Resin reviewΒ 

Hey everyone! Sorry I have been MIA, but I finally had a chance to do that resin review!! Just to catch you up in case this is the first time you are reading my post (thank you so much btw).

 One word that I will be using a lot is doming. When you done with resin that is the process to make a raised and rounded look on a piece.

So the last resin I had been using was called “easy cast. ( picture below)

I came across it at hobby lobby. I was super excited because it was a little cheaper then the other two resins that I like to use. So I figured you know I’ll give this a try. This resin has a one to one ratio, as well as having  to double stir.What I mean by double stir is you measure it and stir it and one cup then transfer it to another cup and stir  for an additional minute. 

With easy cast my items came out extremely bendy. When I would add colorant to the resin it felt like it didn’t fully cure with type of molds that I use I use molds that are thin,they are about a quarter inch thick. However with my deeper molds they hardened up just fine.

Demolding time 24 hours for a soft cure and 3 days for a full cure.

Pros: great for larger projects 

Cons: double mix, pigments alter the way it cures, horrible for doming.

The next resin that I used  is Little Windows Resin.

I absolutely love this resin, this was the resin that I had originally started using 2.5 years ago. It has a two to one ratio, low odor. For the bottles in the picture I paid $40, more or less.

You can de-mold pieces after 12 hours! That is crazy! It worked beautifully on my thinner molds. They were a little soft and slightly bendy but after a day they were completely solid.

Pros: demolding time, perfect for doming, pigments didn’t alter the way it cured. Non toxic.

Cons: two to one ratio.

Last resin that I used is ICE resin. 

This is another resin that I absolutely love!!!!  These bottles costed me $58 plus shipping. I have been using this resin for 2 years. (I’m very scared to try new things cause I hate wasting money if it doesn’t work.) This is a one to one mix ratio.

With this resin you can demolding your items after 10 hours, they may be a little soft, but that will go away in a day. This works well with my thin molds as well. The only thing that I noticed is if I used a liquid colorant vs a powder the curing process was effective. 

This resin is good for doming as long as you used a bezel.

Pros: demolding time, the one to one ratio.

Cons: liquid pigment alters curing time, can only dome with a bezel.
There you have it! This is my review on the resin products I use (I will not be using the easy cast again, since it doesn’t meet my crafting needs). Please keep in mind that this post is about my experience, and everyone’s may be different.

Small pep talk to myself (weekly update #6)

Hello everyone! First off I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that is following me on my journey navigating through trying to make my jewelry crafting into a business.

Over this past week i have done a lot of reflection. I have found that my ambitions and my wants to be a successful business entrepreneur have well, not been so easy. I do understand that it was going to be hard to start out, i just didn’t think that it would be THIS hard. My main goal was to see if i was able to sell my creations. What i have learned that in the past 6 months, what i thought (hoped) would happen, hasn’t happened. Thats OK, I need to keep telling myself this.

There are other reasons why you decided to start this journey! You wanted to try to break out of your shy, inverted shell. You wanted to be able to connect with people. Right now that is what you are doing, your putting yourself out there. Your putting a small part of yourself into your jewelry. Your reaching a small number of people with your blog posts. You have a Facebook page that is slowly getting likes. You have made a total of 4 sales. Yeah its only 4, But its something!

 

week at a glance (weekly update #5)

So this is going to be a super quick post.

 

Thursday: I created some new resin pieces.

Friday: i assembled some new necklaces. I put my application in the mail for the Caring4Kids craft fair

Saturday: I wrote out dimensions for some of my pieces to get them ready for etsy

Sunday: I posted up a few items on etsy

Monday: I went and got some fabric to make into a tablecloth for my area at the craft fair. I also grabbed some new price tags.

Tuesday: i got my official letter from Caring4Kids letting me know that I have a space with them this weekend!

Wednesday: I took the night off and spent time with my family.

That was basically my week.It doesn’t look like a crazy week on paper (uh screen :/ Β ). This doesn’t account for the hours i was at work, or cooking for the family, or when I had to run out to the store for something.

 

Have a great week everyone!