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Topic: Resin Knitting Needles - and Tutorial! [[Updated info for the larger needles!]]  (Read 101199 times)
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« Reply #140 on: January 14, 2009 08:18:35 AM »

I went and bought resin specifically to try this project.  I think I should have started with something easier Wink  I had a lot of trouble pouring the resin into the tiny opening of the straw and ended up pouring most of it down the outside - but I have some ideas to make it easier next time.  It's been about 42 hours and the resin still doesn't want to come out of the straw.  I figure I'll just let it sit a while longer and see what happens.  Please tell me this resin business gets easier, ha ha!  Cheesy
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« Reply #141 on: January 14, 2009 09:33:25 AM »

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« Reply #142 on: January 15, 2009 11:35:57 AM »

This is the most awesome Resin tutorial.  I have been meaning to play with Resin for a while but have not found a project that was inspirational enough.  I think this might be it!
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« Reply #143 on: January 15, 2009 11:40:53 AM »

these are so awesome! i don't knit at all, but these are just amazing!
i *love* the glittery ones!
lovely, really!

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« Reply #144 on: January 15, 2009 03:47:34 PM »

me too, maybe that's our problem. the odd thing is, it is hard as a rock when I use it in anything else.

im usin envirotex lite


I haven't tried an epoxy pair, so maybe that's it?
But I don't know why.
 Okay you guys, I'm going to cast some envirotex lite in a straw tonight and see if it'll harden! But I have no idea what's going on, so I don't know what else to say or do Undecided
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« Reply #145 on: January 15, 2009 03:50:36 PM »

I went and bought resin specifically to try this project.  I think I should have started with something easier Wink  I had a lot of trouble pouring the resin into the tiny opening of the straw and ended up pouring most of it down the outside - but I have some ideas to make it easier next time.  It's been about 42 hours and the resin still doesn't want to come out of the straw.  I figure I'll just let it sit a while longer and see what happens.  Please tell me this resin business gets easier, ha ha!  Cheesy

Other things may definitely be easier! And see the above comment, if you're using epoxy resin it may not be curing properly/staying flexible.

And if anyone has had results that DID harden using epoxy resin -Envirotex Lite, Easy Cast being the most common, I'd love to know!
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« Reply #146 on: January 15, 2009 06:45:25 PM »

what kind of resin do you suggest i buy?
I was thinkimg easy cast but I dont know anything about the different resins soo
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« Reply #147 on: January 15, 2009 06:58:07 PM »

what kind of resin do you suggest i buy?
I was thinkimg easy cast but I dont know anything about the different resins soo

 Right now I have NO idea if that's the issue, so I can't really say! I'm using polyester resin, Castin' Craft, but I've never tried these with it.
 As a coating I'm pretty sure I'd read epoxy resin is stronger, but maybe that has to do with scratch-ability and not flexibility?
 I usually recommend epoxy resin because it's less toxic, and poly resin STINKS. So I do know it should work if you use poly resin like Castin' Craft, but be prepared for the smell!
 If Amelia will go to bed I think the kiln will be cool enough for me to feel safe using resin in the room, and I'll cast it tonight and see what I get!
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« Reply #148 on: January 15, 2009 08:38:59 PM »

I also used envirotex lite pour on.  The straw still does not make a crinkly noise and i can't push the resin out of the straw (4 days later).  I did cast a couple other pieces.  The thin ones (1/8-1/4 think) will soften just a bit if carried in my pocket.  Enough that I can bend it.  But when cool is quite hard.  The straw seems to bend just a bit also. 
I feel a little better knowing I am not the only one having trouble Cheesy
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« Reply #149 on: January 15, 2009 11:19:15 PM »

You are seriously a crafty goddess!
I've also always wanted to try resin casting. Unfortunately I don't have a craft room, or a basement, so I must wait until summer to try this!
Thanks for passing on your brilliance Cheesy
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