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Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Resin Obsession blog has moved

Looking for new updates to the Resin Obsession blog?  You can find them on our updated website,

www.resinobsession.com/blog

You will find posts on the following categories:

You also have the option to have blog updates delivered to your inbox for the categories you are interested in.  

In addition to the blog, we also have a Resin Jewelry Making forum!  Ask your questions and read what insights others have shared:

http://www.resinobsession.com/Resin-Jewelry-Making-Forum.html

(And by the way, we're open for business.  Learn about the new owner Katherine Swift.)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

ResinObsession For Sale!


ResinObsession is for sale

I have decided to sell the business due to health issues and the time demands required to handle the increase in business.

Revenues increased from $10,000 for the first (8) months of business in 2007 to a year end projection of $130,000 for 2011. This represents an average annual revenue increase of 71% since start up. This was during a very bad economy, imagine what it will be after the economy turns around.

Initial sales were only thru EBAY. Now sales are thru EBAY, ResinObsession web site, and ETSY. The other sales outlets were developed to reduce costs (EBAY fees). In 2010, 27% of total revenue came from the web site, and in 2011 (thru July), 55% came from the web site and should continue to increase. Once the new owner is announced thru the web site and newsletter, revenue will pick up immediately.

The established customer base is about 5,800 including over 5,000 newsletter subscribers who buy on a regular basis. ResinObsession products have been sold around the world, and there are wholesale accounts in the UK and Australia.

The sale will include the remaining inventory in excess of $17,000. The inventory includes plastic molds, Alumilite products, ETI products, measuring cups, Crystal Clay, and products developed solely by ResinObsession such as ResinObsession SuperClear resin, Toobies, pigment powder, drying mats, and StirStixs. The ResinObsession brand and goodwill, professionally developed website and contents, all ResinObsession graphics including logos, product pictures, post cards, and label templates are included. The ResinObsession URL alone has been appraised at over $7,000. You will also receive vendor information, some of them ResinObsession discoveries exclusive to ResinObsession.

Excluded from the sale are silicone molds designed and made solely by Cindy.

Financial statements can be provided after a confidentiality agreement has been executed.

Offers are being accepted at this time.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

ResinObsession CLOSING

Some of you have heard and some of you haven't. But, ResinObsession will be shutting down for good. However, the business is for sale. Email cindy@resinobsession with offers or for more information.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Newsletter Guessing Game: DO YOU KNOW WHAT NON-TOXIC MEANS?

We see it everywhere, but what does it mean? Do consumers actually know? Post your guesses here and wait for August's newsletter for the answer to be revealed. :)

TUTORIAL: SteamPunk Bracelet using Mold 411, Toobies, and SuperClear Resin

Supplies Needed:-Super Clear Resin (about 4-5 ounces total)
-ResinObsession Drying Mat
-Mold #411 or #412
-Silver Beads, Washers
-ResinObsession Toobies
-Gold Metallic Powder
-Silver Powder Pigment
-SteamPunk Clip Art
-Watch Parts, Small Gears, Scrap Metal, etc.
-Elastic String
-Sand Paper/Nail File


1. Spray Mold with Mold Release. Mix about 1 oz resin according to manufacturer's instructions. Add a small amount of silver powder pigment until desired color is achieved.

2. Pour colored resin into cavitied, filling only about 1/4 of the cavity. Allow to cure to a tacky, gel state (Approx. 4-6 hours).



3. While resin is still a little tacky, embed toobies as picture below displays. The toobies prevent you from needing to drill holes in the beads and should be placed where the holes for the bracelet string will go. Do not push the toobies into the resin, let them rest just on top until the resin completely cures (Approx 1-2 more hours). Note: You want the toobies to fit nice and snug in the cavity so that resin cannot seep into them.



4. Mix about 1 oz. resin, adding gold powder pigment until desired color is achieved. Pour into cavities until the toobies are just barely covered. Allow to cure to a tacky gel state as before.



5. Cut out Steam Punk images to size of cavity openings. Carefully embed a picture into each cavity.


6. Mix about 3/4 oz. of resin. Arrange embedments (watch parts, scrap metal, etc.) until desired look is achieved. Pour resin to fill cavities. Allow resin to cure until hard (Approx. 4-6 hours). ***This step can be broken down to create layers and add depth to beads.
7. When resin is completely cured, pop each bead out of it's cavity.


8. Sand edges and top to prepare for last resin pour. Wipe with a damp cloth when finished sanging to remove any dust particles.



9. Arrange beads on dryign mat. Mix about 1 oz. resin. Pour about a dime size on to the center of each bead and allow resin to flow over edges and dome, depending on desired effect. Be careful not to allow resin to seep into toobies. Allow to cure until hard.




10. String together beads with elastic string. You may want to add beads or washers inbetween each bead to prevent your bracelt from being too snug, or to accentuate the Steam Punk effect!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Silicone Ring Molds on Etsy

Cindy has been perfecting her silicone mold making process and has been unable to produce new molds. However, we found a few extra silicone ring molds in the studio and listed them on Etsy for you! Get them while you can--they sell out FAST!

Cindy makes some of the only ring molds you can find. Made of high quality silicone, the molds produce a glossy, shiny casting. Silicone molds are known for their ability to produce a shiny casting, but they are also favored because they do not require mold release! Also, for some reason, we find that our castings seem to cure a little faster in a silicone mold rather than in a polypropylene mold.

There are a few silicone molds on eBay and the website, but you'll only find the rings molds on Etsy!
 

Click on the pictures above to view their Etsy listing. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Crystal Clay Butterfly Hair Barette Tutorial in 3 Simple Steps!

We're still obsessed with Crystal Clay and created this fun little tutorial for you to get aquainted with the medium.


Supplies Needed:
-Resin Butterfly Casting (We used Mold 554)
-Black Crystal Clay Kit
-Swarovski Crystals or Rhinestones
-Hair Barette Blank


Always follow the safety guidelines on the Crystal Clay Kit Box.




1. After mixing your crystal clay together, following the instructions in the kit, begin covering your already casted butterfly. You can use a bit of water to smooth out the clay if needed.





2. Begin Crystallizing your butterfly. Get creative with it!

3. Put a small ball of crystal clay on the blank part of the bobby pin. Push it into the Butterfly and allow to cure. And Voila! You have a custom, hand made, butterfly hair barette that you created in 3 very simple steps! Wear it all summer and be the talk of the town.