April 24, 2017

Plans in the making

 Back to making shuttles. I had to review my tutorial to remember how to make this. It's embarrassing. I broke it drawing it from the mold but not worry, it's completely fixable. I planned to dome it in layers to give it more substance, so it wasn't that much more to use the resin to glue it back together. This sudden urge to make shuttles stemmed from me offering to make a pair for a friend from work who's daughter just learned to tat.
I will need to make new molds for the post style shuttle but for now I thought to cut out blanks and shape those. There's a lot of sanding I'm not fond of doing to get these into their correct shape.
 More of my Wish.com molds came in and I went to play with them. This is a tubular pendant mold that was supposed to be a hexagon shaped one. I made a clay pokemon heart and dropped it in. I need to remove some off the top to make it even to finish this pendant.

 This tile just needs to be domed and a bail added. I like the wintery feel of this piece.
I got it in my head to make some water globe styled pendants. I was inspired by watching so many videos on aquarium nails on YouTube. So far, it need much work. This would probably work better with UV resin, but I do have that gallon of epoxy resin that is so near the end that I have to use up. Actually, I wanted to make a tatting shuttle with the floating glitters in it.

This pendant arrived damaged. The glass cover came unglued. I will make a mold out of the emptied pendant then put the little glass hearts back in and fix it. I will of course have to pick up some more silicone from Wal-Mart to make the molds.

I put off making molds because the smell from the silicone is so strong. I suffer from asthma so this had made it incredibly difficult to work with both the resin and make the molds. I don't have enough Oyumaru to make anything but tiny pieces.

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.