Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Resin, Watch Parts and a Naughty Secretary

So you all know I've got a disease - yup, I compulsively buy every bead and jewelry book ever published. What triggers my disease is usually a project in the book I can't resist.

My latest trigger is Jennifer Perkins' the Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girl's Guide to Handmade Jewelry. I just had to try the Secretary's Delight, a bracelet made out of resin. Well, I had to try the resin - it just looked like fun! (Jenn has a how-to on her blog.)

Resin is harder than I thought, literally. Even though I put three coats of mold release on my mold, I had to use a hammer to get some of my resin pieces out of the mold. Didn't hurt the mold or the resin cabochons. Here's my first try using teeny tiny watch parts:

Only one problem with them (besides having to hammer them out of the mold and that the ripped pieces of paper look like a used tissue) is I can't decide which way should be "up."

I like the depth in the ones above but the first picture is the "right" way. Which way do you like?


Anonymous said...

At least from the pictures, the top picture I can see the pieces better. That is very cool. I've been playing with resin too.

rosebud101 said...

I like the depth of the second one. It's sort of like seeing things in a different light. There are new things to discover.

Deb said...

I like the look of the right side in top ones - maybe that is just because they seem to pick up the colour that is behind them better though.

They're great anyway & it looks like a fun book.

angelinabeadalina said...

I like the view in the top picture best, just because the smoothed edges look like they belong on the "front." How hard is it to get the watch pieces to float where you want in the thickness? Maybe you can make them deeper in relation to the smooth "front" side? Bet that's easier said than done, though! Either way, they are really fun to look at!

Jennifer Perkins said...

Your resin pieces look awesome! I have trouble with things sticking to molds too that I why I love using ice cube trays because you don't need mold release and your resin pops right out (as long as you get the right kind of plastic tray). Love the watch bits.

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Tammy,

The resin is fun and I took Jenn's tip to use just a tad more catalyst than called for so that they would set up well. My goal the first time around was just to make them non-sticky! I succeeded :-)


Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Rosebud :-)

I like the depth in the 2nd one too. The cab "should" be the other way but I wanted depth that the first time around I didn't quite achieve. Next time!


Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Deb,

Jenn's book is fun and Jenn is a genius when it comes to making jewelry out of anything - if it's cute and quirky, Jenn can make it into jewelry and the book shows you how. Really. Truly. It's. Awesome!


Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hey Angela,

You're right, the smoothed edges are supposed to be the top. I wanted depth but didn't achieve it because I was impatient. I should have made one layer and let it set up like my fellow blogger, Carmi. But I didn't. Too impatient, I wanted to make them fast and see what they'd look like - I couldn't wait!!!

What am I two years old waiting for Santa Claus?


But then you know that already ;-)

Are-We-There-Yet-inly Yours,

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Jenn,

It was kind of fun to hammer them out of the molds so I don't regret that grin! I did use your tip to help the resin set up nicely and not be sticky (sorry guys, I can't give away a tip from Jen's book, we all know that's her paycheck :-)

I'm gonna use the ice cube molds the next time.

Thanks for stopping by, Jenn!


Amanda said...

I definitely like the top picture, gears-up, the best. I really love gears, though.

Resin looks fun to work with, but from what I've heard, it can be a pain.
...Hammering a mold might be a pain.
I think these look nice - they look like they'd make fabulous earrings, if you ask me.

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Amanda,

Thanks for commenting. Hammering the mold wasn't bad - a few taps and pop the pieces come right out. Resin is a bit messy and I really should have worn rubber gloves but now I know :-) The watch parts are cool - each one can be seen in the resin. They're something different to add to my glass art beads.