So a few of you have asked me how to make spoon pendants and I finally got around to making some more so I made sure to take pictures of the step by step process
What you need:
Plus paints, glitter, glue, findings, beads, etc.
- cut and sand (if necessary) the spoon handle down to about an inch.
- use your pliers to form a loop then paint/decorate!!
- once everything is dry, mix your epoxy according to its own directions.
- now pour the resin into the spoons. Make sure to be doing this on a covered surface like a dollar store cookie sheet or with some kind of mat down. Its easier to do this if your mixing jar has a little spout area. Once the spoons are level with resin use something to drop extra in so it 'bubbles' on the top for a nice effect. I use my stir stick to drip it in. Just make sure not to go to fast or it may overflow, and once that starts it doesn't stop!!
-resist the urge to poke at them and leave everything be until its completely cured (for mine, 24 hours, yours will depend on what brand you use).
- Once the time has passed, if everything was mixed properly the epoxy should be nice and hard and you're ready to add a chain to your new pendants!
Tips and tricks:
-Don't worry about bubbles in your epoxy after you've mixed it. These should go away naturally during the curing process. If you want to get rid of them right away to see how a project looks, try breathing lightly on it. Its the CO2 in your breath that pops the bubbles, not the force or temperature, and its instantaneous.
-Make sure all your paints and glues are dry before adding epoxy, as if its not completely dry (and I mean upwards of 24 hours dry) then it can get extremely discoloured.
-If you're using paper in your projects its a good idea to coat it first to protect it from getting stained. I've heard that a few coats of modge podge or the like (both sides) are a good choice.
-To help your spoons stay level when you're pouring the epoxy in, you can always try setting it on/in something. Either use a ball of tacky putty (for holding pictures on walls) to hold it, or lay them in a small dish of sand/beads so it will sit still.
-Clear beads and gems end up becoming near invisible when they get coated in resin. Notice in the black spoon, you can barely see them until the light hits them the right way.
-And always make sure to read the instructions on the resin epoxy carefully. Some require mixing in 2 separate containers, or mixing for a certain time. First thing I made I didn't do it properly and it was a complete waste. I was so sad I didn't touch resin again for a long time out of disappointment.
I hope this helps those of you who wanted to learn how to, if you have any questions let me know and I'll do my best to answer them!! Theres a few more pictures over on my blog with a slightly less point form version of the tute if you'd prefer. C&C totally welcome.