I fancied making resin jewellery components years ago but for some reason decided that it was too hard although I am not sure why. I felt the old curiosity creeping back up just after Christmas so bought some Gedeo Crystal Resin. After it arrived I waited for a few good kid free hours, pulled out what I wanted to use in the way of embellishments and spent a few happy hours playing.
This will be a super photo heavy post so I will just explain after each set of pictures what is going on.
My jumping off spot was dried pressed flowers. Simple enough but I did notice that the colour in the blue and purple flowers ran a little in the resin.
I then wanted to see how alcohol inks would react in the resin. The first thing to note is that the colour of the inks (I used the Ranger alcohol inks) altered in the resin. They made pretty fun patterns in the resin though. The heart and the teardrop pieces is where I filled my mould with resin and then added small amounts of ink. The other 3 pieces are where I put the alcohol ink on yupo paper and then cut out shapes to put in the resin moulds. The inks still changed colour and made a few swirly patterns in the resin.
Now these are kind of why I bought the resin in the first place and is something that I plan on revisiting and trying again with. Have you seen those gorgeous resin and wood necklaces before? The wood is smooth and matt and the resin is glossy. I wanted to try to create something along those lines but with polymer clay. I baked the clay in the shapes I wanted and then filled with resin and gilding flakes. The resin was tinted with a green alcohol ink before pouring as I felt that the more yellow shade would suit the clay colours I used. The resin covered the clay too with the added bonus that it made the metallic bronze clay look all shimmery. They are far, far from perfect but they look kind of cool.
I was finding my feet now so attempted a faux dichroic glass affect. Soooo much fun. I have used Angelina fibres on one layer and then topped with resin tinted with black paint and black glitter. They look quite good in the photos but even better in real life.
I used the remaining green tinted resin to make these which simply have the green/yellow resin with gilding flakes on one layer and then topped with white tinted resin and crystal glitter. The only issue with some of these is that the resin set (probably because of the mould. I have 2 different types and this only happened in one of them) with a raised edge all the way around. Does anyone know if I can sand them down to make them less pronounced or do I need to top up with more resin?
I’m still trying to work out what to do with them but I have ideas.
The sun came out for these photos and I had fun playing with other experiments in the works. Did anyone spot anything else new?
The takeaway for the next time the resin bottles makes it out of the cupboard is that I need to learn patience and not keep sticking my fingers in to see if its ready!