Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Putting the Gloss into Resin

I've been bitten by the resin bug this week. In particular, the marbling bug. When I'm marbling, I look for a mould with a large surface to show off the marbling at its best and I didn't have to look any further than my big chunky wedge ring with the lovely flat top - it was an obvious choice!

But you can't just wear your ring straight after you've cast it. There's work to be done.... like trimming it to shape with a sharp knife.

And then sanding it to a smooth finish.... always with water to catch the fine resin dust.

A well trimmed ring won't need much sanding but there will still be resin powder in suspension so you have to keep rinsing off the white paste to prevent it from scratching the surface as you continue to sand.

And you need to rinse off the sandpaper frequently too so the paper doesn't clog up. When it starts to look like this with the grit flaking off, it's time for a new piece of sandpaper.

And the final step is the polishing. Marbling is seen at its best when the surface is highly polished so that means micro polishing with ultra fine sand papers. I work my way from 1500 grit all the way up to12000 grit. It's a lot of extra work but the high gloss finish is worth it!

So here are all the rings I've made this week - almost every colour of the rainbow!

This is the coolest ring shape ever - I just love how well it shows off the marbling. What do you think?

'Til next time.....

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Resin Jewelry Making ebook - A Book Review

Personalised jewellery is all the rage at the moment and I know that many of you are eager to use resin to make your own but don't quite know where to start. If that sounds like you, then the topic of today's post is great news for you!

Have you heard that there's a new ebook about resin jewellery making available from Amazon? And if you act quickly, you can get a copy for free!

Resin Jewelry Making by Katherine Swift of Resin Obsession is a great resource if you're just starting out with resin. I know that resin seems scary and it has a reputation for being difficult to work with but with Katherine's guidance you'll feel like you're taking a one-on-one class.

The Resin Jewelry Making ebook is an uncomplicated guide with simple, clearly written instructions. Along with Katherine's tried and true tips for getting great results, Resin Jewelry Making takes an in depth look at topics ranging from the basics of working with resin, how to choose the right resin for your project and troubleshooting when things go wrong. The book also includes a projects section with some easily achievable projects which are a great jumping off point for your own further experimentation.

Whether you’re new to working with resin or whether you’ve dabbled with resin before, you’ll find Resin Jewelry Making a handy resource to refer back to again and again.

So if you'd like to take the plunge and dive into making your own designer-style resin jewelry, head on over to Amazon before midnight on 9th December (PT) and download a FREE Kindle edition before it returns to its regular price of USD$7.99!

'Til next time.....

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