Resin embedded magnets

I gave paper embedding another go, and I’m pleased I did! This time I used Modge Podge to seal the paper and Entropy Super Sap CCR Resin in a silicone mould!

 embedding paper in resin 
First step was to cut the circles to be embedded. I used a circle cut from wax paper to use as a guide of where to cut.

Then each piece was laid out on wax paper and coated twice with Modge Podge, before pealing off, flipping over and laying out on a fresh piece of wax paper to be painted with the Modge Podge again….. And again….

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Next each circle is pedalled off and trimmed, preferably leaving a small edge of dried M.P.

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Now for the embedding!

I greased the silicone mould by wiping it down with some spray oil. Then filled the cavities with about 5mm of the Fibreglass Shop’s Entropy Super Sap CCR Resin, and let cure. 

 embedding paper in resin  
embedding paper in resin 
Then I poured another 5mm of resin and embedded the pieces of paper, being careful not to trap air bubbles. 

 embedding paper in resin 
The following day the pieces were cured and could be removed from the mould.

I’m super happy with the results and will glue some magnets to the back with Clear Liquid Nails! 

 embedding paper in resinThere were a few marks where the paper wasn’t completely sealed by the Modge Podge, and the resin has seeped thru, but not a major ; ) (maybe 3 coats next time)

 embedding paper in resin https://www.fibreglassshop.co.nz

Resin necklaces

Found a cheap ice cube tray at The Warehouse for $2, and got creating! 

  
http://search.thewarehouse.co.nz/m/product/Necessities-Brand-Brand-Ice-Cube-Tray-Single?SKU=1589153

I used Super Sap CCR Entropy Resin from the Fibreglass Shop. 

http://www.fibreglassshop.co.nz

I didn’t bother to use a wax release and just got straight to it ; ) I filled each cavity about 5mm thick with resin and let sit for an hour. Then I placed each piece onto the resin trying not to trap any bubbles. I let that cure over night.

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  The following day I topped up each cavity with another 5mm of resin and let cure. 

With a twist of the tray each piece came out easily. I drilled a wee hole in the top of each piece and set them up ready for attaching the loop. I used a drop or two of resin to ‘glue’ the metal loop to each piece. 

I think they came up really nice and will definitely be making more

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Sandy resin bowl

Finished this cutie today!

I really love the look of sand in resin so will definitely be making more!

I used some empty containers as a mould. Cut the base off the larger bowl so that I could pour in the resin. I used silicone to stick the bowls to the ice cream lid base. 

Rookie mistake was to leave the label on the smaller bowl. This got stuck to the resin and needed sanding off once cured. 

The sand had been washed and left in the sun to dry before use. 

The resin I used was from the Fibreglass Shop. Ordered online and delivered the following day! Awesome service. (Would be nice if the safety infomation and instructions were included with the epoxy and it’s hardener, instead of having to print it off online myself.) 

I use Entropy Super Sap CCR Epoxy Resin. It’s easy to mix and quick to harden, and doesn’t  have the nasty smell that polyester resins have. 

http://www.fibreglassshop.co.nz/search?q=Ccr

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 resin bowl mold mould 
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resin bowl 
Not sure what it is worth so have popped it for sale on Trade Me ; )

https://touch.trademe.co.nz/listing/view/1026628089

My Resin Obsession

Well my creative efforts have lead me to resin! And yes, I now have a resin obsession! I’m not sure why I’m always interested in hobbies that are bad for my health and my skin!!! I am not going to age well : (

I have quite a collection of purchased and handmade moulds made from latex and silicone which I am playing around with. Everywhere I look I now see mould potential; ice cube trays, cupcake trays, cheese and cracker containers, plastic lids….

The discovery of resin was inevitable. Living coastally in New Zealand I am surrounded by so many other creative people, using the environment as their inspiration. I try to walk my dog every day in the bush or on the beach, combing for tiny treasures. So resin is the prefect medium for me to capture these collections.

Also, it results in a beautiful, light weight, durable product that I hope to market to the curious tourist  ; ) So much more potential than my previous efforts using plaster and concrete, whose market is somewhat limited!

After a lot of late nights researching resin and the range of uses I purchased my first can of Norski Kleer-Kast Diamond clear liquid embedding resin. I ordered it online from Total Body Shop, along with some white pigment. It arrived safely a couple of days later, and I was off!  www.totalbodyshop.co.nz

I found many helpful tutorials on http://www.resinobsession.com

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The resin is easy to use, using just drops of a catalyst to start the curing. I found a perfect mould to practice on, using the plastic containers the Dip n’go’s crackers come in. They needed 30ml of the resin and 6 drops of the catalyst. I didn’t use any release wax, and once cured I could simply cut a nip in the plastic and peal the mould away. I was pretty excited and should have left them to cure longer, so unfortunately got a few finger prints on the pieces ; )

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I have a small glass front fridge that I use for storing my work while it is curing. This helps prevent debris contaminating the pieces and also helps contain the potent smell!

You can see in the crab piece below loose sand that has set in the resin

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Some other things I tried was coating a kina I resin and using my silicone moulds to make a domed magnet, sandy beads for my Pandora bracelet and a cicada encapsulated necklace droplet.

 

My first attempts at resin!

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