Since the start of the pandemic in March, I have been trying to set aside time to create. When I started to feel depressed, I knew it was time for me to get back in balance and to MAKE THE TIME. So, I blocked out a couple days on my calendar, cranked up the music in my office and allowed myself the joy of creative exploration.
Part 1 of this series of posts covers the first of the five new techniques I explored. Although I don’t have videos or tutorials on any of these techniques, and God knows when I will get to that, I think I can talk you through most of the critical how-to steps.
Part 1 of Exploring New Techniques with Resin
The technique for this collection of jewelry came about totally by accident. A friend had told me about a pure metal powder that was being used by polymer clay artists, so I had ordered some to try out with Epoxy Clay, a 2-part epoxy air dry clay.
I’m not exactly sure what I was doing, but I decided to use the pure metal powder with resin, like I would with PearlEx Powder. What I discovered is that the pure metals acted totally different, almost like an oil slick on top of the resin. It was silky and smooth and just dissolved right on the surface of the resin.
Click on each jewelry image below to see exactly which Nunn Design Findings were used.
Here is a quick and brief explanation of what I did to create this look:
- Clean Nunn Design Bezels with rubbing alcohol.
- Mix Nunn Design 2-Part Resin.
- Drizzle the mixed resin into the bases of the cleaned bezels.
- Scoop up a toothpick worth of pure metal powder. Place the toothpick over the resin filled bezel and gently tap. The pure metal powder will drop onto the surface of the resin act like an oil slick… oh such a beautiful thing!!!
- Let the resin cure. I think I did 12 hours, but I think you could do it sooner. The resin just needs to be firm.
- Mix another cup of Nunn Design 2-Part Resin and drizzle into the bezel until domed
SHOP THE SUPPLIES:
SHOP METAL POWDERS
Harryman Design’s was more expensive, but it is sold in a small jar. It was easy to open the lid and there won’t be as much waste.
Northern West Stuff
Northern West Stuff on Etsy sells pure metal powders within small bags. It was far less expensive to purchase and because of how they packaged the powders, it was less expensive to mail.
I initially thought it was difficult to access the powders and was concerned that a lot of the pure metal was wasted on the sides of the bag and on my hands. Here is what Steve and Cathy explained to me:
“We are aware that our packaging is more difficult to use than little jars. It was a conscious choice driven by our desire to keep costs as low as possible for our customers. To offset what appears to be waste left on the sides of the bag we actually ship 5.6 grams so that when a customer decants, they actually get more than the 5 gram bag that they paid for.”
Here is a teaser for what is to come! Visit Part 2 to see what is to come in this multiple part series!
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