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steiconi
« on: March 26, 2014 08:08:09 PM »

I recently got a bracelet with resin faces.  I like the style, but the faces are shiny and look cheap. 
this link should be good for at least a while:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/291097270514?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

Is there a way  to make the resin dull? 
I assume glass etch won't work (it comes stored in a plastic bottle).
The faces have a lot of detail, so sanding would be more trouble than it's worth.

Any ideas?
thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2014 10:50:34 PM »

Could you lightly and gently scratch the surface with some abrasive cloth?  Like one of those rock cloth things?  You would have to be really gentle so the face doesn't get ruined, but it is a thought. 
Or maybe get some soft beach sand in a small container and lightly swirl each face in it a bit until it scuffs up the shine?
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2014 12:50:31 PM »

The sand is a good idea.  I have a big jar of Hawaiian black sand, and I even know where it is!
thanks, I'll post whether it works.
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2014 04:19:05 PM »

Or very fine steel wool may do it too.
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Yaqulek
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2014 08:46:19 AM »

Matte finish spray
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2014 07:43:48 PM »

You're my kinda woman.

Matte finish spray
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2014 02:55:42 PM »

I wound up doing a coat of matte finish spray, then antiqued them with very watered-down brown paint, then a couple more coats of matte when dry.  They still don't look like bone, but they do look classier than the shiny plastic.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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