Friday, April 19, 2013

What to Do When You Don't Mix Enough Resin - 3 Great Tips to Fix it!

Sometimes when you're mixing resin, you underestimate how much resin you need and don't measure out quite enough resin to fill your mould. Disaster! Right?

Well, you can make sure that this never happens to you. This video shows you one method to work out the volume of your mould.

But what do you do if you have miscalculated how much resin you need? Here's 3 ideas to try!

1. Top the mould up!
Mix more resin and try to match the colour. It's really hard to colour match but you might get close enough that no one will really notice the colour difference when you're wearing the bangle.

Chunky pink carved bangle that has been topped up with a slightly lighter pink resin to fill the mould

2. Use the colour blocking technique.
Top the mould up with a couple of contrasting colours of resin so it looks like you meant it!

Striped resin cuff in cream, pink and berry
Or you could do what I did with this one and work with what you've got!

3. Half-fill the Mould
The thing is, you don't always have to fill your mould to the top. With simple shaped bangles (with a flat surface) like the cuff below, you can get away with underfilling the mould.

Here's a bangle cast from one of my cuff moulds. It's a substantial 33mm across the widest part of the bangle.
Mandarine orange resin cuff

And here's another bangle, cast in the same mould, made by only half filling the mould.
Half-width resin cuff bracelet in marbled mint

It measures just 19mm across the widest part!

You can really see the width difference when they're alongside each other. 

Looks totally different, doesn't it!
Narrow mint resin cuff and wide orange cuff alongside each other

So it's not always a disaster when you don't have enough resin to fill the mould. You will have some extra trimming work to do to put the shape back into the top of the bangle but it makes your mould much more versatile when you can cast it in a variety of widths!

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3 Ideas to try if you haven't mixed enough resin inspiration sheet

'Til next time.....

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter Egg Cake Pops

If you love Tim Tams, then you'll love these cake pops! They are simple enough for children to make because there is no baking required and you can whip up a batch in no time at all. Shape them into Easter eggs instead of balls and you have a yummy and easy Easter treat. Here's how to do it.

The base of these cake pops couldn't be easier to make: all you need is a packet of Tim Tams and cream cheese.

Place the Tim Tams and 1/3 cup of cream cheese into the food processor and pulse until they are almost smooth.

Then use an ice cream scoop to scoop out evenly sized portions.

Shape them in your hands....

..... until they are egg shaped.

Refrigerate them for about 15 minutes to firm them up.  You may need to keep doing this whilst you are working the mixture as it is quite soft in warm weather.

Whilst they are in the fridge, mix a drop of food colouring into some cake decorating fondant until it is well mixed. Make as many colours as you like.

Roll the fondant out thinly and cut it with a small flower cutter.

Next, melt some quality cooking chocolate. I used Cadbury Melts Real Dark Chocolate buttons because of its rich chocolatey taste and perfect dipping consistency.

Push a cake pop stick into the base of the "egg" and dip it into the chocolate, then add a few fondant flowers in pretty pastels to decorate the chocolate.

What could be easier!

'Til next time.....

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