Ok, more stuff for my swap partner in the Fairytale, Fairies and Folklore swap. I had been procrasinating about using resin for ages now so I finally got my butt in gear to try it out. Here are the finished pieces and the experimental stuff too. I figured I would post some of my processes as I know how many Craftsters are interested in resin but haven't tried it yet. <<Beware, you will
My interpretation of my partner's Wist item, Red Riding hood Pendant. Printed on inkjet printer, not sealed
Transparent resin with white flakes (more about that further down..)
Transparent again, my art (Frog Prince on a golden ball), Disney image, My art (Cinderella's carriage). Frog printed on inkjet printer, not sealed. Other two printed on transparancies at print shop (ridiculous prices though for the service)
Ok, so my tips and tricks: I used Glass Coat resin
readily available in Bunnings Hardware (australia). I already had it on hand cause I tried it a few times as an alternative to varnish for polymer clay pendants. About $20.00 for a 250mL set, goes a long way.
Moulds: silicone star shaped ice cube tray, firm ice cube tray, plastic paint pallette, homemade moulds from Sculpey mold maker. All worked well but the paint pallette just wouldn't release no matter what I tried. A crying shame as it casts beautifully but has to be cut away. I plan to try recreating it in flexible silicone or latex.
Flakes embedded into the resin. Ok, so this is kinda funny. I was sanding the bottom of some polymer clay figurines and noticed the lovely coloured dust it leaves behind... *light bulb*... how about using it in resin for a background??
So I used a very rough sand paper (about 40) and got to sanding my old clay pieces that failed and were just sitting there. The mica and pearl were lovely and the colours are great, but bear in mind even black will come out more pastel as it is a dust.
Tools and resulting dust
Stars from ice cube tray (SOOOO many plans for more rubber trays
), skulls originally moulded in Sculpey Mold Maker from a metal pendant.
Left 2 columns - Alice in Wonderland art, right column, my art
9 on top left, Fairytale pics, others are mine
These are filigree frames originally moulded in Sculpey Mould Maker froma metal scrapbooking frame. The black marks are transfer from the mould - the original metal rubbed off a bit. Worked pretty well but the detailed filigree is a bit much for the Mold Maker, I would like to try this in rubber.
Summary: rubber moulds = beautiful, ice cube trays = nice turn out, just have to wait until the resin is hard-cured and give them a twist and a bang. No mould release used.
Plastic paint pallette = beautiful resulat but has to be cut away, tried using Armor-all car protectant as mould release and didn't really help. The sides are very straight though and that didn't help trying to get the resin bits out.
Images - lightly coloured pics should be printed on paper, stronger colours and strong black images are great on paper or transparancies. If you shrink an image alot for a small pendant, make sure the lines/image are strong and detailed for a better result. Embedding the paper straight into the resin without brushing with glue or resin to seal creates a semi-translucent result. Really nice I think.
I popped the pieces out of the mould when they were medium-hard (for the rubber mould) and a little firmer for the ice cube tray. Then I laid them on their fronts and filled the indentation in the back with resin and added flakes. The back of the original piece will have high sides and a concave middle, if you fill it with more resin the resul seems much more professional.
Mix the flakes/colour/whatever with the resin in the mixing cup for a well mixed result.
If coverng the front of pendants with resin i prefer to just pour a little at a time directly on the pendant (I use kebab skewers to stir and spread the resin) rather than put sticky tape around the edges to create a frame. The end result is neater and the frame technique made the resin far too deep and the tape left the edges sticky.
Whew, I think that covers it. Fell free to ask me questions but the super-gigantic resin post
has heaps of helpful stuff too, you can search within the post to see if your queries are covered.
Wow, thanks for looking and comment welcome.