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« on: May 27, 2006 02:39:14 PM »

this is a diary of trial and error with resin.  here i've dropped down all the process and my conclusions (and questions).  i've always wanted to mess with resin, make some jewelry and other things, so i bought some the other day and with very little information and a lot of courage, decided to give it a go.  here's how it went->


the material (from left to right) - mold, polyester resins, catalyst, chop stick to stir, tiny spoon + tweezers to pick and drop material, measurer, dropper, glass to mix materials, and tray to avoid a mess.

the decorative stuff - beads, image, felt (attention - tiny stars missing on photo)

THE PROCESS - work in a well ventilated area because resin is very toxic

first, i glued the image and left it to dry while i started with the other stuff.

i measured 12 ml on the measurer (started using the dropper so i wouldnt spill but resin is thicker than i imagined.  good trial and error.  i DONT recommend even bothering with it.  my bottle has a nozzle that stretches, so not even funnel was needed).  the instruction recommended 0,5 - 2,5% of catalyst.  that would come up to 0,3ml!!  so, i just poured everything in the glass and mixed about 4 drops.

i noticed that if i stirred too fast i started getting bubbles, so be patient!  all of process was done OVER THE TRAY!  resin is really gooey and doesnt come off things easily, so dont risk ruining your nice table or carpet.

i poured the mix into the mold.  this mold is for chocolates and i wasnt too sure if was gonna melt or anything, but it was fine!  i got the image and with the chopstick i poked it to the bottom.

then i added the beads with the tiny spoon.  i poured them in the corner and the ones that moved astray i replaced with the chopstick.

i added the stars about 15 mins later and the catalyst had already started hardening!  result - the stars werent embedded in the liquid and when i tried poking them in i messed the surface a bit.  maybe i added too many drops.

i waited for a little less than 24 hours because i was too anxious.  it was DARN hard to remove from the mold!  the possibilities - maybe too much catalyst makes it stick to the mold (because i've seen people use ice-cube trays and not have problems), OR the mold REALLY isnt appropriate, OR i need some of this product that helps the product pop out from the mold.  another thing, i dont recomend using felt and glue because the glue will become evident on the back (not a BIG problem, it all depends how much of a perfectionist you are)

the final result -
  the stars are on the top layer, then the beads, then the image

and it resting on my altar, together with found humming bird feathers and firefly wings, pictures of loved ones, my coins, paper crane, and symbols.

if you'd like some more info, check out this thread->http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=35779.0
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2006 03:22:06 PM »

oh my that is so cool!!

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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2006 08:38:24 PM »

It really is beautiful.  I also love your altar.  What a great way to meditate on the things that mean something to you.  Great job - it sounds like a messy process!

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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2006 07:45:12 PM »

very unique!  to get rid of the bubbles, breathe on it, the carbon Dioxide fron your breath will make them pop.

« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2006 07:08:17 AM »

I have been interested in resin molds for a little while now and could not find a good book or resource as to how to use it or where to buy it.  Your project here has sparked my interest  Can you tell he how long you have been working with this product?  What I would like to do is to make a tatting shuttle with resin.  How durable is it?  Please email me!


« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2006 07:37:55 PM »

thanks for the tute, I have this stuff but haven't go into it yet. it was a gift and along with it I got some mold form stuff...so I"m going to try that.

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