Calling All Ice Resin Experts…

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I have been researching how best to turn my recycled watch parts into paperweights. So far, from what I have read, Ice Resin seems like the best solution.

This is what I am trying to do. Make the beads and items sitting on top of the beads into one solid clear piece. To be used as a desk decoration or as a small work of art, standing on its side or sitting flat.

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There are so many do’s and don’t’s. I had to bookmark all the information so I wouldn’t get confused. Most of the sites provided the same details. I even watched two video demonstrations.

One question I don’t have an answer for… yet… is whether or not the resin can be poured into a small wood frame.

One concern I have is about the potential for bubbles ruining my crafty work. One site said if using beads, to put a bit of glue inside EACH BEAD. I am guessing each frame has about 400 seed beads, maybe more. That would take a year. There has to be a better way to do this.

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And I am wondering if I can’t just pour the resin in the frame and ‘place’ the items on top. Is it absolutely necessary to completely cover the items. Won’t they still stick in the solution?

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I got some really good tips. Work in a well ventilated area and use a fan if possible. Wear a mask even though Ice Resin isn’t supposed to be fumey. Place a sheet of plastic, like a large white garbage bag, on top of your work space. Ice Resin won’t stick to plastic. Don’t reuse the mixing cup or stirrer. Always start fresh. I am glad I saw that as I probably would have recycled them.

Have you ever used Ice Resin? Were you happy with the results? Any advice for someone new to this? I have to tell you… I failed gluing. I NEVER get the items glued per the instructions. I am hoping I have better luck with resin.

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5 comments on “Calling All Ice Resin Experts…

  1. Crystal says:

    Hi Donna! 🙂
    I’ve never worked with resin so I can’t help on that, but I love the piece you are working on here.

    The mixing of the wood with the metal parts is simply striking. I think you may have a new line to appeal to men! This would be fabulous on a guy’s desk at the office!

    Smiles,
    Crystal

    • don_mae says:

      Thanks, Crystal!! I have lots of ideas for putting these together but don’t want to get too far ahead of myself since the slightest movement and they fall apart. 😀

      I hope these will end up on someone desk. That would be great!!

  2. I’ve done some resin stuff, but didn’t use the Ice Resin brand so I imagine it differs (http://pixelatedmushroom.blogspot.com/2010/01/resin-origami-bangle.html)

    I can give some opinions though – I think wooden frame will be fine, being careful to fill it to the exact level you want will be the challenging part. it burns through some plastics but i think wood is ok

    Bubbles were an issue we never really solved. Even mixing the two parts together caused bubbles in ours (had to mix really gently – but also quickly so it didn’t set) – yours might be easier in this respect, you’ll be able to poke at bubbles with a skewer from above

    I think the order you’ll want to do is to arrange your stuff within the frame and then pour the resin in – it spreads around the air pockets with a little manipulation from a skewer

    My biggest tip: get some cheap tweezers, they were the best tool for arranging embedded objects

    hope this helps a bit from another resin newbie

  3. oh – one more thing – be careful what you use as your container, our plastic cup melted right through the base the first time :s silly us – maybe ice resin is better in this respect – but be careful 😉

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