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Topic: Tutorial...kind of...for making resin pendants with butterflies inside...  (Read 95560 times)
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« Reply #330 on: July 02, 2009 04:28:58 PM »

Well, my mom suggested silica gel to dry them out first, and voila!  It dries them out without pressing them, and the color stays pretty vibrant for the most part.  I've tried about 10 different kinds of flower petals, and they didn't change at all in the resin. 
Woohoo!  Cheesy

OMG...why didn't I think of silica gell? My mom used to use that to dry flowers all the time! I'm so glad it worked for you!
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« Reply #331 on: July 03, 2009 09:09:32 AM »

OMG...why didn't I think of silica gell? My mom used to use that to dry flowers all the time! I'm so glad it worked for you!

Yeah, it's awesome! Thank goodness for moms, huh?  Heehee!  Cheesy
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« Reply #332 on: July 19, 2009 12:27:22 PM »

Hi! I am new to Jewlery making, I was just looking to make some photo Pendants for myself when I stumbled onto your WONDERFUL how to. I was still scared ( even after reading this ENTIRE 30+ pages!) well I finally poured and made a few little items, I thought I would share one I made for my 6 year old Ghostbuster obsessed son. I think this was sooo much clear -supportive- information, that I wanted to say THANK YOU for posting this and helping all of us newbees out! Cyndi ok, well I can't post the picture but a link to the pictures, well I will have to read on that! Thanks anyhow!
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« Reply #333 on: July 28, 2009 02:27:16 PM »

2 QUESTIONS if anybody would like to help out! I think my issue may have been with the type of mold that I used. (I used a silicone heart shaped ice cube tray)

1.) When I tried it, the resin came out too soft. It almost seemed a bit gummy on the outermost layer. No matter how much time I let it set, it still felt that way. The inside was hard but the outer layer was a tad soft, just enough to scream "amateur".

2.) The part that would be the bottom of the pendant (the part that does not have contact with the mold) was uneven. Do you sand it? Also, the part that was in contact with the mold was really dull.

So was my issue, in your opinion,with the type of the mold OR the way I mixed the resin?
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« Reply #334 on: July 29, 2009 01:28:05 AM »

2 QUESTIONS if anybody would like to help out! I think my issue may have been with the type of mold that I used. (I used a silicone heart shaped ice cube tray)

1.) When I tried it, the resin came out too soft. It almost seemed a bit gummy on the outermost layer. No matter how much time I let it set, it still felt that way. The inside was hard but the outer layer was a tad soft, just enough to scream "amateur".

2.) The part that would be the bottom of the pendant (the part that does not have contact with the mold) was uneven. Do you sand it? Also, the part that was in contact with the mold was really dull.

So was my issue, in your opinion,with the type of the mold OR the way I mixed the resin?

Hmmm well with no.1 It was probably the way you mixed the resin but could also be weather or type of resin related too. What brand are you using?

2. Was it the ikea ice cube tray?
I have that one too and it is the way they have made the mold that everything will come out kinda frosted looking. Maybe try a different mold. There are usually some cool ones on ebay
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« Reply #335 on: July 29, 2009 01:44:12 AM »

Saw this tute on the front page, and now you've got me converted! I want to get started with resin right away!

PS, can anyone recommend a glue for attaching bails and jewelry findings (and maybe fabric) to the back of the resin? I definitely want to make some pendents, and I want them to be sturdy, but I don't have access to a proper little drill and probably won't be buying one any time soon.
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« Reply #336 on: July 29, 2009 11:24:28 AM »

Ok I went and bought some resin and molds today so I am going to finally try this tonight. I will post the finished items tomorrow as long as they dont look awful. Wish me luck!
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« Reply #337 on: July 29, 2009 12:31:06 PM »

maybe a stupid question and maybe answered before but I don't have enough time to go through 34 pages of comments Cheesy
How do you make this into a pendant? do you stuck something on there?
or do you make a hole?
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« Reply #338 on: July 29, 2009 12:37:16 PM »

I feel stupid...I bought the opaque kind that dries white. Dang it!!!! Back to the store tonight to get the correct kind.
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« Reply #339 on: July 29, 2009 12:58:40 PM »

I feel stupid...I bought the opaque kind that dries white. Dang it!!!! Back to the store tonight to get the correct kind.

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You could probably colour it and use it for non embedded stuff  Smiley

maybe a stupid question and maybe answered before but I don't have enough time to go through 34 pages of comments Cheesy
How do you make this into a pendant? do you stuck something on there?
or do you make a hole?

You can either glue a bail to the back or (how i do it) using a hobby drill, drill a teeny tiny hole and gle an eyepin in. Voila!
Feel free to PM me if you need any more help-it is all in the last 34 pages but that is a bit of a slow read! Grin
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