January 30, 2017

Supplies and games

I found a new website to purchase resin supplies. Okay not exactly resin, but molds and inclusions. I picked up a few molds and some dried flowers, and most recently, internal watch gears. Most of the inclusions were meant for nail art, but hey the work for resin as well.

I got inspired to make my own Pandora style of beads. Searching for this particular style of mold was not fruitful. I purchased a few random larger sized beads from my local craft store. I was going to make my own mold with these. Now the easiest thing to do was probably go buy at least 1 Pandora bead and make a mold out of that. I wanted a workaround. Those beads are really pricey! After making a mold out of a larger round bead, I realized that it was not the correct form needed for the hardware the P-style bead required. I put that mold aside and it sat there gathering dust in the mold drawer. Until I went back to the new website, Wish.com. They had listed bead molds made of silicone, for a dollar! I bought a few in different styles. The downside...besides paying individual shipping on EVERY single item you purchase, was the wait time. It took almost a month for the molds to arrive. Even though most were from the same seller, they shipped individually so they had different arrival times. I cast a bead with a sea shell in the bead mold I made.
I had to do a lot of sanding to smooth out the roundness of the bead. Then I used the bead mold I ordered from Wish.com.
These are a little bit larger than the bead mold I made. I over filled the mold just a bit, which caused a lip to form on one side of the bead. For now it gives it a little seat for it to sit on while I took the picture. The sanding on these will be minimal to non-existent once I learn where the limit line is for resin on this mold. I should have stabilized the white tatting thread in the second bead before casting. It went semi-transparent.

I knew micro bubbles were going to be present, the resin was cold when I mixed. The other mold I ordered was a candy mold. I liked the design and thought they'd make nice cabacones. I am going to have to hand paint the raised design then dome them to finish.

I have half a gallon of resin that is nearing the end of it's self life so I will be busy with random resin casting in the coming weeks.

April 13, 2016

I've been busy

While at my local Wal-Mart store, I found this silicone ice tray.
 I picked up to practice casting resin in it, just because it was made of silicone. When filled only a quater of the way, they made excellent tiles. I turned the first casting into pendants.

I think I may be able to cast my souvenir pennies/dimes from Disneyland in these and make "blocks" out of them. I'd then use those blocks to build the iconic Disneyland castle! A large and time consuming project but one that I think will be worth the effort. A much more dramatic display piece for my pressed coins. I can even add the photographs taken with the characters into it as "windows" in the castle. I'm going to have to pick up a few more of these ice cube trays to cut down the casting times at least. Assembly of the castle is another project in itself. Since we plan on going again for Halloween, I have to make sure to take enough coins to get the newest ones.

 I ordered a Disney mold from one of the Facebook forums I frequent. Originally I was going to make pendants or keychains out of these. I have to remember one of the golden rules of resin casting: Be patient. This mold is shaped to create a dome in itself. I forced the pictures in prior to the dome setting rigid and ended up with air bubbles in most of the pieces.

 This one was the worst of them. At least I learned my lesson. My sphere mold I made with window silicone is finally wearing out. It lasted for about twenty castings. Not too bad considering that the silicone tube cost $4 and I still have over half of it left to make more molds.

I finally took my first run at putting real flowers in resin. I think because the mold is so old, that a small amount of the tint from the flower petals seeped and ended up coloring the resin. I thought they were dried enough,but unfortunately they still needed another day or two to dry.

The second attempt left it very cloudy. I'm hoping that dipping it in more resin maybe clear up the haziness, but I honestly don't think it will make a difference. There was a lot of bubbles in the resin when I poured because it was cold when I mixed it.

 This little vaporeon in a bowl is part of my monthly Pintrest Challenge. This was a secondary attempt. I was working with clay and it triggers my asthma when it bakes, I made as many clay items as possible to bake it all together. This one is still missing it's flowers but it's mostly done.

February 24, 2016

Shuttle me away!...

I picked up some large bobbins while shopping at JoAnn's one week.
I was wanting a shuttle that would hold more thread thus reducing the amount of ends I would have to hide on my tatting projects. I tried "making" them fit my Aerolit shuttle and that poor thing snapped in half. Then I tried a metal bobbing shuttle and it was warped out of shape so bad I had to throw it away. The idea then came to make a housing for these bobbins out of clay and cast a mold for it to make it out of resin later. Let's just say, I wasted a lot of clay. Ironically, it was a broken Christmas ornament ball and another Pintrest roaming session that paved the way to a housing for these bobbins.

This ornament gave me enough blades to make 4 shuttles. The instructions (once again vague) just says to glue the bobbin in between the blades. Okay...first try..

These broke apart as soon as I started trying to wind the shuttle up with thread. Then I tried E6000 glue and that was even worse. I could not salvage those pieces. I was getting upset, I needed a strong bonding agent. Duh, resin! I used UV curing resin because I wanted to see if this would work better.

 One problem I encountered quickly was the forming of a large air bubble under the center post. I solved this problem by filling in the center with some more resin and then tilting the shuttle from side to side until the air bubble was pushed out.
Now attaching the other side was going to be a challenge on its own. The first one I just cut above the bobbin hole and dripped the resin in and cured it that way. This left it looking kind of ugly, so I added a sticker and domed that with more resin.
 This size on these compared to other shuttles I already own.

One thing I love about it, it's small shape. That's also one of it's downsides. It can be too small and I want to throw it when I tat with faster speed. To try to fix this problem, I cut the blades longer and that helped out a lot.

This one is much more comfortable in my hand. However, when I hold the shuttle closer to the tips, it feels like it's going to collapse. The ends snap back to themselves, so it's not a fear of them becoming sprung out. The center bobbin is large enough to give a solid base to hold onto it. Also, since this is a thin plastic material that was used, it will melt with high temperatures. I tried using a hot glue gun and the glue melted the blades. It may be a better idea to cut the blades, make them a bit thicker and mold that shape. Then they can be cast out of full resin and hold up to the temperature variations. I wasn't planning on selling these, the instructions are pretty simple to do. Then I realized that these bobbins may be a limited supply thing, I did pick them up on clearance. I made a short video and posted that to YouTube, but maybe I should make a few of these for sale. Let's see how they hold up before I do that.