Saturday, 29 September 2012

Resins to be cheerful

Ok so it a bad pun but love the song  ( remember Ian Dury and the Blockheads)  and I have been happily playing with resin mostly trial and error with the help of some you tube videos mostly American where they like to make cute things agghhhh

 Dhu I did realise this photo was so out of focus. In some of the videos they used Chocolate mould with and without a realising agent (what ever that is no one ever said !) well I can tell you they stuck and I had a devil of a job getting them out and ended up recking the moulds but all is not lost because I like the heart shape so much I made my own mould :) but because the the finish of then are dull when you remove the resin it has a dull surface.These are still to be finished

The circle is UTEE topped with the resin and the cabochon my biggest failure I'd experimented colouring the resin with Pan Pastels but the result was far to opaque so used the rest in the leaf mould and it took ages to cure, the lady which looks very pretty  also didn't work to well  it's a bamboo tile which has rounded edges so one drip too many and it was straight over the edge  and made a mess might try that one again some time
Here I tryed adding different things , a stamped image sealed front and back with mod poge before being  stuck in and adding the resin, the pendent has pearl powders and bizantia looks nice ing the flesh, then 2 bottle tops a heart and a plastic type fabic bow that one took longer to cure as well.

A few of the finished and nearly finished items .
So far my favourite for colouring the resin is  perfect pearls or adding torn tissue coloured with inks but I do seem to get more bubbles when I  do that .
Sorry  I am rambling a bit so here's my finding and please feel free to email me if you want to know more I might have the answer lol

  1. It takes long to cure than you think
  2. Before it is fully cure you can take it out of the mould a manipulate the shape ( gonna try that with some wings when I get a mould)
  3. Glossy mould equal glossy finish
  4. Something lose there colour eg holographic foil and some gems
  5.  You can use blister packaging but only once (unless you know what this mysterious releasing spray is)
  6. Al way seal paper unless you want it to go translucent
Now for my finale and favourite piece which I'd like to enter into the Happy Days Challenge Steampunkery 


Cheryl said...

oh wow Hun these are amazing oh I adore these to bits,especially love that feather and that lady, brilliant work Hun,hugs Cherylxxxxx

craftattack said...

What a great ideas you had, they look so nice, and the steampunk one is wonderful. Glad you had fun playing! Valerie

Julia S-W said...

Wow, these are fab! I saw an article in Craft Stamper a while back and meant to try it but never bought the stuff. I know you don't think they're all successful but to me they look fantastic. A very inspirational post Von.

Anonymous said...

Hi Von. Wow! these look fabulous. I remember ID. Definately reasons to be cheerful looking at these! Have a wonderful weekend.
Regards Florence x

Suze Bain said...

I honestly think these are all fabulous Von - clever girl! xx

Deborah said...

I saw this in Craft Stamper but was put off the curing times. You obviously have more patience than I - and have been rewarded with some fab embellishments. I wonder, do chocolate makers use some kind of safe spray? If so, it might be worth looking in Lakeland or other cook shops.

Alison said...

Thanks for sharing these Von! I bought some resin ages ago, but still haven't tried it! Lol! Your results look great, love the steampunk piece!
Alison xx

Julia S-W said...

Me again. A while ago, the hugely talented Ana at:

nominated me for a blog award called Child's Shoe Blog Award. It's essentially a method of increasing the footfall through your blog and someone recognising the creativity of your work. I've finally done my post and I've put your name down as one of my five nominees. If you pop over to my blog you can read about it.
I'd love you to include yourself as I always enjoy seeing your work.

Brenda Brown said...

Looks like you've been having great fun Von.
hugs {brenda} xox

sam21ski said...

Fab samples Von

Sam xxx

butterfly said...

Wow - amazing experimentation to create a whole stashful of wonderful pieces! Your steampunkery final piece is sensational (are those the tiny watch parts?). Fabulous!
Alison x

Netty said...

Loving all your wonderful pieces Von. Thank you for playing along with us at Happy Daze, Annette x

chrissies said...

These are all fantastic Von and it is clear that you are really enjoying making them.

The Steampunk one is amazing--wonder what you will make with it?

Thank you for explaining about the pieces.

Love Chrissie xx

hazel said...

Wonderful resin pieces Von. I bought some resin a couple of years ago and yes I haven't used it yet - I will do one day.
xxx Hazel.

Christine M said...

Von I think the spray is just a cooking spray like PAM.
Love the pieces so far.

Craftyfield said...

Not sure I am ready for resin as it looks a bit difficult, but the end result is great. Plus it sounds like you had fun (in between tearing you hair out).

Buttons said...

This is such a brilliant idea and I love your finished pieces. Glad you are recording the good, the bad and the downright frustrating to inform the porcess in future. Thanks for sharing, hugs Buttons x

Julia S-W said...

Haha third visit from me! Having seen the last piece in real life, I can say that it is absolutely gorgeous! So lovely to meet you too on Sunday Von and hopefully we can do it again sometime.

Sue said...

Von these are amazing, even the pieces you arn't happy with look wonderful to me, and your steampunk piece is beautiful! x

Li'l Pidge said...

Von, Love your resin makes. I have been playing with resin again recently, the release spray can be bought in the baking aisle of cookery stores.

I have used silicon icecube moulds from poundland very successfully with resin, they release the resin easily.
I love your oblong piece, can I ask what you used as a mould?