with resin, make some jewelry and other things, so i bought some the other day and with very little information and a lot of courage, decided to give it a go.  here's how it went->

THE INGREDIENTS

the material (from left to right) - mold, polyester resins, catalyst, chop stick to stir, tiny spoon + tweezers to pick and drop material, measurer, dropper, glass to mix materials, and tray to avoid a mess.


the decorative stuff - beads, image, felt (attention - tiny stars missing on photo)



THE PROCESS - work in a well ventilated area because resin is very toxic

first, i glued the image and left it to dry while i started with the other stuff.

i measured 12 ml on the measurer (started using the dropper so i wouldnt spill but resin is thicker than i imagined.  good trial and error.  i DONT recommend even bothering with it.  my bottle has a nozzle that stretches, so not even funnel was needed).  the instruction recommended 0,5 - 2,5% of catalyst.  that would come up to 0,3ml!!  so, i just poured everything in the glass and mixed about 4 drops.

i noticed that if i stirred too fast i started getting bubbles, so be patient!  all of process was done OVER THE TRAY!  resin is really gooey and doesnt come off things easily, so dont risk ruining your nice table or carpet.

i poured the mix into the mold.  this mold is for chocolates and i wasnt too sure if was gonna melt or anything, but it was fine!  i got the image and with the chopstick i poked it to the bottom.


then i added the beads with the tiny spoon.  i poured them in the corner and the ones that moved astray i replaced with the chopstick.

i added the stars about 15 mins later and the catalyst had already started hardening!  result - the stars werent embedded in the liquid and when i tried poking them in i messed the surface a bit.  maybe i added too many drops.

i waited for a little less than 24 hours because i was too anxious.  it was DARN hard to remove from the mold!  the possibilities - maybe too much catalyst makes it stick to the mold (because i've seen people use ice-cube trays and not have problems), OR the mold REALLY isnt appropriate, OR i need some of this product that helps the product pop out from the mold.  another thing, i dont recomend using felt and glue because the glue will become evident on the back (not a BIG problem, it all depends how much of a perfectionist you are)

the final result -
  the stars are on the top layer, then the beads, then the image

and it resting on my altar, together with found humming bird feathers and firefly wings, pictures of loved ones, my coins, paper crane, and symbols.


if you'd like some more info, check out this thread->http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=35779.0
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2  Re: summer straw bag (yes it's from a placemat!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mixi on: May 09, 2006 06:30:52 AM
look what i found! 
but i believe that this one is knitted or something (it was in one of those vintage patterns magazines..)
looks a lot like yours!!
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3  Re: what to do with all those scraps? (with mini tutorial) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by mixi on: May 04, 2006 08:40:57 PM
please cope with me, this was my first tute.  if there still are any questions, please feel free to ask me.



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4  THE TUTE!!!! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by mixi on: May 04, 2006 10:44:16 AM
i know it took AAAAAAGES, but here it is.  please cope with me, this was my first tute.  if there still are any questions, please feel free to ask me.


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5  not exactly springy, but it's fall for me.. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by mixi on: April 30, 2006 10:45:02 PM
i know it doesnt look too springy/summery...  but its fall down here in brazil!  even tho our winters are pretty darn warm, but i need an excuse anyway!  this is an old piece i made about 7 years ago and wanted to sure with y'all.  hope you like it.  ::



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6  its winter in the southern hemisphere in Beads: Completed Projects by mixi on: April 30, 2006 10:39:04 PM
i know it doesnt look too springy/summery...  but its winter down here in brazil!  even tho our winters are pretty darn warm, but i need an excuse anyway!  this is an old piece i made about 7 years ago and wanted to sure with y'all.  hope you like it.  ::



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7  what to do with all those scraps? **NOW WITH TUTE** in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by mixi on: April 26, 2006 09:32:48 AM
!!!TUTE ON PAGE 5!!!   !!!TUTE ON PAGE 5!!!   !!!TUTE ON PAGE 5!!!   !!!TUTE ON PAGE 5!!! click here
i know, this is not suppose to be under clothes, but there are soo many people here that only check the clothing and dont check the other things...  and i was imaging all the tons of scraps that would be wasted!!  no, i cannot permit such an act of crime!


save your scraps, my dears!!!
cut LOADS of them (any colour, as many as you like and of different textures and types of fabric) in a fat 8 shape and put 4 together, one on top of the other.
fold these 8 shaped scraps in half (now they dont look like an 8 anymore, they look like an O) and with a fat neadle and some strong thread , thread them together poking them smack in the middle.  ATENTION -> on the begging and on the end of the string, you will have an individual 8 shaped rag folded in half (or 2 if your fabric is very thin), not 4 together, ok?


after you made it as long as you want, get a piece of ribobn, something like a shoe lace or anything else long enough for it to be closed both ends (closed in a circle).  fold it in half and wrap the rags on each end of your rag strip around your ribbon (like a fortune cookie) and stitch it so that its secure.  if you prefer, you can add a clasp or have two ribbons so that you tie it around your neck or wrist.  on the bottom picture i am wearing it short, but it can also be worn long (i tied it shorter on the back)  thats all folks!!  



coments will be apreciated!!!  questions too![/color]
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8  Re: he makes me smile and he's a good squeeze too!!! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by mixi on: April 26, 2006 08:57:45 AM
YAY!!!  soo glad you guys liked it!!  it was my first plush ever (so far there are only two...  but more to come).
i will be posting some more pics of him as soon as i go by my boyfriends house.  i tried postin his bum picture but it didnt come out too well.  will post some more pictures of his face too.  this is a closeup one, but will post another so you can get the idea better.  his teeth were hot glued and he is made out a material that doesnt fray.  we call plush over here in brasil (dont know if its the same there).
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9  fimo spikey necklace bedrock style in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by mixi on: April 26, 2006 08:28:01 AM

one is made with a very thin transparent tube with a wire inside.
the other is with beads.
they glow lovely under UV and the green glows in the dark too!  Grin
hope you guys like it!!



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10  he makes me smile and he's a good squeeze too!!! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by mixi on: April 25, 2006 10:06:09 AM

made this for my boyfriend.  its almost a pillow.  i was inspired by this great boy sewer, but i cant find his site anymore!  his mouth is only attached on the sides, so he smiles that way all the time.  you can shove things in it too, like a secret mixed cd or a letter, a stash....  his backside is pretty much like the front, but i stitched together a straight line that made his cheek bums.  and here he is!!!  tell me what you think of him!


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