Oh goodness!

8 Nov

It was pointed out to me today (thanks Emma!) that I haven’t let you all in on too many of my secrets.  Okay, they aren’t secrets, it’s just how I work at getting each piece to a finish point!

I use a two-part, quick-setting polyurethane resin in to which I mix a variety of colour, some make it translucent, some are solid pigment which I can tint using the translucent dyes if I want.  I have limited colours at the moment, but each time I visit my wonderful Barnes store I get to choose a new one (or two!)  Look out for orange (Kelsey!) in my next batch of rings, bangles and pendants!

Once I settle on what colour/colours to use I make enough to fill both my ring molds and my cuff bangle, and a teensie bit more for a couple of pendants or adjustable rings.  This means that whilst each item is very individual there are matching pieces too.

Then I settle back and watch a tv show with my hubby – let’s make it a half hour sitcom as I can barely leave them alone long enough to set!  Usual once I see the silicone mould pull away easily from the resin I know my wait is almost over and I can demould shortly after!

I admire them for 10 minutes after I get them out, marvelling at the colour and getting a feel for each piece!  And I wait at least 24 hours before I start to shape with sandpaper and a mini file.  I start with the file and a de-burring tool to get the top edges smooth and even, then I use 3-4 grades of wet and dry sandpaper to smooth the whole item into one lovely soft-textured piece of jewellery.  This can take up to 2 hours per item, depending on what it is, how much resin was in the mould and how easily it came out, not to mention the look I am after for that particular piece!

So, that’s how I work, then all that’s left to do is photograph each piece to show you!

Now that my madeit store is up and running I need to decide on the best way to post them so I can get them up on my store too!

The rings are $30 each

The cuff bangles are $60 each

And my resin pendants are $20 each

Thanks for taking the time to read this epic novel! xo t

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