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« on: November 16, 2008 05:09:33 AM »

So iv'e always been interested in resin but could never get my hands on some molds i liked.
I mean i continuously find the set with all the different kinds of square rectangles, tear drop shapes. and yes its an open canvas to mess with i'm still on the picket fence. I wanted more stuff like birds animals skulls,start outlandishly ODD things cuz thats how i rock. lol
Well my most recent and troubling issue is rings i want to make thos large chunky rings or even the small uniform resin ones.On ebay there are many ring molds however no one makes mention of the ring size they are supposed to be so i'm not taking that chance.
Any advice or links? Google must be tired of me i keep entering all kinds of combinations.
Thanks ladies and gents I appreciate any words of wisdom =D
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2008 02:28:01 PM »

There are no commercial resin ring molds that I know of. (If you found some, do include a link.) Ring molds on eBay are generally wax molds or wax patterns, which are used in metal casting with some fancy equipment. Without such equipment, you'll probably end up with bubbles. (Maybe not - I haven't tried - but in all likelihood, yes.) Re size - only the seller would know. In general, they don't bite Smiley

For ring molds, your best bet is to make your own molds with silicone from rings that you already have. Liquid silicone is definitely the way to go, and Oomoo 30 by Smooth-On is a good starter silicone. However, the chain craft stores don't carry liquid silicone, so you'd most likely have to order it online. Craft stores have putty-type silicone which comes out pretty cheap after coupon, but it's not the best quality putty silicone, and putty silicone in general is not very well suited to making something like a ring.

For animals, etc, you can use cookie cutters + duct tape. It was described in more detail in the resin thread, but basically, put tape on the back of the cookie cutter, pour, wait for it to set, take the tape off. If you do this, the tape side will not be as nice as the top side, so you have to put any embedments face up. (Of course, it's not a good idea to use the same cookie cutters for cookies once you use them for resin!) I think I saw a big set of something like 100 cookie cutters at either Linens & Things or BB&B for $10 which had lots of animals, though most of them are on the large side as far as jewelry goes, so you might want to check that one.

Good luck, & do post whatever you end up making! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2008 04:57:32 PM »

I just came across this skull & bones ice cube mold and thought of your post... It's silicone, so you can use it with resin just like any other silicone mold.
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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2008 06:12:38 PM »

Thanks so much for the information, resin sounds like scary stuff but I really want to take a crack at it.
0o0o0o0h silicone is the magic stuff, if i use cookie cutters with the tape i can always sand the ugle side down tho to at least make it smooth. O0o0 that mold is cute im going to lurk around that site for a bit lol.
Again thanks i'm deff going to post anything i make.
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2008 02:31:33 PM »

Resin is so much fun, and I will love to see your creation!
I would love a ring mould too, but have never found one.
I bought a bracelet mould, but put that UTEE in it and it melted, LOL..

Good Luck!
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2008 02:59:08 PM »

I bought a bracelet mould, but put that UTEE in it and it melted, LOL..

If you're up to making your own molds, silicone should work with UTEE as well. Different silicone compositions have different melting points, but it's still a pretty safe bet that mold-making silicones won't melt like polypropylene Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2009 03:21:09 PM »

I bought a bracelet mould, but put that UTEE in it and it melted, LOL..

If you're up to making your own molds, silicone should work with UTEE as well. Different silicone compositions have different melting points, but it's still a pretty safe bet that mold-making silicones won't melt like polypropylene Smiley

Crud. I know this is an old post....however, I bought a bunch of Castin' Craft molds just to see if they would work with UTEE...however...after reading this post...it sounds like it'd melt?? Can someone confirm? Thanks.
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