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« Reply #1660 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 #1661 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

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« Reply #1662 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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« Reply #1663 on: June 30, 2011 03:10:26 AM »

I have some Gedeo resin plaster and it says on the packet it can be perfumed. Has anybody perfumed resin plaster ? What did you use and what ratio of perfume to plaster did you use?

Kind regards,

Sarah
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« Reply #1664 on: July 09, 2011 08:28:34 PM »

I mixed a batch of resin today and it never got hot. Does that mean I didn't mix it correctly and it will never cure? Thanks
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« Reply #1665 on: December 11, 2011 08:37:46 AM »

I bought some moulds from Joanns on cyber monday. I mixed up some resin last night and checked on it this morning. It looks like I might not have mixed in quite enough of the hardener as they are still really rubbery and not hard at all. I am going to let them cure longer but I hope I didn't just ruin the molds I just bought. I'd rather save them if I can.
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« Reply #1666 on: December 11, 2011 08:50:02 AM »

Most resins don't cure for 24-48 hrs, and can even take longer if they're in an area that's too cool or too humid. 

You don't say the kind of resin you used or the brand though, and those things would make a big difference in whether the proportions were correct too.

P.S. If you're interested in a lot of info about resins in one place, check out this page at my site as well:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/other_materials.htm

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« Reply #1667 on: December 11, 2011 12:20:18 PM »

Thanks Diane I already have your site bookmarked! I'm going to go check up on things there. I am using Easy Cast that I got from Michaels. The first time I used it it cured fine over night but not this time. I still have them in the moulds since I can't get them out anyway and I don't want to ruin them. Maybe they will be set tomorrow.

Edit; after letting the resin sit another night, they are now fully hard and I was able to pop one out. I am leaving the rest in until I get home from work. I am so happy!
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« Reply #1668 on: December 12, 2011 07:02:24 PM »

I went out today and bought my first bottles of resin.  I've got a few, maybe stupid, questions, though.

I got the Castin' Craft "EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy" - it tells me to do even parts, which is comforting - I plan to use it to fill over pictures inside bezels.  Will that work?

It's a little intimidating - I bought this because the only other resin they had at Michael's (I had a coupon!) was a 1-bottle UV resin, and as it's winter, I wasn't sure it would cure well.  Would it have, or would I have needed to get a UV lamp or something like that?
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« Reply #1669 on: December 13, 2011 05:31:40 AM »

cassiem, I use the Castin' Craft resin and just made some up this weekend. They took an extra day to cure because it is cold in my room since there is only one vent in the hallway upstairs, but they did cure.

Here they are! To add color, I used embossing powder found in the scrapbooking isle. Green in one and the others have purple. There are also tiny seed beads in the pendents.

Resin bangle and pendents by Lucky XIII, on Flickr

The green square was the first attempt I did. I used a silicone brownie pan with it and the pieces came out cloudy and the part that was to the air remained sticky. I read this could happen with silicone moulds because they caused the resin to cool too quickly and so not cure properly. I have since coated the sticky side with Sculpey glaze which worked, and some I used something called Gloss Accents and that also cured smooth and shiny.

The pendants and bangle were done using actual resin moulds in a flexible plastic. They finished curing yesterday and popped right out. They are completely clear and the part that was to the air is also very clear and smooth not sticky at all. They are still a tad flexible so once they harden up more (assuming they will) I will trim off the excess resin that went above the top so the edges are even.

The Castin' Craft is pretty easy to use since you use equal parts of it. I wish they had the bigger bottles at Michaels since I have only used the stuff twice now and my bottles are already half gone!
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