I pulled out my resin casting supplies to make some steampunk pins that I hope to sell. I decided to use the stinky stuff in the metal tin where you add a small amount of hardener instead of the odorless kind because it seems to set up better. I’m feeling a little loopy from the fumes!
When I cast resin I like to create three layers. The first is the basic layer on which the parts will rest. The second is poured after I lay down my pieces, and the last is to close it all in. The first and second layers are always clear, while I’ll sometimes color the third layer. Amber is my favorite third layer color for steampunk pieces.
I also tried out Dimensional Magic by Mod Podge. It seems to be similar to a resin product, only there’s no mixing, no smell, and it’s an easy applicator. I’m still waiting for it to harden. I didn’t read the directions thoroughly and shook it quite vigorously. Mistake! I had several air bubbles that were hard to get out (they wouldn’t pop with a pin).
The first few pictures are the steampunk pins I’m making. I love sifting through all of my spare watch parts to find the right pieces then matching those up with bits of wire. I’m also partial to the oval mold because I think it gives the finished piece a more classy look.
The last picture is the projects I’m making with the Dimensional Magic. I picked up the jewelry parts at Hobby Lobby, and they were quite inexpensive.
I again typed this post out only iPhone, which is quite handy. I don’t have to mess with uploading photos to my computer.