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Topic: magnets & thumbtacks from glass beads, beer caps & resin  (Read 7907 times)
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« on: December 24, 2008 05:48:17 AM »

These thumbtacks and/or magnets are a great way to use up odds & ends glass beads. Here is how you do it:

1) sort beads by color.
2) cram as many beads of one color into the cap as you can
3) pour 2-part resin into the beer cap
4) wait for resin to dry
5) glue magnet or tack on the back
6) enjoy!

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Comments and criticism are always welcome!

« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2008 06:26:33 AM »

I LOVE these. I've always wanted to try playing with resin. Where do I get it? We don't have an art store around here. Just JoAnn and A.C. Moore. Do they carry it?
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2008 07:17:43 AM »

These are so cute. 

I think you can buy the resin at an Ace Hardware, Home Depot or Lowes?  I also think, know it sounds weird, but you can get at a auto parts store. 

I could be wrong, but I could swear I've seen there.

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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2008 07:36:39 AM »

I buy resin at the dinky little hardware store near my home.  You can also buy it in the glue aisle at Hobby Lobby or Michael's.

If you want to try resin, this is a perfect first project.  It is practically idiot-proof.  An easy place to start...my kind of project.
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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2008 07:50:07 AM »

The auto part store sells resin much cheaper than the crafty places sell it.  I think the craft stores sell acrylic resin which is crystal clear and the auto stuff is polyester resin which has a lovely amber color to it when it's cured. 

And I love these magnets!  I'm wisting it until I can get around to making some myself!  Love the idea of using pushpins as well.

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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2008 07:52:02 AM »

This is a super cute idea! I love it, and I love the recycled aspect of it. The photos make it hard to really get a feel for how they look in person. Do the beads look cloudy, or is the resin really clear? I've never used resin, so I have no idea.
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2008 07:56:58 AM »

1) The resin is clear and the beads sparkle nicely, unless you mess up the resin-making process.  I think they look like lovely little jewels.  The flash on the camera caused a glare that really uglied-up the picture!

2) I had no idea that auto parts stores sold resin...in amber?!?  I have been DYING to find a beautiful dead bug and trap it in golden resin but I haven't been able to dye the resin nicely.  Thank you so much!  I must make a trip to NAPA!

« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2008 08:47:09 AM »

oh oh oh! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO pretty Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2008 09:53:44 AM »

I think I'll try resin after the holiday craziness calms down. Who knows, i might get some on sale? Wonderful idea, prettiest magnets i have ever seen.

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