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« Reply #1550 on: May 20, 2010 11:07:45 AM »

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I've been wanting to cast more of my work in resin instead of they polymer clay because even the best clay under the best conditions still isn't very durable in small pieces, and since I sell my work I'd really like to make sure it lasts.

Hmmm, not sure I understand.  They're both plastics, and polymer clay should last as long or longer than resin as long as it's a good strong brand, thoroughly polymerized-cured, and well put together if there are thin or projecting areas.  In fact, resins can be more brittle than polymer clay. 
What kinds of problems are you having, in which situations? 

(And are you thinking of clear resins, or the opaque kinds used for making multiple sculpts from molds and sold as figurines, etc?)

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« Reply #1551 on: May 24, 2010 11:26:05 AM »

1) Molding

Silicone putty is a good option because silicone is the best class of mold-making materials. However, liquid silicone is much better for making molds with multiple cavities. Most liquid silicones need to be vacuumed (which btw is different from vacuum forming), the equipment for which costs hundreds of dollars, but there are a few that do not. Oomoo 30 by Smooth On is one of them, and in general, it's the best "starter" silicone that I know. You won't be able to use it to make molds of highly detailed things with it, but it'll be just fine for the types of things in your pictures.

2) Coloring

Things in your pictures are made commercially, and things in the two pictures are made using two different methods. Commercial casting is completely different from casting at home. So... don't even try to figure out how it was done because it will not help you. I'm too lazy to type it out, but, just trust me, it won't. Instead, think about your problem in isolation.

Now, one problem that is probably common is, people attempt to paint their casts as is, the way they come out from the mold, without doing any kind of prep first. This does not work (usually, unless you get lucky) because the casts are still be covered by mold release - which will release the paint from the cast. And, you have to use a release because not doing so shortens the number of casts you'll be able  to make with your mold before it breaks down. So, what some people do to avoid having to remove the release is, they spray primer directly into the mold prior to casting. The primer acts as release, and you don't need to remove anything prior to painting.

You can get more details on this technique and find out what paints work by searching taxidermy forums. (I don't care for painting my casts, myself, so this is about it that I remember off-hand.)

Btw, brushing colored resin in some parts of the mold is not much different from layering. However, resin is a bit more viscous than paint, so you won't be able to get a whole lot of detail that way.
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« Reply #1552 on: May 29, 2010 09:42:15 AM »

Hi! I have been wondering where I might be able to buy some Resin... Would I find it at a craft store, like Micheals or Hobby Lobby? If so, where would it be located?
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« Reply #1553 on: May 29, 2010 04:36:38 PM »

Ok, so during finals, my friends and I worked with that. A majority of the pendants came out BEAUTIFUL. Then, there were a few that came out sticky. That's not what this is about.

Now what do I do with those beautiful pieces??
I used a standard storebought mold. But I don't know how to make them into pendants and rings. I don' t really have an electric drill I can borrow and I"m not sure how to wire wrap them in a way that they will STAY PUT.


Can anyone help me turn them into pendants?

I have like... 24 of these things. Perhaps like 18.

Would it be ok to use hot solder around the epoxy pendants?
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« Reply #1554 on: June 01, 2010 02:19:07 AM »

Hi! I have been wondering where I might be able to buy some Resin... Would I find it at a craft store, like Micheals or Hobby Lobby? If so, where would it be located?
Thanks

Some michaels stores carry EasyCast - it is in the paint/glitter section of my store.  Hobby lobby does not carry it in my area.  Some hardware stores carry the Envirotex Lite in the paint section.
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« Reply #1555 on: June 01, 2010 02:23:02 AM »

Ok, so during finals, my friends and I worked with that. A majority of the pendants came out BEAUTIFUL. Then, there were a few that came out sticky. That's not what this is about.

Now what do I do with those beautiful pieces??
I used a standard storebought mold. But I don't know how to make them into pendants and rings. I don' t really have an electric drill I can borrow and I"m not sure how to wire wrap them in a way that they will STAY PUT.


Can anyone help me turn them into pendants?

I have like... 24 of these things. Perhaps like 18.

Would it be ok to use hot solder around the epoxy pendants?

Hot solder would melt the epoxy.  If I were you, I'd invest the 40 dollars and buy a dremel.  If you cant afford that, you could get a fiskers hand drill which is around 10 dollars.

Once you get them drilled you can either drill all the way through to wire-wrap or you can use wire to create a little eye pin.  I glue the eye pin into the drilled hole with either epoxy glue, gorilla glue, or e6000.  I let it sit a day and then use a jump ring to make it sit right on the skin before threading my chain through.
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« Reply #1556 on: June 01, 2010 07:35:15 AM »

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Hi! I have been wondering where I might be able to buy some Resin... Would I find it at a craft store, like Micheals or Hobby Lobby? If so, where would it be located?

LegendofStarLord, you don't say what type of thing you want to make, and there are at least 3 types of clear craft resin that you might use for jewelry/etc (2 "epoxy" resins, and 1 "polyester" resin).  

Check out these messages of mine in previous threads for all the details of where to buy resins, which brand names represent which types of resin, how each can/must be used in different situations, etc.  Then ask again here if that isn't all you need (...for each link, wait a few seconds for the right place on the page to show up):

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=275238.msg3112408#msg3112408
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254029.msg3522191#msg3522191
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293667.msg3341730#msg3341730
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=101292.msg988817#msg988817
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=331590.msg3831746#msg3831746

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few of my photos
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« Reply #1557 on: June 01, 2010 11:11:23 PM »

is this any type of resin you can use for crafting? i didn't even know it was resin at first but you "mix equal parts of resin with hardener" to use it. it says it contains epoxy resin.


http://www.eti-usa.com/consum/envtex/envlite.htm

if i can, does it come out completely clear? or a yellow color? does it work the same in molds?
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« Reply #1558 on: June 02, 2010 01:05:43 AM »

is this any type of resin you can use for crafting? i didn't even know it was resin at first but you "mix equal parts of resin with hardener" to use it. it says it contains epoxy resin.

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/thumbs/156300_01Jun10_41y5Nab86EL_SL500_AA300_.jpg
http://www.eti-usa.com/consum/envtex/envlite.htm

if i can, does it come out completely clear? or a yellow color? does it work the same in molds?

Yes, that is a great resin to use, that's my personal favorite.  It comes out clear and works just fine in molds.
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« Reply #1559 on: June 02, 2010 07:23:51 AM »

that's the kind i use for all my art/jewelry. i really like it. comes out clear. Smiley
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