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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Resin Belt Buckles! (Includes a tutorial, updated Feb/09 with new photos) on: March 02, 2009 09:31:47 AM
Resin becomes malleable when it's warmed, even just slightly... but there's the possibility that it didn't cure properly because your ratios weren't perfect... or else it could still be in the process of curing.  Are you living in a cold climate?

Basically everything you need to know about casting resin can be found in this thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10667.0
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Resin Belt Buckles! (updated June 1 with more photos and tutorial) on: February 11, 2009 07:50:28 PM
That's very sweet of you to say something, thanks for the heads up!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bracelet Closures on: January 25, 2009 07:56:36 AM
I was thinking a toggle would be good too. 

My biggest concern with a magnetic clasp isn't that the two halves would come apart, but that the magnets would be too strong and when you try to pull them apart they could damage the bracelet itself.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone ever successfully embedded liquid in resin? on: January 17, 2009 07:21:56 AM
Liquid resin doesn't react well with other liquids, but I assume that it would be okay to have liquid next to it once it has been cured.  I would use oil, then you have to make sure it's sealed really, really, really well, so you don't get green oil all over the person who's wearing the piece.   I also don't think that the pendants in the pics are made out of resin, but it's hard to tell what they may be... possibly some other type of plastic.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: January 12, 2009 04:07:19 PM
is everyone enjoying the new Web Analytics stats tracker from google?! I am so glad etsy implemented this. I have found a ton of sites that are referring their customers/blog readers to kishcrafts!

Yeah!  It's great.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: The (new) Etsy critique thread! on: January 12, 2009 09:16:59 AM
Thanks for the reply!  The teacup idea is a good one.  I tried taking earring photos with a clear glass before... they didn't turn out well, but I think it would work out if I used a plain white teacup.  I'll give that a try as soon as I find one.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: The (new) Etsy critique thread! on: January 12, 2009 08:04:08 AM
Hi everybody,   I just have a quick question about this listing: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18503806

I'm quite happy with the photos, but I wonder if I should be displaying the earrings in another way as well.  Do they need to be dangling somewhere so those viewing the listing can imagine what they would be like when they're wearing them?   Or do the pics I have convey enough info about the item?
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: January 06, 2009 07:57:16 AM
Congrats on your first sale babyface! 

My shop has been doing better, likely because I'm getting better at updating more regularly and I have a few more low cost items, and a new promotion for new listings.   I'm noticing that I haven't been getting many hearts lately though.  Has anyone else noticed a decrease in hearts after the shopping cart was introduced?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: November 24, 2008 10:01:50 AM
I found out the hard way the other day, cold resin is really brittle.  I broke a larger piece into 5 shards trying to unmold it, because it was too cool. Should have let it warm up a bit first!



I had a piece shatter too, just the other day. It was crazy! I didn't realize just how chilly it was.

I cast in the basement and this is Canada, so it's way too cold. From now on, I'm going to blast my resin with a hairdryer for a few seconds before unmolding.   I was able to reassemble the broken pieces and then cast another layer of resin over top to hold them together.  They seem secure, but I may sand and then do one more coat to fill in any possible cracks.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: November 20, 2008 03:25:01 PM
You want glue that has some give to it.  I just use epoxy from the hardware store... this is for stuff that doesn't touch skin.

I found out the hard way the other day, cold resin is really brittle.  I broke a larger piece into 5 shards trying to unmold it, because it was too cool. Should have let it warm up a bit first!

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