Anything from candy to bugs!
I started making bug pendants 5 years ago.
I love working with resins you can have so much fun.
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Do as I say not as I do.
Make sure you're wearing clothes you can wreck just in case you wipe or spill resin on you.
I've not used gloves. You REALLY should.
***Open your windows*** or even better do this outside.
More industrial resins should be used outside and with gas masks as fumes are toxic.
When you're using molds it's best to invest in a spray release. This will help prevent from you saying nasty words and getting mad when you can't get your pendant out.
You only need to spray REEEEEAAALY lightly. Like.. you don't want any big old droplets in the mold as the resin will go around it and you'll have big ol' nasty bumps in your pendant.
If nessisary take a cloth and spray it and wipe the mold.
You want to consider before you start about how much resin you'll be using.
You'll need to set THREE different layers and each layer needs time in between. Which means you need to make THREE seperate batches.
Think of it this way, you got a foreground, a middle ground and a background.
Each layer is about a third of how thick you want the pendant.
Allow each layer to set before proceeding to the next. This can be a few hours between.
Here I am measuring out ONE of the solutions in the kit...the hardner.
Resins are created through a chemical reaction of two solutions. One will be the catalyst.
***Always read the instructions as each resin varies on how to use.***
I'm using Envirotex Lite. In this case it's a 1:1 ration.
So if you use one ounce of one, you use one ounce of the other.
Aaaand mix for at least two minutes.
It's SUPER important not to rush this step as if it's not mixed right, it aint gonna set right.
Now three things will probably happen when you do this.
1) It might feel if you hold the container that it's getting warm. This is normal since it's a chemical reaction taking place.
2) Air bubbles will appear. We'll talk about this later. Don't worry about them keep mixing.
3) It'll get milky in colour. Keep stirring this will go away.
Allow to cure for 24-48 hours.
You should be able to literally just POP your pendant out of the mold.
Use a drill with a small drill piece for your hole an add your metal piece for hanging your necklace.
Drilling tip.. have it on a soft surface so it doesn't create too much pressure when drilling to avoid breakage. ( you can see mine chipped a lil here)
You can sometimes buy polishing solutions if you want your object more shiny.
Depending on your resin here are some ways to help get rid of them.
I mentioned in another tutorial blowing on the product Envirotex lite which is a polymine hardner or using a blow torch will make the bubbles pop. It's the CO2 in this case that makes them pop.
Polyester resins and polyurethane resins: One you mix your chemicals together tapping for a few taps the container on the bottom can help clear some out. OR when you are pouring hold the liquid high above the mold (several inches) and allows the stream the become very thin while you are pouring, bubbles will pop as the stream should be too thin for the bubbles.