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« Reply #1670 on: January 13, 2012 06:51:13 AM »

What do you use to put holes in it for necklaces earrings and such?
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« Reply #1671 on: February 23, 2012 06:06:58 PM »

First I want to say if this has been asked and answered before sorry, I tried to read through this thread but with it now at 168 pages thats a lot of info!

My question is can I color resin with mica powders? I understand this will make the resin appear cloudy or give it a matte finish but that is kinda the look I want.

I have not purchased any resin yet, but I am starting to look into adding this to my huge list of hobbies.

A lot of the questions I had floating around in my head have already been answered by reading through about 30 pages of this post
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« Reply #1672 on: February 23, 2012 10:02:37 PM »

Yes, you definitely can.  Mica is rock and can take a lot of heat among other things.  The mica won't make your resin matte though since all of the mica particles will still be under the outermost area of resin, which naturally cures glossy; if you want a more satin appearance, you can always apply a coat of satin/semi-gloss polyurethane to the cured resin (or even perhaps abrade the surface a little then buff by hand).

In fact, a lot of particulate materials can be used as "inclusions" in resins, and most small items can be "embedded" too. There are only a few that won't work well.
All materials used must be totally dry though; porous materials and non-permanent pigments will often need to be sealed first; and items with lots of little crevices are often dipped in resin before embedding since bubbles can hide in those areas. 

If you want to color resin evenly with color, you can use artists oil paints, shavings from oil pastels, or the special colorants sold for resins, but water-based colorants like acrylic paints can cause bubbling, etc.

If you're interested, check out this page at my site for lots of info on the kinds of resin there are and brand names, how to use them, how to color them, and much more:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/other_materials.htm
(...it's a long page but not nearly as long as the many posts in this thread!)
I've written a few other summaries about resins at YA too if you're interested...here are some of them:
http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091115185640AAXBfZF
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100402061140AAD0jwB
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100206091500AA7eXFv
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100521191232AACynOx

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« Reply #1673 on: February 24, 2012 05:43:07 AM »

Thank you Diane b! I read most of your post in this thread, I will check out your site too.

I would like to use mica powders because I have a huge collection since that is what I use for my makeup. I am actually happy that the resin will stay glossy, because I have some sick looking metallic mica powders.
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« Reply #1674 on: June 14, 2012 11:52:16 AM »

I am trying to get my resin into the shape of a raindrop but I do not like the teardrop molds. I found this one:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/97301366/resin-mold-ashtray-paisley-8-21cm?ref=sr_gallery_2&ga_search_query=Paisley+mold&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=supplies&ga_facet=suppliesPaisley+mold

What I want to know is what happens if I use this mold to create the base, and then once it is set up completely pour more resin into the cavity. If I use the same clear color will it be visible? If I use another color, will it stick or fall out? Any information you can provide would be great. I have never worked with resin before on my own.
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« Reply #1675 on: July 04, 2012 08:40:54 PM »

Nobody hasn't replied in here for a bit. I hope someone comes forward to help me!!  Undecided
 I have decided to move on to make resin pendants, well I have EnviroTex Lite brand and I had this kit since 2007. And now it is 2012 and I tried pouring resin in a silicon mold with sprinkles and they came out just fine, but it seems cloudy looking and maybe a bit soft? Do you think the resin kit is old now?
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« Reply #1676 on: July 05, 2012 07:59:35 AM »

Unfortunately, most resins have a shelf life of only a year or so (even if stored properly).  You'll probably just need to bite the bullet and buy more unless you somehow introduced moisture into your cast (by not sealing porous materials, etc), not mixing the parts thoroughly, etc.
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« Reply #1677 on: July 05, 2012 09:36:57 AM »

Great to hear from you!

So the best option is to buy a new kit, if I use the EnviroTex Lite brand, it is best to just pour 1/8 of a inch of resin and let it harden and then pour another 1/8 of resin (without turning yellow?) And if I buy a new kit, it won't be so cloudy as this one I have from 2007?  Undecided

I want my charms to be perfect than just looking like crap  Grin
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« Reply #1678 on: July 05, 2012 11:53:02 AM »

The cloudiness shouldn't be there with newer resin (unless you were doing something else "wrong").

As for depth, to make deeper casts all at one time you can instead use the tweaked epoxy resin called Easy Cast though with warmth later it will become a bit "softer" and any thin areas will become bendable.  Or you could use a polyester resin for those deeper casts.  
Check out more about all that stuff in my answers here and on this page at my site:
http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091115185640AAXBfZF
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100206091500AA7eXFv
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100521191232AACynOx
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« Reply #1679 on: July 06, 2012 07:34:13 PM »

Seems likely that the chemicals in the kit will oxidize over time, so yeah.
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