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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / epoxy resin jewelry polishing? on: March 27, 2010 01:08:59 AM
i read that u wet sand the jewelry with fine grit sandpaper (wetordry)
for whatever reason.

and then my question is about after you wet sand it or whatever even if its not sanded and its just fresh out of a gem mold,
what are u supposed to do to make it like scratch resistant?

can u actually put car polish on it? like if i wanted to make a resin gem and the drilled a hole in it for a necklace and just stringed it on a chain with no backing or anything i want the thing to shine. it has to be shiny and smooth and mirror like... kind of like cars. but how do i make this happen?
 i know that i have to sand the back of the piece because of what happens in the curing process(shrinks) and how it doesnt cure flat(looks like a spoon/bowel on the top when its in the mold)

 so i sand that so its straight and no bowl shape. then how do i get the entire piece to be scratch resistant?

because resin scratches so easily.
i want it to like stay smooth and scratch resistant and glossy shiny for like ever how do i get it to be that way?

what do i use?
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Resin Beginner on: March 27, 2010 01:00:06 AM
i dont know but you should use evirotex lite or easy cast. i got some easy cast and it works fine. its clear. i dont know about uk places but i also read that epoxy resin is cheaper than polyester or maybe it was cheaper than another kind of resin im not sure. i think there like three main ones. but i dont think that there is less places to get epoxy resin in the uk than usa. i think that mayb there are some brands of resin besides the two i listed that are epoxy but im not really sure if those are that popular. envirotex lite and easy cast seem to be to me the most popular . of course theres that one website called tapplasics or something i dont know if they do uk/england or whatever but they have resin and lots of things to do with resin. i think they may be more expenisve than some places im not sure though. i know if u search for easy cast resin u can get it cheaper if u buy it in a larger quantity also some places are wayy more expensive so its kind i hard to choose cause u have to sort through them. i dont think that the epoxy resin is that bad. i only used it like twice but i read that if u get it too hot it turns yellow. i read that people put it inn there ovens around 100 degrees i think farenheight to cure.. i had to put it in the oven to cure. its cold here lately anyways. it cured in aa few hours or so.. then i took it out of the mold to let it be like more harden or something. but i remember that if u get it hot or something it just starts getting bendy again.... i think this iss what makes the epoxy resin so interesting. I dont think that the epoxy resin is better than the polyester resin i just think that the polyester from what i have read(alot) is more toxic.smells worse. i also read that envirotex lite and castin craft's easy cast is low odor which is nice. also when u sand i guess its not good for the lungs. so to be careful or something. the thing about the resin that i made in this mold and ive read it on many sites and seen proof myself and online is that epoxy resin shrinks or something when its getting cured.. and well, it looks aweful spoon shaped on the top (the bottom when u take it out of the mold)

and so i was like "forced" to sand the back because its like a bowl. and not striaght. but i sanded it and i heard that u have to wet sand it with FINE GRIT sandpaper like 1500 grade/grit to make it so its clearer(if u sand it at all) because if u sand it with like a nail file(which i used because of the lack off supplies being im new to resin this month!) then it gets frosted from the scratches and its really DUMB because u cant see through it!!!!

also i heard u have to polish it with something i read car polish or something to make it glossy and i also read about how u should use a rubbing compound to get those minor scratches (from the sanding) to be really like filled in or something so its see thru again.

i dont know if its safe to use car polish or if it sticks to the resin but i read it somewhre.

but i believe that the wet sanding with the 3m wetordry sandpaper in a HIGH(fine) grit like 1000+ is the best to make it smooth VS dry sanding cause i read that u have to sand it under water to keep the stuff that was sanded off from sticking back onto the  jewelry piece. and once the water gets sanding residue in it you have to empty the container out and fill it up with fresh water

i can see why some people would want to keep the frosted look from sanding with LOW grits like 250
but if you want to maintain the transparency of the jewelry such as for example theres like something in it then i gues go with fine grit wet sanding.

im not sure about the polishing or buffing or rubbing compound but it seems clear to me that sanding is abig part of resin jewelry
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: March 27, 2010 12:39:07 AM
LOL NO. putting more glitter will just make it all sink to the bottom. i did one of my first pieces and didnt know about sinkage. and theres like glitter on the outside of the peice in the front because it sank to th bottom of the mold. i have read that you have to get "lighter" glitter for it to not sink and for it to actually just be in the resin all random. i used pretty heavy glitter i guess cause all but like maybe 5 tiny pieces sank to the bottom and it was wayyyyy too much glitter than i though because it was all at the bottom... LOL. no adding more glitter doesnt solve anything.
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