Sorry for that little hiatus there!
My laptop’s internal battery overheated and put my computer out of commission for awhile, so it’s been unusable over the weekend while I waited for the replacement battery to arrive. Now it’s installed and everything seems to be running smoothly again.
So I took some time to work on some DIYs, including my new favorite material, UV resin. So simple and easy to use – and perfect for the bright, sunny weather we’re having here in Portland! It cures within minutes, is completely clear, and layers images and charms so beautifully. I finally found an equivalent available here in the U.S., so once I’m done testing it I’ll be sharing the tutorial with everyone! The above are just some pieces I put together quickly…and will likely be listing in my Etsy shop once I relaunch that.
Given that I couldn’t use my computer, I spent much of the weekend also having some quality family time. Yesterday I helped my son make a DIY bird feeder out of an old milk carton, some twigs, and some buttons. So far the birds in our garden haven’t noticed it…but it’s just a matter of time…
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Awww I *love* the birdfeeder! I need to make one with the kids!
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The pieces of jewelry are lovely – looking forward to the tutorial.
The bird feeder is cute – love the buttons and the wood stick “roof”.
These are very wonderful ideas! My daughter will surely love this, specially the bird feeder. I’m so excited to make one for her. Thanks for sharing this!
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I had missed some of your old posts and was just quickly going through them. Please let us know if you find that kind of resin in the U.S. Coincidentally, my son and I are looking too. He wanted to make fake amber with a bug inside (he was fascinated with the fact that some amber and other precious and semi-precious stones have ancient fossils inside; so he wanted to make his own). We used Mod Podge’s Dimentional Magic (from JoAnns) but it’s not exactly for this type of projects.
I’m thinking of buying this though little pricey:
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I’m still searching for that perfect and inexpensive clear resin….
Have you ever tried this product? I’m thinking about ordering it but it has mixed reviews.
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Hi Soccer Mom Style!
I do have that exact box of Casting Craft resin, and have been using it for some time. I find it easier to work with than the Smooth-On resins, but not without its problems.
I find that it actually hardens up with some visible yellowing in it over time. Okay if you’re covering something that is colored, not if you want something crystal clear and see-through. I have had trouble getting it to set properly; temp. fluctuations and rainy weather seem to give it problems. Then again I’m not measuring everything *exactly* in 2 separate cups, so it could be my ratios are slightly off. Smooth-On I’ve found is more forgiving with the ratios of catalyst to hardener than Casting Craft. Bubbles in the Casting Craft are minimal at most, so that’s a plus. I tend to use it more as a clear glue than a clear substance…if you get what I mean.
Hope that helps!