Monday, July 30, 2012

Jewelry Resin, Staz-On Ink and Imagine Crafts - Part One

 These Parisian metal squares look fantastic sitting on my work table.  I am not done with them though.  
This two-part post is a mini tutorial about layering.
 I am using some products I discovered at The Craft and Hobby Show (CHA) from "Imagine Crafts."
 You may know them from their original name:  Tsukineko.
 This company sells a product that became a personal favorite the minute it was launched:  The Staz-on Black ink pad.  I use that ink pad almost exclusively because it was the first truly waterproof ink that allowed you to stamp on glass, metal or any non-porous surface.
 At CHA I noticed that IMAGINE has new metallic inks, Staz-On Glazes and sheet metal components.
 The metal I knew would look fabulous with these one inch digital images of Paris I had.
 I glued those paper images and sealed them with mod-podge to the metal.  The metal already has a hole punch.
 Then I took out some of my Staz-On reinkers.  (If you are not a rubber stamper, re-inkers are extra ink you can buy to keep your matching ink pads wet and full of fresh ink.)  As I mentioned, Staz-On ink was designed to work on a surface like these metal embellishments.  It will dry and become waterproof.
 So, using a brush I dropped some ink from each of the colours along the edges of the metal blanks.
 Then, to ensure my ink was not going to bleed I brushed on a layer of the Staz-On Glaze.  I let all my pieces dry.
 Then out came the Jewelry Resin!  I made a small batch in order to glaze the surface of each piece.
Now I am going to let the glaze layer cure overnight.  I am going to add a few more these are not finished!

Layering Order
1.  Paper glued to metal. 
2.  Pod-Podge used to seal the paper.  Three layers were brushed over the image and allowed to dry.
3.  Add Staz-On inks to the edges.  Allow ink time to air dry.
4.  Brush a layer of Staz-On Glaz over the ink edges.  Allow glaze time to dry.
5.  Brush a layer of Jewelry resin over entire metal blank.  Allow this glaze layer to cure overnight.


  1. I can't wait to see what the outcome will be! :)

  2. These look great! Did you use Mod-Podge to glue the images onto the metal?

    1. Yes, mod-podge is a glue and sealer!

  3. Where did you get those sheet metal components? I haven't seen anything like that where I live (not much of a surprise, though in Gainesville, FL). :)

  4. The metal is from imagine crafts too...the have links on their blog as to wear you can get them.

  5. Cool! Can't wait to see the embellishments you add! And I like how you gave a layering order summary at the end of the post! Very helpful!

  6. May I ask about 'brushing on' resin. I have only experimented with resin a couple of times, but I would like to be able to 'brush on' a think layer on my polymer clay pieces and also some ephemera pendants i am working on. I was worried about bubbles and also depth of the resin, how thin or thick it could be to be effective. Thank you in advance for your assistance. I have been inspired to try resin by following you. ~ Tammie

  7. Brushing on is as simple as if you were brushing on a matte or glossy varnish...the difference is Envirotex Lite and Jewelry Resin work out to be equal to 50 layers in one coating. I coat my pieces and then pass a lighter flame over the surface once or twice to get rid of any bubbles....which their rarely are in such a glazing technique. Do try working on a dud before you try it on a perfect piece. You will be surprised at how fantastic it will look!

  8. Thanks Carmi~ I appreciate your advice, I will give it a whirl. :-)

  9. i put the resin on my projects very thinly using my fingers - and gloves of great, and i have total control over the amount i use.


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