Learning as I go, and sharing what I know.

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A few posts back I told you about a new project I was trying–the resin pendants.  I was disappointingly unsuccessful with my first attempt.  It turned out to be quite a costly lesson between all the supplies and the time I lost when it didn’t turn out just right.  I was really determined to put my ideas into action though, so I tried again, but this time with some changes and thankfully, a better result.

The actual project is still a bit under wraps (stay tuned for the unveiling!) but as you can see from the picture, it involves these drawer pulls.  I used my original artwork to embellish them (embellish is such a QVC craft word isn’t it?  Ick.) and they will become an integral part of the finished product.

Many of you posted some really helpful hints and suggestions after the first round so I thought I’d share some of the tips that made this batch so much more successful.

  • This time I used Envirotex brand resin.  Much better than the Castin’ Craft brand I tried first which involved counting many drops of the hardener. (fortunately, Michael’s let me return it for a full refund with my receipt.) The Envirotex is the stuff they use to seal pennies or baseball cards under bars.  It’s also much less fumey.
  • Removing the bubbles is  a cinch with a blow dryer, or even better a lit match.  Ideally, you would want to use a blow torch, or one of those small kitchen torches.  The bubbles just sizzle right up!
  • Working in small batches is imperative.  I mixed up about 1 cup and before I could get halfway through my project the stuff was turning to rubber in the cup.  Only mix as much resin as you can use quickly and neatly.
  • Nail polish remover is great for clean up when the stuff is on your skin, or still wettish on your work surface.
  • Be patient, little grasshoppers.  It was a solid 24 hours before I had a smooth, hard, glassy surface.  The box actually says it will take 72 hours for a complete cure.

Thanks for all of your encouraging suggestions.  Keep you eyes peeled within the next week or so for photos of what I’ve been working on!

November 7th, 2008

7 Responses

  1. Looking forward to the official unveiling but I love your persistence and the idea of using your new designs in a fresh way.

  2. April says:

    Hey! Haven’t been here for a while.
    But, as luck would have it I arrive in time to see drawer knobs… which I’m in the market for for my kiddos dresser. Those are gorgeous!
    Hope you are unveiling a few sets soon in your shop :)
    Hope things are great!
    April

  3. Tia says:

    Oooh I’m excited to see the finished product.
    Envirotex is my resin of choice as well :)

  4. Thanks for sharing the tips. I can’t wait to see your new goodies!

  5. I always wondered about these items! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  6. KARIN SAMPOGNA says:

    HMMMMMM- SUCH A CLEVER MIND – WHERE DID YOU AQUIRE IT?!

  7. Thanks for the advice and time you spent writing it out. It will save all of use some heartache! :)

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