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Local Girl Denise
« on: January 08, 2006 11:31:20 PM »

This was my first time doing anything like this. I didnt make to many because I didnt know what I was doing.
Im pretty happy with the way they came out. But now I know what to do better next time.
I guess I forgot to menton the fact that necklaces. This is just a picture of them before the rings and necklace part were added.
The last one I some how messed up on the varnish and now it looks wrinkly. But I guess you get the point.

     

     
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2006 11:34:37 PM »

woa....that is so rad!!! I especially love the red screws and penicillin! 
How did you do it? tutorial please?
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2006 11:53:59 PM »

Those are beautifiul! Where'd you find the mold? Huh Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2006 03:34:43 AM »

the oregano one is awesome! it might be cool to put different colored spices and stuff in there with it next time.

also I think it might go over well with hippies and such  Shocked Wink
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2006 07:11:20 AM »

LOVE your ideas!  I'm having a hard time finding a decent mold.  What did you use?  I've tried using ice cube trays, but my casting look like, well, ice.  Sad

I also tried the small artist's pallets, but they're too "domed"....

The candy molds I've seen at Michaels and Jo Anne's have had a really dumb smiley face in them.

I love playing with resin.  It's magic stuff, huh?

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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2006 07:33:39 AM »

Those look fantastic.  I like the oregano - I thought of casting tea-leaves last night, so it can't be that strange.  And peppercorns might just look neat!

Anyhow.  I've been asking this of every other resin crafter on earth.  1.)  How did you polish them so nicely?  and 2.)  What kind of 'varnish' did you use to finish?

I like the domed style of paint pallettes, so that's what I use.  *grin* 

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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2006 07:42:22 AM »

If you wanted to go pricey, saffron threads would be too cool.

* Miss Violaceous wants to learn how to do this now.
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2006 07:45:37 AM »

Wow! Resin is so cool.  I wanna learn this, too!
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2006 07:50:01 AM »

I have yet to try this but a lady who works with resin for living swears by rubbing it with brasso for the best polish. I don' even know if you can get brasso in America or even outside the uk.
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2006 07:54:36 AM »

I've got Brasso in my cupboard now (southeast USA). Bought it a while ago, but I've been using it for years.
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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2006 10:59:56 AM »

those are so awesome! i love it! great job
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« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2006 11:03:51 AM »

very cool - can't wait for the answers to the mold and polishing questions.   But...at the risk of sounding like your mother - please please please take every single pill of an antibiotic prescription - it's very important. 
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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2006 11:24:01 AM »

Ha!  It appears that, contrary to what my wife is always telling me, pills (or oregano) and craft do mix!
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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2006 01:29:02 PM »

nice touch on painting the screws Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2006 01:51:04 PM »

I bought resin-specific molds online and I use them a lot. Can't remember where, but look at good art supply stores sites and you'll probably run across them. I didn't have any luck at all at Michaels or even any of our local art supply stores.

For finishing the pieces, I use a combination of sandpaper and steel wool, with steel wool being the final step to smooth edges out. If a piece needs extra shine, I do a few coats of a clear acrylic spray and they look shiny and perfect that way.

I usually drill holes in the pieces with my electric drill, but have been practicing with copper tape and solder to put a metal-frame edge to the pieces. My favorite things to embed are bark, moss, lichen, saffron, sagebrush leaves, and other spices.


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« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2006 01:57:30 PM »

That does it. I AM learning to work with resin

*runs off to craft shop giggling with glee*
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« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2006 02:22:37 PM »

Wow. These are all mighty fantastic! I would love to get any as gifts...

In fact, if you are selling the ones like these guys - especially pills and screw-type ones - I'd be interested in at least taking a look.... I don't think resin casting is in my near future...
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« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2006 02:54:08 PM »

I have a tap plastics near by and I was eying the resin molds very closely.  Then we decided at our monthly local craftster meet that we're going to do a workshop on resin http://groups.yahoo.com/group/southbaycraftgroup, , now this super cool thread.  It looks like resin and me are unavoidable!  I can't wait to join in on the fun!
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« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2006 02:56:25 PM »

i love them!

where did you learn how to do resin?
is there a really good tutorial or book i could use to learn?
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« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2006 03:38:59 PM »

I have a tap plastics near by and I was eying the resin molds very closely.  Then we decided at our monthly local craftster meet that we're going to do a workshop on resin http://groups.yahoo.com/group/southbaycraftgroup, , now this super cool thread.  It looks like resin and me are unavoidable!  I can't wait to join in on the fun!

You have a monthly craftster meet?? I'm so envious!
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« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2006 03:46:35 PM »

wow, theyre so pretty!

you could do little single screw ones and make earrings.
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« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2006 03:54:10 PM »

Where do you get resin? 
PS.  Your things are really cool :-)
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« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2006 05:00:47 PM »

I'm too lazy to read all these posts, but I would suspect that you could use a small petri dish to put the mold in.
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« Reply #23 on: January 09, 2006 05:31:10 PM »

 

They do, in fact,  make GREAT gifts!
A few pix of what I've made:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/33181402@N00/



Fabu, fabu, fabu.

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« Reply #24 on: January 09, 2006 10:53:02 PM »

First of all thank you for all the lovely comments. They didnt come out as planned but now Im happy with them. And so to answer questions.

The mold I made using brush on rubber latex and a deodorant lid. You have to apply and re apply for about a day, layers of latex. Letting them dry in between layers you end up with a rubber mold in the shape of you lid. You can re use them because rubbing alcohol can take off any old resin.

I never really did any polishing to them. And if I did I wouldnt know what to use because my dremel tool didnt work on my only test subject.

When I varnished them I used some crappy wood varnish that my mom gave me. I didnt realize that it was for wood and it made them look crappy so I When to Revy and bought krylon epoxy enamel.

Rubber Latex + Casting Resin + Catalyst- You can all get at Michaels
Deodorant- anywhere
Varnish- Revy or anywhere like that

     
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They do, in fact,  make GREAT gifts!
A few pix of what I've made:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/33181402@N00/


How did you get the different colors in your pieces? I've used resin dyes before, but the colors came out very candy-like in color. Yours are really beautiful!
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« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2006 02:55:58 PM »

Like you said, they are the resin specific dyes, (right next to the resin stuff at Michaels) and you only have to use one or two drops to tint a batch. It's REALLY easy to over-do it on the color! I tend to tap the dye onto a toothpick, then stir the toothpick into the resin, that way I have better control over the color/tint.
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« Reply #27 on: January 10, 2006 03:29:15 PM »

Ok.  One more question.  When you actually cast your resin from your self-made mold - do you use a release?  I've seen various places say none, baby powder, pam, some kind of specialty resin release, etc.  I used pam for some paint-palette baubles, which did slide out fairly well, but still left uhm... almost like 'pocks' where I can tell that it sort of pooled together.

Sorry about the bombardment of questions.  Shocked)  At least understand that it's only because we adore your work.  *Grin*

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« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2006 10:31:05 PM »

Well... when you are using self made molds made out of latex, you dont need to use a release becasue the latex
is so smooth and rubbery that they just pop out when you push on them.

And dont worry Im happy to answer any questions. In fact I wish I had someone to ask stuff when I was learning.
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« Reply #29 on: February 02, 2006 06:12:52 PM »

I have a tap plastics near by and I was eying the resin molds very closely.  Then we decided at our monthly local craftster meet that we're going to do a workshop on resin http://groups.yahoo.com/group/southbaycraftgroup, , now this super cool thread.  It looks like resin and me are unavoidable!  I can't wait to join in on the fun!

Hey Fonduie,

I've been obsessed with the idea of making resin jewelry for a long time now, and am finally getting up the courage to do it, and while scanning the boards for information came across your post.  I too am a South Bay resident (Santa Cruz) and was wondering where and when your group meets.  It would be so rad if I had a group of live  Grin craftsters to create with!

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