Friday, April 29, 2011

Designer Challenge Part Two - Layering

Yesterday I showed you five different techniques to add colour to resin.  I am attempting to re-create a brooch I saw in a window in Paris this month.  Now we need to protect this layer.
As you can, see I added about 1/8 of an inch of Envirotex Lite resin to each pan opening to cover and protect this green layer from the next.  I have let this cure overnight.
Now I need to get some black onto the third layer.  When you look at the original brooch it seems like there is black paint suspended in the resin.  Fingers crossed that my black paint layer works out!  Claudine Hellmuth has a really dark black in her paint line.  I am sure when I cover it in resin that it will shine!
Later today I will cover this later with another 1/8 of an inch of resin.  I'll let everything cure for the weekend!  On Monday I should have the finished brooches!
Here is the original brooch again.  I am getting closer and closer!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Designer Challenge Part One - Adding Colour To Resin

Yesterday I posted my design challenge.  I am going to make a piece inspired by the brooch (see below) I spied in a window in Paris this month.  In order to make a big flat circle I pulled out my muffin pan.  The pan is made of silicone and is a non stick mold for resin too!  (but don't use it to bake food after using it for this technique)
My first step was to mix up a batch of Envirotex Lite and I poured about 1/8 of an inch in five of the pan openings.  
This creates your first clear layer.
I need to create a green swirly effect like I see in the original piece.
 Here are a few of the products that will help me with this second layer.
First colouring technique.  Mix up a tiny batch of Envirotex Lite and add a nice dollop of Luminarte Polished Pigments.
Second colouring technique.  Mix a tiny batch of Envirotex Lite and add a drop or two of Castin'Craft dye.
Third colouring technique.  I tore up some tiny pieces of a green paper napkins and glued it to the clear layer of resin.
Fourth colouring technique.  I used Claudine Hellmuth's Studio paint to add some colour directly to the clear layer.
 Fifth colouring technique.  I added some drops of Liquid Pearls and just spread the colour around.
 This is the resin mixed with polished pigments.
This is the resin mixed with the Castin Craft dye.  I just dripped onto the clear first layer and let the resin settle where ever it wanted to.
Here is my pan drying/curing.  Come back tomorrow to see how I do layer three.  I need to get some black in these!

A Few Last Important Tips For Colouring
When adding colorant, paint, etc., always blend it into premixed Envirotex Lite first.  Then disperse this mixture into your clear pours, etc.  Paint or pigment not blended into mixed Envirotex Lite can cause a number of issues down the road, that includes fogging between layers, migration of chemicals through the coating, which then can develop into a soft or sticky coating.   When adding paint, pigments or dyes, add just enough to achieve your desired colour and no more.  Adding too much can and will often result in a "soft" coating when cured.  One should always "Top Coat" with a clear coating of Envirotex Lite to protect the coloured layer.  This top coat will not only protect the coloured layer, but it will also have the hardness that is often desired.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Design Challenge

This is a picture of a brooch I took in a Paris shop window two weeks ago.
I thought it was glass and looked very heavy.
It was made from resin!
So I am challenging myself today to make something inspired by it by Friday.
Along the way I will be able to explain one of the many ways to add a little colour to your resin.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Resin Doming Technique Explained!

First, let's begin with a little eye candy.  I have a very cool new bracelet.  It is made of vintage watch parts and an old dis-assembled bracelet .
Last week I posted this image of some resin I poured into some old watch faces.  Notice how the resin leveled out?  It created a nice flat surface.  I could have stopped there but a few of you have been asking about "doming."  I think there might be confusion because some resin sellers say their resins dome and others do not.  You make the resin dome.  It doesn't dome for you.  And I am going to show you how easy it is to do with Envirotex Lite.
This was my watch face with one layer of resin.  I added a few glitter dots to the surface and let them dry.
Then I mixed up Envirotex Lite as I normally would and chose to pour it into this tiny squeeze bottle.  Now I can control the amount of resin I pour.  See how it already is doming?  Resin is thick.  As long as you can provide it with a border it will keep the shape.
With my squeeze bottle I was able to control how much resin was now on the watch face, one drip at a time.
 That tiny edge kept the dome's shape.  I LOVE THIS technique!  You'll also notice that when you pour resin onto dried resin there are almost no bubbles to deal with.
 If you had poured resin onto a flat surface it would just spread until the dome was gone.
The only thing you need to worry about with this technique is working somewhere flat and sturdy.  You don't want to bump these and have resin start pouring down one edge....once it starts, it all follows.  These domes dried perfectly after sitting for 48 hours.
That would be the end of my lesson but I thought I would tell you how I made the bracelet.  I found an older piece of costume jewelry in my stash. 
 I broke it up for spare parts and then rebuilt my bracelet!
It is so unique!  This one is a keeper!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Envirotex Lite As A Glaze - The Feather Butterly

 I have a new necklace design idea to share with you today!
It begins with this dollar store feather butterfly.  I found it earlier in the week and was so surprised it was a dollar.  The feathers even have some additional hand painted decoration.  I do like feathers but they are very fragile.  I wanted to wear the butterfly as a necklace and coating it with resin will make it a sturdy pendant.
I mixed up a small batch of Envirotex Lite.  As always, it is a 1 to 1 ratio and the instructions are in the box. 
Then I used a brush to coat both sides of the butterfly.  This is messy work so I wore gloves.  You need to make sure both sides are evenly coated.  Keep in mind that whatever brush you use will need to be thrown away afterward.  You can't wash resin out of the brush.
Then you need to move the butterfly to a clean spot on your non stick work surface when you are sure it will not drip extra resin.   This was my second move.  I came to look at it after 15 minutes and realized that resin had pooled near the butterfly body.  This would have cured hard and clear but it would have been difficult to sand away. Then I left the butterfly undisturbed for 48 hours.
I left the excess dripped resin right on the work surface.  In 12 hours this will just peel completely away.
The butterfly dried beautifully!  You can still see the fragile feathers and now the painted wings look even better under the glaze.  I really like this finished necklace!  It looks even better on a white t-shirt!

Friday, April 22, 2011

My First Real Piece of Resin Jewelery

 Like a lot of women I have been buying and collecting jewelery since I was young.  I have kept it all. I even kept the broken pieces my Mom or other women handed down to me and all the costume jewelery I bought in my 20's.  I have very special pieces that were gifts from my husband and the sentimental pieces that I received from girl friends.  Jewelery is like a scrapbook.  By holding a piece in your hand you can be transported to the moment you received it and the occasions where the items were worn.  So it is not a small thing to say this is my first piece of resin jewelery.  I realize now that a lot of the jewelry I own was made with resin or other plastics.  This necklace was the first one I owned where the artist embedded items in resin.  This was magic for me.
This necklace was made by Nina Bagley.  Her wearable art is called Narrative Jewelery and it is indeed special.  Everything she hand crafts is coveted by her many student and fan followers.  I know that I feel special when I wear her necklace.  I have had it for 8-9 years and it still makes me smile when I wear it.  If you have time to read her blog and Etsy site you will be transported to her world.  Fair warning though.  Her online shop is usually empty.  If she puts a piece on Etsy it is snapped up in moments.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spotting Resin Craft In Stores

This jewelery store in Paris had several resin craft items I was dying to take pictures of.  They really frown on frustrates me since I just want to share with my blogging community all that I see.  There are a lot of resin artisans in Paris. 
This mirror was 195 Euros.  That was a really great price for something encrusted with so many molded shapes and resin pieces.  It would have fit in my luggage but I was already concerned about weight restrictions.  It has inspired me to do something really great in the future with molds.  Stay tuned for that!
The chair in the corner was over the top too.  My best friend and partner in crime decided to purchase some jewelery in the store giving me the chance to snap a quick photo.  Thank you!
And look at the Eiffel Tower.  Also resin!  These photos make me want to start mold making right away!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Glazed Copper Project Part Two

Voila!  This is how I chose to attach the three pieces of copper I glazed with resin.
A few simple components added to a chain and I was done.
 Plumbers beware. Your copper section in the hardware store is about to be depleted!
Now in yesterdays blog I showed you how I attached the serviette to the copper pieces.  I don't like to waste anything and I definitely do not like to waste resin.
So I poured and then spread the remainder of my resin on the serviette which rested on my non stick surface.
 Peeled away a few days later I have this very interesting card embellishment!
 It looks like the card is wet!  To attach the resin soaked paper I just drilled little holes through the resin and the card back and then attached the two surfaces with these gold rivets.  No waste!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

And The Free Resin Give-A-Way Winners Are....

We have winners!
First, I promised to send the first person who left a message one prize.  
So yeah for Boot - C!
Then, I drew six names out of the container.  They are:

Deborah (there is only one)
Lucy Ladham-Dyment

Please email me you full names and addresses.  I will organize this shipment via UPS so I'll wait till I have all seven of your addresses.  Please email them to me at:

Thank you to everyone participating!  We'll have more draws and events in the future!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Resin As A Glaze

I found these odd copper parts in my travels.  I am sure that a plumber might know what they are. I like them because they have two pre-drilled holes I can work with.
 I want to show you a fast way to decoupage these copper pieces.  I like to use interesting napkins for this technique.
You really need to work on a non stick surface.  This brown sheet is non stick.  Unfortunately it makes all my pictures dull.  But it is the best surface.  I put a lot of clear glue or mod podge on the napkin and then press my copper piece into the glue and napkin.  It is really easy to tear the napkin when it is wet so be gentle with the brush you use to apply the glue.
 Later when everything is dry I can peal the napkin with the copper already attached from the non stick sheet.  Then I trim away the excess napkin which is very strong after all that glue dries.
Then out comes the Envirotex Lite!  (If this is your first time on this blog you might want to read my entry on mixing your resin so you can see where this dollop of resin came from.)  I pour a small circle or resin onto the copper and with a paint brush I make sure the entire surface is covered just like I would if I was using a glaze.
While the resin is drying I add in an embellishment or two.  This resin will harden very quickly because it is a very thin coating.  I still let the piece rest a full 48 hours to make sure my resin is fully cured.  Tomorrow we'll continue working with the copper pieces!