In preparation of an upcoming event in May, I am working hard to build the inventory. Check out what I have been working on!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Glitter makes a girl go crazy! I love using glitter in my rings and other projects I tackle. I will be working on some sets for the first time. Matching ring, bracelet, and maybe earrings. I will be donating a couple sets to different auctions, and I'm really excited about the project! I will however have to tone down the colors and amount of glitter I use, while attempting to appeal to the auction audience. Wish me luck! I will post pics, soon!!
Now I will be on my way to the kitchen to start stage 1 of some rings and 1 trial bracelet. Don't worry, I have a separate marble top counter where I do all of my resin casting, I also make sure to have the window open to ensure lots of ventilation. Remember...just because you don't necessarily smell the resin, does not mean that it's not there. I have to remind myself of that too. I also have to remind myself to always protect all surfaces I am working on. If the resin spills...it really spills! I does not come out of clothing!! I know from experience! Just take the extra step to cover everything and put on an apron or old t-shirt.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Here are some of the rings that I made in honor of St. Patty's day for my cousin and her friend!
Ya like? Some were resin and glitter based, while others where a 3 stage casting process.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
You have created your resin pieces and pushed them out of the molds, but they are rough around the edges...literally! I have outlined below a great way to sand down your pieces to the smoothness you desire. Pics above help too!
1.) Buy a pack of mixed grit waterproof sandpaper. (You can get these at any home depot or the like)
2.) These packs have assorted grits from 220 (very fine) to 600 (ultra fine). This is the type of paper that you can use in water. Why would you want to use the sandpaper in water you ask? Using a shallow pan of water like the one above helps keep the tiny resin dust from getting in the air and into your lungs.
3.) I found that if you cut a small piece of the sandpaper and wrap it around a nail file you can maneuver it with great ease, then when you are done you can dispose of the used sand paper grit. Cutting the paper down will help you to save the areas that go unused for your next project. I have had the same pack for a while now.
4.) Try different grits and see which one give you the outcome you want. I use the 220 because I like to sand down the sides pretty good.