New Resin Pendants!

I decided to use up the last of my resin pendant supplies. Maybe people will like these pendant, buy them, and give me enough money to buy more bezels. I want to add a line of bracelets, earrings, and rings. But I can’t afford it at the moment. You guys can help me ๐Ÿ™‚ Go visit my Indiegogo Project (here) or buy one of my pendants directly (here) ๐Ÿ™‚

Glitter Resin Pendant

Glitter Resin Pendant

Glitter Resin Pendant

Glitter Resin Pendant

Glitter Resin Pendant

Glitter Resin Pendant

So what do you guys think? ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have a cool color combination that you would like to own, donate to my Indiegogo campaign. You get a custom piece (pendant, earrings, bracelet, or ring) and don’t have to pay for shipping! Isn’t that a great deal! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Resin Jewelry Tips

So I finally made a new batch of resin pendants ๐Ÿ™‚ This means that all of you are in luck ๐Ÿ˜€ I will finally give you the tips about resin that I’ve been promising you from the creation of this blog ๐Ÿ™‚

Supplies

All the supplies I use are pretty cheap (being broke makes you very creative).

1. Buy disposable medicine measuring cups in bulk. If you pour resin often it will be a whole lot easier to just throw them away instead of washing them (trust me on this). You can buy decently priced ones on amazon, here.

resin measuring cups

2. The sticks I use to mix the resin are drink stirrers I bought at Dollar Tree. Just wander around and see what would be comfortable and easy to use for you. The pack I have are long, and plastic. To be honest I think anything will work, as long as you don’t use it for food later on.

Resin Stir sticks

3. I use a thick, old, wooden cutting board and an octagon Silpat under the pieces I’m filling up with resin. The Silpat is great. It’s normally pricy but my dad found one at Goodwill for a fewย  cents (I love that place!). The cool thing about the Silpat is that resin will not stick to it, so even if you spill you can just peel the spill off when it sets ๐Ÿ™‚ If you don’t want to spend the money (which I don’t), just find a level board, old cutting board, whatever you use just make sure you don’t mind ruining it. Resin will spill and set. It is impossible totally wipe up resin.

resin set up

Resin

4. The resin I use is EasyCast Clear Casting Resin. I think there may be better option out there. It’s hard to get it to cure completely solid (I’m working on a remedy and will let you know ;)). It sets fairly fine, it’s just not glass hard. The price is fantastic though with a 40% off coupon at Michaels so I can deal with it ๐Ÿ™‚ This is the best, biggest tip that I will ever give you: Warm up your resin! Take a bucket or something, pour warm water into it, place your resin bottle in in and leave it until the bottles are warm to the touch when you take the bottles out.ย  If the bottles are cold, it will not set properly!

Warming up resin

5. Along the same lines as the previous tip, make sure you let your resin cure someplace warm. Mine sit on the kitchen table, by the heating vent, and this is still not always enough. The ideal temperature is between 75F and up apparently. This is why your resin will cure a whole lot better in the summer.

Randomness

6. If you’re embedding anything in the resin and need to glue something in (or seal paper), I suggest using Mod Podge. White Elmer’s glue looks dark and a bit weird under resin, in my experience.

7. Wearing gloves while working with the resin may be a good idea. If you get any on your bare hands it will feel a bit weird. I’ve heard that some people can get rashes from it (after all resin is chemicals).

 

Now if you don’t feel like attempting your own pieces anymore, you can always buy them from me ๐Ÿ˜‰ Click here. Or help me expand my business and donate to my Indiegogo campaign here (you get a custom piece of jewelry and no shipping cost!) ๐Ÿ˜€

Making Jewels

So I promised to show you guys a new experimental project I’ve been working on. Its been a few weeks since then since I am lacking motivation :/ Better late than never, huh? ๐Ÿ™‚

So here we go…. revealing…. my resin jewel pendants!!!

resin jewels

I normally only use resin in bezels, but I decided it was time to experiment with using molds some more. I was also bored so I decided to see what would happen if I added glitter…. and acrylic paint ๐Ÿ™‚ I discovered that glitter works great. You do have wait for the resin to get thicker before mixing in the glitter. Otherwise it settles to the bottom (which becomes the top when you pop out the resin from the molds). To make the pink one I just sprinkled some glitter over the top of the mold and let it settle.The acrylic paint made the jewels a bit soft, I think I put in too much. It also isn’t a look I like. I’m talking about the red ones by the way.

The only problem with making this kind of pendant (or one of the problems now that I think about it :P) is that the come out matte. Like the picture below. downloadSee, no shine. To fix this you have to brush on a thin coat of resin. Then they look like the top photo. Tip: Stick the brush you use in rubbing alcohol. Let it sit, then rinse off in water. That way you can reuse the brush (anyway it worked out fine for me) ๐Ÿ™‚

The next hurdle to tackle with these is attaching them to a necklace. The plastic things I used to make the molds had a hole running through them but the mold broke there on most of these. So I have some with holes running through all the way, some that have holes that only go halfway, and some with none. I think I’ll buy bails that I can glue on the back at some point. The ones with holes running through are no problem, I just need to attach a jump ring.

The ones with half a hole are a bigger problem. Supposedly we have a dremel somewhere in the garage. The problem is where? ๐Ÿ˜› I may never see it…then again maybe I will, things sort of appear in a handy place eventually at my house ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh well, we’ll see what I end up doing with them ๐Ÿ™‚

New Viking Knit Resin Pendant Necklaces

I have a new product up!! Told ya that I was doing something with my summer ๐Ÿ˜€

I have two new viking knit necklaces up. This time I figured out a way to add my signature glitter resin pendants ๐Ÿ™‚ You can buy them in my store.

Viking knit necklace blue and pink The weather still sucks here so the pictures are pretty terrible ๐Ÿ˜› Still looks cool though, huh ๐Ÿ˜€

Viking knit necklace pink and tealThis is the second one ๐Ÿ™‚ So buy them now!! ๐Ÿ˜€

I still have some more projects brewing ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just have to wait for them to finish curing. Very soon I will be able to show you guys ๐Ÿ™‚ Until then check out my shop ๐Ÿ˜€

Any ideas for what I should do this summer? ๐Ÿ™‚

New Products Up!

I have a new line of products up on Etsy! I also added a promotion to some of my existing pendants. Read on to see what I’ve done ๐Ÿ˜€

I decided recently to add-on my polymer clay creations ๐Ÿ™‚ Luckily I now have some free time to do this.

I just posted some veggies ๐Ÿ™‚

Polymer Clay Pickle, Tomato, and Eggplant

Sadly I couldn’t make the photo’s any better. Which is strange since I used a new fancy camera ๐Ÿ˜ฆ They really are cute though, so you guys should check them out ๐Ÿ™‚

Also bow ties are cool!

Polymer clay Bow tie

I plan on adding more polymer clay pendants, but first I have to think of what to make ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway I also added a FREE item to most of my glitter pendants. They now come with a colored wire necklace, like this:

Midnight Glitter Pendant with Necklace

I just love this pendant ๐Ÿ™‚ The wire necklaces are all colored and I tried to match them to the color scheme. You can also, of course, use them with other pendants. I really like the necklaces actually. Most wire necklaces tend to float above my collar-bone and just look strange. This one’s made with thinner wire so it sits well around my neck ๐Ÿ˜€ I really suggest that you guys check these out ๐Ÿ™‚

Does anyone have any requests for my polymer clay pendants? I could use a few more ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

My Etsy Store

I thought that I would start out by showing you all what I decided to start selling on etsy back in August. I had fallen inย love with making resin pendants and despite having some difficulties with them I thought I would try to sell them. I recently started my first year of college, and I need income. So does everyone else, but this was my take on it. I have tried finding a part-timeย job but that is really hard to do in this economy. This is especially hardย if you have no experience, like me. I was hopingย that I could sell my pendants to make some extra cash but it hasn’t been going well. People view them, even find them through a google search but despite liking them no one wants to buy any from me. I keep them more than reasonablyย priced. My pendants are probably some of the cheapest out there right now, and they’re cuter too ๐Ÿ™‚ but no one wants to spend money on them. Oh, well I’ll keep trying. Maybe posting them on here will help me ๐Ÿ™‚

So here we are. I think that I will startย with my favorite.

It reminds me of a night sky. I can just see a flying saucer (or a TARDIS ;)) flying through.

This one looks amazing inย person, my photo’s don’t do any of these justice. It has many small green and gold glitter flakes. Mixed in are larger turquoise glitter.

This is another one of my favorites. I love how it’s striped, not the easiest thing in the world to do and I’m still working on making the glitter stick. Despite that it looks pretty cool.

I have others on my etsyย store. I love them all. I wouldn’t make something that I wouldn’t wear in public and I have discriminating taste on things like this ๐Ÿ™‚ Check them out and let me know what you think. It’d be even better if you bought something instead ๐Ÿ˜‰

One of these days I’ll do a tutorial on how to make these, or at least give some tips on making resin pendants.