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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skulls and bones coasters on: February 17, 2008 07:09:39 PM
these are really awesome! i love the fact that you have found a cheaper (and looks like better) alternative to using those expensive resins that you have to buff and polish to make as shiny as what you get in just letting it set.
these are awesome! so i am hitting the this rocks button!

Thanks. I never really thought of it as being an alternative to resin, but I guess that is exactly what it is. I refer to them as resin simply because that is the closest description I could think of. Although, from the sound of it, actual resin mixes are a real pain. Thanks again.
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: End Grain Butcher Block on: February 15, 2008 08:12:50 PM

You always make the greatest things.

You are totally making me blush. ............... Do it again.
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: USB Flash Drive Mods (MORE) on: February 13, 2008 07:25:15 PM
I don't think I have much of a tutorial. I just bought some usb flash drives and some matchbox cars. Using a screwdriver, I took the guts out of the usb flash drive casing (you would be surprised just how little is in those things). Using a dremel tool, I cut out an opening in the back of the cars and grounded out the internals to make the usb fit. A little electrical tape, hot glue, and super glue to mount the drives inside, and we are all done. Not much to it, but it did take me a little while to actually do it. Slow and steady is the key.
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skulls and bones coasters on: February 12, 2008 05:52:10 PM

Do you sand/buff them when they are done, or do they just come out that shiny?  Do you use mold release on your molds? And last question----about how long does that Resin take to dry?

I do NO buffing. At least not the coasters. lol. They actually come out that shiny.

I use NO mold release on the molds. The molds flex enough to pop away from the product. Although a smack to the table helps. It appears that they will not crack or break (the resin that is). At worst, they will only bend, and even that depends on how thin the end result coaster is.

As far as drying time, I let them dry for 1 to 2 days before trying to remove them from the molds (more if the resin is poured very thick). Hell, any project you can do in only a few minutes, walk away from for a couple days while you are doing something else, and return to a finished product, can't be all that bad.
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: End Grain Butcher Block on: February 11, 2008 04:20:05 PM
I finally got off my butt and made some more. These are relatively easy to make, lots of fun, and the pay off is worth it. Enjoy

26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skulls and bones coasters on: February 11, 2008 02:48:05 PM
neat.  I've never tried anything like this, so, please pardon my questions (and thanks!):

1) are the molds reusable, or do you have to break them to get your coasters out?
2) is there a certain thickness beyond which the resin doesn't set?

1) the molds are totally reusable. I have made many with the same molds
2) I haven't found a bad thickness yet. The thickest thing I have made was almost 2 inches thick, but it set up fine. I gave it a couple extra days to cure just to be safe, but I had no problems

they really are cute...what section at lowes has resin?i guess home depot would have it too Smiley

The same section that has the wood stains and clear coat polyurethane

Those are awesome. What brand did you use?

I used Famowood, Crystal Clear Glaze Coat
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skulls and bones coasters on: February 10, 2008 01:58:25 PM
Thanks. These things are always a big hit. I use a two part resin (clear coat) from Lowes and for molds, I use the plastic containers that electrical tape comes in. I'm glad everyone likes them. Now I just got to make more.
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Skulls and bones coasters on: February 10, 2008 01:24:03 PM
I absolutely love making these. Easy to do, fun, unique and one of a kind, and the the possibilities are ENDLESS.  Here are some of my latest coasters. Skull beads and bones never go out of style. And yes, the green skulls and beads glow in the dark. How cool is that. I used the resin from Lowes (don't let the sales guy tell you it won't work), beads (Ebay is full of deals for beads), and my imagination. Enjoy

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29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Terminator Hands on: February 10, 2008 01:09:16 PM
So, what do you do after watching a Terminator marathon and suffer from an over active imagination and random spare parts in the shop? Well, you make some terminator hands of course. I founds some pvc pipe and fittings, some scrap wood, silver spray paint, and some metal looking contact paper. OK, so I had to go buy the contact paper, but it was worth it. I even used two different sizes of piping for the forearm to simulate the "bones". I think they turned out pretty good. I'm still trying to figure out a good place to hang them. Maybe after I reorganize my shop, I can find a better place. But for now, I have them hanging from the rafters (perfect reach height and out of the way) and using them to hang my hats, crafting boggans, and my crafting apron (yes, the apron came from another fellow craftster). Anyway, enjoy. Now all I have to do is figure out how to make a body and head. Hmmmmm........

30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Paintball Mask Modifications on: February 10, 2008 10:22:12 AM
Thanks to all. I love these things. Sure, you can't exactly "hide" on the course with these masks, but who really needs to? The look really great and it is worth it to see the reactions from your opponents.
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