So what?

This is my blog where I showcase my handmade resin jewelry pieces and offer information and tips on great ways to work with resin. Please feel free to email me if you have questions!

Why Resin Chica? My absolute favorite material to work with is Resin because it is beautifully transparent, gets fussy when not taken good care of, particular, can be molded and changed to adapt, and will stubbornly stay put until it gets it's way. Only certain people can work well with Resin. I am Resin Chica. (Yes I am also Free2bMommy) Resin Chica is my Sasha Fierce!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


I accidentally deleted the videos! Here they are again. Urgh! I hate that I have like noooo makeup on!!! I also hate that I had some issues with sound and picture being in sync and the videos not fitting on the blog correctly! I am working on it.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Feeling amazing!

I was included in one of my favorite blogs! - The 411 on Everything Glam!

Thanks girlie!!

Here is the link to the post!

This blog is awesome and really fun to read, plus all the pink makes me Luuuuuv it even more!

One of my favorite things about her blog is the awesome pics of the "eyes" with the different styles and combos of eyeshadows! I could never get my eyes that perfect, but its fun to dream!

I have finally started selling on etsy! I was selling myself short, by doing all of my transactions off-line and was not able to build my reputation on etsy. I do not have a bunch listed on there yet, but will be adding a bunch over the weekend.

If I make a special piece for you, I will post it onto Esty for you to complete the transaction that way!

Thanks for all of the support!

Resin Chica

Sunday, April 11, 2010

How to "seal" your decals for embedding

There are many ways to embed decals in resin. Some artists choose to buy a certain type of paper to print on, others may use preprinted pre-coated decals. My method of preference is to print the decals or pictures straight from my own color printer and then seal the decals and embed them.

Why would I need to seal the decals? If you place ordinary porous paper into resin, the resin seeps straight through it, causing transparency and picture distortion. Not good. When you seal the decal, you are preventing any resin from touching the actual paper, by forming a protective barrier.

The basics to this are simple...
excuse the unmanicured nails!! Its hard to keep good nails when you craft often.

Supplies needed- paper, scissors, Mod Podge or similar sealant, wax paper, and sponge brush.

Step 1
Print your preferred picture of decal on your printer. I can only speak for an ink jet printer but I think it should work with most.

Step 2
Cut the decal down allowing a little bit of white space surrounding the decal. This helps working with the decal easier without so much extra paper. I usually do many to a page in rows and then I cut across each row. This makes many rectangular pieces of paper which are super easy to work with.

Step 3
On top of your wax paper apply first coat of Mod Podge to front of decal. I suggest the 1 inch sponge brush because I like the way it applies and they are cheap, you may choose to use a different type. There are different Mod Podge finishes but I use the matte finish because once added into the resin, the resin creates a brilliant and shiny effect all on its own. That is why I love it!

I usually paint across the pieces only with a few brushes then I leave it to dry. I will appear "white" at first, but if your brush it as thin and evenly as you can, it will dry clear. Make sure not to over do it with the first layer, you don't want to over saturate the paper creating a "ruffling" effect.

Step 4
Once the first side is dry, flip the decal over and apply the first coat to the back, then allow to dry.

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 one more time for maximum protection.
It takes about 5 minutes to dry per side. Make sure one side is dry before flipping.

Step 5
Once all layers have been applied and are dry, cut down the decals to eliminate the extra white space surrounding the decal. Many artist use transparency when working with elaborate decals to prevent over cutting or distorting the image.

Before embedding I usually brush one last light coat of Mod Podge along the edges.

You can see an added "step" to my personal decal prepping...I'm soooooo classy!!!

All of these steps usually help to protect the decal, but it will be very obvious should the sealing not work.
I hope this is helpful! Let me know!
Happy Sealing!

Resin Chica

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Decals for embedding

This weekend I am working on using printed logos/decals from my computer and sealing them to embed into rings.

I have received 3 special requests involving company logos or favorite sports teams. This is my favorite project yet. I love custom projects and the artistic freedom that comes with it. Many times people will just send me a picture via attachment and I work with it to shrink it down and print for the embedding process. Many people think that custom jobs are time consuming and boring. I think quite the opposite. I love when somone give me a piece of inspiration to go on and trusts me to create an awesome original piece.

I am experimenting more and more, with resin dyes and layering techniques, that are a little more advanced then I am use to. Once you reach a certain level of "expertise" with resin, you can not help but want to take it to the next level. The possibilities are endless and it seems like the projects just get bigger and bigger!

I am going to see if someone can help me get some pics while I prepare the logo decal rings, so that I can share them here!

Resin Chica

Friday, April 9, 2010

resin rings (41 photos), by Danielle Orozco

I'd like to share my Snapfish photos with you. Click here to view photos