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« on: June 05, 2008 10:51:09 AM »

So I decided to start resin, my first attempts came out well, but there are a few issues that I'm confused about.   I did a 2-layer resin with seashells and sprinkles in between the two layers.  I waited until the back was fully dry and tried to pop them out, but some of the resin stayed on the mold and the tops of them were sticky.... so I left them to dry, but on some of them you can tell where the resin got rubbed from being taken from the mold and on the mold is some resin residue that I can't figure out how to fix.  Anyone got any advice?

On to the photos Smiley


Group photo


A flower, My favorite one.

And the back of the flower.


Now these are all smugged on top from the mold. Any ideas?




And this is the mold, and the shiny spots are left over resin. How do I get rid of it?


Thanks.  Any Constructive criticism is greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2008 11:04:26 AM »

The flower is really pretty. What kind of molds are they?
Ive only worked with resin once and I let it cure for a day or two in the mold just to make sure its completely hard and dry. But if you pop them out and notice theyre kind of sticky but the back is dry then try touching them as little as possible so you dont get finger prints on them and let them to continue to dry out.
If you want to see if you can fix it you can try coating over it with a paint brush but Im not expert. And Ive used nail polish with acetone to clean up my work area or you can try scraping it out once its dry.
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2008 11:13:55 AM »

Im not a resin pro at all, but I have found if you dont get the mixture right it will lead in soft/sticky resin.
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2008 11:16:54 AM »

I haven't used resin..but it looks like you're on the right track! Keep up the good work! You're totally brave..cause Im a scaredy cat! lol...

Don't be so hard on yourself!
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2008 12:11:39 PM »

The flower is really pretty. What kind of molds are they?
I got the molds at the Dollar Tree. It looks like its supposed to be summer themed. 

Yeah, I tried to not touch them for 72 hours after i originally took them from the molds, but I can still get fingerprints on them.... maybe I slightly messed up the mixing.  I'm making more right now, so I'll see if that helps
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2008 12:56:15 PM »

I have tried resin about three times, and all three times I have the same result. Which is that for some reason I can't get the back to not be sticky. I have tried waiting a couple of days and everything but still the same thing. Maybe I am not using enough drops of casting. But I am glad I am not the only one with this problem.
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2008 01:05:32 PM »

I don't know what resin you are using but I've had an easy time with the kind that uses equal parts resin and hardener. If I get outside to my work area I'll take a look at what I use.

They are cute though!!
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2008 01:44:00 PM »

Since I haven't tried working with resin yet (I really want to but am too chicken) I don't have any advice for you but I have linked two good threads for you to check out.  Maybe they have the answers you are looking for

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=246896.0

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10667.0
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2008 02:18:54 PM »

    Hello there fellow Craftster! Smiley

    I myself have been wanting to try this, and your works are quite lovely, and inspiring, I never would've thought to to use sprinkles! The colors are so vivid and the shapes so interesting, I just want to eat them! Well done, really.

   Okay, so in my research, I have seen this problem before, and I will refer you to this wonderful Lady on YouTube that does some great tutorials, and has a bit on that "stickiness" in her second video--

     "How To Make Resin Gems (Jewelry) - Part 2"

I will give you the link to the parts, and you might want to check out this guy too,
     
     "Resin Jewelry Tutorial with John W. Golden Part 1"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAEKnv0OU08&feature=related
The link to John's tutorial.

He does some nifty things, and has a very extensive walk through
of the process from inspiring ideas, to trouble-shooting those lil annoying bubbles that appear.

     Anyway, I look forwards to seeing more of your work, and I hope I helped. For me personally, actually WATCHING someone do something is ten times easier for me to learn, I am very visual/verbal that way. I can't wait to try it myself, I feel so inspired!

theproplady (via YouTube):

 This is part 1, the beginning of her tutorial.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pnr21sjV2g&feature=user

This is part 2, you can jump in here for the "sticky issue" if you like.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkRVQG2R4k4&feature=related
 
 
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2008 04:56:17 PM »

I don't know what resin you are using but I've had an easy time with the kind that uses equal parts resin and hardener. If I get outside to my work area I'll take a look at what I use.

They are cute though!!

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Good luck on your next batch!!
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