Saturday, 11 August 2018

Epoxy resin bangles Part 2

I had to write this article in 2 parts because I had some problems getting all the pictures where I wanted them. I forgot to mention that this bangle has lots of 'glow in the dark' pigments mixed with the colours!

Here are some pictures of the finished product:

Epoxy resin bangles

11/08/18 part 1

I have a whole stack of epoxy resin bangles which I am now in the process of finishing off. I don't like the shiny type of resin bangle - they look too much like plastic (which they obviously are). I prefer them filed, sanded and polished with bees wax to a high shine.

They feel completely different - they feel nice when you touch them, don't stick to you when it's hot. They feel more like, I don't know, it's difficult to explain, I suppose more like wax polished wood.

And they don't look like plastic, they look more like these hand made soaps you see, the ones that smell beautiful of all sorts of fruits.

Anyway, I prefer them that way but obviously it is a lot more work that just putting the resin the the mould, with or without dried flowers, dies or whatever, take them out when they're ready, sand them a bit when necessary and spray them with a resin spray.

These bangles take time, lots of time.

I take them out of the mould and starts grinding the top to get this level. Resin shrinks when it cures so there is always a bit of a channel on the top that you have to get rid of by grinding, filing and sanding. After this I sand the rest of the bangle, inside and outside. There may be some small blemishes to get rid off too. Because of the dust this sanding creates, you have to keep washing the bangle.

Does not look too bad..

but I found some tiny air bubbles on the surface which
were filling up with resin dust

So I had to file them away and sand this area afterwards again.
This may happen a few more times and every time you have to file
and sand them away!

When there is nothing more to find that should not be there
I put bees wax on the surface and polish it.

One part waxed, the other part still to be done!

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Monday, 9 July 2018

Making a multi coloured and \'glow in the dark\' resin bangle and how to rescue it when it goes wrong!

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Monday, 2 July 2018

Resin pendants

Today I have finished thee sets of three pendant each. I am really pleased with them. Whenever I had too much of one colour of resin I poured it into several moulds and kept doing this until these were full. The colour combinations look stunning. In some of the pendant I have also used 'glow in the dark'.

Sometimes it is good to make mistakes. With the bracelet I wanted to try out various layers of different colours but not horizontally. I made two huge mistakes: the first was that I used a small amount of paint. I wanted the resin to turn completely white. It would not have been so bad if the small particles had not been on the surface as well, but they are and you can feel them. My second mistake was, that I tried to correct some parts of the bracelet with more resin but it dried, leaving streaks of resin all over the bracelet.

In order to get rid of these runny streaks, I have to use a file and a lot of sandpaper to get rid of these, which left me with a very mat finish. I polished this with bees wax and I prefer this bracelet now to the previous shining one. It looks better and it feels much smoother on the skin.

Pastel colours.
3 x 3
In every group there are 2 vertical ones and one horizontal.
On this picture it is difficult to properly see the colours of
the two darker groups but in reality they look great..
The bracelet looks good now.
The light green, lights up in the dark!

Friday, 29 June 2018

Learning Patience!

I am a very impatient person but I am slowly learning  a bit more patience! When working with resin, I have realised that it takes time - time to stir the components, time to carefully fill the moulds, time to let it firm up and time to let it cure! I have ruined a few nice pieces with my impatience!

Here are a few pieces that still have to cure and I am itching to get my fingers on it!

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Giving hope with art

Had a great afternoon yesterday at the charity fair for the Krebsliga Beider Basel. It was organised by the Basel School of Business. It was a beautiful afternoon with lots of sunshine but it was nice and cool in the garden.

The house in which the Krebsliga Beider Basel is situated is a lovely old, large house, which has been beautifully restored to its old glory and when you are in the garden you do not realise that you are in the centre of Basel. The only noise you hear is birdsong, except the occasional helicopter bringing patients to the university hospital, which is just around the corner!

We were a really international crowd but I don't think there was a Swiss among the exhibitors. Also the people that found their way into the garden were international and when talking to customers you first had to find out which language to use. It was very interesting and I had some great conversations.

Unfortunately less people than hoped for came into this beautiful garden but I think we still got some money together for the charity and also helped pupils of the Basel School of Business with their project. 

Friday, 22 June 2018

Getting better!

I am not quite there yet but getting the hang of it and I have lots of ideas of what to do. I still have a few in the make, so further pictures are coming soon!