Today we have guest blogger Rachel Baron sharing her first attempt at resin. Enjoy! Jen
One of the creative endeavors I have had forever is Ice Resin. I bought a kit a couple years back with the idea of making a necklace for my cousin who had released her first EP. I figured a nice resin pendant with her cover art would be something she would love. And she would. If I would ever make it. Which I’m doing. Right now, with all of you.
First, I printed out a copy of the album art. Since I have an ink jet printer, I knew I’d have to seal the image. I also knew I had mod podge somewhere, but in the vortex of my supplies area, it was no where to be found. I did find some Vintaj Glaze Metal Sealer. However, this stuff was meant to be used on metals, not paper. But I’m a trailblazer, so I forged ahead and prayed it wouldn’t turn the image into a giant ink smudge. It didn’t.
Then, I had to carefully trim the image. Here’s where you learn a little more about me: I’m not a precise artist. I’m more of a mad scientist. To sit and carefully trim an image s-l-o-w-l-y is a creative torture. But I made it through–not perfect, but through. You can probably see that it was a smidge too wide to sit completely flat in the bezel, but I was afraid my next trim job would be a hack job, so I went with it.
Next was mixing the resin. The kit had these cool little measuring cups that have the fluid ounces marked. But since I am 40+ those little lines were almost invisible. So here’s a handy tip: make a couple of dashes with a Sharpie Marker to help you out.
The Ice Resin comes in a Part A and a Part B that you mix together. I squeezed the Part A of the resin, and thought, “Wow, this is thick stuff!” Then I realized I had to snip the tip off the dispenser. Who reads directions? I added equal part of the Part B, which is the hardening agent. Easy enough!
I stirred the resin for the required 2 minutes (see I did read some of the directions), and I have to admit, I was alarmed by the number of bubbles. I hoped they would somehow work themselves out, otherwise I would have a cloudy pendant.
Next, was time to pour. I did a little at a time until I got a feel for the viscosity of the resin. Then I realized the surface I was working on wasn’t quite flat! I tried to gently lift the paper I had been working on to move the filled pendant to flat quarters…and dumped the pendant–and resin– all over my shirt.
But a true professional never panics, so I just up and fled to my other work station and was able to salvage the piece. Somewhere along the line I lost one of my sandals, it was that intense.
The finished pendant turned out great, despite my goof-ups! There were no bubbles, as I feared, and it was incredibly easy to work with–once you follow directions and actually prepare yourself properly!
When I do more pieces (which I will, this was a practice run), I will do a few at a time. You have to mix at least a half ounce to get the Ice Resin to cure, and while that doesn’t sound like a lot, I could have easily made about 4 or 5 pendants out of that. The Ice Resin only will sit for 45 minutes, so you can’t save the rest for later.
Now that I have tried the resin, I can move on to one of the other myriad of supplies and tools that are haunting my work table. The only question is, what’s next?
You can read more by Rachel on her Blog
and shop for her beads and jewelry on Indiemade