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* origami paper resin necklace

Posted on August 8th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry, Resin.


Another finished resin necklace! I gave it to Becket for her birthday. It’s a piece of origami paper embedded in resin, molded in a pill box (originally shown here). I’ve been having a hard time keeping my resin stuff from being sticky unless I sand it, which makes it cloudy instead of nice and shiny and clear unless you go crazy on the polishing. So this time I sprayed it with a gloss sealant, which seems to have done the trick. I glued a little slice of clear tubing to the top with E6000, and threaded it on weed-whacker line. I could not find tubing *anywhere* at the store. I had to buy some other beads that used the tubing as a spacer. I really like how it looks, though, and the E6000 is my new resin glue of choice.

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Here’s a zoom of the clasp. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before: I just threaded the line through a magnet clasp and melted the other end into a ball so it won’t pull through. It worked great, finished the sharp plastic edges, and seems very strong.  It’s also very easy to shorten so Becket can choose a good length for her.

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I just love the way it turned out. Definitely will be making more of these!  In fact, I am visiting Becket right now, and we spent the day in Japantown where I bought a bunch of new papers. :)

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* new resin molds

Posted on February 20th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Fun with Lab Supplies, Resin.


Testing out some new molds.

Candy molds take 2, including the owl and buttons from my previous post and some vintage ones my sister got me for Xmas.  The vintage ones and the hard candy button one were the clear winners, since both popped right out without destroying the mold.  This one has a lace cutout in it.  It’ll be a necklace, I think.

The owl and little buttons had to be torn out of their molds, but at least they worked.  I’m going to try some sort of mold release next time to see if I can avoid destroying the mold.

I don’t like the sickly green color, though. :/

The orange turned out better.

Pill box.  It’s one of those circular ones with a segment for each day of the week.  Piece of origami paper embedded.  This one might be my favorite since it’s the most wearable.  This mold worked great; I didn’t even have to put it in the freezer.

Weird ice cube tray I found at a thrift store.  Actually, I just used the caps; the tray itself was these long tubes.  I have a couple more funny thrifted ice cube trays that I’m saving for later.  These ones are embedded buttons with thumbtacks to match my new corkboard.  I also did a few colored disks to mess with for rings or something. Not happy with the mold; they’re still all sticky for some reason, and there’s a leftover residue.  I also broke one manhandling it out of the mold.

Little plastic case from a free sample from Origins.  I’ve also seen them at the Container Store for travel.  Embed is a big white button.  I’m planning a set of different white embeds in this size to use as knobs for my dresser.  This one also worked really well, which I was expecting since I have another one in a different size that worked before (apparently I never posted a picture, though).

Other molds that worked, but were too plain to bother taking a picture of: cubes from a freezer box and triangle from a multichannel pipet basin, both free samples from lab.  I have another style of pipet basin too, with sharper corners, that I might try out next time.  Not sure what to do with the results, though.

Things that didn’t work: little plastic domes from a seed germination kit.  I had to tear it off, and the resin reacted with the plastic to make a weird frosted effect.  Double fail: the embed I tried was a piece of thicker, shiny paper.  It didn’t saturate uniformly and looks pretty bad.

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* candy molds for resin

Posted on January 24th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Resin, Wants.


I’ve used candy molds before for resin (scroll down to the dogwood flower with plastic embed).  In that test, it did work, but it destroyed the mold in the process.  Luckily, a whole sheet of candy molds is only like $2.  Different plastics are also likely to react differently, so even if it melts into a puddle of plastic goo, $2 per experiment is also not too bad.  Anyway, this is all just my half-hearted justification of buying some molds from Bake It Pretty.

I’ve wanted to try to make buttons ever since I started with resin, so the button molds were the “have to have it” item. I mean look at them.  (Picture from Bake It Pretty’s candy button tutorial)

I got the button lollipop molds too, which are on the larger side and are also more heat-resistant plastic.  Annnd, I got some owl lollipop molds.  I’m thinking owl necklaces for everyone.

And I might have also bought Blythe a cupcake-topper phone. :)

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* resin book reviews

Posted on January 9th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Review, Resin.


If craftlog resolution #1 was more inspiration posts, craftlog resolution #2 is resume book reviews.  (p.s. I’m still looking for library-website-creating tools if anybody can recommend one.)

I’m collecting ideas before I buy another container of resin.  It goes bad in 6 months, so I have to accumulate enough ideas and motivation to use it all up in a timely manner.  Besides trawling the web for inspiration (i.e. the jewelry section on my shoplinks page), I’ve been looking for good books.  The Seattle library system has a weird selection mostly consisting of manuals for molding resin grapes for your ’70s coffee table, so that was a dead end.  These 2 that I’ve bought are pretty good, though.

My favorite book is Sherri Haab‘s The Art of Resin Jewelry.  It’s got a nice variety of easy projects and a good introduction section with techniques. This is definitely the better introduction-level book since there are projects I could do right away without special molds or equipment.  The style is also great, very modern and fun with only a few really ugly ones (hello polymer clay sparkle flowers, ugh).  The projects lend themselves to customization, too (i.e., embedding patterned paper).

The Art of Jewelry: Plastic and Resin by Debra Adelson is more advanced.  There is an intro section explaining techniques, but when it comes to the projects, they are more complex than in the other book, and there’s not a lot of detailed direction.  It’ll just say something like “use the carbide burr to shape the ring.”  Um, ok?  I guess once you know your way around the saws and files and dremel tools it’s pretty obvious what you’re supposed to do, but it makes the projects definitely more intimidating for a beginner.  The projects are generally pretty cool, though, and it’s a great book to start building skills beyond the basic poured resin projects.  I bought the book for the “resin” part of the title, but the “plastic” projects are neat too, especially the acrylic ones.  I definitely want to get some acrylic to play with.  Seems like the easier way to get comfortable with my jeweler’s saw.  The book also has a nice variety of gallery projects from artists.

One problem with all the resin books is that there are several types of resin and it gets confusing and overwhelming for a beginner because the books try to cover everything.  Instead of trying to figure out the best one to use, I ended up just finally going with whatever resin crossed my path first (thanks Ariel!), and then looked at just that section of instructions.

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* resin necklaces

Posted on December 27th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Resin.


Yay, guest posts are fun.  Since Becket started her own blog, it’s nice to have Amy add some of her creations from time to time.  Virtual craft night.

My sister asked for necklaces for Christmas, so I went rummaging in my resin bits drawer for ideas and ended up making one for my mom too.

This one was molded in a piece of tubing.  I sanded the ends to be sort of rounded and even.  I think I need to either get one step finer sandpaper for the last step, or coat with gloss or something to get them shiny.  I drilled holes in either end using a dremel tool.  Unfortunately they were too big for the headpins I had, so I added the beads, which I ended up liking more than if I’d just used the headpins.  Twisted ends into little loops, attached chain, done.  It looks pretty good on, but I can’t help thinking that it needs something else.

Another 2-layer cube like my yellow one.  I sanded this one all over because I like the way it kind of mutes the color.  Hole dremelled and threaded on weed-whacker line.

For the clasp, I threaded both ends through 2 beads that fit pretty tight.  Then you can put it over your head and still adjust it to whatever length you want.  The picture has the ends fastened with knots, but Radha noticed they were poke-y after wearing it.  Turns out that melting the ends until they balled up worked great!

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* resin miscellany

Posted on May 25th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Resin.


Last of the resin for a while, I promise.

Bezel cups. The first one was colored with a bit of fluorescein, a dye that glows under blue light. I haven’t had a chance to test it yet.

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Weird little mold that was originally filled with Hello Kitty stickers. Blythe-scale lime jello.

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Another little guy and some tiny erasers I’ve had since I was a kid.

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Center of my paint palette filled with buttons! Not sure what to do with it.

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* hardware store resin

Posted on May 23rd, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Resin.


More resin bits, these ones made using stuff I found at hardware stores. For more hardware inspiration, check out Hardwear by Hannah Rogge. I got it with my brand new Seattle library card last week. It’s got some clever projects and neat connection techniques.

Most of these follow the template of 1 find some sort of ring 2 tape the back of the ring 3 fill with colored resin. I’ve now tried lab paper tape and packing tape, and I didn’t like either; they leave too much sticky residue on the resin. Also, some of them leaked. More experiments needed. Most of these are probably destined to be necklaces.

hose clamps

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Washers. The cork one is my favorite.

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rubber band. I’m going to play around with this idea more, I think.

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* googly eyes resin magnet

Posted on May 20th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Resin.


Another goodbye present,this one for my teaching partner of 5 years. He totally randomly came across craftlog by accident by googling googly eyes the other day. I glued magnets to the back using E6000, which I think is not actually the right glue for the job (epoxy instead?) It is awesome and creepy.

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* sciencey resin jewelry

Posted on May 19th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry, Resin.


I wasn’t kidding when I said I had half a container of resin to use up before moving. I’m going to drag out posting everything or else it’ll be a huuuge entry. Oh, and I am now living in Seattle, so any local peeps who might like to be craft friends, drop me an email. I have to say I’m liking the scene here so far; in 2 days, I’ve randomly stumbled on a big street/craft fair, a weaving supply store with a ton of roving and other goodies, and a quilting store with a reasonably good selection. Also, several indie designer shops.

I am upset to move away from my craft night buddies, though. I made resin jewelry as goodbye presents for everybody.

All scientists love graph paper. In fact, over dinner at the last craft night, we had an entire conversation comparing brands of engineer pads and lamenting the discontinuation of our favorite brand of rectangle-gridded paper (immortalized in resin on the bottom left). Very sad. The nonscientists in the bunch thought we were crazy. :P These were molded in a paint palette and then I dremel-drilled a hole in each one and added a jump ring to make necklaces. The ones with numbers are funny because some of them turned translucent in the resin so the numbers from the back show through and make little weird looking patterns (top row middle, for example).

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These are more 96-well plate molded plugs. Amy had some great deep-well plates that I used for the larger ones. Tinted with pastels and also dremelled for necklaces. They look really cute on.

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One of the plugs sanded down and glued into a bezel cup, then to a ring blank.

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Other lab-related ones I didn’t give away:

Molded with part of the lid of a 96-well plate. You can even seen the little numbers embossed on the lids. I had a few other experiments with the lid, but they failed spectacularly. I like the effect enough that I’ll probably try it again, though. Looks like a lego, but it a little curved because of how I had it squished into the little mold.

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Molded inside lab tubing. I am really eager to see how these look as bracelets and necklaces.

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* finished resin jewelry

Posted on April 26th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry, Resin.


Here’s how I finished some of the resin pieces I’ve posted lately.

Glued to ring blanks

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1 layer clear, 1 layer yellow pastel, dremel drilled (I need to practice, obviously) with 4x fishing line

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screw eye plus contact case molded and pastel colored

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