Friday, March 28, 2014

Containing Resin With Bezel Wire - Part TWO

 I am getting very excited about these two new resin pieces I am working on.
 On yesterday's how-to post I showed you how I had poured my second layer of Jewelry Resin into my bezel wire shapes. 
 I allowed this layer of resin to cure overnight.  Note that I did not pour the resin right to the top of my enclosed shape.
Then I made a smaller batch of Jewelry Resin and did my third pour. This "doming" pour covers everything nicely and gives my bezel a beautiful glassy surface.
 When the your final pour is cured, you can peel the double-sided tape from the back side.  
(I have been asked why I used this double-sided tape.  It is very thick and allows me to really press the wire into it.  You can try this with other tapes as well, but in the past I have had wire that was not firmly positioned and the resin just flowed out the spots where the wire did not stay attached to the tape.)
 You will notice right away that all the tape adhesive is now embedded into the resin.  This is very sticky.  I now plan to carefully glaze the back with a fourth batch of resin.  
The results will appear in my next post!
 Here is a closer look at each pendant.  
Queen Elizabeth looks great!
 My odds and ends peice also turned out great.  My dried flowers are nicely visable.  I will have a better photo of this next time.
Here are both backs.  Before I glaze them with resin I may add some glitter or other markings.

8 comments:

  1. This is wonderful, You are just so talented, I so enjoy these posts! Thank you!

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  2. I have really enjoyed this and actually had just seen this wire at the hobby store...where do you get the tape and what is it called?

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    1. Mary it was always called red-line tape. I do know Michaels has a version of it in the scrapbooking area. If you go to Amazon and search red-line or wonder tape you will see it in rolls and in sheets.

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  3. They look great! I am definitely going to try the red line tape as I used packing tape before and there definitely was some resin leaking out!

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    1. I tried packing tape too....it is just too thin and there is nothing worse than a resin leak!

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  4. Wonder Tape by Ranger. I found the sheets on Amazon, too.

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  5. I am really learning alot reading your stuff! Much appreciation. I have a little question. On the second pour, there were large areas mostly on Elizabeth, where it looks white, like a buncch of tiny bubbles. Then in the next part, it looked perfect. What steps did you take to rectify this? Did you sand? Or was it the light, and not bubbles? Or did it just work it out because you added another layer? Also, I don't know if you already discussed this and of so, maybe you could direct me to ths page... what is that bezel wire called when you buy it, and where could I get it? Aaaaand, how do I know how much resin I will need? I hope you are still active here and have time.to respond! Thank you so much.

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    1. Michelle to get rid of the tiny air bubbles you can use a lighter or lightly blow on the surface and they disappear. The wire can be found in most craft stores in the jewelry isle, it comes in a roll and is 1/4" wide. How much resin you need will depend upon how many things you are making, I usually mix at least 1/2 T of the hardener and resin so I have 1 Tablespoon to work with.

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