Yes, I’ve been having fun

This resin stuff is great for messing around. What follows are a few things that went well, some that didn’t go that wll and some that are still work in progress.

First of all, the globes


Resin globes

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On the left you have a light globe with a small string of embedded fairy lights. Although the blue resin all rose to the top, I quite like it. This one’s so big that it released a lot of heat while curing. On the right there is the next attempt at a snowglobe. I like the results a lot. Glueing the ornaments to the wood and then inserting them was a good idea. I still hate the moulds. They are way too thin and easily separate. More on that later.

That was the rest of the resin Marcus sent, btw.

Next are the colourful leaves

red leaves

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I applied some gold leaf to some and then covered them in resin. I did that several times and let it harden in between. I need to trim the sides and drill a hole, but I really like how they turned out.

And the galaxy pendants, 1st try:

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I really want to make pendants that look like a “galaxy”, but I didn’t have the right white colour. While it has a nice milky way effect, it separated and got stuck to the moulds. They’re still pretty.

Galaxy pendants, 2nd try:


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This time I used acrylic paint, and it worked better, though I’m still not entirely happy. I think I need to tint the black less and add more clear blue.

Next: Fun with colours:


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colourful pendants

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colourful pendant

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Those are mainly the leftovers from the galaxy pendants. I just kept pouring small amounts of resin into the mould, alternating the colours. Those are great fun.

And now to no fun:


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Since the resin Marcus sent is gone, I needed to look for a replacement. There’s one that I found that’s a German product that has great reviews from German crafters says “for castings of up to 1 cm”. Now, that’s more than enough for jewelery, but the globes are a different matter, so I decided to give it a try with the two smallest moulds. The good thing: It cured perfectly. the bad: the moulds. I tried to seal the sides with play dough, which worked reasonably well for the larger one. For both of them, the opening is too small to actually fill in the resin without using a pipette or a syringe. The small one actually cannot even be filled that way because then the air can’t leave and the mould splits open. After 15 minutes I kind of gave up since my resin was starting to cure anyway. I’ll have to enlarge those if I actually want to use the moulds. that the berries all rose to the top was just the icing on the cake. Next time I’ll have to cast them in two sessions.

Speaking of 2 sessions…

blue pendants

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moulds with resin and leaves

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These are my second attempt at gold and blue fern leaves. I still haven’t figured out how to really attach the fucking gold to the leaves, but I also like this result. The first time my leaves sunk into the blue resin, so this time I first poured a thin layer of clear resin, added the leaves, let it cure and then I cast the blue. I do love them.

Another idea that still needs som tinkering is wood pendants:

prepared moulds

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Those are slices of birch cut into pieces. My “moulds” are laminating foil. In my first attempt I’d hoped that the weight would keep the foil down, but as you can see, the resin ran out. The attempt you can see here is with play dough, but that also only kind of worked. Next time I’ll close the bottom with tape. There’s enough wood lying around. These will need grinding and polishing. Jipiehh!

wood and resin

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And last but not least: What to do with leftover resin:

various pendants

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Sorry, not the best pic


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Fake opals.

blue pendants

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Precious stones.


  1. jazzlet says

    I don’t know which I like best, the gold ferns are lovely, so are the colourful leaves and the fake opals.

    I have a couple of friends who have used gold leaf for various works and both found it a pain to handle, both solved the problem by deciding to purposefully go for the distressed look, as getting good even coverage wasn’t going to happen.

  2. voyager says

    Wow, Giliell. Everything is wonderful. I love the gold leafed red leaves and your galaxy pendants, but I think my favourite would be the fake opals. You are a very talented artist.

  3. Nightjar says

    These are all very pretty. The colourful leaves are my favourites because they so obviously would make beautiful earrings, and I love wearing earrings.

  4. rq says

    Mm, in order of preference: light globe, gold leaves, galaxy pendants, fake opals. I hope you find a suitable replacement resin that works for all your resinating needs!

  5. avalus says

    My favorites are the red-blue blocks and the plastiniced red leaves. Beautiful stuff! Now I want to make yellow-green-blue/teal fake crystals.

  6. kestrel says

    ZOMG that light globe… so cool! All that just looks like a blast.

    When jewelers work with gold leaf there is this special glue you are supposed to put down first. It’s very tricky and takes a lot of practice to get good at it. I never practiced and never got good at it; my glue is all dried up now. But yes… gold leaf is just the trickiest stuff to work with. I think you did a great job. All my own efforts ended in tears as I recall…

  7. Raucous Indignation says

    Crap. I’m so worthless. I’m going back to being a worker drone then. I wish I was a magnificent cross between Neil Gaiman, William Gibson and Ernest Hemingway instead.

  8. voyager says

    Why so down on yourself? Are you suffering writer’s bloc or frustration writing something, or is it a different kind of angst?
    (those 3 writers you listed would make for an interesting single talent)

  9. says

    Don’t be so hard on yourself? You’re a wonderful person and everybody has different talents. Mine is making a mess that sometimes has a pretty result.

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