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Topic: Tutorial...kind of...for making resin pendants with butterflies inside...  (Read 103251 times)
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« Reply #340 on: July 29, 2009 05:26:07 PM »

Thank you for this awesome tute! I definitely have to try this now that it doesn't seem so scary!
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« Reply #341 on: July 29, 2009 07:30:33 PM »

besos_tan_dulces, I have a silicone heart-shaped ice cube tray I got at Bed, Bath and Beyond (B,B and B is what we call it around here!).

Anyway, in the course of my resin experiments, I've come to the conclusion that if your mould is smooth and shiney, your castings will be, too. However, if the mould is dull in colour (*my* heart-shaped mould is like that) your castings will be dull (at least on the part that directly touches the mould).

The backs always seem to cure in a concave shape so if it's going to be a pendant or something that you don't want to have sharp edges, you need to sand it. It doesn't take long to do this, though. I thought it would so I never did it...but I discovered that sanding takes no time at all and your piece looks way better!
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« Reply #342 on: July 29, 2009 08:10:58 PM »

Thank you for the awsome tut! I have some tiny shells from our trip to the beach... Hmm... now I might have use for them!!! Wowowowowowow! I think I CAN do resin!

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« Reply #343 on: July 29, 2009 08:32:07 PM »

THANK YOU so much for responding to my post!

YES it was an Ikea mold...I will have to buy a new one from a different company. How about that...someone else had the same obscure issue as I did!

Thanks so much for the info about sanding too...now I know what to expect the next time I make any resin items. I think I was a little too hasty with the mixing part...
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« Reply #344 on: July 30, 2009 06:02:27 AM »

What do you receommend in regards to which brand to use? And where did you get you resin? We have some at Hobby Lobby here but I just didnt know if there was somewhere else maybe a bit cheaper.
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« Reply #345 on: July 30, 2009 05:57:00 PM »

Like everyone else said, Great Tute. Between this and another one I "stumbled" on, I really wanted to try it. I had a few problems..

1. the resin turned yellow-ish. I'm thinking this is due to some kind of contamination from the measuring cup (a pyrex that i used previously for film developing years ago, but has been washed). I also made way too much for my first trial, because I had to use the smallest unit on the cup 1/8th hahaha. yikes. I think i need some new measuring equipment. Or has anyone else had this problem, and is it NOT due to contamination? It might be a good effect for something that's supposed to look aged :-/

2. I did 2 with paper treated in mod podge the day before. Only problem here was my personal preference that I didn't want the image to sink all the way down...next time will have to pour and let set before putting the paper in.

3. I did 2 with googly eyes, which would not stop floating. I don't know how to solve this one, since layering wouldn't help with that

4. I only had minor bubbles but they didn't seem to want to go away despite blowing on them (i don't have a heat gun, maybe some day)

That's all. If they turn out at all I'll try to post some pics.

-sara
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« Reply #346 on: July 30, 2009 07:27:04 PM »

Like everyone else said, Great Tute. Between this and another one I "stumbled" on, I really wanted to try it. I had a few problems..

1. the resin turned yellow-ish. I'm thinking this is due to some kind of contamination from the measuring cup (a pyrex that i used previously for film developing years ago, but has been washed). I also made way too much for my first trial, because I had to use the smallest unit on the cup 1/8th hahaha. yikes. I think i need some new measuring equipment. Or has anyone else had this problem, and is it NOT due to contamination? It might be a good effect for something that's supposed to look aged :-/

2. I did 2 with paper treated in mod podge the day before. Only problem here was my personal preference that I didn't want the image to sink all the way down...next time will have to pour and let set before putting the paper in.

3. I did 2 with googly eyes, which would not stop floating. I don't know how to solve this one, since layering wouldn't help with that

4. I only had minor bubbles but they didn't seem to want to go away despite blowing on them (i don't have a heat gun, maybe some day)

That's all. If they turn out at all I'll try to post some pics.

-sara

Just an idea..... Wiith the googly eyes maybe pour the resin and leave it for a bit til it gets thick and sticky, then push the eyes in and maybe pour a little bit more resin on top...I've done that with floating paper when i didnt have time (or patience) to do layers.
For the pesky bubbles the cheap alternative to a heat gun is a jet lighter. They work wonders! I bought one ages  ago for $2 with a big can of gas refill and it has lasted me about 2yrs so far..... Grin
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« Reply #347 on: August 07, 2009 07:07:49 PM »

1. the resin turned yellow-ish. I'm thinking this is due to some kind of contamination from the measuring cup (a pyrex that i used previously for film developing years ago, but has been washed). I also made way too much for my first trial, because I had to use the smallest unit on the cup 1/8th hahaha.

Apparently, if you make a piece that is too thick all at once (as opposed to pouring it in multiple layers) it can turn yellow.  I don't remember what is considered too thick, but I'm thinking it's over 1/4".  Might be 1/2" tho.  And since you said you made way too much (I do that all the time too- I'm always afraid I won't have enough!), I'm guessing that may have been your issue?
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« Reply #348 on: August 09, 2009 10:08:59 AM »

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Apparently, if you make a piece that is too thick all at once (as opposed to pouring it in multiple layers) it can turn yellow.  I don't remember what is considered too thick, but I'm thinking it's over 1/4".  Might be 1/2" tho.

claraohara, which kind of resin were you using?  And was it an epoxy or a polyester resin?  (The problems with "pouring deeply," as mentioned below are for the regular epoxy resins, not polyesters or tweaked epoxies, etc).
 
Sometimes too much heat can be generated in the reaction when certain amounts of resin are curing which can cause the yellowing, and other things can cause that problem as well as other problems.

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« Reply #349 on: August 10, 2009 07:49:08 PM »

Elegant... was it yellow after you mixed it, or before you mixed it?
I've bought resin...brought it home & then discovered it was yellow in the bottles even before mixing it...so I returned it!  Undecided

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