Resin for Jewelry: New techniques
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Hi, I an Chris; I have worked with Resin for several years and while I am new on Etsy I have sold many pieces of resin jewelry on Ebay and in craft fairs.
I have in the past used both Rio Grande Doming Resin, which I like for its ease of use, rapid drying and its doming, but dislike for its easy "scratchability"; and I have used Envirotex Lite, which is much more durable but tends to pour off and to leave hard to see indentations and "bloops". ( I also tried the Rio Grande extra thick hardener, which really left hills and valleys).
Now I have been combining the doming resin and the Envirotex lite in a 1:1 ratio (after mixing each as per instruction, I mix the two carefully so as to min imize air bubbles.) I end up with a doming resin that is definitely more durable.
A few other things: Don't store your jewelry in those silver/gold gift boxes. I left resin jewelry from last year's sales in the boxes and they turned yellow.
Don't let the pieces of resin touch (ie sit on) one another until they are at least a week old. I store the earrings each in a separate bag. Otherwise they will sink into each other and the resin will have to be sanded and repoured.
To protect the back of the pendants when I put a resin coating on the front, I use clear mailing tape from the post office to set the jewelry on. It doesn't leave any sticky, as duct tape does!
I found some wonderful sanding sticks which have a loop of sandpaper you use then move along; I got a set of them at ehobby tools.com.
I hope these help. Chris
Posted at 3:19 pm Sep 10, 2009 EDT
Hi!!! I was here a little while back and asked a question about getting Glitter into the resin (I couldnt find it again to thank the person who answered me- but thanks again!) I wanted to share with everyone what I used the resin for Here is my listing!
Thanks for making this Forum- It was essential in making my mirrors...I ruined about 30 mirrors though lol- the resin was tricky and got into the nooks and crannies. Im going to keep putting more mirrors up over the next few days- check back often! Oh and Im going to put a link to this up on my blog- I'll send the link when I do!! (If thats ok) Happy New Year everyone!
Posted at 8:25 am Jan 5, 2010 EST
I use both Castin Craft Resin and Easy pour Resin.
I personally Prefer Castin craft and have never had a
problem with it at all other than it is very expensive.
You just have to be very very careful to mix the exact same amount together. I always use the measured resin cups so I can be acurate in the amounts I use.
Then, I pour the resin into the hardner first. I stir for
exactly 3 mins. (Use an egg timer) after 3 mins, pour the mix back into the resin cup and stir for another minute. let it sit for about 1 min or so to let the gas bubbles dissipate.
then, you are ready! I use small little cups and drop my color in, then, pour a bit of resin in then stir and pour into my mold.
Works for me everytime. ( :
(Castin craft sets up better for me than easy pour.)
Hope this helps.
Posted at 8:41 am Jan 5, 2010 EST
I'm new to the thread but I've read through most of it. I'm not sure if resin is my answer but I make photo jewelry. In my shop now, I have glass tile pendants. I've made hundreds of them and have finally worked out most of my problems as far as bubbles and running ink etc. (need to update my shop with examples of my new work, it's much better than the older photos on there now.)
I use Annie Howes Glamour Glaze now and find it to be the best by far for laying pictures onto the glass (and I've tried them all). I like to seal my pendants on all sides except the glass front.
My problem: after a couple of months the oils and sweat from our skin seems to break the glaze down on the back and make it sticky and gross. I'm looking for something to seal up the sides and back that is water proof, non-toxic, easy to use, and of course, that won't break down over time. I don't have the ventilation available for using a full blown resin and I want an heirloom final product.
Thanks for the wealth of info so far, I'll add what I know if I see anybody looking for that kind of info.
Posted at 7:53 pm Jan 8, 2010 EST
CharmedbyHeather, wow, I wish I knew of a product that did all that!Two part resin stays great over time, but isn't that easy,and isn't especially non-toxic.It's worth it to me to use the resin because I love the results and I've learned to work with it over time. good luck! Chris
Posted at 10:18 pm Jan 8, 2010 EST