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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Resin plugs on: January 18, 2010 04:12:03 PM
These are totally awesome... I wish I had a friend that had plugs just so I could make some resin ones for them.. I JUST LOVE RESIN! Don't you?  Grin
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: SHRINKY DINKS on: May 06, 2009 08:24:49 PM


Also, bad news - Michaels doesn't carry shrink plastic anymore. Or at least, the Michaels near me doesn't. .... and eventually she called somebody else and determined that they don't carry it anymore. Sad times!



Oh, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I DEPEND on Michael's having the assortment package!

I just bought shrinky dinks yesterday at Michael's.  It was in the scrapbooking section and it was IMPOSSIBLE to find.  I asked right as I walked in the store and the lady told me the general two aisles to look in... still took me about 15 minutes.  It was all hanging in one tiered rack in the middle of the aisle.  Maybe the people at your store don't even know where to find it....!  Roll Eyes
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Resin mourning jewelry? on: March 11, 2009 03:26:22 PM
I've bought some vintage adjustable ring bases and lockets and charm bases and I've told my mom my plans so the next step is to just get the resin and start. 

So any advice? Bad idea? Sounds like it'll work?

It sounds like a good idea.. hardest part for me would be figuring out how to arrange the hair..

i'm thinking that if it's braided that maybe if it's dipped in the resin and then placed into the base and left to set a bit before filling the rest of the way with resin that the hairs would stay in place better.... i just moved otherwise i would try some myself...

let us know what you find!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone ever successfully embedded liquid in resin? on: January 23, 2009 02:06:02 PM

Do you happen to know what these were called or what section theyy would have been in the craft store (I realize they were prob in the clearance bin).  Anyone know where I could get hollow bubbles to fill?  Maybe a glass blower?  Hmmm, I'm just itching to figure this out.  I even once tried the glyerin capsules that you fill with your own herbs , but they of course just melted when the liquid touched it.   Roll Eyes   I need something with this idea that will hold liquid, then I can always decoupague it like the PP said before embedding. 

I don't know what you would call it... it was a little folding bin at Joanns... i searched hi and lo on the website.. but i don't know what section it would of been in originally.  I mean.. it was teeny tiny.. like, you could fit a soda can in it and thats about it.  The closest thing I have found on the web so far is liquid filled stickers.. those could work, but i couldn't find any circles.  Just silly things like princesses and mickey mouse heads and m&ms http://www.createforless.com/Sticko+Stickers+Liquid+M_and_Ms+Circles/pid80261.aspx

Maybe if you go to the craft store and look through the stickers or scrapbooking supplies, you could find a circle.  I haven't been, otherwise trust me, I would have looked!  Wink
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: January 22, 2009 03:34:57 AM
WARNING:  LONG BORING POST--Skip it unless you have not much else to do

Sorry about the "hotlinking".  I thought that was the whole purpose of the "insert image" button above the left side of the smileys.  If there is another way allowed on Craftster, then by all means, please point the way.  If this is a rule only for this board, then I'm sorry for that too.

craftster has image hosting, just go to my crafster and go from there.. but that's for your projects.  so i'm not sure if you can use regular html text to put a pic.. haven't tried yet


For the x-ray markers, they are NOT DECORATIONS.  The resin is what holds the lead letters in place to stick onto an imaging cassette or Bucky cover (technical lingo there).  They are usually backed with aluminum to give the resin stability--I have had wayyyy too many crack under the weight of a patient or when dropped.  They just get lots of abuse.  Some techs just stick individual numbers/letters to a piece of tape and then re-tape that or use something sticky to hold it to the imaging device. I like the ones in resin so that I can de-cootie them by dropping a nasty one in the finger of a rubber glove followed by a spray or two of disinfectant. I tie that off and drop it in my pocket to soak.  A marker is a legally required item.  See an example film in this photo:
That's what i was kind of thinking... that you were a radiologist and you wanted them for 'real' and not just a keychain goodie..

i've had many a broken bone so i know these things well Wink


I went to Hobby Lobby today and found the 8oz EasyCast for 13+$ (near the clay).  The 8oz Envirotex was on a different aisle for 10$ (near the wood burning stuff).  At Lowes (home improvement) there was a different brand of equal mix that was in the paint section for 16oz for 8$.  I lucked out in Hobby Lobby and found some Easy Cast jewlery making kits for clearence prices of 2$  for 2 ounces of pre-colored mixes.  These will be perfect to experiment with.  If you don't check out their clearance racks every time you go in, you are crazy!
don't buy the stuff at Lowe's unless you want it to be yellowish.  That is usually what you see covering a table top at a restaurant that has a map or photos embeded in a table.  EasyCast is what I use and I love how easy it is.

The "cell" or frame sounds great, but I have no idea where to find such items.  They look to me like something bought in the outdoor weather stripping area of Home Depot and then cut to the appropriate lengths ('bout an inch and a half to 2 inches).  Of course, I never found anything that seemed to be right.  The things remind me of the tracking for a sliding door--perhaps a shower door but not that deep.  I will experiment and figure it out.

maybe in the window screen aisle you can use the framing pieces that are easily cut with a hacksaw...

There is also a thread I saw where a girl soldered two pieces of resin together with awesome results... maybe you can coat it with that...  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252883.0

I'll attempt to help with any more questions that arise.. =)
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone ever successfully embedded liquid in resin? on: January 21, 2009 07:32:17 PM

I'm glad you posted this because I was at the craft store the other day looking at some clearance stuff... they has these little flexible plastic boxes that were covered in little squares filled with liquid... if it wasn't so expensive i would of bought it just to cut the little squares out and then embed them in resin..... Maybe they found something similar with circles instead? 

think of these but flatter all connected on a sheet of plastic...  http://www.global-b2b-network.com/b2b/41/76/934/7476/bath_oil_beads.html
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: January 21, 2009 07:22:17 PM
What I am hoping to make is something similar to these in these pix:

http://www.pbmarker.com/10R_Lmix.JPG


http://www.pjxray.com/images/LM-1%20Sml.jpg

http://mpsxray.com/clip_on_marker_single.jpg
They are used in the imaging department of a hospital or clinic to identify the technologist and indicate the side of the body on an image.

I don't know what to use for setting the contents and the resin in.  It's not necessary to put it in something, but these things get a lot of abuse and a backing of some sort is stabilizing.  Usually, they are aluminum-back, resin-filled, with lead letters contained within.  I'd like to custom make some of these as gifts for people in my department.
The sky's the limit on design choices as long as the items are keychain sized or smaller.  (Most workers stick them to their ID badges with plenty of room to spare.)
Thanks in advance for all the input in this thread as well as specific replies.  Smiley
I have a plastic ice cube tray that would be the perfect size for these... pour in a bit of resin (colored with eyeshadow or whatever) let that set up.. drop in the letter with more colored resin.. let that get tacky.. and then as diane suggested, you can use a piece of aluminum from a soda can...

or.  go to Army/Navy and get some dog tags (one that was by me, would sell the mess ups for super cheap) take a hammer to the letters (or start with plain ones, whatever) ...and go the other way round...

maybe you can use plastic sead beeds or sprinkles behind the letters for extra decoration..  assuming they wouldn't mess up the xrays.

I'm not exactly sure if you are wanting to make these for actual use, or something just neat to wear..?
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: January 20, 2009 07:51:25 PM
I haven't read this entire thread yet and am guessing it will be my friend for a few days just to get all the information. 
My question (please ignore if this has been discussed to death) is about costs.  What did you, dear reader of this question, spend on your first project(s)?  I'm trying to just get a rough idea.
Thanks.

I used the epoxy resin (easy cast) and it was $11 for two 4oz bottles.  I bought some ice cube trays and spoons and things at goodwill.. so they were all cheap cheap cheap!  glitter.. i had it... eh, all depends on what you put in it.  i made around 20 or so christmas ornaments out of spoons and penguin buttons and paint... lets see.. $4 paint (which i have tons left) $6 buttons  $1 spoons $1 ornament hangers.... so... you see, all that for $23.. but i had resin and paint and hangers left over.. so...
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: January 15, 2009 03:24:50 AM
Thanks for the info, Diane. I forgot to check which one I used but none of the molds I used were deeper than 1/2". 

photochickkds, I will try popping them in the freezer.  See, this is why there needs to be a whole new resin board  Wink  I got partway through this thread before asking, and some people near the beginning said they were using a hairdryer on their resin to make them pop out.   Undecided

I've used molds that were deeper than the recommended depth for epoxy and not had a problem.  As for the tackiness with fingerprints, I just pop them out of the molds and let them sit out longer, or if I want, I'll hang the piece and recoat it so it drips and then it usually has a perfect coat when dry.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: January 10, 2009 05:45:42 PM
I'm looking for resin at AC Moore/ Walmart. That kind where you pour it into a mold, put stuff in said mold and make fun necklaces/bracelets/ whatever.

Tell me what to look for, what to pay, and how i should use this. I have the basic idea, but i'd rather not waste product.


The walmarts here (FL) do not carry the correct resin. They only had fiberglass/automobile resin.  I can only find it at Michael's craft store.  I use the Easy Cast resin.  It's around $10 for 8oz total.  It's the 1to1 epoxy resin. As for learning how to use it, the directions are in the box.  I read them completely along with reading this whole thread.  I followed the directions on the box and have not had any problems with hardening or anything.
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