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    • #1997
      Marjo
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      I guess its fair to say Im an absolute newbie when it comes to resin: I only heard about resin jewelry making a few weeks back, and I finished my first project just 2 days ago (a couple of earrings for my sisters birthday). Im really pleased with the result, though (you can find a picture here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22675696/BirthdayEarrings.JPG), and I really want to try my hands at more stuff like this!

      Being a biology student, something I would really like to be able to do in the long run, is making baubles and other jewelry that contain dried plants, flowers, small insects (eg, the wing of a butterfly), … This page on etsy is pretty much what Id like to work towards: https://www.etsy.com/nl/shop/UralNature#
      I dont think I have the skills yet to tackle that kind of projects, though! ^.^

      Anyway, I was wondering whether anyone has any tips for me on how to progress further and hone my skills, keeping in mind what Id like to be able to do eventually? What techniques should I definitely practise? Which tools would be handy to have (not gonna go and invest a huge amount right away, but I thought it might be worth asking already)? Perhaps some people even have experience with this kind of projects, and know the pitfalls and common mistakes I should avoid?

      For my first project I used something called “ice resin” since thats the only type I could find at my local craft store. Im guessing this is an epoxy resin. The paper was sealed using some everyday transparent nail polish. It went pretty well (cured nicely, no bubbles, sister
      loved it), but Im pretty sure the thing Im aiming for is quite
      different. So Im not sure whether I should also try and work with different kinds of resin, or whether I could stick to this kind? It might be worth mentioning that I live in Belgium, so I prolly dont have access to as many types and brands as I would living in the US.

      Thanks in advance for any help you can give me ^^

    • #1998
      Katherine Swift
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      Hi Marjo,

      I would suggest purchasing a copy of my book.  https://www.resinobsession.com/ItemPage/8831/Resin-Jewelry-Making.html  Its instantly downloadable and will answer a lot of the questions you just asked. 

      Your castings look great, by the way.  Good luck!

    • #1999
      Katherine Swift
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      This video on our you tube channel should be able to help you as well.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pdObUZVA0I  It shows some of my favorite crafting tools.

    • #2000
      Marjo
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      Hi Katherine,

      Thanks for your quick reply! I might look into buying your book, it does seem like a valuable resource. The video helped a lot, too!

      Ive been browsing blogs and how-to videos about working with resin, and those answered a lot of questions too. But theres one thing I cant seem to find the answer to: if youd for example want to encase a dried flower in a sphere of resin, how would you go about that? Id assume youd have to use a mold like this one: https://resinobsession.ishopserver.com/ItemPage/9010/Resin-sphere-mold-34-inch.html, but then youd probably need to put the flower in first. How do you prevent that it doesnt "stick out" of the resin in the end?

      Thanks for your help!

    • #2002
      Marjo
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      Perfect! Ill keep an eye out for it.

    • #2001
      Katherine Swift
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      Great question!  I hope to have that as a video on our you tube channel in the near future.

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