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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

ResinObsession Christmas Present to You- A 20% off Sale in the eBay Store

ResinObsession has put almost everything on sale in the eBay Store as our Christmas present to you. http://stores.ebay.com/resinobsession?refid=store Thank you for such a wonderful year. I can't wait to show you all the new and exciting things I have in store for you in 2010!
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and many Blessings for 2010.

Friday, December 4, 2009

We just listed 2 new silicone molds!

Silicone molds may be a little tricky to begin with, but I think they will be well worth the effort. The molds are made from a tin silicone that has a long shelf life and tough enough for many pulls. The molds are handmade by me.


Faceted Silicone Bangle Jewelry Resin Molds Mold Mould



Normally a release agent is not needed for plaster casting, but for urethane and resin casts, or complicated molds with severe undercuts or many crevasses, a release agent such as thinned vaseline and or barrier coat (such as varnish or paint applied to the mold before casting) is advisable.

TIP: Because the molds are small you may want to warm them slightly, a heat gun, microwave, or toaster oven will do. Squeeze the molds when filling to give you a little wider opening. Once filled about half way, roll the resin around to avoid trapping any air bubbles.

You can use a craft stick or a pair of tweezers that opens when pinched to make the opening wider when filling with resin. Once filled to top, lay a piece of glass over the top, this way when the resin has cured you can just snap the flashing off the cured casting. Or if you prefer once the casting has started to cured and there is an indentation from the shrinkage add a little bit of resin to fill in so you don't have to do any sanding.

Take the casting out of the mold once it has started to harden by slowly peeling the mold from the cast. Work around all the edges before pulling up the middle sections. Removing the casting early will produce a shinier casting if it doesn't touch anything while finishing to cure.

After a cast is made, be sure to thoroughly clean the mold (removing any casting residue or release agent) before storing. Clean your molds with dish soap and water. To remove fingerprints and such you can use rubbing alcohol. Store silicone molds in a clean, dry location, embed a rigid mother mold cast if possible to hold the molds shape. This prevents the mold from distorting or warping over time.

You will get the least amount of pulls from silicone molds when using Epoxy resin. More pulls when using polyester resin. Even more pulls when using polyurethane resin. Try to take castings out of silicone molds as soon as possible to extend the life of silicone molds.



2 pc Silicone Resin Bubble Ring Jewelry Mold Mould SZ 6



The red ring pictured is a finished sample and does not come with the mold. Finished ring is a size 6.


Mix and pour the casting material according to the manufacturer's instructions. Fill the bottom part with resin. You may want to wrap with a rubber band to close the slit in the plug a little more. You will need this slit to remove the ring from the mold. You may have a bit of flashing from the slit when you remove the casting but that can be easily snapped off.

The top bubble part of the mold can be filled in layers and embedded with goodies. Once the top and bottom have reached the gel stage apply a small amount of resin to the castings and join the two halves. Use cardboard or other stiff backing so the molds are properly matched when rubber banding them together for curing. Or you can rubber band together and pour resin in the pour holes which is a little more advanced technique.

Take the casting out of the mold once it has started to harden by slowly peeling the mold from the cast. Work around all the edges before pulling up the middle sections. Removing the casting early will produce a shinier casting if it doesnt touch anything while finishing to cure.


If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me or give me a call.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

NICHE show taking applicaitons.


Applications are now being accepted via Zapplication for NICHE: The Show, presented by the Buyers Market of American Craft.
NICHE: The Show will take place June 6-8, 2010 during Las Vegas Jewelry Week, presenting a rare opportunity to reach thousands of qualified buyers searching for jewelry and luxury gift items. As a production of the Buyers Market, we will also launch an extensive marketing campaign aimed at craft & art galleries, museum shops and boutique buyers.
The show will be held at Bally’s Las Vegas, conveniently located on the Strip. A monorail stop at the resort offers a direct connection between NICHE: The Show and most of the other major shows taking place during Jewelry Week.
Exhibit space is extremely limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We know you will want to be among this exclusive collection of artist-designers, including Tschetter Studios, Robert Held Art Glass, Etienne Perret, James Binnion Metalsmith, Cody Nicely, Sydney Lynch and many others.
Applications for NICHE: The Show will be available only on Zapplication. Reviews will begin on December 1, 2009 and will continue until the show is full.
For more information:
410-889-2933
or become our Fan on Facebook

Sunday, October 25, 2009

NICHE announces artisans show catering fine craft shops that value standout design and quality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jean Thompson
800-432-7238, ext. 218
jeant@rosengrp.com

NEW TRADESHOW TO ADD CONTEMPORARY STYLE TO JEWELRY WEEK

BALTIMORE, MD (October 6, 2009) With more than 500 professional artisans who produce fine art jewelry and related luxury gifts, NICHE: The Show will welcome trade buyers June 6, 7 and 8, 2010, at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

NICHE: The Show is the newest tradeshow presented by the Buyers Market of American Craft. It is the third show scheduled in The Rosen Group’s line-up for 2010.

Drawing on nearly 30 years of tradeshow experience, The Rosen Group plans a Las Vegas show tailored to the needs of Jewelry Week buyers.

“Foremost, NICHE: The Show will be attractive to jewelry stores and the fine craft shops catering to discerning shoppers who value standout design and quality,” says Christine Kloostra, show director. “This is not the ‘same-old solitaire’ show; this is the ‘wow, my customer is a tastemaker’ show. Our professional studio and bench artists produce creative and custom lines and one-of-a-kind art pieces in gold, silver, diamonds, pearls and precious stones.”

In the current economy, consumers place a high value on handmade and one-of-a-kind objects that deliver style at a price point that is approachable, says Wendy Rosen, president of The Rosen Group. To appeal to the consumer who doesn’t want to wear what every other woman is wearing, artisan-designed-and-produced jewelry from the U.S. and Canada is the answer.

In addition, NICHE: The Show will be a jewelry store owner’s one-stop source in Las Vegas for fine gift, accessory and store display items, Rosen says.

“Jewelry stores have discovered that American handmade gifts, sculpture and art glass are hot categories that add beauty and elegance to their stores, and are great wedding and anniversary gifts for customers,” adds Rosen. “Nowhere else at Jewelry Week will you find such a selection of artist-designed and handmade ring boxes, presentation trays and bowls, sculpture, perfume bottles and other tabletop accessories in blown glass, ceramics, handcarved woods and embellished metals. This is art for your showcases and for the top of your customer’s vanity table.”

Invitations to exhibit will begin mailing to select artists in mid-October. Following the initial invitation period, applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, 2009 if space is available. For more information on exhibiting at NICHE: The Show, please email nichetheshow@rosengrp.com or call 410-889-2933. Registration for buyers will open on February 1, 2010.

The Rosen Group publishes NICHE magazine, the exclusive trade publication for independent retailers of fine craft and jewelry, and AmericanStyle magazine, an arts lifestyle magazine for collectors, travelers and enthusiasts. The Rosen Group also produces the Buyers Market of American Craft tradeshows, scheduled February 12-15, 2010, with a jewelry preview February 11, in Philadelphia; and August 23-25, 2010, in Baltimore.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Recent Post from the DQFE.com about Resin Bangle Jewelry Mold

This is a post from the DQFE.com Blog about ResinObsession Resin Bangle Jewelry Mold:

Cindy with ResinObsession shows how she measures the Resin Bangle mold. Measuring this way will allow you to see if the bangle will fit. Many have been disappointed that the large resin bangle mold has produced a bangle that is too small. Now you can see if it will fit before buying. ResinObsession is working on an extra large Resin Bangle Mold to be released later this year. Artistic creation is…

Hi, Just a little update, the extra large Resin Bangle Mold has been released. It’s mold # 414 and it’s extra chunky for putting more embedments. Best Wishes, Cindy

http://dqfe.com/?p=236&cpage=1#comment-849

Thursday, September 24, 2009

ResinObsession Rewards See & Tell
The search for Resin making ideas has it's rewards!! You can get 10% off your next order by merely keeping your eyes and ears peeled for any news in print, online or TV that includes products that ResinObsession offers!
It's easy to earn ResinObsession Rewards:
1) Be the first to email the sighting or news
2) News should be recent within the last 2 months
3) Email sighting to cindy@resinobsession.com
4) You will be emailed a coupon code to be used on your next purchase.
Results will be posted on the ResinObsession Blog once the information has been verified.

Have fun searching!
Cindy
ResinObsession Make It Share It
Do you like free stuff? Who doesn't? Here is your chance to get free ResinObsession molds for making your own resin jewelry or decorative resin projects. Post a YouTube video of your project that includes one or more ResinObsession products and get a free polyethylene mold of your choice including shipping! The video needs to be new and of substance using ResinObsession products or items you have already made using ResinObsession products. Video needs to be three to ten minutes long. The ResinObsession product needs to be named and how you used the product. The video needs to be sent to cindy@resinobsession.com for approval before video is posted on your own blog, MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, etc. After approval post the video and then email us with the info of where you have posted the video, which mold you would like and the address you would like the mold sent to. We will include your video on the ResinObsession website, so if you would like to promote your business in the video...... If you provide a link to ResinObsession with your video we will do the same for you.

Have fun!
Happy Casting!
Cindy

Send in your application for the Buyers Market of American Craft Show

If you are thinking of taking your creations wholesale this is a great venue.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Christine Kloostra
410-889-2933
Applications Now Being Reviewed for 2010 Buyers Market of American Craft

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until show is full
Baltimore, Md. (September 16, 2009) --
Applications are now being reviewed for the 2010 Buyers Market of American Craft. Show dates for 2010 are February 12-15 (Jewelry Preview on February 12) at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia and August 23-35 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.The biannual Buyers Market of American Craft is the nation's largest wholesale-only tradeshow of work made by hand in the United States and Canada, featuring more than 1300 artists. More than 7,000 buyers represent retail gift shops, jewelry stores, catalogs, museum stores and galleries that sell fine handcrafted jewelry, glass art, furniture, ceramics, art made from recycled goods and more. Applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. To request an application via mail, call 410-889-2933. Applications can also be downloaded from www.americancraft.com and are accepted via www.zapplication.org.More information about the Buyers Market of American Craft can be found at www.americancraft.com, www.facebook.com/BuyersMarket and www.twitter.com/BuyersMarket.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

ResinObsession moving hosts, email temporarily down

Hi Fellow Obsessed Ones,
We are in the middle of moving the web site to a new host, so the cindy@resinobsession.com email may be a little wacky for a day or two. You can email me at ccrafter@gmail.com. We were also having problems with the blog so we hope the new move will straighten that out as well.
Best Wishes,
Cindy

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

ResinObsession Make It Share It

ResinObsession Fans!
Do you like free stuff? Who doesn't, right? Here is your chance to get free ResinObsession molds for making your own resin jewelry or resin projects. Post a YouTube video of your project that includes one or more ResinObsession products and get a free polyethylene mold of your choice including shipping!

The video needs to be new and of substance showing the use of our products or items you have made with our products and showing which products you used to make your items. The video needs to be at least , let's say 3 minutes long. Our ResinObsession products need to be named and it would be nice if you told us how you used the product. Send the link to the video to us by email at cindy@resinobsession.com for approval before posting the video to your blog, MySpace, Facebook, etc. After you have posted the video send us a link via email with the info of where you have posted the video, which free mold you would like and the address you would like the free mold sent to.

Sound like fun?! I hope so. I know so many of you are so creative and I think we should shout it out to the world. We will post the videos on the ResinObsession blog and other ResinObsession sites as well, for the whole world to see! If they are really good maybe we will include them in the computer video demos in our booth at the wordly famous Tucson Jewelry Show!

Best wishes,
Cindy

Thursday, August 20, 2009

ResinObsession finds orders from the new website :-)

Hi Fellow ResinObsessioner's,
I was so excited to have the new and improved web site to go live! First day went by no orders, understandable. Second day no orders, third day, fourth day... and so on. Come to find out you can't retrieve orders the way PayPal said. After a week it just seemed funny that not one order came in so I did an audit and low and behold there stacks of orders. This is the part where I apologize again. I've gotten all the orders out as of last night the 19th. I apologize for the delay, I hope you will forgive me.
Now for the good news.... to follow in next post!
Best Wishes
Cindy

Saturday, August 15, 2009

ResinObsession.com Jewelry Making Supplies website fresh new look

What did you do this summer? I hope your answer is "Made lots of fun resin projects"! Or maybe you are waiting for the kids to go back to school so you can start some new projects. At ResinObsession we worked really hard at getting a fresh new website ready for you. Yes there are a few small details that we are still working on (if you see any misspelled words, broken links, etc please let us know) but for the most part it's all up and running.

Now for new projects we are working on: we have some kits complete with dvd tutorials, lots of YouTube tutorials and more more more silicone molds coming. We are finishing up details on new ways for you to earn free molds, yes I said free including shipping. Would you like to have pics of your finished projects posted on the website along with your name/company name? We are finishing up the details on that as well. I hope you like what we have coming.

Most of all, what's most important to me, I want you to have FUN with resin.
Best Wishes,
Cindy

Monday, August 3, 2009

ResinObsession ProStore website apology new website coming

This apology is long overdue and I don't know why I didn't think of posting it here on the Blog sooner. I apologize for the horrible ProStore ResinObsession website. I don't even like attaching my name to it. I have gone round and round with them about the orders not completing with PayPal. They are owned by the same company but can't seem to communicate. One says call the other, so neither will help. We are working very hard to have a completely new ResinObsession website that should function like a normal website. Can you believe I paid ProStore for my website but it's not mine to move?! Anyway please bear with us just a little longer and you will witness what I think is an awesome website created by Chelsea. This is her first full blown website that she has done on her own and I am very proud of her. I hope you will think so too.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Resin Bubble Ring Jewelry Molds Dome Ring Moulds Instructions

The yellow ring is just a finished sample for picture purposes, not included with mold.

They may be a little tricky to begin with but I think they will be well worth the effort. The silicone molds are made from a tin silicone that has a long shelf life and tough enough for many pulls. The molds are handmade by me.

Fill the bottom half rolling the resin around to avoid trapping any air bubbles. You may want to wrap with a rubber band to close the slit in the plug a little more. You will need this slit to remove the ring from the mold. Set aside and let cure to a gel stage. You will have a little bit of flashing from the slit when you remove the casting that can be easily snapped off.The top bubble part of the mold can be filled in layers and embedded with goodies.
Once the top and bottom have reached the gel stage apply a small amount of resin to the castings and join the two halves.
Or you can rubberband together and pour resin in the pour holes which is a little more advanced technique. Take the casting out of the mold once it has started to harden as this will produce a shiner casting if it doesn't touch anything while finishing to cure.

Use dish soap and water to clean your molds. Use rubbing alcohol to remove fingerprints and such. Mix and pour the casting material according to manufacturer's instructions. After the cast has hardened completely, slowly peel the mold from the cast. Work around all the edges before pulling up the middle sections. After a cast is made, be sure to thoroughly clean the mold ( removing any casting residue or release agent) before storing. Store silicone molds in a clean, dry location, embed a rigid mother mold cast if possible to hold the molds shape. This prevents the mold from distorting or warping over time.
ResinObsession
713-598-0330
www.resinobsession.com

Friday, July 24, 2009

Resin Bubble Ring Jewelry Molds

Ok there is a new batch of Bubble ring jewelry molds in the Etsy Store. I should have them listed on the website and eBay later today.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Breakthrough in the Studio today

Hip Hip Hooray!!! Yippee!! What a good day! Finally everything came together today; the right silicone, the right mold release, the correct modeling clay, vacuum chamber, vibrating table, and an efficient way to make multiple molds. Bubble ring molds should be ready Wednesday, and I mean a lot of them, more than 2 or 3. It feels so good when everything finally comes together. I didn't even step foot in the office today, stayed in the Studio all day. Wish I could do that more often.
Best wishes to everyone.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

How to stop resin from curing too fast.

Are you having problems with your resin curing way too fast? Is your resin curing before you can even pour it out of the cup? It's our summer heat. Try cooling down the catalyst by sticking it in the freezer for a minute or two. Still not enough stick the resin side in the fridge for a minute. Remember not to cool it down too much, optimum for most resins is about 70 degrees.
This holds true for silicones as well.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

ResinObsession Remodel Redo Please Note OOPS

ResinObsession is going through many changes online. The eBay ResinObsession Store has a new face but with that maybe a few OOOPS. Please do me a favor and if you see missing pics, missing text, missing links or misspelled words, please send me an email so I can fix it. Our listing provider Auctiva maybe pull some of our pics that we might have missed transferring to our own host and I would like for you to see what the description is talking about:-)

Thanks so much! Cindy

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Resin Bubble Ring Molds Improved 2 part mold

New Improved Bubble Ring Mold!



The yellow ring is a finished sample and does not come with the mold.

Qty 4 in the eBay store! 6-27-09

They may be a little tricky to begin with but I think they will be well worth the effort. The silicone molds are made from a tin silicone that has a long shelf life and tough enough for many pulls. The molds are handmade by me.



Fill the bottom part with resin. You may want to wrap with a rubber band to close the slit in the plug a little more. You will need this slit to remove the ring from the mold. You will have a little bit of flashing from the slit when you remove the casting that can be easily snapped off.



The top bubble part of the mold can be filled in layers and embedded with goodies. Once the top and bottom have reached the gel stage apply a small amount of resin to the castings and join the two halves.Use cardboard or bubble ring stiffening backother stiff backing so the molds are properly matched when rubberbanding them together for curing. Or you can rubberband together and pour resin in the pour holes which is a little more advanced technique. Take the casting out of the mold once it has started to harden as this will produce a shiner casting if it doesn't touch anything while finishing to cure.



You will want to clean your molds with dish soap and water when they arrive. To remove fingerprints and such you can use rubbing alcohol. Mix and pour the casting material according to manufacturer's instructions. After the cast has hardened completely, slowly peel the mold from the cast. Work around all the edges before pulling up the middle sections. After a cast is made, be sure to thoroughly clean the mold ( removing any casting residue or release agent) before storing. Store silicone molds in a clean, dry location, embed a rigid mother mold cast if possible to hold the molds shape. This prevents the mold from distorting or warping over time.



If you have any questions please send me an email or give me a call.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

How to make Resin Jewelry with a Swirly effect.


Resin Jewelry with a Swirly effect.
Project submitted by MonikaRose
Instructions

what you need:
ResinObsession resin mold - Mold 403- 11 popular jewelry shapes was used in project
EasyCast clear casting epoxy resin (part A, B)
color powder, pearl ex pigments, purple and bright gold
reusable resin measuring cups
stiring sticks
tooth picks
timer
tissues

step by step:
1. Mix EasyCast resin following manufacturer's instructions.
2. Pour small amounts of resin into 2 seperate cups to mix in the pearl colors purple and bright gold.
3. Pour the remaining clear resin into the selected mold cavities just below the top to allow for extra drops of color.
4. Use a toothpick to pick up one of the colors and drip a drop into one of the shapes anywhere.
5. Do the same with the other colors, as in step 4.
6. The drops will settle down into the resin, not just sit on top.
7. With a new toothpick and tissue in hand, swirl the colored drops around to make shaped in the clear resin. Between each swirl clean your toothpick on the tissue. You can pull the colors into each other for mixed color affect, any shape you wish, in this case swirls.
8. When satisfied with the affects, clean your area and let resin cure. Pop resin out of molds.
9. Once casting has fully cured polish and buff if you wish. Drill a hole with a rotary tool and small drill bit or small hand drill or wire wrap for a pendant, earrings or keyring.
Monika doesn't have resin in her Etsy store yet but you might want to see her other fun stuff http://monikarose.etsy.com/

Resin Jewelry Captures Spring Beauty with EasyCast jewelry mold #2


A Grace Designs has captured the beauty that can be achieved with resin and resin molds. Chari has used the EasyCast jewelry mold #2 for her square accent pendant in picture 1 and round accent pendant in picture 2. Combined with other beads they make an outstanding statement for making your own custom resin jewelry.
Thanks for the pics Chari!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Pennydog stocking ResinObsession Resin Moulds in the UK

Now that it is official I would like to announce that Kerry with Pennydog Jewelry is now stocking ResinObsession Resin Moulds in the UK. I'm so excited for Kerry with all of her new adventures. She has published a how-to resin book and now stocking molds. Way to Kerry! I wish you all the luck in the world. Here is a link to her blog and below is the announcement she made. http://pennydog.wordpress.com/2009/06/18/resin-moulds-now-available/

Resin Moulds now available!

When I first started in resin jewellery making, I was amazed that the flexible type moulds couldn’t be bought here in the UK. It’s also one of the main keyword searches that people use when coming to my website- but it was something I didn’t offer. The best- and also best known- mould “brand” is Resin Obsession, run by Cindy Carter in the United States. Her moulds are great and I’ve been using them almost from the very start. Her range of moulds is so thorough and ideal for all resin jewellery (and ornament) makers, but of course airmail isn’t as fast as we’d like- we buy moulds and we want them straightaway!
So the solution. Cindy has very kindly allowed me to be her UK supplier, so I can now confirm that a small range of moulds are available to buy in my shop! Depending on the success I may be stocking a larger range in the near future- and all moulds are delivered by first class post in the UK so you will receive them 1-2 days after ordering- hurrah!


Monday, June 15, 2009

Spoon full of Resin jewelry available at Etsy


Hilandlas.etsy.com offers unique resin jewelry. Her pendants are made from stainless steel spoons and bottle caps.
I think this is very clever and unique. I'm always amazed at the beauty that can be achieved with resin. Great job Maxi!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Collectors Art; Affordable Resin Jewelry

If you are into resin, then you should see this article. With a little practice and imagination, this is where your artisticness could take you! At a $139 a pop! But it is exquisite.


Affordable Art: Club Monaco Launches Calder-Centric Jewelry, We Want to Become Collectors
By Roxanne Fequiere


Okay, we admit it—we're constantly adding to the list of things we absolutely must have for the upcoming season, but this definitely deserves priority, due to a stellar combination of artistry and affordability. Club Monaco, who we love for their cozy tweeds and cashmeres, is releasing twelve necklaces inspired by the mobiles of American artist Alexander Calder. The pieces are a glorious mash-up of wire and resin in whimsical shapes and patterns and we can't wait to get our hands on them, especially since the most expensive necklace tops out at $139. The visionary Calder once asked, "How can art be realized?" We're not completely sure, but we think a class in Club Monaco's mixed media might be a step in the right direction. (The Cut)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Green Glow in the Dark Resin= Toxic Waste in a Bottle



Toxic Waste in a Bottle glows in the dark
Janna with coolstuffforsale on Etsy sent in a pic of her favorite creation with the ResinObsession Glow in the Dark Green powder.
http://coolstuffforsale.etsy.com/

Thanks so much Janna! I think it is a really cool thing!



Tuesday, June 2, 2009

tjanavaras showcases her work at Olive Tree Markets Australia


Come see tjanavaras
at the OLIVE TREE MARKETS @ The Junction Primary School,
The Junction Newcasle 2300 9am till 3pm
1st Saturday every month
BUY DIRECT CLICK THIS LINK....http://www.madeit.com.au/tjanavaras
STOCKISTS
The Local Shop
262 High Street, Northcote VIC
Lake Macquarie Art Gallery
1 First Street, Lake Macquarie NSW
Goodie 2 Shoes by RAMJET
Darby Street, Newcastle 2300 NSW
RamjetDarby Street, Newcastle NSW
GuanabanaDarby Street, Newcastle NSW
Tizzys245a Peel Street, Tamworth NSW
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Silicone Resin Ring Molds are here! Want to be one of the first to have one?

Finally! The first of the bubble ring molds are here! Would you like to be one of the first to have one? You can find a couple on Etsy and a couple on eBay under the ResinObsession name.


They may be a little tricky to begin with but I think they will be well worth the effort. You will want to warm the molds slightly, a heat gun, microwave or toaster oven will do. Squeeze the molds when filling to give you a little wider opening. Once filled about half way, roll the resin around to avoid trapping any air bubbles. You can use craft stick or a pair of tweezers that opens when pinched to make the opening wider when filling with resin. Once filled to the top lay a piece of glass over the top, this way when the resin has cured you can just snap off the flashing. Or if you prefer once the casting has cured and there is an indentation from the shrinkage add a little bit of resin to fill in so you don't have to do any sanding.

The red and pink rings in the photos are samples.



I hope you have fun with the molds. There are more to come!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

New 2 part Silicone bubble ring molds are being born! Soon You can make your own Bubble Ring!



I'm so excited!!!!! Finally Silicone Bubble Rings are almost ready! All I need to now is wait.... it's the hardest part... letting them cure.... it seems to take forever! Once they cure I will need to pour the resin making sure the pour hole is large enough and stuff like that. They may require a syringe but I thing it will be so worth it! I even figured out a way to embed in them..... WOOO!! HOOOO!!!! That will be in the instructions included with the Silicone Ring molds.


I'm working on another design that I am just in love with!!! Here is a sneak peak.... It will be a silicone mold and also sold as a kit. The sample is not finished yet it's still in my head!






Monday, April 27, 2009

Epoxy Resin Like Amber Found in Nature

Here is an article off the Jewelry Blob- Jewelry Weblog that I found very interesting. I didn't know that real amber found in nature has some of the same characterics that the epoxy resin that we mix has! Maybe we should consider it as more precious? You think?

This is the link to the site I found the article on http://www.jewelry-thailand.com/2009/04/27/amberjewelry/

Amber:jewelry
Fashion jewelry is not merely the custom to wear certain gems or metals. It refers to much more than that: to fulfilling one’s fantasies and enriching lives by satisfying psychological needs, to peppering existence with a variety of colors, shapes and textures, to tickling senses and giving wings to dreams. Considering this, let’s take the example of amber jewelry, one of the oldest and most astonishing creations of beauty lovers. Fashion has a strong word to say in sustaining amber jewelry and every year new beautiful creations are available on the market.

Combined with precious metals, amber can become an exquisite jewel. The beauty of amber jewelry is a result of good polishing and precise cut of a variety of amber stones. The color of the stones used to make amber jewelry is often gold, but amber can also come into many various unusual colors like: black, green, ivory, yellow, red, orange and even white. Natural amber may contain insects, feathers or flowers. Its colors are a feast to the eye and it is unique due to the fact that it imprisons something, unlike other precious stones. There are amber stones 30-90 million years old and they really represent frozen moments in time. Those treasures are a way to look back into well preserved moments of a life that existed in the past.
Amber jewelry is an original choice also because it has some interesting properties. It has a nice pine smell when you rub it on a piece of cloth, it’s warm and it contains succinic acid (a substance known for its therapeutic properties). The stone is not really a stone, but a resin that can become soft and malleable when heated and that can be chiseled very easily by jewel makers. Amber can be shaped in the most wonderful ways creating unique pieces.
This unusual stone is not used only for jewelry. It is in fashion and, therefore, artists use it to create amber sculptures and to decorate beautiful unique items with it. Amber jewelry is often used as magical amulets which protect from bad luck. It is also thought that amber jewelry can heal diseases from sore throats to anxiety. So, amber is an organic gem that people love not only for decorative purposes.
Amber jewelry was not always in fashion. A long time ago, the amber stone was considered to have flaws and was rejected from an esthetical point of view. Although it had periods in which its beauty was denied, there were moments in time in which amber jewelry was used as a diplomatic gift for princesses and princes. In the mean time, people used it in powders for curative purposes.
Because it began to be much appreciated, people started faking amber jewelry and they created quite an industry. Fake amber jewelry is everywhere nowadays, but there are some inexpensive ways to see if your stone is man made or not. You can test your amber gem’s authenticity by putting a heated needle on it. If the smoke smells like pine the gem is amber, but if it smells like plastic it’s definitely fake. For a non destructive way of testing, you can also rub the amber gem with a piece of cloth and smell it. If it smells like pine, it is a natural resin. The bad taste can tell you whether it is made of plastic not. If obtained through a chemical process, the just washed amber can taste poorly. Some other clues can also tell the truth about it. Amber does not melt, but it will burn. It will float in a bowl where you put one part salt and two parts water, while plastic and copal will sink.
If you do own real amber jewelry, you have to know how to protect it and save its value for many years to come. To clean your amber jewelry all you need is warm water and a clean piece of cloth. You mustn’t use any soap or detergent on it because they might ruin the amber’s structure. Even salad oil, butter or lard can destroy the resin. Amber jewelry has to be protected from heat or excessive cold because extreme temperatures may deteriorate it. A soft cloth is needed for wrapping each piece of amber jewelry in order to avoid contact, get scratched or become dirty.
There are many legends built around amber. It is said that the yellow resin is made of tears from the sun or (in Greece) from a nymph. Amber is also present in Ovid’s work as an incredible god like material which is out of this world. Even if you don’t believe that amber has incredible powers, there is no possibility of denial that amber jewelry is special. Wearing amber jewelry will give a more mysterious and unique look because the amber stone is itself an enigmatic gem which preserves history and charms the eye.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Taking Your Creative Resin Skills to the next level. Attack of the Designer Toy Show!



This is a small sample of the creativity that can be done with resin. I'm not a writer so this is a small sample of the ariticle I thought you might find interesting. The complete article can be viewed at http://www.toycyte.com/attack-of-the-designer-toy-show-2.



Our first resin show (Mod Economy Fall 2008) drew a good crowd of curious folks…but this time for The Attack of the Designer Toy Show we met a lot of people that knew about custom toys and vinyl and wanted to see what we had. Knowing that the artists sculpted and poured their own resin figures was a big bonus as the idea of owning something more one-of-a-kind seemed appealing to buyers. As usual, artists shared information on casting techniques and the mold making process with the public. We even encouraged artists thinking about toy design to try it out.



by NREAZON




The annual spring art walk was the perfect setting for Saturday April 18th’s opening reception. All the galleries were open and many made the jaunt around town to visit and see as much art as they could. At Avenue Arts Venue, Scott Higgins designed a blank DIY resin figure, Frugi, and asked Nakanari, N’reazon, Jason Ice and Jason Milstead to customize them. After lighting the shelf, we added a nice color effect to give the room atmosphere and playfulness. The custom Frugis were on the first wall as you entered the gallery.The soundtrack for the show was put together by a local DJ (Mr. RID) who found a great mix of sound effects and music from toy commercials, as well as plenty of rocking tunes like Tom Waits’ “I Don’t Want to Grow Up.” It was the perfect compilation for this mixed crowd.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

ResinObsession Easter Challenge Winner- Resin Jewelry, Resin Easter Eggs and more

ResinObsession Easter Challenge






Elizabeth better known as Atomic Flamingo got busy, busy, busy when she received the
ResinObsession newsletter announcing the Easter Challenge. You can tell from her pics that she is very creative and a talented ResinObsessioner. Her first ResinObsession Easter Challenge submission is titled "Easter bounty". Materials used: resin, candy, glitter. Molds: bangle #414, jewelry #22, an ice cube mold (dog bones, flowers,gum drops), a jell-o mold (eggs), a handmade mold (bow), MC-1 (logo).

Her second ResinObsession Easter Challenge submission is titled Easter eggs! Materials: resin, candy, glitter, paper. Mold: old jell-o mold







Elizabeth's sence of humor is coming out in this next entry. Her third ResinObsession Easter Challenge submission is titled "Easter goes to the dogs". Materials: resin, candy. Mold: an old ice cube tray.





Atomic Flamingo wanted to make sure she won this challenge so she sent in entries that were based on color. Her fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh ResinObsession Easter Challenge entries are colors of the rainbow. Materials used: resin, candy, glitter. Molds: bangle #414, jewelry #22, an ice cube mold (dog bones, flowers, gum drops), a jell-o mold (eggs), a handmade mold (bow), MC-1 (logo).

Atomic Flamingo rounded out her ResinObsession Easter Challenge submissions with a
" humble demi-parure of sweet candy":
molds # 414, 22 materials: resin, candy, glitter, earring findings



And we have a WINNER!
ATOMIC FLAMINGO won the ResinObsession Easter Challenge!
Yippee! Yahoo! WOOO- HOOO!
She wins 2 molds of her choice including shipping. So shop away!
Thank you so much for your entries to the First ResinObsession challenge. We will be doing more so open up those newsletters.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Resin Casting disappointments are Future Experiment Opportunities

Answering a recent email I'm reminded of a favorite outlook I have towards resin castings that don't come out just perfect. I look at it this way - now you know how "not" to do it. There is a quote that I love from Thomas Edison - he was asked how he felt about the 200 some failures he had before finding the lightbulb that worked and he sharply turned to the person and said "I didn't have any failures, I found 200 ways that didn't work"! So there are no failures in crafting, only opportunities for future discoveries!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Resin Jewelry Bangle Mold in Town- She's Bigger and Chunkier

There's a new Bangle Mold in town and she's bigger, chunkier and better for embedding! Her name is Bangle Mold 414. Resin jewelry Bangle mold 414 is a full 3 ¾ inches outside diameter and inside diameter is 2 5/8 inches. Outside circumference is 12 inches and inside circumference is 8 inches. Depth is ¾ inch. She has lots of room to embed 'til your hearts content. She's waiting for you in the eBay store ResinObsession, on the ResinObsession website, in the Etsy Store and in the ResinObsession ArtFire Store.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Clover Mold


Another idea would be to take mold #0884 Shamrock Clover mold casted with green resin to use as a table decoration.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Coasters from Martha Stewart

Even Martha Stewart is in on the whole resin movement!




For a fun way to decorate for St. Patrick's Day, try making these charming clover coasters.

Tools and Materials;

Castin' Craft 3-by-3-inch reusable resin mold#MC6
Mold-release spray
Card stock
Decorative paper
Clover craft punch
Ladybug craft punch
EasyCast clear casting epoxy resin
Plastic resin mixing cup
Wooden skewers
Glitter
Fine-grit sandpaper
Scissors
Adhesive felt or cork

Clover Coasters How-To
1. Prepare coaster-mold container with mold release spray and set aside to dry.
2. Punch clovers from card stock, and punch ladybugs from decorative paper.
3. Mix resin in a plastic cup according to resin package directions. Pour resin into prepared mold to a depth of about a quarter inch.
4. Arrange punched shapes in resin; adjust using wooden skewers.
5. Let resin set for at least an hour. Pour a second layer of resin, add glitter, and stir to combine.
6. Allow the entire coaster to cure for 24 hours. Remove coaster from mold.
7. Sand edges if there are any raised areas. Back with adhesive felt or cork that's cut to the size of the coaster.

Resources:
Resin molds, epoxy resin, and mold-release spray are from Environmental Technology, Inc.; visit resinobsession.com for more information. Craft punches from Martha Stewart Crafts

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I see stars in ResinObsession Coaster thanks to Janna



Janna made these "Stars in a Sea of Black Coasters" with mold 893. Thanks for sharing Janna. You can find these and more of Janna resin creations in her Etsy store http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5676639




You can find mold 893 in the ResinObsession eBay Store and the soon to open ResinObsession web site. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=250319763702




If you would like to have your creations featured just send me a pic along with mold number you used and I will use it everywhere I can.


Thanks again Janna.






Thursday, February 12, 2009

Art Fire - Handmade Market Place - Sell for Free - No Fees

ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade

I want to share this new site that I found called Artfire. I am in the process of adding my resin, resin molds, jewelry findings and other supplies to this handmade marketplace. Read about it and see what you think. It is a great marketplace for those of you who are selling your creations. You only pay $7.00 per month with no additional fees. If you want to sign up, please use this link http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=sevenforlife&afuid=889

This is from the Artfire website:
"Welcome to Artfire, the premier online marketplace for handmade products designed by artisans around the globe. Our free community is designed for artisans to buy and sell their works, while celebrating unique handmade items and designs."

"It is always free for buyers of handmade products to search through our listed artisans, buy, or request for items to be specially made. No matter if you are looking for local handmade crafts, or handmade products from artisans around the world, Artfire.com is the marketplace for you."

After you have a look around let me know what you think about the Artfire site! I'm excited about it. They are spending a lot money on advertising and promoting the site. You can promote your marketplaces and blogs on there too! They were on the back cover of the latest Craft magazine.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Has everyone heard about Kerry Wilkinson's new book? I hear she is getting flooded with pre-orders.

In this book, Kerry Wilkinson share 12 tutorials explaining some of her most popular techniqes, all using polyester resin.

Kerry runs a successful jewellry business- PennyDog Jewellery- supporting the Retired Greyhound Trust in the UK. She has also written for numerous UK craft publications.