Oh, shells. I love working with shells. Most of the time it’s jewellery but this time around it’s jewellery holders.
I was given a bunch of shells from a friend (okay.. I asked for the shells after I saw they had a bunch from their beach wedding, but they didn’t mind giving me them!) And I couldn’t resist fancying them up with paint, glitter, and resin.
I made a base out of a sand dollar to hold them steady, as on their own they would just rock around. Between the sand dollar and the deepest part of the shell, these are pretty wobble-free.
I’ll be using these at craft fairs, when the season comes.
Bonus shell, a little piece of memorabilia for the friends that got married. A wedding photo encased in resin. This shell had beautiful details on the edge so I cut the picture smaller to show it off.
I’ve been doing weekly sales in my shop, this week I’m going with a new item, a photograph turned pendant made of a transparent image backed with shimmery white resin. I love this and have my own that I wear all the time.
You can get it here for $22 for the next week, on Tuesday a new item will be on sale!
FYI: This lighthouse is near where my wedding photos were taken! The lighthouse isn’t standing anymore sadly, but it’s a gorgeous place besides that, and it’s full of fossils so it’s super cool. Point Aconi, Cape Breton, NS.
Here they are, the finished pieces! All chained up and beautiful. I also finished the first few of my Cape Breton Island necklaces. I’m so pleased with how these look.
This one was made with a white back, but I added some shimmer to the white so it has a really interesting look. I accidentally over-poured just a tad so this one is mine :). I’m so happy with this photo especially because that lighthouse doesn’t exist anymore, and it’s where I got my wedding photos taken.
This one already found a new home, but I’ve got some others in the works to drop off at a friend’s store, plus hopefully I can show off these around town and find a few more shops to carry them!
I’ve had this idea in my head for ages and while most of the pieces I’m working on are curing upstairs, I couldn’t wait to share these almost finished pieces with you!
These gorgeous pendants are made using my own photographs and are my first try at Little Windows resin. Let me tell you, I’ll never go back to Crystal Clear after this! It’s a fantastic resin that makes me sad about all the pieces I’ve wasted bad resin on. Oh well, live and learn…
These ones are totally transparent as you can see, though that means the image isn’t showing up very well over dark colours… I’m trying a few more ideas so that I’m not doomed to wear white every time I want to wear one :P. I’m itching to get the others finished but resin takes time and you cannot rush it! So tomorrow I’ll get to take a look, flip them over, and finish the other side. Fingers crossed everything works out or I’ll be back to the drawing board.
I’ll be sure to update with the finished pieces as soon as they happen!
For anyone who uses resin to make jewellery or crafts, I feel like you’ll understand the urge to make your own moulds. To have something so 100% originally you, that’s a really exciting concept. But if you’re anything like me, you change your mind a lot. I wanted mould making mix for a long time, but didn’t want to drop the money on something I’d have to mix up, pour, possibly mess up and have to throw away.
Then I saw a video about Amazing Remelt, a one part mould maker. It sounded too good to be true when I saw it on youtube, but I bought it anyway. Turns out it works fairly well with only a small learning curve.
What you do is simply melt it down (either in the container it came in, or a smaller one if you only want a little), pour it into a plastic container over whatever you want to make a mould of, and let it cool. I’ve used tupperware containers and plastic drinking cups to sit my items in, and they both worked well.
- If you mess up a mould, remelt it and try again.
- If you get bored with a mould or accidentally rip it, remelt it.
- No mixing ratios required that you can mess up.
- Fairly durable. I’ve had to really pull difficult shaped pieces out and I haven’t seen any damage on my moulds yet.
- Good price when you consider you can use it repeatedly.
- Food safe and made in the USA.
- It says it needs mould release, but so far I haven’t needed it (which is great, because I paid a pretty penny for it once and accidentally threw it out when I moved, and haven’t brought myself to pay for it again :P)
- I’ve heard of the red dye transferring over to resin, but I haven’t had this happen to me.
- If you heat it up too fast and it bubbles, good luck getting those bubbles out. It says to skim them off the top but had difficulty even doing that. Be careful to heat it slowly and stir often! Thankfully the bubbles float to the top as the mould cools so the majority of them end up on what will be the bottom of the mould.
- Dust really likes to stick to it, but you can easily rinse it with water and give it proper storage/drying time before using it to reduce it.
Over all, I give this a 4/5. I definitely plan to pick up more so I can make multiples of my moulds. I purchased mine from Amazon.