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Topic: Coasters and Trays and Magnets Oh My! (aka Fun with Resin!) - VERY IMG heavy  (Read 24702 times)
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« on: November 20, 2006 11:30:39 AM »

Recently I have been doing A LOT of experimenting with resin. I took some pictures of some finished items at a craft show yesterday so I figured I'd share!

First I made some resin coasters. For these I used stinky Castin' Craft brand resin, zip lock plastic storage containers and either river rocks/pebbles or faux beach glass.





Here is one before I popped it out of the mold:


Then I made these funky ornaments or pendants. They look like things in a mini snow globe. Again I used Castin' Craft resin. On one side I embedded a paper craft or small fabric patch in it and the back was just the resin with glitter mixed in. I think they look like the "thing" is in a mini snow globe.





Then I made some magnets. These are just the same Castin' Craft resin mixed with glitter with a magnet glued on the back. They are the middle tray on the ladder. The other items are fancy schmancy painted bulletin boards.



Here are some green stars before I glued the magnet on them. I used a cheapy silicone ice cube tray from Walmart as a mold.




Then I made a TON of trays. I took wooden trays, painted or stained them, then decoupaged either paper or fabric in the bottom and then poured a layer of industrial resin to seal it all in there. This is the resin that says "Equal to 50 coats of polyurethane" on the package and it does not stink!



Since the Castin' Craft resin smells so bad.....I'm talking worse than melted beads.....and it has been so nice outside.....I did most of my resin work outside. Here is my high tech resin lab:

You can see my high tech 99 cent mold there too!  Wink



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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2006 11:37:10 AM »

wow - everything looks great! i really love the glitter magnets Smiley
i'm actually planning on making similar trays for christmas gifts. yours look so cleanly finished - do you have any pointers for using the resin to seal them? i've never worked with it before but after failed attempts at only using decopage to finish them last year i know i need to step it up.
i appreciate any tips you can give!
thanks so much,
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2006 11:39:51 AM »

Just wait until the decopodge is completely dry and make sure it is even before you apply the resin or you'll get what I call flubs. See how there is a dark spot on the polka dot tray in the background..... that's what will happen if you're not really careful.

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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2006 11:44:03 AM »

Those are great!
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2006 12:45:24 PM »

wow those coasters would make great christmas presents... next time i head to michael's im gunna take a lookie look for some resin! i've never worked with it... is it hard to get the hang of?
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2006 01:25:08 PM »

wow those coasters would make great christmas presents... next time i head to michael's im gunna take a lookie look for some resin! i've never worked with it... is it hard to get the hang of?

Nope just follow the directions on the back of the can! Also look for the Tupperware type containers that don't have any raised lettering on the inside bottom of the container or it will show up on top of your coasters. I found some zip lock brand containers that come three in a package that are perfect.
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2006 02:47:39 PM »

i, too, am experimenting with resin and would love a brand recommendation for the
*industrial resin ... that says "Equal to 50 coats of polyurethane" on the package and it does not stink!*

i've been real hesitant with this stuff and it fume potential Smiley

thank you in advance and your stuffs are loooooovely!
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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2006 03:14:34 PM »

wow those coasters would make great christmas presents... next time i head to michael's im gunna take a lookie look for some resin! i've never worked with it... is it hard to get the hang of?

Nope just follow the directions on the back of the can! Also look for the Tupperware type containers that don't have any raised lettering on the inside bottom of the container or it will show up on top of your coasters. I found some zip lock brand containers that come three in a package that are perfect.

wow thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2006 03:52:33 PM »

i, too, am experimenting with resin and would love a brand recommendation for the
*industrial resin ... that says "Equal to 50 coats of polyurethane" on the package and it does not stink!*

i've been real hesitant with this stuff and it fume potential Smiley

thank you in advance and your stuffs are loooooovely!

I used Famowood Glaze Coat Pour-On High Gloss Epoxy Coating. And I was mistaken....the box says it is equal to 60 coats of varnish! Not 50 coats of polyurethane.  Roll Eyes  I choose this one simply because it was the only one available at the Home Depot I went to! I'm one choosy high tech crafter let me tell ya!  Wink

I can use this stuff in the house with no problem. The other stuff has some powerful fumes. When they say use in a well ventilated area they weren't kidding!
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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2006 03:58:27 PM »

Everything looks great!

I looked longingly at the resin the last time I was in Michaels...but alas it is tres expensive! Plus it's winter now and I don't dare do it inside! SO I get to save up and get some in the spring!
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