I have been making jewellery for a very long time and have used silver, gold, precious- and semi-precious stones, fresh water pearls and paper but have started only recently with resin. and I love it. There are so many possibilities when using resin. It is messy and it takes time but you learn patience!
What I really love is mixing 'glow in the dark' with the resin. It looks fantastic when you move from the light into the dark and your jewellery suddenly lights up!
Step 1:Mixing the resin and different sorts of resin
Mix the resin with the hardener according to the manufacturers instructions.
When I use a resin which has to be mixed by weight, I use small electronic scales. If it has to be mixed by quantity I use a measuring cup.
There are many different types of resin and I have tried a few. Some of them make no- or hardly, any air bubbles, some make a lot!
Before I started with epoxy resin I had read a lot of tutorials and was expecting to see air bubbles and ready for them. However, there were hardly any air bubbles with the first epoxy resin I used, so I thought that I had done something wrong, but all the pieces came out beautifully. For the bangle that went wrong I used a different epoxy resin and was not prepared for all the air bubbles!
Step 2:Adding colour and glow in the dark pigment
Step 3:Layering the different colours
If you want to layer colours you need time. Each layer has to be solid enough to not mix with the next colour. If you hold the mould at an angle and the resin still runs, it is too early. I find it easier to do several bangles at the same time. When I have filled the bangle moulds with the coloured resin I want in them and realise that I have made too much of the colour, I use this to make beads and also keep adding different colours to these while I go along. By the time I have finished my bangles I also have lots of beads for other projects.
When you start with the first layer, put the bangle moulds at an angle. Make sure that you do not put the angle too steep and that the resin runs out. When you add the next coloured layer you can change the angle for each mould so that no two bangles are the same, unless, of course, you want them to be the same.
Once the moulds are full and hardened, which might take a few days depending on the amount of layers, you can take them out of the moulds and finish them off.
This is a personal matter but I do not like the high shine when they come out of the mould. To me they look too 'plasticky' for lack of another word. I like my bangles to have a matt polished sheen. To achieve this I use use sandpaper first and finish them off with bees wax. They feel completely different, not like plastic but more like polished wood!
Step 4:When things go wrong!
For this bangle I used a diamond shaped mould for the first time and a new resin, one that I had not used before. This resin created a lot of air bubbles, which I did not realise when I started! I should have know that things would go wrong because it is difficult to sandpaper and polish the diamond shapes without damaging the shape of the diamonds.
Anyway, as things would have it, it was full of air bubbles when it came out of the mould! I could not leave the bangle as it was, so after thinking it over for a while, I took out my Dremmel and started grinding the diamonds down including the air bubbles, which were mainly on the surface. After the grinding came the filing and the sandpapering and it took quite a while but the result was a very nice bangle! And also the 'glow in the dark' came out beautifully!
I do not like wearing a face mask but when using a Dremmel you have to wear one. Plastic dust was flying all over the place!
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