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« Reply #810 on: April 28, 2008 08:27:59 PM »

quick question? has anyone ever made somthing out of resin just to embed it in resin? does that make sense? haha i've been really wanting to try this but am afraid of what will happen.

I've embedded epoxy resin stickers in resin before and it's worked just fine.  Just make sure that the resin you are embedding is super duper cured.  I can't see it being an issue otherwise.


I made my first batch of resin. I of course mixed too much but I knew this was my "trial" so I'm ok with that. I did 4 cookie cutters with clear packing tape as a bottom and now after peeling the tape off I can't get it out of the cookie cutter. Was I supposed to use a release on the metal?

Are these trash now or should I just go ahead and try to push as hard as I can?

I would try sticking them in the fridge for a while and seeing if that helps.  If you used more resin than you did hardener then it may be a lost cause.  I had tried a metal mold once and all I can report is massive failure.  Perhaps try a plastic cookie cutter next time.

I get really creative with my molds.  The dollar store is the best resource.  I've used small tupperware containers, silicone ice cube trays and muffic containers.  I even cut the top off a plastic St Patricks Day hat and use that as a mold (it was a mini top hat).  Flexible plastic containers have always worked for me.  And I've always found sticking them in the fridge for a bit (once they've cured for a day or more) helps in getting the pieces out nice and easy. 

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« Reply #811 on: April 28, 2008 08:43:23 PM »

Thank you soooo much! I'm going to give it a try!

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« Reply #812 on: May 08, 2008 11:10:34 PM »

Okay can someone help meeeeee?
I just recently started using resin.I use the castin' craft stuff in the blue bottle.I mix the resin and catalyst together,pour it into the mold and make sure that its getting to be like a jelly feel to it && then put w/e i want in it and then pour the rest on top. I leave it sit over night and in the morning, they STILL arent done. They are like REALLY tacky and dont change! I've even let it set for two days and still sticky and it still smells like resin.  Sad Can someone give me some tips?

Oh and I have to do it in the garage and its like not too warm here but not cold either. can someone pleaseee help?

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« Reply #813 on: May 09, 2008 06:22:12 AM »

is it epoxy or poly resin? Sounds like poly-- if you read this thread, you will find this problem brought up a couple times. If it is poly, you are either not mixing in enough catalyst, not stirring thoroughly, something you are imbedding is messing up the chemical process, -- that is if the whole piece is sticky. If it is just the part that is exposed to the air, it could just be poly being finicky, and may never cure on that surface-- if it is just the part exposed to the air, pop them out and spray them with a clear coat.

« Reply #814 on: May 09, 2008 09:21:32 AM »

First of all, thank you so much for everyone who has made this thread so awesome!! I'm a total noob to resin, but I tried it for the first time last night using Castin'Craft EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy. I can't wait to see how everything turns out. I used a paint pallate for 3, and an ice cube tray for 2 more. One of them is going to be a mother's day present. I found a flower pic I really liked, and the bf, who is an artist, painted it for me on a teeeeeny tiny piece of thick watercolor paper. I'm thinking now that I probably should have poured a layer, let it set a bit, then put in the pic and another layer, but hopefully it will be fine. Also, I forgot to use the mold release on the pallate one, (not containing the gift, thank heavens) so I'm not sure how easy those will be to get out. I can't wait to post pics, no matter how they turn out!!


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« Reply #815 on: May 09, 2008 12:33:12 PM »

I never use mold release (and I use paint palettes, too) and have never had a problem getting them to come out for me.  After they're completely cured, an upside down whack on the table and *bam*, there's your piece.

Good luck and be sure to come back and show us your goodies you've created, okay?



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« Reply #816 on: May 09, 2008 12:51:39 PM »

Great! That's a relief. I will definately post pics. I'm so excited, I'm sitting at work fidgeting cause I want to go home and poke my resin some more. How long do you wait for it to completely cure? I cast the stuff at 10 last night.

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« Reply #817 on: May 11, 2008 11:41:13 AM »

depends on humidity and stuff like that. My resin takes 12-24 hours to fully cure, although on wet days sometimes it is still kind of raw/uncured even after a day.

« Reply #818 on: May 11, 2008 09:25:28 PM »

Ok ladies, as promised, my post! I'm not to thrilled with my first resin results, but I know now how to do things correctly the next time, so that counts for something, I guess. Thanks again for all the help and encouragement!


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« Reply #819 on: May 12, 2008 11:23:50 AM »

I started a new thread with my question, which I know is a no no. But often times questions get overlooked here. But I thought I'd still post it here as well.

How does this seller get her resin to dome so high??

I use doming resin from Rio Grande and no way does mine get that high! If I fill the resin to the tippy top of my pendant, it only domes a tiny bit. And if I  overfill it, of course the resin goes down the sides.

Is there a "domier" resin out there? Or does she have a special trick?
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