Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and many Blessings for 2010.
Friday, December 4, 2009
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.
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
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Contact: Jean Thompson
800-432-7238, ext. 218
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Have fun searching!
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until show is full
Baltimore, Md. (September 16, 2009) --
Saturday, September 19, 2009
We are in the middle of moving the web site to a new host, so the email@example.com email may be a little wacky for a day or two. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We were also having problems with the blog so we hope the new move will straighten that out as well.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
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 email@example.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!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
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!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
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.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
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.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Best wishes to everyone.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
This holds true for silicones as well.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Thanks so much! Cindy
Saturday, June 27, 2009
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 other 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
what you need:
ResinObsession resin mold - Mold 403- 11 popular jewelry shapes was used in project
step by step:
1. Mix EasyCast resin following manufacturer's instructions.
Friday, June 19, 2009
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
Sunday, June 14, 2009
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
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.
Thanks so much Janna! I think it is a really cool thing!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The red and pink rings in the photos are samples.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
This is the link to the site I found the article on http://www.jewelry-thailand.com/2009/04/27/amberjewelry/
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
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.
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
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).
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).
" humble demi-parure of sweet candy":
molds # 414, 22 materials: resin, candy, glitter, earring findings
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
For a fun way to decorate for St. Patrick's Day, try making these charming clover coasters.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
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.