I've got a pretty solid background now of playing with various resins.
It's alot of fun and you can create so many different pendants, rings and hair clips. Anything from candy, sand, pictures, bugs and dried flowers/plants.
If you have any questions I'll do my best to answer them if you message me about anything I haven't covered in the tutorial.
Do as I say not as I do.
Make sure you're wearing clothes you can wreck just in case you wipe or spill resin on you.
I've not used gloves. You REALLY should.
***Open your windows*** or even better do this outside. These fumes in the resin I used for this project isn't super bad but you NEED ventilation.
More industrial resins should be used outside and with gas masks.
These are a few of the resins I've played with over the years.
You can purchase some at most craft stores OR sometimes at DIY shops sell resins so you can create your own cupboard handles.
First you get your metal pendant.
Find your picture
(I've got mine upside down)
I line up where I want the photo and press it into the pendant.
This gives us an idea where to cut.
I cut JUST a smidge on the inside of the lines so it fits into the pendant.
Using white glue paint a layer onto the pendant.
This will keep it from floating when we put the resin in.
Put your picture on and do another layer of the white glue.
At this point you can add your embellishments. I've got tiny watch parts and words printed off the computer.
You can buy all kinds of things from anywhere they sell scrap book items.
Always use two containers. One for measuring and one for mixing.
I don't recommend reusing these so expect to chuck em. They are cheap.
Here I am measuring out ONE of the solutions in the kit...the hardner.
Resins are created through a chemical reaction of two solutions. One will be the catalyst.
***Always read the instructions as each resin varies on how to use.***
I'm using Envirotex Lite. In this case it's a 1:1 ration.
So if you use one ounce of one, you use one ounce of the other.
I find it difficult sometimes to see the lines on the measurements and marking your line also will ensure you measure the same amount of the second solution.
NOTE: I'm doing about 5-6 pendants and used an once and abit of each solution.
Pour into mixing container and scrap with wooden stick.
Measure them same amount of the second chemical/solution.
Aaaand mix for at least two minutes.
It's SUPER important not to rush this step as if it's not mixed right, it aint gonna set right.
Now three things will probably happen when you do this.
1) It might feel if you hold the container that it's getting warm. This is normal since it's a chemical reaction taking place.
2) Air bubbles will appear. We'll talk about this later. Don't worry about them keep mixing.
3) It'll get milky in colour. Keep stirring this will go away.
Once it's mixed you can pour into your pendants.
I've not taped around the edges which you can do to stop it from over flowing. I'm a moron and forgot. See what happens when you get too excited and rush?? sheeesh
Bubbles tiiiiny bubbles may appear.
With envirotex lite breath LIGHTLY onto the pendant after it's poured.
It's the CO2 in your breath that create them to pop NOT the force and NOT the warmth.
If you're not using envirotex and using a more industrial resin check out my other mold resin pendant tutorial for more tips.
And wash your hands.
And have a well deserved snack!!
Resins cure faster if it's warmer.
Most will set in about 3-8 hours. But you should leave them as they CURE in about 24-48 which means they are hardened as hard as they go.