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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for base metal bezel cups with rings or bails attached. on: November 09, 2006 06:32:13 PM
Have you tried asking your local store to stock more, or place an order for you? Some do that so it may be worth a shot.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: SHRINKY DINKS on: June 22, 2006 01:45:35 PM
You can print the ink jet shrinkys in your printer, the only worry would be if you tried to use a laser printer since lasers use heat to press the ink onto the page and obviously you don't want to do that. I have printed on them with no problems at all.
And yes, it takes quite a while to dry...

But the regular shrinky dinks you can print in a zerox machine.
 ( but not with an ink jet printer since they use a special coating to get the ink to adhere)
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: RESIN on: June 22, 2006 01:40:52 PM
You can also go to AlpineImport.com to order them, they have a TON of molds at good prices.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: More Resin --lots of pics on: June 05, 2006 08:20:41 AM
I don't know what kind of resin you are using, but with mine, and what I have read about others, if it is sticky then it didn't mix right. You can wait awhile and see if it gets any harder, but it probably wont get rock hard ever. I just did one like that, I tried the clear coat and it felt like it was dry, but a few days later when she got it, it was all sticky. I have read about things that are supposed to make it hard, but it seems everyone agrees it is easier to just start over. Sorry about that.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Smokers Ages 18+ Swap on: May 26, 2006 08:32:45 AM
I got my stuff earlier this week, I took pictures but uh don't know how to post them. So I messaged vaginastar and hopefully she will post them for me. I haven't heard from her yet, she has been really busy. But hopefully soon so we can get some more pictures on here!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Smokers Ages 18+ Swap on: May 23, 2006 03:27:51 PM
Everything you guys got is so cute! What good ideas I really like it.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: More Resin --lots of pics on: May 17, 2006 08:54:19 PM
ohhh sooo pretty I loooovve them!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: RESIN on: May 17, 2006 08:49:40 PM
Crimsonjade- I know you already purchased the castin craft, and I haven't used it yet, but I have used the easy cast, and if you have the money I would suggest buying that to start out with. You could always use the other stuff after you have some more experience. I know that I have casted some really thin things with it, and also just coated things with it. It works really well for that even though the bottle says casting epoxy. Anyhow, it is one to one mixture, so it is pretty hard to mess up if you are using measuring cups. Also like it has been said, it isn't as toxic or smelly. But the main thing is how easy it is to mix. I found a ton of good molds on the Alpine Import website. I also bought the latex to make my own, so maybe that is a good way to go, although I haven't used it yet myself.
I did end up buying a mold release, easy cast says that you need it, although I used it plenty of times without using one, and when they are really done curing they pop out no problem at all. The first time I tried to use pam, and when the resin creates the heat I guess, it puddled up on the bottom of my mold and "pitted" the surface when it was finished. So if you are going to go that route, try just one piece at a time so you wouldn't ruin many if that also happens to you.
Also with the easy cast, I have mixed up a cup before and had plenty of time to mix, let the bubbles settle out, mix in color, let bubbles settle again and pour 3 trays of small molds and it never set up on me. It did get thicker, however not hard to work with at all. So I think you can make plenty at a time. But like Diane B. said, start with one of each type of cast ( like color, adding a picture, magazine cut-out, or whatever you are going to embed) to test out how it works and any potential problems. I purchased all the dyes and pigments for the resin so my first attempt at resin was with like 16 paint molds where I poured resin, added a drop of color and mixed each one seperately. Well I found out that if you don't mix the color really well, it will not dry. So when I popped them out of the molds, I got the dye and pigment everywhere!
 Also, I had my mom get me some of those plastic syringes from the medical supply store, and I sucked up the resin and "squirted" them into each small mold without making a mess. You have to clean them very well afterward ( while they are still wet) I use regular rubbing alcohol on a paper towel to remove the most and then wipe again, finish with plain paper towel. I found that is the best way to remove the resin. Just don't add water! That makes it turn milky and even stickier!
titancia- you can use any of those, but you should test each one. Almost for sure I can say that regular paper will become tranclucent, so you need to seal that. But you might need to seal the photopaper also. I don't know about regular photos, I don't think they would have any problem at first, but sometimes the resin can cause the inks to bleed. I bought a regular spray sealer and that works really well, but like Diane said in the post above, you can use white glue also.
Ok, I know I ramble, but hopefully that contained some relevent information! ok bye. lol
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Smokers Ages 18+ Swap (SIGNUPS CLOSED; MAIL BY MAY 15) on: May 16, 2006 02:22:25 PM
YAY! I can't wait..incase you didn't notice from my other posts. That is so fast...did you take pictures of it, just in case? I have enjoyed this swap also, this is such a great site, I have never heard of craft swaps before. Such a good idea... And I am sure that your partner will like all you have made, even though I haven't seen any of it I know you had some really good ideas! And besides, who wouldn't love something made just for them anyhow.
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Smokers Ages 18+ Swap (SIGNUPS CLOSED; MAIL BY MAY 15) on: May 15, 2006 09:09:18 AM
lol I have such a sweet swap partner hehe. I think that too... that there are going to be a bunch of things that I am super impressed by and wonder why that never crossed my mind.
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