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1  Re: After all my questions on how to do them, here are some UTEE pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by PeaceAndPrayer on: August 01, 2008 02:20:31 PM
Looking good Smiley You could glue some gems in the extra holes or run some funky fibers through them  Grin Did you use a resin mold Huh I was afraid it would melt the mold Shocked

Ohhh tattfae you are one of my faves.  Actually I have also begun tatting thanks to you.

But to UTEE....I have produced resin items for almost a year now.  Not that I'm an expert on it (no where near ammamama), but I am comfortable with it.

Someone asked a question about a hole through resin - NO you can not heat a crochet hook and stick through resin.  You must use a dremel, or a drill of some other kind.  I have drilled completely through resin - and it stinks when you do that too.

Thanks to tattfae, I made an attempt at UTEE.  I was not necessarily looking for less expensive - just easier and quicker (layering in resin is not for the impatient).

First...I overcook it to yellowing.  Second - YES I MELTED RESIN MOLDS - give me something hot and I'll burn a house down  Grin.

Yes...it hardens QUICK...but it also MELTS QUICK... and I have 'ruined' pieces by trying to 'trim' edges with a heat gun...because it will melt so quickly.

I am still trying UTEE, because I'm sure it will have it's potential for certain projects.  But I use resin for imbedding and usual kind of pendants.

This pendant is done with resin.  I drilled through and used 20 gauge wire to make the bail.  (the illustration is my original, computer illustration)

To me...pricing of UTEE and resin is about equivilant.  I always wait for percent off coupons.  UTEE is MUCH quicker in everything compared to resin.  So if you want to see if you messed up or not...you'll know in minutes  Shocked.  Resin is much more durable than UTEE.  Takes way longer to do anything to.  You also can not remelt resin and try to fix, where UTEE drips, drops, and otherwise can be remelted (although there is a potential for yellowing).
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2  Re: First timer: shrink art earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by PeaceAndPrayer on: April 25, 2008 09:06:13 AM
Very cute.  Not to be an old 'fogie', but as a grandma who has a 15 year old grand daughter who does chain maille jewelry, and who wears my shrinky jewelry constantly. - we really need to switch those baby gears.

May I suggest - let her draw some earrings and show her the process?  I know they'll be outrageous - but so much the better.  They are our future - it's up to us to make up for what media implants in their fertile minds.

Here's the shrinky my grand daughter was loving for her birthday.

Sorry to be a 'preacher' but it's us against the media (gosh I'm so 1984).  That little sweety is yours to mold.

Again..cute earrings.

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3  Better Shrinky Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by PeaceAndPrayer on: April 11, 2008 11:31:21 AM
I love posting things here.  It is kind of like brainstorming and you get to tweak and improve ideas and thoughts.

These two earrings are from two 'surreal' computer illustrations I drew.  I also did resin pendants (which I hadn't posted) with the illustrations printed out.

But I have a show tomorrow and I'm trying to make sure I have earrings for necklaces.  Thanks to everyone's comments and suggestions for me yesterday.

Thanks for your input.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
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4  Grrrrr...Shrinky in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by PeaceAndPrayer on: April 10, 2008 02:17:30 PM
Haven't initiated a post in a while...and there isn't any recent shrinky.  So I decided to post my leopard 'skin' pendant.  And to ask the question.  When I make circles, especially the large ones - nothing stays circular after heating.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I try to 'file' them round, but that gets frustrating and I end up with anything but a smaller oval.

Suggestions and/or comments are welcome.  Constructive criticism also welcome.
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5  Re: another resin question in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by PeaceAndPrayer on: March 30, 2008 02:34:33 PM
I've used polymer beads that I have made and glue them to the pendant.  OR (which I do sometimes when I have a sticky back pendant) I make an entire polymer backing and then make a 'whoppee do' kind of bail (very technical term).  Here's a pic of what I mean...it looks better than the pic.  My camera shows every awful thing wrong with something.

This is just to show you what I mean by using the polymer as a bail.  The pink polymer covers the entire back of the heart.

(I wasn't too happy with how this turned out - so I'm showing you for the tutorial of a polymer bail)

You do not have to be too proficient with polymer.  Hope this helps till you can get a drill.
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6  My latest resin in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by PeaceAndPrayer on: March 17, 2008 11:25:46 AM
I had purchased some suspcious China lead dinosaurs.  I did not want to throw them out...but I didn't want to brain damage any children either.

The other day, while playing with resin, I came up with this idea.  Alot of ideas never work.  But I am pretty happy with this one.  I like to have jewelry for kids at my shows.

It is VERY humid here, so I haven't put any clasps on yet.  I'll probably just string them on some cord.

I drew the background on illustrator/photoshop and printed out on photo paper.

Comments, suggestions welcome. Smiley

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7  I'm Showing off Grand-daughter's Chain Maille in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by PeaceAndPrayer on: March 17, 2008 11:18:31 AM
This is chain maille which my 14 year old grand-daughter did.  No I'm not old - she is.   Cheesy  She has been my protege since she was old enough to hold a pair of pliers. Grin

She prefers working with wire, as opposed to stringing beads.  She does chain maille and other wire work.  As I said, I am VERY proud of her.

Earring and necklace set

Hematite and wire wrap

close up

We used a proven pattern for the chain maille, but the hematite wire wrap - she was just sitting at my work bench messing with wire and came up with the design.

Thanks for giving me some bragging time.  Happy St. Pat's day! Shocked
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8  Resin - craftser has created a monster in me in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by PeaceAndPrayer on: March 13, 2008 01:35:30 PM
Well...you all did this.  You have infused me with resin, and there's no turning back.  So now you have to tolerate constant badgering with my new projects. Roll Eyes

Hope everyone likes.  Comments/Suggestions welcome.
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9  Never enough resin? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by PeaceAndPrayer on: March 12, 2008 12:36:40 PM
Just thought I'd show a finished project.  I showed my 'initial' resin pieces yesterday.  Well, here is the floral photograph strung on a cord & ribbon necklace.  I also made the polymer beads.

Opinions and helpful suggestions are more than welcome!  Especially since it was all you who started this!
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10  Resin - My 100th Attempt in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by PeaceAndPrayer on: March 11, 2008 08:45:39 AM
First - Thank you Manifest Content!  You had answered my resin bubble question back under one of ammamma's posts.  You said you used your lizard's heat lamp, but you had heard of people using heat guns.  Since I am not fortunate enough to have a lizard, or heat lamp - I got a heat gun from Joann's.

Viola!  You answered my question!  There's no way I would be brave enough to post my first 99 photos  Grin.  But here are the first one's using a heat gun:

One of my floral photographs imbedded.  I had yellow from my 'faux amber' attempt left over, so I tried it on this.

I know this one isn't 'girly' and cute.  Sorry.  www.eti-usa.com (Castin' Craft's web site) had instructions on the faux amber.  The black specks are polymer.  I need to make them smaller next time.  A fossil shark tooth and crinoid stem are imbedded.

I would have rather used clear with the photograph, but I had yellow left over.  So I tried, just to see if I could do it or not.  Actually the flower in the photo is yellow, anyway.  I haven't cleaned up any edges on the pieces.

So thank you once again, manifest content!  And for all you newbies - heat guns work!
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