This is a post that combines my two favorite topics: resin and Napoleon Bonaparte.
This year I managed to find one of these Napoleon bottle openers in my antiquing travels.
They are not unique. They are still sold in most Paris tourist shops. I wanted an older one...and it is quite heavy.
To make my mold I chose ETI's EasyMold.
Did you know I wrote and filmed the EasyMold how-to video?
It is a very easy way to learn more about mold making.
I knew it would be an awkward mold to make, since I did not want the bottle opener section. You can see that I placed the main part of the bottle opener into my EasyMold.
For my first experiment I poured in some white EasyCast resin. The area I wanted turned out perfect, but I did still have the remnants of the bottle opener section.
This was easy to just cut away.
Then I noticed that I had a tiny bubble in Napoleon's nose. When you pour resin into a mold, sometimes air bubbles get trapped in the tiny areas. Next time I will be sure to tap my mold a few times to let these air bubbles escape.
I used metallic rub-ons to colour my new Napoleon pendant and then sealed it with Resin Spray.
I am thrilled with my results. The detail is extraordinary and I have so many ideas for what to do with these Napoleon pendants! I plan to make them in several colours.