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Thursday, December 23, 2010

ResinObsession Newsletter!

Resin Inspirations, a newsletter by ResinObsession. Send an email to cindy@resinobsession.com to subscribe.




Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Rainbow Candy Pendant Tutorial

Rainbow Candy Name Pendant Tutorial

This super sweet pendant is made with real candy sprinkles and ResinObsession’s SuperClear Resin!

Material List:

ResinObsession SuperClear Resin
Candy Sprinkles
Letter Beads
Foil
Scissors
Generic Play-Doh lid (lid shown has an inner diameter of 1 5/8”)
Toothpicks
StirStix
Small file for sanding edges
Drill and 1/16” Drill Bit
Jump Ring
Ball Chain Necklace
Wax paper, freezer paper, or plastic bag to cover work surface




The first step of this project is to cut out the foil into a

circle that will fit into the lid you are using for a mold.

Pour a small amount of resin into the lid, then gently

press the foil into the resin. It doesn’t matter which side

of the foil is showing. It’s purpose is to create a background

that will show through the gaps in the candy

sprinkles. Once the foil is submerged, pour a bit more resin on

top.


Next, begin placing the candy sprinkles. I have handdivided

(yes, this takes a while) these candy sprinkles

so that I could make a rainbow swirl pattern. If you

don’t want to take the time to do this, you can just use

sprinkles straight from the container and it will be just

as colorful!

After submerging the sprinkles into the resin, begin

placing the letters of whatever name or word you want.

This lid will hold six letters across at the widest point.

As each letter is placed, slide the candy sprinkles

slightly so that the letter bead rests on the bottom of the

lid. If this is not done, they will stick up too high and

protrude through the top of the resin.


Once all of the letters are positioned, add a bit more resin

if needed to be sure all of the elements are submerged, and

if anything has slid out of place, gently reposition it using a

toothpick. Double check to be sure the letters are somewhat

centered across the lid. Check the piece again 30 minutes or

so into curing to be sure nothing has slid or popped above

the surface.

Once the piece is cured, pop it out of the lid and sand the

edges with small file if necessary.




Next, drill a hole at the top center of the pendant for the

jump ring. After inserting the jump ring, thread through

the ball chain necklace, and you have yourself a bright,

colorful, personalized pendant!


Note: If you don’t want to make a necklace from the

pendant, you can glue a magnet on the back and create

a fun piece that can be used on a refrigerator or a school

locker!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

renaissance festival texas

I attended my first Renaissance Festival this last weekend. I was totally amazed at the costumes, there were even Steampunk to admire. I had my hand tatooed with henna, ate tons of food and bought a cape. I want to dress up next year!



Isn't this beautiful.
The cape is peacock feathers.

Steampunk Familiy


Steampunk Gentleman
Steampunk Girl, Isn't the outfit hot!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Buyers Market unveils 2011 Artist Stimulus Package

From Christine Kloostra christinek@rosengrp.com

As the economy remains unsettled, and many of our artists still struggling to make ends meet, the Buyers Market of American Craft is unveiling an unprecedented one-year plan designed to make it easier for artists to participate in the show. The 2011 Artist Stimulus Package includes an innovative range of initiatives designed to strengthen not only artists’ businesses, but the show as well.


 
  • Elimination of the two-show contract
  • Smaller booth size option for new exhibitors
  •  
  • Welcome Back Program
  •  
  • Invitational Collectors' Day at the summer Buyers Market
  •  
  • Expanded free educational programming for artists and retailers at the summer Buyers Market
  •  
  • Cancellation rebate

 
Please take a few minutes to read our newsletter outlining the details of each of these programs. These initiaitives, combined with existing programs already available to exhibitors, can significantly reduce booth expenses. The newsletter includes an article offering detailed information on how to save up to $444 on a 10 x 10 space at the February show, along with several other cost-cutting ideas.

 
We know that a strong exhibitor base is the leading incentive for buyers to attend the show. We need your help to guarantee that we have the largest number of quality exhibitors in our 2011 shows, and hope that you will share our enthusiasm for putting the Buyers Market back on top.

 
To apply for the show or get more information, please contact your Exhibits Manager:

 
Glass & Ceramics: Allison Muschel, 410-889-2933 x203, allisonm@rosengrp.com

 
Mixed Media & Wearable Fiber: Laura Bamburak, 410-889-2933 x227, laurab@rosengrp.com

 
Jewelry & Suppliers: Rebecca Mercado, 410-889-2933 x202, rebeccam@rosengrp.com

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Silicone Rubber for Molds


What is a silicone mold?

Silicone molds may not be the best thing since sliced bread, but they come close—at least for resin crafting and gaming enthusiasts and artists! Silicone molds are resistant to high temperature and chemicals, can accurately capture fine detail, and they’re elastic and durable.

Silicone is a mold-making elastomer—usually made of two liquid parts, a base and a curing agent (often called catalyst), which are easily cast around an original artifact after being mixed. Once hardened, elastomers become a flexible, stretchable (which eases demolding even around deep undercuts), yet return to their original shape without distortion.

When were the first silicone molds available?

The first recorded reference to a silicone mold appeared in the 1950’s; however, the earliest referenced silicone molds where the details of an original surface was actually transferred using a mold appear to have been dental molds, referenced in a 1952 document. Commercial products for these dental molds were available from 1955 on, with fast-curing compositions appearing later.

I’ve heard that making a silicone mold is hard—requiring a gram weight scale and a degassing vacuum. Is there someplace I can have a custom silicone mold made?

Yes—contact Cindy, the ResinLady, at ResinObsession.com, but before you do, you should look at some of the newer formulations of silicone rubber. They are easier to use than ever before. Now you can make your own finely detailed molds with all the advantages silicone offers, PLUS no more weighing or degassing the liquid after mixing! Check the manufacturer’s instructions to be sure that the rubber has the characteristics you are looking for.

I’ve tried making my own silicone mold and had a disaster—it was filled with air bubbles, even though it was not supposed to need degassing! Is there any way to avoid that?

First, never pour the silicone mixture directly on the original; pour it into a corner, letting the liquid flow around the artifact. There are also formulations that are thinner and less prone to bubbling, or you can add a thinning agent. Read the manufacturer’s instructions to find a product like this, or contact Cindy at ResinObsession to answer your questions.

ResinObsession.com offers ready-made silicone molds for sale, and time-permitting, makes custom molds, too. Cindy also carries a complete line of silicone mold rubber and putty for all of your mold-making projects.

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Plastic Casting with Alumilite’s Water Clear Resin

Plastic Casting with Alumilite’s Water Clear Resin




Plastic casting is the art of creating replicas or jewelry and other resin objects in molds with liquid resin. It sounds technical, and in some respects it is, but it is also within the abilities of most people to learn the tips and skills necessary to create their own perfect copies of needed parts or creative masterpieces.



The types of projects made with resin are unbelievably diverse: from utilitarian robotic pieces to impossible to replace wheels on models, railroad and gaming scenery with rivers of refreshing looking water, fishing lures, pen turning, glossy and durable furniture finishing to professional caliber custom resin jewelry. No matter what your hobby and interests are, there is a plastic casting resin available to see your creative idea become a reality.



Packaged in two separate bottles containing the resin and a hardener, you should gently but thoroughly combine the two in a smooth flat-bottomed and sided plastic container. It is then poured into a mold where the mixture creates its own heat which causes it to cure or harden into a durable rigid plastic replica. Pre-treating the mold with a mold release product such as Castin'Craft Mold Release & Conditioner is a good idea even when the resin instructions say it isn’t necessary. It may not be necessary for easy demolding, but it helps make cleaning the mold simpler and conditions it for longevity.



There are some tips and tricks which make creating your own plastic casting resin items easy, and Cindy the ResinLady is always pleased to help new and intermediate enthusiasts learn how to create their own resin projects. At ResinObsession, Cindy carries everything you need to complete your project, including the know-how and experience that will help you avoid the pitfalls many novices fall into.

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EnvirotexLite by ETI

Envirotex / EnvirotexLite



Envirotex Lite, an easy to use and beautiful pour-on plastic coating for all of your projects, air dries to a hard high gloss finish in about eight hours, completely cures within 36 to 48 hours after pouring, and best of all, it doesn’t require a degassing chamber or polishing to reach its signature shine. Made by Environmental Technology, Inc.,(ETI) it is not recommended for exterior use.

One coat of Envirotex produces an attractive, durable coating that is equivalent to up to 50 coats of varnish. Additional coats may be applied after curing by wiping the surface with an alcohol saturated clean cloth prior to recoating. Just scuff sand and then wipe clean before applying over polyurethane finishes.

Projects of all kinds receive a professional looking gloss finish with Envirotex Lite: resin tiles, bar tops, cypress clocks, wall plaques, table tops, shiny coasters, cabinet knobs, figurines, and embedded resin jewelry, model ponds and ice skating scenes.

Easy to use with no strong smell, Envirotex should be used in a well-ventilated, clean, dry, dust-free room where the humidity is below 50% and the temperature is between 70 and 80°F. Higher room temperatures up to 100°F after pouring shorten the cure rate while increasing the hardness.

Use about 4 to 6 ounces of Envirotex Lite per square foot for your projects. Mixing at 70°F makes Envirotex easy to mix and inhibits bubble formation. Once mixed, pour Envirotex immediately as you only have approximately 25 minutes of working time at 70°F, less at warmer temperatures.

Within ten minutes, bubbles will begin rising to the surface and breaking. Exhaling across the surface of your small item to break the bubbles; a small propane torch is recommended for large items.

Experts have been using Envirotex Lite for years to give a beautiful finish to their projects-now you can, too.

® Envirotex Lite is a registered trademark.

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ResinObsession's SuperClear Casting Resin




Versatility, thy name is clear epoxy resin. If you are looking for one product that can give you a solvent-free and relatively low odor weather- and water-proof finish on your Cub plane or weekend boat, or a glass-like finish on your prized wooden bar, as well as beautifully detailed, artistic, and unique jewelry, then epoxy resin may be just what you are looking for.



ResinObsession’s Clear Casting Epoxy Resin is ideal for casting items which require six (6) ounces or less of resin in a mold. Beautifully stylish and professional looking faux metal jewelry, small statues and one of a kind cabinet pulls and knobs are all possible with epoxy resin. Simple to use, epoxy resin can give your jewelry or projects the look of dragonflies suspended in amber.

The many beautiful effects you can achieve with epoxy resin include a translucent glass effect, faux metal cast, faux granite look, and you can even embed fabric, prints, or copies of favorite photos under this glossy, transparent finish. You can create a variety of opalescent or solid colored items using opaque pigments, while that faux gem clarity is yours with transparent dyes. The looks and styles you can achieve with epoxy resin are limited only by your creativity and time.

If you have a particular project or style you are trying to create and think that clear epoxy resin may be right for your project, but you’re not sure of how to achieve it, give Cindy at ResinObsession a call—she’ll be happy to share her expertise with you. She loves to share her love of all things resin with other enthusiasts.

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Clear Casting Resin

Casting Resin


Clear Casting Resin is all around us today. It’s what gives many a wooden bar that glass-like sheen and is a staple of model railroad and gamers’ scenery whenever you see glistening rivers or shimmering ponds. It is also the reason you can now see such beautiful glossy necklaces in which artifacts seem to be encased in translucent water or suspended in amber.

Made when a liquid hardener is mixed with a base resin, this product forms a transparent, durable and hard resin object. Mixing the two liquids, the resin generates its own heat which cures into the realistic looking clear solid plastic water or gorgeous custom and personalized jewelry that is so popular today. Mixed 1:1 by volume, clear casting resin cures at room temperature in a relatively short period of time. ResinObsession's SuperClear resin has 2 to 1 mix ratio.

Though past products produced cheap looking plastic jewelry, the new generation of resin is prized by today’s clothing and jewelry designers for whimsical one-of-a-kind jewelry that is marketed at the highest levels, and yet is made quite easily once you master the techniques involved. So anyone regardless of income level can adorn themselves with beautiful custom jewelry.

Other uses include encasing reproductions of treasured photos in glass-like coasters or plaques that can be enjoyed for years to come. With the tinting products available beautiful facsimiles of stained glass sun catchers can sparkle in our windows. The creative uses of transparent casting resins are nearly limitless. If you can imagine it, you can probably create the scenery, glassy wooden table top or stunning custom jewelry that will set you apart from everyone else.

Online experts like ResinObsession offer a selection of clear casting resins to meet your needs regardless of the project you have in mind. Cindy, the ResinLady will be happy to help you go from a great idea to a finished product if you email her.

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Where does Resin come from?

Have you ever wondered where resin comes from? 
Is it natural or synthetic? 
What is it used for?

Well, in this article we’ll explore a very brief history of resin, it’s uses and where we are today in our technological advances in resin.  The possibilities of using resin in all its forms are endless and have been tested and tried through thousands of years of applications.  From the ancients of Egypt to the modern jewelry maker, resin is and will continue to be an ever-changing medium used in many different ways.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Silicone rubber for resin molds
Silicone rubber is the material of choice for most resin molds. It has a fairly inert nature which endows it with good release properties, good chemical resistance, and high temperature resistance.
It comes in two formulations popular for mold-making: tin-cure (condensation) silicone and platinum cure (addition) silicone. Both are composed of two component materials which must be thoroughly mixed and vulcanize (cures) at room temperature (RTV) to become flexible, high tear-strength rubber suitable for casting polyurethane, epoxy and polyester resins with easy release properties.
Tin cure silicone can be poured into molds or made brushable by mixing in an additive. Even though it has a shorter shelf life than platinum cure (addition) silicon and tends to shrink somewhat, it is less expensive and does well for most resin molds.
Platinum cure silicone rubber, also known as addition cure silicone, is known for its extremely low shrinkage. A word of caution is necessary, though:  these rubbers are chemically sensitive to latex, sulfur, and certain other materials. Platinum cure silicones are also used to cast prosthetics for special effects makeup and medical purposes, and for making food-compliant molds.
When using silicone rubber to fashion a resin mold, plan and prepare your process ahead of time—reading all of the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure that you have enough time to mix the two components thoroughly and in the correct ratios and to form the mold before it begins to cure (usually in 1-1/2 to 2 hours).
ResinObsession stocks the following types of liquid room temperature vulcanizing (RTV) silicone rubber:
·         Alumilite High Strength 3 flexible mold-making Silicone Rubber;
·         Alumilite High Strength 2 flexible mold-making Silicone Rubber; and
·         Alumilite Quickset Silicone Rubber;
as well as two FDA food compliant silicone putty kits:
·         Alumilite Amazing Silicone Putty Kit and
·         Castin'Craft EasyMold Silicone Putty Kit
If you have any questions about our silicone rubber products or how to use them, Cindy- cindy@resinobsession.com , the ResinLady will be happy to answer them.
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What kinds of resin plastic mouldings are available?

What kinds of resin plastic mouldings are available?


Plastic moulding is durable reusable moulds; they are available in self-releasing polypropylene and polyethylene plastic molding, used especially with clear polyester resin and casting epoxy.

TIP: Though effectively self-releasing, it is good standard practice to thoroughly condition and clean your molds with a mould release/conditioner before and after each use. Castin’Craft Mould Release/Conditioner is most often the release/conditioner of choice by knowledgeable resin aficionados.

How do I make a resin casting with plastic moulding?

Making your own resin jewelry or project is easy with a plastic mould and some resin, especially with one of our Beginner Resin Kits.

1: Protect your work area with freezer or waxed paper.

2: Spray the clean mould with mould release/conditioner.

3: Place the mould on a level surface, and fill the mould cavities to just below the top with resin.

4: Once cured, simply flip the plastic moulding tray over, and press the center of each piece to release it, flexing the mould if necessary.

There are a wide variety of ready-made plastic moulds available for you to use. ResinObsession, an online store started by Cindy, the enormously gifted ResinLady, stocks a large inventory of many different types of plastic moulding in a wide variety of subjects and shapes. She’ll also be happy to create a custom mould for you. Should you have any problems or questions concerning your resin project, don’t hesitate to contact Cindy - cindy@resinobsession.com —she loves to help and problem-solve with other resin crafters, whether you are a total beginner or someone who has been resin crafting for years.

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What is resin plastic molding?

What is resin plastic molding?


Plastic molding is the reusable plastic molds used to create molded items such as resin jewelry, plaques, souvenirs, drawer handles, custom tiles, and sun catchers. It is important to note that molds used for food items must be FDA-approved “food-safe” plastic molds. The unique and incredibly easy resin jewelry and crafts you’ll be able to fashion using a variety of resins, transparent and opaque dyes, and artifacts like small charms or flowers to embed are endless—limited only by your time and imagination.

What kinds of plastic molding are available for casting resin?

These durable reusable molds are available in self-releasing polypropylene and polyethylene plastic molding, used especially with clear polyester resin and casting epoxy.

TIP: Though relatively self-releasing, plastic molding will last longer for more castings if it is conditioned and cleaned with a mold release/conditioner with each. Castin’Craft Mold Release/Conditioner is often used by experienced resin crafters.

How do I make a casting with plastic molding?

It is simple to cast your own jewelry with a plastic mold and resin.

1: Protect your work area with freezer or waxed paper.

2: Spray the clean mold with mold release/conditioner.

3: Place the mold on a level surface, and fill the mold cavities to just below the top with resin.

4: Once cured, simply flip the plastic molding tray over, and press the center of each piece to release it, flexing the mold if necessary.

There are a wide variety of ready-made plastic molds available for you to use. ResinObsession is an online store started by Cindy, the enormously gifted ResinLady who loves resin in its many forms. She stocks a large inventory of many different types of plastic molding in a wide variety of subjects and shapes. She’ll also be happy to create a custom silicone mold for you. Should you have any problems or questions concerning your resin project, don’t hesitate to contact Cindy - cindy@resinobsession.com —she loves to help and problem-solve with other resin crafters, no matter your skill level.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cindy meets the flu

I tried to pretend I didn't have it, tried to work thru it but it finally beat me. The dreaded flu got the best of me. I apologize that orders were delayed and emails were not answered in a timely fashion. I think I'm caught up now but if I overlooked someone please email me and I will correct it. I'm very blessed to have ResinObsession, I love it but when something happens to me everything shuts down.

Custom mold orders are coming in like crazy!

And exciting news!!! ResinObsession's SuperClear resin is available in a larger size. They are putting the finishing touches on the package and I will let you know as soon as it is ready for shipment.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Halloween Jewelry Tutorial

“Boo” Ring and Earrings
A simple project using ResinObsession’s SuperClear resin formula, this ring and earrings set will have you
all ready for Halloween!

Material List:
Glitter
Sanding file
Toothpicks
Two-part epoxy adhesive
E-6000 adhesive
“B” and “O” letter beads
post earring blanks with glue pad
candy sprinkles
black resin colorant, powder or liquid
wax paper, freezer paper, or plastic bag to cover work surface

After mixing the resin as directed, fill the cavities about 1/3
full, then place the letter beads into the resin, positioning them
with a toothpick. Be sure that the “B” is placed in correctly
so that it will not be backwards when viewed from the front.
It’s a good idea to lift up the mold (keeping it level) and peek
underneath to be sure the letters are properly placed. Once the
letters are positioned, place varying pieces of candy sprinkles
into the resin using a toothpick. Here I am using orange and
white sprinkles. After placing the sprinkles, add a bit more
resin, leaving about 1/8” at the top. Let cure.

When this layer has cured, mix up some two-part epoxy resin
adhesive, adding a small amount of black colorant. It doesn’t
take much. I also added a bit of holographic glitter to give the
piece a touch of sparkle. Working quickly (this resin will set
up within 5 minutes), using a toothpick or a stir stick, fill the
remaining cavities and let cure.

Once cured, pop out the pieces and sand down the edges with a
sanding file. The final step is to glue the pieces onto the ring and
earring blanks. I used E-6000 adhesive, although you can also use
the two-part epoxy adhesive. Let cure for 24 hours.

The finished pieces are really fun accent pieces for the Halloween
season!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Plastic Moulding

What is plastic moulding for resin?


Resin plastic moulding is the reusable plastic moulds used to create resin items such as resin jewelry, plaques, souvenirs and sun catchers, drawer handles, and custom tiles. Moulds used for food items MUST be clearly labeled as “food-safe” plastic moulds. It is incredibly easy to make unique resin jewelry and crafts from a variety of resins, transparent and opaque dyes, and artifacts like small charms or flowers to embed are endless.

What kinds of resin plastic moulding are available?

Plastic moulding is durable reusable moulds; they are available in self-releasing polypropylene and polyethylene plastic molding, used especially with clear polyester resin and casting epoxy.

TIP: Though effectively self-releasing, it is good standard practice to thoroughly condition and clean your molds with a mould release/conditioner before and after each use. Castin’Craft Mould Release/Conditioner is most often the release/conditioner of choice by knowledgeable resin aficionados.

How do I make a resin casting with plastic moulding?

Making your own resin jewelry or project is easy with a plastic mould and some resin, especially with one of our Beginner Resin Kits.

1: Protect your work area with freezer or waxed paper.

2: Spray the clean mould with mould release/conditioner.

3: Place the mould on a level surface, and fill the mould cavities to just below the top with resin.

4: Once cured, simply flip the plastic moulding tray over, and press the center of each piece to release it, flexing the mould if necessary.

There are a wide variety of ready-made plastic moulds available for you to use. ResinObsession, an online store started by Cindy, the enormously gifted ResinLady, stocks a large inventory of many different types of plastic moulding in a wide variety of subjects and shapes. She’ll also be happy to create a custom mould for you. Should you have any problems or questions concerning your resin project, don’t hesitate to contact Cindy—she loves to help and problem-solve with other resin crafters, whether you are a total beginner or someone who has been resin crafting for years.

RTV Silicone

rtv silicone


Though first developed in the late 1930’s Room Temperature Vulcanizing or RTV silicone was created to be an insulating material that could withstand the heat produced by smaller engines. Still used in the electronic industry for potting and encapsulation, it is now primarily used to make durable, flexible, and easy to use molds suitable for a wide range of casting materials.

The entertainment industry was transformed by the scenes and characters that now come to life on thanks to the development of RTV soft “skin” silicone rubbers. Platinum cure silicone is also used in the medical field for prosthetics and other specialized uses.

In addition to making strong, flexible custom resin molds that perfectly replicate the original artifact down to the most intricate details, the molds cast with it have good elongation and tear strength and excellent directional stability. RTV silicone is available in both condensation (tin catalyzed) and addition cure (platinum catalyzed) formulations, both of which are comprised of two-components which must be mixed for activation.

The two components of RTV silicone are usually referred to as Part A (silicone component), and Part B, (catalyst component). Both liquid, Part B, the catalyst, is usually of a different color— when the color is consistent and has no more streaks in it, it is fully mixed.

It is always a good idea to fully read the manufacturer’s instructions and complete as much of the mold-making construction and process as possible before mixing the two components since the open time is fairly short, anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

ResinObsession carries a full line of easy to use RTV silicone rubbers which do not require vacuum degassing with varying open and demolding times to suit the time requirements you may have in your custom mold-making projects, and Cindy, the ResinLady, to answer your questions.

Sea Glass Tutorial

How to make imitation sea glass with ResinObsession Super Clear Resin



Materials:

• ResinObsession Super Clear Resin

• 738 Cabochon Mold

• Castin’ Craft Mold Release Spray

• Reusable measuring cup or a Plastic cup

• Stir Stix

• Disposable Spoon (optional)

• White glitter

• Castin’ Craft transparent green dye

• Rolling pin

• Non-stick mat (like one used for cooking)




1) Spray the mold with conditioner and leave to dry.



2) Measure your resin into a disposable cup according to the directions. I like to measure mine in level teaspoons, but you can use the provided measuring cups. Mix well and leave to stand for a couple of minutes.





3) Add a small amount of dye to the mix until it is the color you want. Add just a pinch of white glitter and mix well - this is the secret to the realism!





4) Pour the mixture into the mold until half-full and leave to partially set. I left mine inside of a hot box or under a light bulb to speed up the process, but you can let it set in a normal environment. This mold is best because it gives nice sized pieces to work with - when half-full it give a realistic sized pendant.





5) The resin is ready to be manipulated when the surface is no longer wet, but the mixture is still very soft when pushing on the underside of the mold. Keep an eye on the curing as different room temperatures and situations change the speed that it takes to get to this stage. Pull the resin out of the mold with a blunt object (you can use the StirStix so not to damage your mould), any extra bits left inside can be picked off once fully cured.



 

6) Tear the resin into pieces if you want smaller pieces, or for a decent sized pendant leave the blob whole. Shape roughly with your hands and put on a non-stick mat. Don’t worry about fingerprints, this will slightly frost the surface which is a good thing, and most will be lost once fully cured as it does smooth out a bit more after this stage.





7) Use a rolling pin to lightly squish the piece on the drying mat into a flatter shape so to mimic the thickness of old glass.





8) Leave to set in a cool environment for at least 4-5 hours. Then you are free to drill and do as you wish with your faux sea glass!


Friday, July 16, 2010

Casting Treasures in Resin

Casting Treasures in Plastic Resin


When mixing resin make sure that you measure your resin and catalyst (hardener) carefully. If the polyester directions say 10 drops, use 10 drops! Adjustments may be needed depending on the temperature and humidity of the room you are casting in. Resin likes 70 to 75 degrees and low humidity. Resin does not like water or high humidity.

Cover castings with plastic wrap or plastic container so dust will not get into the mold and flaw your project.

Things you can cast in resin are unlimited. Here are a few ideas: pieces of colored glass, coins, dead insects and creatures, marbles, dried leaves and flowers, nuts and bolts, rocks, seeds, beans, grains, shells, old jewelry, watch parts, fabric, paper, photos and the list goes on. For paper and photos you want to use laser print on glossy text or inkjet print on high quality glossy photo paper. You can also seal them with Ultra Seal, which is made for resin. I like to coat my embedments with resin and let dry before putting in my resin casting. This also helps to fill the cavity voids of dried creatures so you can avoid bubbles when embedding.

Items you need to begin casting resin:

· Resin

· catalyst or hardener (comes with the resin)

· disposable (unwaxed) cups or Reusable resin cups for mixing

· Some ResinObsession plastic Stir Stixs

· A Mold from ResinObsession or one you have made.

· Items to embed

· Mold release to make the castings pop out and to keep the molds in good condition.

Basic instructions, but please read the instructions that come with the resin:

1. Spray a light mist of Mold Release in mold and let dry.

2. Follow the instructions that come with the resin and catalyst (hardener) and mix the exact amounts. If using polyester resin mix amounts for first layer.

3. Stir well using plastic Stir Stixs. To introduce as few air bubbles as possible mix using a folding method (like folding whipped egg whites with batter).

4. Slowly pour the resin into the mold. If doing layers, this is the bottom layer of the casting.

5. Let the first layer cure to what is called a “gel stage”. Lightly touch with a Stir Stix to test. (Don't use your finger as you may embed your fingerprint!)

6. Carefully lay sealed or coated embedments on this first layer. Remember you are working upside down.

7. Mix resin and catalyst (hardener) for the next layer. If using polyester resin, read the directions on your containers carefully.

8. Repeat steps 2 thru 7 until you're finished.

9. Let casting cure completely and then pop it loose from the mold. Curing can be from 4 to 72 hours depending on temperature and humidity. If casting will not release from mold then it is not cured yet. You can tell it's set when it makes a clicking sound when you tap it with your Stir Stix.

10. Resin shrinks and can cause a “valley” or dip. Fill this “valley” with more resin or sand the edges with a fine grade (wet/dry) sandpaper or nail file. Very gently smooth off any imperfections on casting. One technique for sanding is to lay very fine wet/dry sandpaper in the bottom of a container with water and gently move casting over the sandpaper. This method is to keep the casting from getting too hot and melting and to control the dust generated from sanding.

11. Buff and polish the casting with a soft cloth (or buffing wheel) and plastic buffing compound.


If you want to add color
Add resin dyes (transparent) or resin pigments (opaque), specially made for resin, to
color your resin casting. You can also use powder pigment or chalk but make sure it
is thoroughly dry and using too much will make the casting soft.

MOLDS
Years ago ceramic and glass molds were used, dipping first in hot water then cold water so the casting would pop out. Many molds cracked or shattered using this method. Advancements have been made to the resin mold by using polyethylene plastic. For molding polyethylene, tiny suction holes must be made in the model to allow suction to form the plastic over the master mold. Sometimes these suction holes are visible on the polyethylene molds. These are not defects. To ensure molds stay in good condition for repeated castings, use mold release and clean your molds with soap and water. Although polyethylene has a natural chemical release quality, without mold release this quality will diminish. A sharp fingernail can make an indentation into a soft polyethylene mold.

You also have the option of making your own molds with RTV silicone or latex. Always test molds that are not made specifically for resin by putting a little resin on the back of the mold. Resin will become permanent in most candy molds.

To read this entire article visit http://www.resinobsession.com/
Author: cindy@resinobsession.com

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

PayPal on the ResinObsession website

Yea after 6 months on trying I finally got PayPal to work on the website!!!! woo-hoo!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

I've discovered a habit, one that I hope to break. I'll work real hard for a month or two, trying to create systems, products or other things and I neglect this opportunity to connect with so many wonderful people. I'm talking about my Blog! Then for a few days I need to rest and realize that I would probably feel better if I were to take time out to enjoy small pleasures like chatting. I love sharing my passion with you guys!

So I may ramble sometimes or not make any sense at all but I'm going to work on my blog, I promise.

  • ResinObsession is going to have 2 designers that will make monthly projects.
  • I've gathered up several years worth of FAQ's, sorted them and preparing to publish.
GOt to go!

Friday, May 21, 2010

NEW ResinObsession Super Clear Resin

Exciting News!

Resin for the 21st century.

Introducing ResinObsession Super Clear Resin:
• bubbles easily dissipate
• shipped worldwide
• super clear custom formula with UV protectant to prevent yellowing
• non-toxic formula
• low to no odor
• 2 to 1 formula
• 4 oz bottle of resin, 2 oz bottle of hardener



Be one of the first to order this new resin, ResinObsession Super Clear Resin. Available on the website, eBay store, and Etsy for $18.00.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New Molds Alert!


Brand new molds have just been listed. We recieved the 2010 release of new resin molds including Heartlovers' Scroll Hearts 610, Scallop Shaped Pendants 469, Butterfly Tulip 470, Open Teardrop Earrings 612, Awareness Ribbon 616, plus several clock molds!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

ResinObsession is at the Tucson ToBeadTrueBlue Show

I hope I have reached everyone that I'm in Tucson at the Gem and Jewelry Show. I will return on Feb,7. No orders will be shipped until I return home. If you are at the Tucson Show come by booth G188 and say hi.
There is a lot of inspiration at the show.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Package returned from the UK

I have another package returned to me that the customer says they never received. There was duty owed on the package. Royal Mail has a sticker saying the item "not called for" for over a month. I know I told this person to check with her Customs Office. I've emailed HM Revenue & Customs to explain to me how the process works so maybe I can direct the next person that tells me they never received a package. If anyone has info on this subject please email me at cindy@resinobsession.com

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Graphic Artist needs resin jewelry Maker

This is an email I received and thought I would pass it on.

I (JoAnn) am a (graphic) artist in need of hiring a craftsperson who is skilled in creating resin jewelry. To be more precise, what I need is for someone to take the artwork I design for clients & encase it in resin within a pendant finding. I am in the Atlanta, GA area & would prefer someone local, though I suppose it really doesn’t matter. I would pay for each piece assembled as the work is completed (piece-rate basis). There would be no design work involved for whoever I hire; simply prepping the images to be embedded in resin & then completing the resin process.



The jewelry is a relatively new addition to my line. Currently, I primarily create clocks, designed from my clients’ photographs. I employ an assistant who assembles the clocks after I have designed & printed them. I mention this because the relationship I have with her is working quite well & I would like to have this same type of arrangement with whoever I find to do the jewelry.



If you’d like to get an idea of what I do (or to ensure that I am not some crazy person who just emailed you out of the blue), feel free to take a peek at my website: www.TheClockLady.net .



Thanks for any help you can provide! Maybe you know someone; maybe you could put a post on your blog; maybe you have another idea?



Thanks

JoAnn



JoAnn Shorter

The Clock Lady

www.TheClockLady.net

770-425-5466

Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Shipping program

It seems there is always something. I've spent the last three days working on a new shipping program and finally today this afternoon I got it setup and figured out. I still need to work on the email that is sent out but that will take someone else who can do HTML.

It seems there is always something that needs to be done in the office and all I want to do is work in the Studio. I want to spend more time in the Studio.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Priority International Flat Rate shipping

I don't see why the US Postal Service can't have tracking on International shipments. I've started suggesting Priority International, especially the Flat Rate Envelope and Flat Rate Box. Now I find this small print in the US Postal FAQ. No Tracking on Flat Rate Envelopes and Flat Rate Small Box. This is so frustrating.

Online Tracking - Put our delivery information to work for you. Track PMI package shipments. Note: Tracking is not available for Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes or Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Boxes.