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Topic: The random RESIN question thread!  (Read 358525 times)
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« Reply #1120 on: November 10, 2008 07:23:11 AM »

I have not read every post yet so sorry if this has already been addressed but I tried resin for the first time the other day and I tried to put pictures in the pendants but they all floated to the top. Should I have waited for the resin to set some before I put in the pictures? Also I thought maybe I should have poured half and then added the picture then pour the other half. I don't know! I also wanted to know how can I embed items inside the resin...coat them in resin first or just drop them in? Any help would be great! Thanks!
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« Reply #1121 on: November 10, 2008 03:10:28 PM »

I just finished my first resin poor and there were a bunch of tiny bubbles when I started stirring how do I avoid them
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« Reply #1122 on: November 10, 2008 05:45:36 PM »

I just finished my first resin poor and there were a bunch of tiny bubbles when I started stirring how do I avoid them

Ok, i literally started playing with resin a few days ago, and what works for me is blowing into a straw directed close to each bubble you need to pop. I read somewhere that the humidity from your breathe interrupts the setting, but it hasn't for me. It's not like you're spitting on it, and when you're doing it in warm weather it doesn't matter. I find the bendy straws better than straight ones, as it is less stressful for your neck and such.

I found that some people use toothpicks, from experience all the toothpick did was PUSH the bubble away, no matter how sharp, or split the bubble into TWO bubbles  Roll Eyes

Someone else also said a butane torch (or lighter), using it on low. Passing it back and forth, NOT staying in one spot.

If you are putting in items such as seed beads, hundreds and thousands etc, they seem to pop the bubbles themselves, or somehow hide them in the bottom where they cannot be seen.

The main thing is that stirring the mixture for two minutes (which is generally needed) will almost always cause even the tiniest of bubbles. Big ones can be popped, teeny ones you can barely see may settle themselves. Otherwise i found for one of my projects, the teeny bubbles made for great effect. I used a miniature glass jar to 'capture' part of a creek bed. The bubbles make the resin look murky and as if the water is still rushing through.

Through trial and error we learn.

One day when i get around to stocking up on more Fimo i will be looking forward to combining the both. Perhaps a little glass vial of red resin with little fimo bones in it lol...
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« Reply #1123 on: November 11, 2008 07:20:23 AM »

Glitter techniques...?

I have read all glitter references in this thread and see various points along my lines, but nothing directly talking about your favorite technique.  Thus far, I have been pouring a very thin layer of resin, curing, pouring a tiny bit more to add embelishments, ADDING SOME GLITTER, pouring more resin and then just covering with GLITTER.  Eventually the last glitter which is piled on top soaks in. 

However, it sometimes overflows.  I'm thinking that there is a better, easier way.  I've seen various notes about it on this thread.

Do you mix glitter into resin and then pour into molds?
Do you just pour glitter in to mold and let it mix in?  If so, how do you keep overflow?  Maybe you don't fill it to the top and do a tiny pour for the back after the piece has cured.

Thanks!  I've got some experiments going on, but I hate to waste resin and embeds if I can learn from you all instead.
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« Reply #1124 on: November 11, 2008 11:42:26 AM »

I've also heard about DG3 art gel, also from JudiKins, which is even more clear than Diamond Glaze.  The blogger talking about it said that it isn't water resistant.

What have fellow Craftsters tried and liked?


Here is a post about DG3 art gel, and a youtube tutorial video: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=272970.0
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« Reply #1125 on: November 11, 2008 12:34:46 PM »

I have not read every post yet so sorry if this has already been addressed but I tried resin for the first time the other day and I tried to put pictures in the pendants but they all floated to the top. Should I have waited for the resin to set some before I put in the pictures? Also I thought maybe I should have poured half and then added the picture then pour the other half. I don't know! I also wanted to know how can I embed items inside the resin...coat them in resin first or just drop them in? Any help would be great! Thanks!

i use 2 techniques

1. set a thin layer of resin, then coat the picture with resin and place it where i want it...then cover the whole thing with resin

2. put the picture in the botom, add a little resin and then move the pic with my stir stick, then fill the entire cavity and let it set

i usually have the issue of whatever i add sinking, so i dont know how to solve the floating problem...but both those ways work pretty well for me

if you need more detail, i can do that, i just woke up though lol
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ledleeaf
« Reply #1126 on: November 11, 2008 03:05:25 PM »

Glitter techniques...?

I like to mix the glitter and resin together before the pour into a thick paste, like lots of glitter in there, and then what you end up with has a really cool texture and is opaque.
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« Reply #1127 on: November 20, 2008 04:56:17 AM »

Hi all resin fanatics....I am wanting to know what the best sort of glue is to stick things to resin pieces.  I have used superglue to stick some gems onto hair clips but the glue is coming off.  It seems to be sticking to the resin but not the clip...any suggestions.. thanks.
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Neigung
« Reply #1128 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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« Reply #1129 on: November 21, 2008 09:19:52 AM »

I use E600 glue, it works great!  It's the one in the gray tube.
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