Saturday, January 10, 2009
Using Unconventional Items for Resin Molds
If you search any website or craft store which sells resin molds, you are bound to see the same ones at each shop. I like a little variety in my jewelry making projects, and I don't want my designs to look like everyone else's. For that reason, I often make my resin molds from unconventional items.
One of the items I love to use for resin molds is the pre-molded plastic packaging you often see on a myriad of items in regular stores. These are terrific because you can find all sorts of sizes and shapes, many of which are perfect for resin projects. Because the packaging was not originally designed for resin projects, please keep in mind that you can only use each mold one time. Be sure to plan accordingly if you need several pieces for a project.
Plastic packaging (For the project shown here, I used packaging from mini Christmas ornaments.)
Mold release spray
Resin mixed according to manufacturer's instructions
If your plastic comes in several sections, cut out one section to be used for your project. Be sure to leave a rim around the outer edge of the packaging so you can easily lift the item.
Using a soft, lint free towel, wipe out the inside of the mold.
Lightly spray mold release into the mold and let dry. After this dries, if you notice small spots left by the spray, wipe these off with your towel. If you don't do this, these will transfer to your design and you won't be able to remove them later.
Pour resin into the packaging and add prepared embeds or photos as desired. To remove air bubbles in the resin, circulate a heat gun over the top of the resin. You will see the bubbles pop as they are zapped with the gun. Use caution in doing this, though. If you overheat the resin, it can cause problems in the setting of the resin and it also can melt your mold. Let the resin cure.
Once the resin has cured, use scissors to snip away at the outer edges of the mold. Use your hands to tear away what can't be cut with scissors.
And there you have it! Your completed unique resin project made from your own mold! Enjoy!