Make Resin Jewellery for a Second Income

The number of beautiful examples of jewellery made from resin castings have been displayed in shopping centres around the world. They have graced the covers of magazines and have even been purchased by celebrities. The new technologies of resin casting have made it possible to produce resin casting that appear just like real amber, jade, and turquoise.

 

The home-based artist has driven changes within the industry, and new resins have been developed with the home based artist in mind. These new products are safe and easy to use, and the quality of the product that they produce is life like. What this means to crafters everywhere is that the art of jewellery making is now limited only by your own imagination. Artists are free to craft unique and dazzling pieces that are drawn from their own creativity.

 

With the development of new resins came a plethora of new colours that surpass those beautiful hues wrought by nature. Artists can now create their own centre pieces, pendants, stones for earrings, necklaces, bracelets and bands. Thanks to the easy to use products that allow artists to create their own moulds, jewellery artists are now able to create original and unique pieces. This means that the current trend is being developed right in your own home. You no longer have to wait for commercial manufacturing to catch up to what’s hot. You can simply make it yourself.

 

TIP: Online shopping can help artists save a great deal of money which will allow them to earn more profit or purchase more materials.

 

The entire concept of manufacturing your own products, creating your own moulds, and running a jewellery based business is also new. The elements needed to empower the individual have finally come together and created an artistic boon.

 

The ease and operation of web technologies has allowed artists to establish themselves via their own websites which easily become a store front. Online sites like Etsy also allow artists to sell their designs. The burden of cost has been reduced to the point that not to try your hand at following your dreams is worse than if you tried and failed.

 

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A Guide to Resins:

 

Within the industry, there are three main types of resins that artists use for casting. Those are polyurethane, epoxy, and polyester resins. The most commonly known are the polyester resins which have been used for the longest but have found disfavour with the home-based artist because of the noxious odour produced by the MEKP catalyst that is used with these resins. The new and much easier to use resins are those that are mixed at a ratio of 1:1. Mix part A with part B in equal amounts, stir and you are done. The best part about these resins is that they are not only safe they don’t produce that noxious smell of older resins.

 

Epoxy resins are new and have found a growing following because they are easy, safe, and there is no obnoxious odour. CrystalCast is one of the best of the lower cost brands because it produces high quality castings with a reasonable translucency that works well for cast jewellery. CrystalClear is another resin that is popular for its water like clarity. Both resins mix at a 1:1 ratio, but CrystalClear is perhaps the resin that is the most bubble free.

 

Polyurethane resins are the newest resins that have been developed. CraftCast White is probably the most popular of all the resins for casting. It mixes at a ratio of 1:1 and offers artists the bonus of time. It requires only 3 minutes to set and can be removed from the moulds in as little as 10 minutes. It is also safe and user friendly. Its mixed viscosity is very near that of water which means that it is able to pick up and hold many fine details from your mould.

 

Choosing the right resin for your project is critical, but the benefits to the artistic process do not stop with resin choice. There are so many coloured dyes and pigments available now that artists can create their own custom colours for their projects. Add embellishments like metallic powders or mica powders and you can create active creations that are full of fire.

 

TIP: If you are new to resin casting, start with a few of the pre-made moulds. When you are used to the techniques of casting, try to make your own moulds. The benefit to home-based businesses is almost always the quality of the piece made combines with the uniqueness of the art.

 

For those of you who want to create your own moulds try CraftSil which is a silicone based product that is easy to use and low in cost. Being able to create your own moulds means that your art is only held in check by your imagination. Run wild and be creative.

 

For beginners, we suggest using a Resin Jewellery Starter Kit which will contain everything you need to get started. Jewellery making is a fun and very rewarding hobby. Click here to obtain kit prices and availability.  There is an opportunity to make money from doing something that you love.

 

Stan Alderson

 

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Save Money & Make your Moulds with Latex!

 

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Latex rubber is the cheapest mould making rubber to buy. Unlike silicone and polyurethane rubbers also used for mould making, latex rubber must be brushed on to your model in layers, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next coat.

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How To Make Mosaics with Stained Glass

Making MosaicIt is only recently that stained glass has been used to make mosaics. In place of the dull tones imparted by the previous ceramic and stone medium, mosaics have come to life with the brilliance and wide colour range to be found with stained glass.

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Cake decorating made easy

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Cake decorating, like any artistic activity can be very time consuming. This raises the conflict of how much time can you devote to it, if you are doing cake decorating as a business and hope to make it profitable. Even as a hobby, time is a precious commodity.

Recent advances in silicone mould making has seen the development of food grade cake decorating moulds, that enable you to decorate a cake to a professional level, in a matter of minutes.

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Amazing! Make Moulds in 10 Minutes with Mould Putty!

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If you are a crafts person, who wants to make unique parts and products and then easily duplicate them, you really cannot ignore using moulds to help you to create. They allow you to take your craft to a completely new level and produce any quantity of amazing customised products,  that will stun your customers and friends. Once you have seen what silicone mould putty can be used for, you really will wonder how you ever managed without it.

With putty moulds, you are limited only by your own imagination.

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How to Make Faux Stone by Colouring Concrete

How to Make Faux Stone by Colouring Concrete

Adding colourants to concrete can be a terrific way to create unique pieces of art or home/yard décor items. Concrete lends itself to many extremely versatile landscaping projects such as creating faux stones, stepping stones, and even paving stones.

If you are interested in garden statuary, than you can create many artistic statuary projects using concrete and moulds. Feel free to add some colourants to your wet concrete to give the piece a new uniform shade, faux rock look, or just to be unique.
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How to etch glass in 3 minutes

 

 

HOW TO ETCH GLASSIN 3 MINUTES

The good news for artists who are interested in creating the frosty look of etched glass is that the process now takes about 3 minutes of time. The six step process begins with the use of glass etching cream. The process is not only easy it is safe. The results are treasures that will be loved by your family for years. The best part is this process fits easily into any home hobby.

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How to make a faux amber with resin

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Resin jewellery making is fun. For months I tried to replicate faux amber jewellery and found my greatest difficulty was in matching the colour. Because that is the secret you must get the colour right to make it difficult to detect from the genuine article.

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How to Make Photo Jewellery

How to Make Photo JewelleryWhat kinds of photo jewellery can you make?

There are a lot of different types and styles of photo jewellery. Amongst the most popular styles are photo pendants, photo rings, floating pendants, photo bracelets photo brooches and charms.

In addition to jewellery there are also photo keychains and photo dog tags to name just a few ways of personalizing every-day items.

Photo jewellery is easy to make and can be produced overnight with the use of glass clear resins, that permanently seal and protect the photos within the jewellery.

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The Art of Bottle Cutting

Bottle art is both an enjoyable hobby and a creative outlet that produces some amazing works of art that are both beautiful and practical. Considering the green anthem reduce, reuse, and recycle, bottle cutting allows you to focus on the middle portion by finding a new use for a resource that would otherwise be thrown out or recycled.

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Consider some of the popular projects that can be created by using a bottle cutter and old wine bottles. Mobiles and wind chimes are perhaps the easiest projects to create. More intricate projects might include turning a bottle or jar into a lamp. The reality is that you are only limited by your imagination. Larger bottles can be cut, and hinged to create keep-sake containers, aquariums, terrariums, vases, and almost anything else the mind can think up.

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