Guest Post by Judy Freyer Thompson
Yipee! I had the chance to play with Objects and Elements Doming Resin.
What to pour it in? I was in the market to make my own bezels, after asking question upon question, I was enlightened!
I started out with a sheet of copper and cut some pieces of pipe. Feeling a bit rebellious, I used ring shank pliers to distort the pipe. I ever so slightly etched the copper piece so as to add a bit of interest on the backside of the bracelet.
I soldered the bezels on, and decided the front needed a little something, so I placed some drops of solder on the perimeter.
I have a certain affection for old or broken jewelry. I visit thrift stores when I can and search for pieces that strike my fancy. I do tend to sway towards things blingy, although most of my work does not show it! I had some old rhinestone chain along with a broken rhinestone necklace. I left the chain in tact, it took a bit of convincing, but I was able to shape it to fit the bezel.
The time had come to mix up the resin. I decided that since the bezels were deep I would put a base coat of resin in first and allow that to cure. I was anxious to set the bling, but somehow convinced myself to be patient.
The resin mixed like a dream! The viscosity is perfect, and although really tiny bubbles formed when I mixed it, they all disappeared when I poured it in the bezels. It was not necessary to tap the piece on my bench or pop any bubbles. I left the piece to cure. I let it sit overnight, and since I have four cats and one dog (all of which liberally shed) I put the piece in a container and covered it lightly as to keep the fuzzies out. I love my animals, but don’t want them that involved in my work!
The next day I placed the components in the bezels, mixed up another batch of resin and poured it in.
To finish the bracelet off I punched a series of holes. I added some iron wire I had hammered, cleaned and coated with Renaissance Wax.
I had some resin leftover, so I filled a couple more bezels I had lying around, coated a small piece of scrapbooking paper, and seal coated a fantastic piece of rust.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for me working and playing with Object and Elements® Doming Resin. www.ObjectsandElements.com Now if someone can just figure out how to get a few more waking hours in a day….
Thanks for sharing your techniques Judy! Just fyi, if you want the rusty metal to look more matte just use 000 steel wool on it to knock the shine down...
For more great ideas from Judy check out her blog at www.judithfreyerthompson.com.
I haven't given away any of the overflowing stash for quite awhile so leave a comment to welcome Judy and I will randomly choose 3 winners! Linda