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Little Windows Resin How-to and Review – Part 2

Well hello there life! How are you doing? Oh, yea, pretty busy there, eh? Yes, I should know! You’ve been keeping me from getting the second part of this blog post up!

**My sincerest apologies for life getting in the way.**

So here is Part 2 of the Little Windows Resin How-to and Review. You can read the first part here: Little Windows Resin How-to and Review: Part 1

Now that my charms have set in the mold for 12 hours, it’s time to remove them!

**NOTE** one of the first things I like to do is give a light touch to each piece, just to make sure they are fully dry. On my last batch, I had one piece that took 18 hours to become mostly dry – I unmolded it and it was hard, but I was able to put a hole in it and sand it without any damage to the piece.

1. The molds are flexible. Take each end (the long way, and twist them away from each other. You should hear some cracking sound – it’s OK! It’s just the charm separating from the mold!

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Twisting the mold

2. Turn the mold over and begin smacking it on the table (open side down)¬†until the charms come out. Sometimes it will take a light tap, sometimes a little harder. Your pieces should be solid and have a little give to them. You do NOT want to push the charm out of the mold with your finger, or it can mess up your charm, becasue they are still soft at this point. If your pieces won’t come out of the mold, try sticking them in the freezer for a couple minutes, then twist the mold and smack it again.

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3. Put a hole in it! I used the hand drill sold by Little Windows to do this – if you have something similar, that should work (it may be best to do test pieces first – but if your ordering the resin, the hand drill really isn’t that expensive to add to your order). **NOTE** be sure you have a protective covering on your work surface! I actually have two sheets of cork board (the kind you hang on your wall) as a barrier so I don’t accidentally drill through my kitchen table ūüôā

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4. When you drill all the way through, turn the drill the opposite way to get it back out. There will be a few left over shavings on each side of the piece, but they can easily be wiped/cut away.

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5. Once the hole has been drilled, I like to give the back a light sanding to give it a nice finished edge. Some times, there can be areas of thin resin that stick up higher than the overall piece – these can usually be cut with a scissor or sanded away (I’m sorry I don’t have a picture). I used a very fine grit of sandpaper (I believe 1500 grit) and rub the piece in a circle 20-40 times. I usually keep turning the piece to get an even sanding on each side.¬† There will be a white powder all over the piece (and your fingers), but this easily wipes away with a paper towel.

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Wipe the piece gently with a paper towel to remove the sanded resin.

6. I used some ice pick bails I got on Etsy here to hold the charms. Start by opening the bail up, then attached it to the charm in front first, then close it in the back (a pair of jewelry making pliers works good for this step). As the charm is still a little soft, it will give a little and the bail may squeeze into the charm. I like to make sure that mine are secure enough so the bails don’t come out by themselves.

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There you have it! A completed charm! I also bought some wine glass hoops from this shop on Etsy to make them into wine glass charms (not shown).

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Have I mentioned that I LOVE this product?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! I do. I really do!

*~ Tips & Tricks ~*

After doing a few batches, here are a few extra tips I have that may help you out with yours:

  • Think about what you have going on for the day, or also the next day, to determine when you should start. My batch, using all 4 of the small molds, probably took about¬†3-4 hours, not including the 12 hour drying time, of course ūüôā Generally, mixing, molding, and removing bubbles took at least an hour. Once *dry*, removing from the mold, drilling, sanding, and adding bails took a couple hours. Since it’s harder for me to determine what time at night my charms will be done, I generally start them at night, and come back and do the unmolding in the morning.
  • For the 4 small molds, I ended up using 40ml of Part A and 20ml of Part B. This will *just* fit in the blue mixing cup. I also added a little time (30 seconds to a minute or more)¬†to the mixing/setting up time because I was making such a large batch – that is a suggestion from the creator, Fran (and could also be why I had that last piece not dry right away on my last batch). This amount filled the circle and square molds to the top, and filled the rectangle and oval molds almost to the top. I didn’t have to scrape the mixing cup to get enough resin – I could have, but I didn’t feel the need to.
  • When you are not working with your hardener, keep it in the fridge. If your house gets too warm, the hardener will turn yellow, and, unless you want yellow pieces, you won’t be able to use it.
  • If it’s summer time, then¬† you shouldn’t have a problem with the temperature of your house (unless it is too hot, then you may want to wait until it cools down). If it is fall, like it is here now in Michigan, our heat is turned on for the winter, but we like to keep it around 68 to save on our energy bills. Per directions of the resin, your room temperature should be above 70 degrees when working with the product. On a day that I’m going to be making charms, I will turn our heat up to 72 and keep it there until I unmold the last charms (i’ll turn it on Friday night or Saturday morning and leave it there until Sunday afternoon/evening). I really do believe this step does help, because I forgot to do this one time, and most of the charms were fine, but I did have a few that had dried completely on the outside, but never dried on the inside. Sometimes it’s just best to follow the instructions!
  • Keep checking back here for more tips and tricks – I may add more as I make more charms with this product!

Happy Crafting!

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A Break from Insanity

First off, kudos to WordPress for having an iPhone app with the ability to update my blog while in bed :o)

Secondly, I’m so thankful tonight for the ability to come home from work and not have to think about anything! This past Friday night, the hubby came home from work with a fever, aka the same crud I’ve been fighting with for the last 2 weeks. I’ve pretty much been running at full speed since then: taking care of/worrying about him (my mom implanted motherly instinct at a young age), cleaning up the house, trying to get myself better, and other miscellaneous extra house and work duties. I needed a break.

It was so wonderful to come home to a quiet and empty house that would continue to be that way for a few more hours. ::insert sigh of relief::

I started the night out with a need to mess with my silhouette cameo cutting machine. I have been messing with it on and off for a couple of months trying to get it to cut my rose templates out. Hail to the victor, because I got it figures out!

By the time I figured out the how to cut the flowers and the proper sizes for each of them, my hubby had returned home from work again, quickly finding his way to the couch next to me and dozing off immediately. The cutting on the machine didn’t even wake him. Since I know he needs to rest, I made the decision not to cut flowers out tonight, but rather go up to my studio in the attic to finish up my daisy treasure pots.

I started making these pots a few days ago when I really needed a break from all the circles for for my flower earrings. I really wanted to get some quilling done in my studio. Since most all of the equipment to make these pots is in my studio, it wasn’t a bad idea.

Tonight mostly consisted of shaping the pot bases and lids, sealing them, and gluing on petals.

They go nice with my sunflower treasure pots. I think I probably will put leaves on these pots as well.

One thing I do know for sure is that my mom will love them!

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Feeling Behind

I know I haven’t posted very much lately. I just haven’t been doing much to warrent a post. I’ve been under the weather for pretty much the first two weeks of the month, so not much quilling has been happening.

I’m actually feeling pretty behind in preparation for the craft show coming up in November. As it was such a nice day yesterday, I took to my porch and worked on some quilling. Then I decided to photograph what I’ve gotten done so far for the craft show.

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Top Left:¬†Flowers/Molly¬†pieces. These are completed and have been since¬†before the¬†decision to do the craft show, so they don’t really count as “being completed”.

Bottom Left:¬†Lots and lots of circles. Generally, each bag will make about 8 pairs of earrings, with exception to the 2¬†bags of purple/yellow circles. For the purple/yellow circles¬†I started going into more of a mass paper mode for¬†the craft show, doing¬†24 strips of each color at once, then ripping them to size and¬†gluing the 2 colors together. It does take up a lot of time,¬†but for certain colors (particularly¬†school colors that represent the different schools in town) I feel it will be best to have as many pairs as I can available at the show, because they are “school colors” and I really have no idea how popular they will be. In the 2 bags of these, there are enough circles to make 16 pairs of earrings.

Top Right: Green & Yellow Strips. My next venture of mass paper mode. These strips will make 16 pairs of earrings.

Bottom Right: Christmas Lights. These are mostly ones that I had completed before christmas to list on Etsy. I have used some of them, also, for christmas light wine charms. I believe my list of items to complete includeds 8-10 pairs of earrings in each color (16-20 bulbs) and 8-10 wine charms in each color. Since I love math, that equates to 30 bulbs in each color. ::sigh::

On my list I also have some finger puppet princess/prom queens (which I already have the body’s rolled and glued as flat circles, but not shaped and glued), snowflakes (which I would like to dip in glitter) with (handmade)¬†gift boxes, flower wine glass charms, and some paper pots. Right now I’m having a hard time telling if i’m on-track, a little behind, or if I was just way too ambitious for myself.

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A long time from quilling.

Well, I actually had about 19 days this month that I didn’t do any quilling. The only thing I did that related at all to quilling was adding 3 new items to my Etsy shop.

I don’t really know what happened.

I have been bringing my quilling into work with me, and I’ll sit out in the lounge area and quill on my lunch hour. It does help me chip away and my giant list of inventory needed for the craft show in November. I have a lot of work to get done, though. I hope I will be closer to getting done. I’m half tempted to take a *break from life* and get a hotel room for a weekend by myself and do nothing but quilling for the entire time. Wishful thinking…

I didn’t end up bringing my quilling with me to work today, because I have bigger fish to fry on my lunch hour – business taxes. Fun stuff.

 

Jamie

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