Monday, June 4, 2012

What's New Part I

It's been a while since I last blogged. I've been busy making my resin snowflakes and a few other pendants out of resin and polymer clay. I find it easier for me to post pics on my Facebook page than blogging.

Here's a few pictures of polymer clay pendants I've made over the past few months.

I ended painting gold over the turquoise

To be continued...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Valentine's Day Resin Hearts

I received a silicone mold with four designs, and I really wanted to test out the heart shaped one. I'm so happy that I poured these with Amazing Casting Resin. These make the perfect bezels!!

 Valentine Kisses

Bezel filled with Amazing Clear Cast. Now I wait for these to cure.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Michelle Jordan

 I feel so lost... I am going to miss you so very dearly. Thank you for all the encouraging words and for believing in me and my passion for polymer clay and resin pendants & jewelry. I love you my dear friend. Rest.In.Peace.

This was one of your favorite pieces I created with polymer clay, wire, and pearl ex. You never did email your address so that I could have sent it to you. See you over the rainbow one day my friend. I love you Shellebelle. <3<3<3

Friday, November 18, 2011

Resin Snowflakes

I really love the way these turned out. I found that Facebook offers a store front. I'm hoping to get one created this weekend. I've already gotten a couple requests for these snowflakes.

***I made more of these snowflakes but with Amazing Clear Cast resin which I happen to like much better than Easy Cast or Envirotex Lite epoxy resins.  This snowflake I created using Amazing Clear Cast. I know one cannot tell the difference in the photographs between the three products, but if you were to compare the three up close you would be able to tell that Easy Cast and Envirotex Lite has a little bit of a yellow tint to the resin.

UPDATE (Thursday, June 7, 2012): I've been learning a lot about resins. I have recently learned that when buying resins that one should always check that the hardener hasn't turned yellowish. If the hardener is yellow, that means that it has been sitting on the store shelf for some time. I haven't had any issues with curing the older resins, but if you want your pieces to look perfectly clear then don't buy what's left on the shelf if there's any hint of yellow. Since learning this I have again purchased Envirotex Lite that was not yellowish. Although, I really do like the clarity of Amazing Clear Cast, I cannot use the resin any longer. I had a severe allergic reaction to it. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Plastic Candy Molds & Resin

I was trying out a little experiment using plastic candy molds and epoxy resin. I wanted to see if I could use these less costly molds with resin. As you can see the snowflakes turned out nicely, however; removing the resin from the molds was not an easy task.

Now maybe plastic candy & soap molds do work with epoxy resins when a mold release is used. I failed to use any sort of resin mold release. I don't want to test out my other snowflake candy mold with epoxy or polyester resin since that's the only mold I have left. The cured resin pieces stuck to the plastic candy mold and do NOT release very easily and also NOT after sticking them in the freezer. I had to use scissors and pliers to pull the plastic and cured resin apart.

Here's a picture of the ruined mold...

I'm really reluctant to try polyester resin (I've read that it shrinks a little when cured) in the plastic candy/soap molds because there's a heating reaction that speeds the curing time. When I was mixing the polyester resin in a plastic cup - the bottom of the cup melted and spilled all over my working space. Thankfully, I had my working space covered up.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Craigslist Experiment

So a few weeks ago I thought I would post a few necklaces I made with my resin creations. I only made ONE post that included four necklaces with pictures attached. This is what my ad looked like:

I make resin jewelry.

$10/each pendant; cash only

Altered State Series & Tainted Heart Series resin pendants strung on an adjustable black nylon cord. Max length of cord approx. 14 inches.

Altered State Series - the colors are turquoise and flamingo pink - some areas where the colors blended the pendant appears to be purple. Two pendants available.
Tainted Heart Series - the color is turquoise. Two pendants available.

I can make the cord longer if needed. The Altered State Heart necklace has been sold - I'm showing it because the vibrant colors didn't show up very well in the other two pictures. 

This is the email I got today:

flagged & removed: 2501657872 (jewelry) Handmade resin jewelry

Your posting has been flagged for removal.
Approximately 98% of postings removed are in violation of craigslist posting guidelines.
Please make sure you are abiding by all posted site rules, including our terms of use:
If you need help figuring out why your posting was flagged, try asking in our flag help forum: Include posting title, body, category, city, how often posted, any images, HTML markup, etc.
If your posting was wrongly flagged down (2% of flagged ads are) please accept our apologies and feel free to repost.
Sorry for the hassle, and thanks for your understanding.

I don't believe I have done anything wrong, and I'm not going to bother posting it again. It isn't like anybody showed any interest by responding. I can't afford Artfire or Etsy at this time or I would have more than the two pieces I currently have posted on Etsy.