Beautiful examples of resin jewellery are on display in most shopping centres. The quality is so good that it is difficult to tell the real from the artificial. The real amber, jade or turquoise cannot be distinguished from the imitation gem stones.
|This commercial interest has been sparked by the discovery that the new resins that are being used to manufacture these artificial gem stones are safe and easy to handle. They are also capable of being used to make an incredibly wide range of fascinating and new looking jewellery designs.
No longer are artisans restricted to the limited range of colours found in nature but can actually set about designing their own gem stone material. New exotic shapes are formed in clay, moulds made with silicone and cast with resin coloured and/or treated with embedments derived from the imagination.
No longer have new designs to wait for the time or economic schedules of the large manufacturer. Small one-person designers are marketing new jewellery ranges, often taking advantage of the internet, to cut marketing costs and to get their ideas before the public.
This manufacturing and selling concept has never been possible previously. As described new resins and the internet has made it all possible. Exciting times we live in, for the person with some go in them!
A simple web site now provides the entrepreneur with a shop front to the world, at a very low cost compared with the older, slower and more costly previous methods of marketing. There is no excuse not to try a new venture these days. To fail can be heartbreaking, not to even try is inexcusable. The old excuse of high costs no longer applies.
We live in exciting times! New resins are coming on the market at a faster rate. There are three main types of resin used for jewellery, polyurethane, epoxy and polyester.
Easy mixing became possible with the development of two part resins mixed 1:1 equal parts of Part A and Part B.
Polyester Resins have been used for many years and give a clear glass like appearance when cast. However they have dropped from favour because of their unpleasant odour and the noxious catalyst MEKP which must be used. Polyester Clear Resin is still essential for the larger castings.
Epoxy resins are widely used, have no unpleasant odour and are safe. CrystalCast is the most economic, mixes 1:1 and is reasonably translucent. CrystalClear is water clear, mixes 1:1 and is probably the most air bubble free, clear resin used for jewellery.
Polyurethane resins are a more recent development. CraftCast White is the most popular resin. It mixes 1:1. sets up in 3 minutes and can be demoulded in 10 minutes. It is safe and very easy to use and having a viscosity similar to water gives magnificent reproduction of all detail.
Many dyes and pigments are available to give a wide range of colour combinations. Special effects are possible by dusting the mould with one of the powdered metallic or mica powders.
To make life easy for the beginner, resin moulds are in stock to produce bangles, cabochons, pendants and a variety of jewellery shapes to cover most situations. For the more experienced hobbyist or small manufacturer, MoldSil silicone can be used to make an endless variety of designs.
Making resin jewellery is so easy, that it is within the reach of everyone young and old. There is even a jewellery kit available containing everything you will need to start enjoying this rewarding hobby.
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