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swinginmartinis
« Reply #1650 on: March 07, 2011 01:10:43 PM »

Oh man...Resin is currently the bain of my existence!
I use red plastic cups from the dollar store and wooden Popsicle sticks to stir.
Lacquer Thinner cleans everything up...I use it on spills, drips from my resin can, cleaning out my moulds upon release.
I bought moulds off of etsy.
Joanns doesn't have resin stuff, michaels has cast 'n craft, but Hobby Lobby, I have found, has the best options.  Colors, shimmers, mould release, moulds, and books.

http://swinginmartinisdesigns.blogspot.com/2011/02/great-resin-adventure.html

Here is a blog I wrote about our adventure.

The stuff stinks to high heaven, but we just opened the door and had a little fan on.

I also found that they will remain tacky until you set them with a hair dryer or put them in the oven.  I haven't gotten that far to trying to finally set them, I just know the chess pieces I was making always end up tacky (or impressionable...if you hold them too tight, it leaves finger print impressions.) and the hubs found on google to use a hair dryer or put them in the oven for a bit...

I am still in the trial and error phase as well, so good luck!


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trixabell
« Reply #1651 on: March 09, 2011 05:12:00 AM »

I hope it's okay to still post in this thread!

I know resin heats up to cure, so here's my question: will it heat up enough to break glass? I want to fill one of those tiny vials with (epoxy) resin but thought I'd ask if anyone knows whether the heat will make the glass go explodey. I'd rather not waste the bottles or the resin which, down here in Australia, is rather expensive.
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Moonbubbles
« Reply #1652 on: March 17, 2011 06:36:29 PM »

So I'm going to make some resin plugs and I am having a hard time finding out if resin is safe to use in the ears. I have super sensitive ears so has anyone else tried this out?
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« Reply #1653 on: March 18, 2011 08:32:40 AM »

Using resin and another cured plastic (polymer clay) in the earlobes has been discussed before, and some of the same factors would apply to resins in general though some might not.  

There are also some ways of getting around the issue that might be interesting to you --especially if you have sensitive earlobes/skin/etc (and even more if using epoxy resin, which is more allergenic to most people than polyester resin).

There's a summary on this page at my site about the issues, possible solutions, etc:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/jewelry.htm (click the category Earrings, then scroll down a ways to the long paragraph called For Stretched Ear Lobes)

And these previous Craftster threads have replies from me you might be interested in, as well as other opinions pro and con from other Craftsters:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=299815.msg3421679#msg3421679
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=299815.msg3422502#msg3422502
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=237938.msg2613985#msg2613985
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=91977.msg2984189#msg2984189
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=164377.msg1668722#msg1668722
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shona31
« Reply #1654 on: May 26, 2011 04:15:53 PM »

OK I'm still new to this but I'm working on some bangles for me and my sisters but I want to put our pictures in them or on them I have made the mold and good at that part but I don't no how to put the pictures in them so that they are on top of the bracelets please help so send me a link something I no it can be done just need to no how thanks for the help and taking the time
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« Reply #1655 on: May 27, 2011 09:37:02 AM »

Not quite sure what you have or want.  So is it that you have made a mold for a bangle, and you want to fill it with one of the kinds of clear resin, and you have some very small pictures that will fit into the mold that you want to embed in the resin (or one picture per bangle, or one strip?), etc??

There are various factors when dealing with resin(s) that could be problematic (there is a bit of a learning curve), but you just asked about the embedding part, right? 
The general procedure for most items with embedments is to seal things like pictures (usually with ModPodge or a diluted permanent white glue like Elmers GlueAll including the edges) and let dry, then pour most of the resin into the mold, (then usually) wait for the resin to gel and press the image onto it face down, (if you've coated the image with resin, let this coating gel); then pour in another layer of resin and allow everything to cure before removing the item from the mold (when the molded resin is turned face up, the image will then also be face up, but down inside the resin).  There are various ways to do it though.

If you're thinking of bangle molds, like this, however:
http://images.google.com/images?q=how+to+bangle+mold+resin
...you'll need to do the pouring and positioning in layers of resin so the images will face the outer "side" of the mold (vertically), or to perhaps attach the pics to a clear or non-clear material which can then be placed in the resin in that orientation, etc.

http://skinnerstudio.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-to-embed-paper-in-resin-part-one.html
http://skinnerstudio.blogspot.com/2008/09/how-to-embed-paper-into-resin-part-two.html

http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/make-do-and-mend-resin-bangle

Maybe others will have better techniques though.


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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)
shona31
« Reply #1656 on: May 29, 2011 09:03:50 PM »

thanks and im working on something like this http://www.kaboodle.com/hi/img/b/0/0/14d/6/AAAAC0ADQp8AAAAAAU1oVA.jpg

but i want to have me and my sisters in it but I understand what u r saying and I have my 1st bangle in the mold hope it comes out right wish me luck and
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cottonmouth
« Reply #1657 on: June 18, 2011 08:00:23 PM »

What can I add to my resin mixture to texturize it?

Like for example copying the surface of an opal/emerald stone or maybe granite effects?
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« Reply #1658 on: June 19, 2011 10:26:51 AM »

If you mean to visually texturize it (leaving the surface smooth), you can use all kinds of things as "inclusions" in clear resin --basically anything that won't bleed or melt/distort/curl or decay, and that's not porous since those may become translucent or darker when the resin soaks into them (those things can be sealed first though).

For the opal simulations, you could use things like metallic powders and/or flakes.
Check out the possibilities for that from this page at my site (since we also use them inside translucent polymer clay for simulating opals/etc, and polymer clay also involves some heat, and other similarities):
http://glassattic.com/polymer/Faux--many.htm > Opal

That page also has info on faux granite and stone/etc: > Rock-like Rock/Stones
And this page has more on "inclusions" in general too:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/inclusions.htm

Also, this page deals most with resins so you might want to check out especially the section on fauxs and inclusions, etc:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/other_materials.htm > Coloring, Inclusions, and Fauxs

HTH,
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)
LauraNewkirk
« Reply #1659 on: June 28, 2011 06:03:28 PM »

So I'm going to make some resin plugs and I am having a hard time finding out if resin is safe to use in the ears. I have super sensitive ears so has anyone else tried this out?

I just read your comment... I was wondering what you would be using to make the plugs out of the resin? I wanted to have a mold for plugs so that I could make resin plugs but could not find any. I tried to by mold making supplies and make my own mold but that didn't come out really well. Could you help me out with like a site I could buy molds or a secret mold making kit that would be better to use? Thanks so much for the help.
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