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« on: November 14, 2007 10:19:14 PM »

Hello craftsters-

so, I found these paperweights that I really really want. They are dandelion puffs encased in resin. I've only ever used resin ondce when I made a HUGE coffee table out of leftover brick and mortar and wood to cover all the brick and mortar to give it a nice smooth top. That was super easy, I just mixed and poured. Can anyone tell me how I could go about making these awesome awesome paperweights? THANX!!






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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2007 12:17:19 AM »

I don't know but I want that first one.
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2007 01:58:35 AM »

I don't know, either, but I want to know, too!
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2007 05:57:46 AM »

Thats a toughy,with something as light as that dandylion,as Id think it will buckle under the weight of the resin.
Is there a way of making it rigid, like freezing it, then encasing it in resin.
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2007 09:52:01 AM »

Thats a good idea. Funny story, I actually just happen to have a frozen dandelion puff in my freezer. LOL. I was out walking my dog one morning and there it was. I thought it was cool, so I picked it and brought it home to my honey. He's suggested dipping it in liquid nitrogen. Thats what were going to try.
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2007 10:37:23 AM »

Casting Craft (or Castin Crafts/Cast N Craft - it comes in a blue metal container) makes a resin that is easy to use.  It smells though (in a way that rubber cement smells... kinda good. ha ha).

You just have to find some kind of destructible mold to use.  Maybe you could make a silicone mold that can pull away and leave a sphere??  Not sure.  But the resin part works great - you just measure it out, mix it with catalyst and pour.

As for the dandelion, the freezing part seems like a good idea, but I'm sure you can buy something that preserves it and keeps its form to pour resin over.

Did that make any sense?  I just drank a peach bellini.  Smiley
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