Resin: 1st & 2nd batches
So, I recently started messing with resin, mostly making small tiles, pendants and keychains. This was my first foray into the craft, about three weeks ago at the end of June 2009. I started with just one mold, which wasn’t actually a mold, but rather a flexible individual brownie pan. The tiles tend to come out a bit frosted with this mold, but it’s so much easier to get the pieces out, although I imagine for larger pieces or just through general use, the mold wouldn’t be stiff enough to hold its shape, but it’s great for these little pieces.
I used Castin’ Craft resin, a mold release spray, and a glass measuring shot glass that is now unusable, due to it being encrusted in resin. It was very sticky work, the first time, as I was too excited to wait on gloves.
First batch samples. A human skull, although I failed to realize you should only outline the image in black IF you intend to put a back layer of black resin. Also, I have since learned that on glossy images, permanent marker will bleed off into the resin, making a less than clear border. Best bet, in my opinion, is to put a black edge AROUND the picture (on the cut edges) and leave it at that. Get a paper cutter and a circle stencil and you’ll have a more or less even image. The penny helped introduce me to the bubble factor that comes into play whenever you add inclusions to a piece.
2nd batch samples. I was trying for some leveling effects with the wolf and cow pendants, trying to give them some depth. I don’t think I put enough resin between the images to make that depth really pop. The flower and the squares were some more experiments. With the flower, I was experimenting with a very dense layer of silver glitter, which I think turned out well. For the squares, I was trying a very thick pendant, with four layers, but it came out much cloudier than I would have preferred.
All in all, these early experiments were a lot of fun, but didn’t yield me anything I would consider frame worthy (or wearable). However, they have great potential for game playing tiles.