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« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2005 08:45:10 AM »

Just noticed more questions in your message...


So ....for paraphernalia, you don't need anything besides paper cups, popscicle sticks, and maybe a foam brush, plus other things you can find around the house, depending on how you want to use the resin.

For molds, you can use most flexible, plastic ice cube trays or Tupperware/Rubbermaid items (especially with polyester resins because they're less adhesive than epoxies) but if they're scratched with even tiny scratches the surface will show up as cloudy or with a mark.  There are other things and materials that can be used as molds, but some will require a release... most molds that are sold for resins are made from HDPE (a type of plastic which won't melt/warp with the resin)... silicone or other rubbery plastics work well too, but other materials may require a release. 

You can find some molds in plastics and probably hobby stores, maybe Ace or other hardware stores, but there are many places online which sell rubbery molds for resins (or for baking, etc.) which come in even more different shapes.


As for cost, epoxies are more expensive than polyesters but if you aren't doing a huge amount (most jewelry won't use up a lot, e.g.), the price won't make that much difference.  I believe an 8 oz total kit of Ultra Glo is around $9-10, for example.
There's more info on all those things on the page I mentioned in my previous post, and you can also click on many of the links to get more prices for both types of resin.

HTH,

Diane B.
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rhythmthief
« Reply #21 on: October 07, 2005 10:09:58 PM »

I want to take bubble gum balls and cast them in resin so that i can use them in a craft project without fearing ants. how would i go about doing this, any ideas?
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IchBeisse
« Reply #22 on: October 07, 2005 10:13:28 PM »

I don't know anything about resin, but maybe if you are fearing bugs you could lacquer them?
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Ayn
« Reply #23 on: October 08, 2005 07:27:07 AM »



[[OOPS so sorry, had to edit, meant to address this to the original poster, rhythmthief!]

Hi rhythmthief --

I don't work with resin or clays or anything like that at all ... but seems to me that something like the items below might work. Maybe you could look around elsewhere online or locally in crafts or hardware stores for something similar, as the ones below seem pretty expensive to me & dosn't seem to be available in small quantity .. but, at least you can read about what exactly it is at the info at the ordering link :
 http://www.delviesplastics.com/casting_resin.htm


I was lookin not only at the 'LAM-A-CAST CRYSTAL CLEAR CASTING RESIN' but also at the 'RESIN CRAFT SURFACE COAT' (scroll down), which happens to be a spray.
Maybe you could experiment with the spray first -- might be a lot easier/quicker than the liquid -- and  if that's not enough to keep away ants/decay/etc, then go on to liquid casting resin.


The resin spray sorta sounds to me like something similar to Krylon spray, except, I've never been exactly sure 'what' Krylon's clear sprays are but I don't 'think' they're polyester resin or poly-resin-based.


In fact hmmmm ... I'm wondering if you really need to go to the bother/expense of poly resin? Maybe plain-ole/good-ole clear gloss or clear or translucent satin-finish Krylon spray alone would do ...? 
Major bennies of Krylon sprays for experimental purposes are that they're inexpensive -- they'res quite handy to keep around anyway -- & they're readily available at just about any hardware, crafts-supply, home-diy, or art-supply store [at least, in the US].
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« Reply #24 on: October 08, 2005 01:08:59 PM »

thanks so much, you're super helpful!
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« Reply #25 on: October 17, 2005 03:18:44 PM »

Do you want to actually "cast" them in resin (so they're suspended in a 3-D block of clear resin), or do you just want to cover and "seal" them with a clear liquid so the ants won't eat 'em (then use them as their original round shapes)?

Resin casting is a lot more work than just sealing... if that's what you really want though, check out this page at my site.... look under the subcategory for "polyester" resins:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/other_materials.htm

If you just want to seal your gum balls with a clear finish, probably most clear sealers will work... some are solvent based, but the easiest and safest ones to work with are acrylic based. 
At the simplest end of acrylics, this could be just a white glue like Elmers (not a "washable" one though) which is thinned down a bit with water so it can be brushed on (will dry clear).  Or any acrylic-based (water-washup) wood finish should be fine too.  Krylon has an acrylic spray but sprays often need to be applied in several thin layers, drying between, and still may not give a high gloss if that's what you want.
There's lots more info on acrylic-0based finishes of all kinds on this page, if you want to check it out:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/finishes.htm

(p.s..... my site is about polymer clay, but since we must use acrylic-based finishes when we use finishes, all the same stuff should apply).

HTH,

Diane B.
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pastiche
« Reply #26 on: October 24, 2005 02:11:24 PM »

so i've been stuck in my house all weekend and finally had a chance to read some of my magazines. i picked up the July 2005 issue of art jewelry and saw the coolest thing in their "products on review" section. it's called colores epoxy resins. it looks like it's just basically colored resin. they made a metal clay pendant and sort of painted it with the resins and it looked really cool.

here's my problem. they say it's available at rio grande and even give a product number. so i went to their website but no such number exists. has anyone heard of this product? i really want to try it. and i can't believe it would be gone after only 3 months.

i did some searches and didn't find anything on the boards here. but i apologize if this has been covered already!!!

thanks for any help!!
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« Reply #27 on: October 25, 2005 12:19:30 PM »

I think it's still available, but at any rate you can color resin yourself for the same effect pretty easily.  If you don't know about doing that and you want some info, and/of some info on other brands of colored resin, check out this page at my site:

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/other_materials.htm
(...click on "Colored Resins to Buy ("cold enamels," "epoxy enamels")"...)
(...if you want info on coloring resin yourself, click on "Preparing and Mxing"  then scroll down to "Coloring Your Own"...)


HTH,

Diane B.
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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 #28 on: October 31, 2005 04:59:56 PM »

thanks. i have a couple of their catalogs, but i haven't had a chance to look through them. do you know which catalog it's in?
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countrygal
« Reply #29 on: November 02, 2005 04:05:44 PM »

hi pistache,  It's in their August 2005-August 2006 gems and findings catalog. 


These sets contain 2-oz jars


Basic Neutral colors:  2 black, 2 white, one each of navy, ivory, red, pearl, pewter, denim and gold is order # 638-961  $26.10

Bright Opaque colors:  one each of yellow, orange, coral, fuchsia, turquoise, royal blue, purple, and green  Order #  638-962  $21.10

Gemstone transparant colors:  One each ruby, emerald, saphire, amethyst, golden topaz, zircon nd zinnia.  order #  638-963  $20.45

Pastel Pearl colors:  one each rose, taupe, mint, peach, baby blue, lavender and teal.  Order #  638-967  $20.67

Earthtone Pearl Colors:  One each mocha, moss, tiger's eye, plum, strawberry, cinnamon and peacock  Order #  638-968  $20.67

Opal colors:  One each white, blue-violet, coral-red, blue -rose, pink-mauve and green-gold.  Order #  63-973  $19.89

Glitter colors: One each black AB shine, white shine, red fire shine, Blue AB shine, yellow AB shine.  Order #  623-020  $19.89

They also have the bottles, hardeners, syringes.  If you'd like the order #'s of those, just give me a holler.  Hope this helped.

(Not sure if you found your book, but here's their phone #  1-800-545-6566)

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