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« on: September 12, 2007 02:11:24 PM »

I want to learn how to do resin, but my tiny apartment makes it near impossible.  So I've been experimenting with sandwiching photos between pieces of plexiglass.  More labor intensive, I think, but essentially fume-free.  I'm still working on perfecting the process (I'm still getting a few bubbles here and there).  Anyway, here are a couple of the pendants I've made:

Retro swimsuit girls


A pair of French postcard nudes


Robot on a chunky chain


Robot on a neckwire (for those times when robot on a chain isn't quite dressy enough)


Coffee and cigarettes
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2007 02:16:19 PM »

Your pendants are neat!  I think the bubbles add to the charm of them, especially the vintage photos.
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2007 02:20:27 PM »

those look really great! did you just glue the sheets together? what kind of glue did you use?
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2007 02:21:19 PM »

those are really cute! i wanna learn how.
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2007 02:34:20 PM »

I love the coffee and cigarettes one!  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2007 02:37:15 PM »

Cool! I understand your problem about resin, I live in a big house and anyway it's horrible when I work with resins  Angry

Can I ask where did you buy this kind of tube finding??
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2007 02:37:35 PM »

Those look great.
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2007 03:42:33 PM »

great images you used for your pendants- they look really professional. I love the robot one  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2007 03:57:48 PM »

i think they look awesome! i love the idea! can you explain how you did it? pretty please!?!?!  Cheesy i have some cool postage stamps i'd like to try this with.
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2007 04:34:18 PM »

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did you just glue the sheets together? what kind of glue did you use?
Man, I spent all this time trying out different epoxies and dangerous, creepy glues, and the one that turned out to work the best was good old fashioned hot glue.  Just watch your fingers. 

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Can I ask where did you buy this kind of tube finding??
Michaels.  They had it labled as a spacer.  Really, the most important thing is that the interior hole is big enough to accomodate your chain.

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can you explain how you did it? pretty please!?!?!  Cheesy i have some cool postage stamps i'd like to try this with.
I've done some postage stamps, actually - it works well.

Basically, you get a sheet of plexi and cut it down into small pieces.  You can cut plexi with a saw, but it has to be running at a slow speed or it melts the cut back together.  You can cut plexi like regular glass (score and snap), which I found was the easiest way to get it down into manageable pieces.

Once you have pieces to roughly the right size, peel the protective plastic off one side of the plexi and lay whatever you're using on it, image side up.  Peel the plastic off another piece of plexi.  Then put a good, healthy squirt of hot glue all over your image (make sure to hit the corners well) and quickly sandwich the second piece onto the first.  Press down firmly in the center, but watch your fingers.  As you push, the bubbles will move towards the edges.  Let it cool down. 

I cleaned up the edges with a Dremel cutting blade - evening off the sides and attempting to center the image (although I'm too impatient to measure, so I mostly eyeball it).  Keep the Dremel running at a slow speed.  The plastic will melt a little and eventually gunk up the blade, don't use a blade you're not willing to lose.  After that, I ground the edges with an palm sander (although I think a belt sander would work better, but I don't have access to one) and then did some final detail cleanup with a fine nail file.  Then either attatch a bail or drill holes, depending on how you want to hang it.  And that's it.  Oh, and I found this really important - leave the protective plastic on any exposed side of the plexi for as long as you can. 
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