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Topic: The random RESIN question thread!  (Read 261589 times)
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« Reply #1480 on: March 04, 2010 05:37:40 AM »

thanks ill try ebay - i had a quick look on etsy and found exactly what i needed but when i went to buy the seller only shipped to the usa  Cry (another reason i wish i lived in new york  Wink )
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« Reply #1481 on: March 04, 2010 10:20:25 AM »

First, here's a link to the Random Resin Thread (which is a "sticky" or permanent thread under the Jewelry-Discussions&Questions board:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10667.0
--attempts to get a separate sub-board[/i] for resin have so far failed  Cry).  
You'll also find info on resins in the Jewelry-Completed Projects board when someone posts their finished items and discussions/questions result there.

You asked about what kind of resin to get, but that depends on just what you want to do with your resin.  
Some types of clear craft resin (you don't want the kinds for making fiberglass, etc.) are used for coatings, some for casting in molds, some for pouring into permanent "cells" (like metal bottlecaps or pendant frames, etc), and some can be used for more than one of those things but only under certain conditions.  So it can be a bit confusing.  
You can buy them all in the UK though, you'll just want to make sure of the exact type you're looking for and how to recognize it if all the brand names aren't the same (see bottom link below for info on brand names).

You can check out some of my previous posts though for some of the basic info re which resins are which, and how each can and can't be used, etc (some overlap probably):
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=275238.msg3112408#msg3112408
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293667.msg3341730#msg3341730
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254029.msg3522191#msg3522191
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=331590.msg3831746#msg3831746

There's also a load of info on resins (lessons, examples, links, etc.) on this page at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/other_materials.htm

HTH!

Diane B.

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« Reply #1482 on: March 12, 2010 07:44:35 PM »

okay, so i got a resin kit for christmas and now that it's spring break i finally got around to using it for the first time. i filled up my whole mold with lots of fun colorful embedments like stickers and glitter and candies, but then i realized that i have to let that cure for 24 hrs before i add more resin to finish them.

but, i'm leaving for the weekend  tomorrow! so i was wondering if i should let them cure until i get back on monday or tuesday, or if i should finish them w/ more resin tomorrow before i leave?

i guess basically my question is, is it worse to finish them a little early or a lot late?
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« Reply #1483 on: March 12, 2010 08:16:48 PM »

okay, so i got a resin kit for christmas and now that it's spring break i finally got around to using it for the first time. i filled up my whole mold with lots of fun colorful embedments like stickers and glitter and candies, but then i realized that i have to let that cure for 24 hrs before i add more resin to finish them.

but, i'm leaving for the weekend  tomorrow! so i was wondering if i should let them cure until i get back on monday or tuesday, or if i should finish them w/ more resin tomorrow before i leave?

i guess basically my question is, is it worse to finish them a little early or a lot late?

alot late..its better to let it cure..leave it in the mold and come back to it when you come back!
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« Reply #1484 on: March 13, 2010 07:25:45 AM »

Hello! I recently purchased Easy Craft Castin' Craft Epoxy, and I've made several pieces already, most of them successful. However, I am at a loss for ideas on what to add to them. I've added glitter, cute images + glitter, sprinkles, and stickers + glitter. I'm thinking of trying 3D objects, but I'm not certain on where to get objects little enough to embed. So, in conclusion, I have two questions. One, what else could I possibly add to my pieces for a nice effect? Two, where can I get cute little 3D objects?

Oh! Almost forgot. Could I add puffy stickers to resin jewelry, or is that a no-no?
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« Reply #1485 on: March 13, 2010 08:49:34 AM »

cavale, you don't say what type of resin your kit has but I think for most craft resins you can put in a next layer of resin much sooner than 24 hrs if you want.  
You may "need" to wait till the resin gels up enough to hold an embedment at a certain level, or hold it down so it won't float, or to keep one layer from seeping into the next layer, and stuff like that, but that could take a lot less than the full 24 or so hrs (perhaps anywhere from 30 min to a couple of hrs, etc).
Check out this site for a few more details:
http://skinnerstudio.blogspot.com/2008/09/how-to-embed-paper-into-resin-part-two.html

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« Reply #1486 on: March 13, 2010 08:58:48 AM »

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One, what else could I possibly add to my pieces for a nice effect? Two, where can I get cute little 3D objects?

ohmeohmy, there are so many things you could use that it might be best just to get a list of possibilities from other resin jewelry:
http://www.google.com/images?q=resin+jewelry

Basically, it would be anything that wouldn't melt in the heat created by the resin's curing, and anything that won't bleed or isn't porous like paper without being sealed thoroughly first (permanent white glue is fine for doing that, but be sure and get all edges too).
As for where to get little 3-D objects, look around your house, garage, craft store, hardware store, drug store, Christmas or other seasonal stuff, etc., etc.... just about anywhere.  Or you could make little things yourself with polymer clay or other materials.

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Could I add puffy stickers to resin jewelry, or is that a no-no?

I've seen that done online somewhere and they seemed to come out fine, but don't know if there are different "types" of puffy stickers, etc, which could react differently.

Diane B.
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POLYMER CLAY "ENCYCLOPEDIA" 
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
few of my photos
http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
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« Reply #1487 on: March 13, 2010 12:27:10 PM »

Thank you, Diane B. That was very helpful.
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« Reply #1488 on: March 15, 2010 02:38:33 AM »

You can buy resin in the UK from loads of places including fred aldous and silver clay.co.uk. You'll also prob find it in craft store and sometimes hardware stores. If you're buying a lot it's worth looking up some non-craft suppliers, for example some boat repair/building websites so bulk resin a lot cheaper than the craft stores. Good luck - I work with resin too and I'm based up in scotland, haven't found any problems geting supplies yet!
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« Reply #1489 on: March 15, 2010 06:14:34 AM »

Thanks for the website ill check that out!  Grin

ive managed to get some from a small craft store in the city and its the kind where you mix the resin with only a few drops of hardner  Huh and apparently if you under or over do the harder the resin doesnt come out soo good  Shocked so im going to have to be careful when trying it out for the first time it was rather expensive for the amount i got.
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