This summer, I started playing around with resin after
seeing some absolutely beautiful resin pendants and earrings at my local
farmer's markets and craft shows. It seemed easy enough: measure, mix, and
pour. My first few resin pendants and earrings were successful, so I thought
I'd venture out into some new mixed-media jewelry-making techniques using resin
and see what I could do.
I wouldn't say that this most recent batch of resin projects
was successful. In fact, I'd have to call them "successful failures" in that I
didn't come away with any nice-looking resin pendants and earrings, but I did
learn a whole lot about what not to do when it comes to using resin for
|These two bezel pendants illustrate what NOT to do when using resin for mixed media jewelry-making!
your sealer dry completely. I should have seen this one coming. But, being in a
hurry and working on a deadline, I decided to put my sealed papers into the
frames and pour my resin in before the sealer was completely dry. Resin and damp
paper do not mix well together, and it totally destroyed the patterns on my
fancy papers! Not good.
in a warm room. Living in upstate New York, we have some chilly mornings. I
discovered that when you pour resin in a cool environment (under 70°F) not only
does it take longer for that resin to cure without a UV light, but I also
noticed more bubbles in the resin that stayed there after the resin cured.
resin on a level surface. I figured that my dining room table would work nicely
for pouring resin, but I was wrong. I had no idea that the table was actually
slightly tilted, which made my resin slide over one side of my pendant bezels.
resin slowly. Okay, so resin is NOT like working with metal clay where it dries
out in about three seconds. You can take your time when pouring resin, and you
should. Pouring your resin too quickly can make you overfill your bezels, and
if you aren't pouring on a level surface (see point number three above), you'll
end up with a lot of sloppy resin over the edges of your bezels.
||I called this glitter and resin filled bezel a "successful failure". The resin part didn't exactly come out how I had planned, but I can still use it to perfect other resin techniques.
using glitter, you CAN add too much sparkle. I thought some glitter might look
lovely mixed in with the last of my resin, so I poured in some sparkly black
glitter that I found at my local craft supply store. I poured on the sparkle,
thinking that more would be better. What I discovered was that adding too much
glitter effectively blocked out everything that I wanted to see on the bottom
of my bezel. On a bright note, however, I can now test my techniques for making
rounded domes on these pendants the next time I mix up a batch of resin!
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Have you tried using resin in your jewelry-making projects yet? What are your questions about using resin? Do you have any tips for others who are starting out with resin? Leave a comment and share your questions and tips here on the blog!
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