FastCast quick-curing resin
Piñata Alcohol Ink: Señorita Magenta
Silicone Hot Mat
Sulfur free soft plasticine
Basic clay tools
Craft heat tool
Metal cuff blank
Eight to ten 1 ounce graduated measuring cups
2 oz graduated measuring cup
Eight to ten 3 ml transfer pipettes
Wet/dry sandpaper: 180 grit and 400 grit
Designer’s Notes: FastCast is very fast curing so you need to have everything ready before you start measuring out the resin. You need to work quickly for this project, and you won’t have time to do the double-mixing recommended in the instructions. Make sure that you mix the two parts together thoroughly, scraping the walls and bottom of the cup during the mixing process. Once the two parts have been measured out, you have just 2 to 3 minutes to mix it, draw it into the pipette and dispense it before the resin begins to set up.
Place the silicone mat on your work surface with the ripples running horizontally. Apply a piece of packing tape from the top to the bottom, then place another piece of tape two inches away from the first piece. These will act as guidelines to help you keep the edges of your piping straight. For a narrower bangle, place the pieces of tape closer together.
Draw the resin into a pipette and squeeze it into the ripples on the silicone mat between the tape. Try to keep clear of the tape because resin will seep underneath it. As the resin begins to thicken a little, you will find it easier to control the resin but if you let it thicken too much you won’t be able to pipe it out. Repeat steps 2 to 4 for as many batches as you need to fill the mat.
Designer’s Note: The silicone mat shown here is 8 1/2 inches long. You may not need to fill the full length of the mat to fit your wrist.
Remove the tape from the silicone mat. Shape the plasticine into four strips:
- * two strips 1/4 inch thick by 8 inches long
- * two strips 1/4 inch thick by 3 1/2 inches long
Place them around the resin leaving a border of approximately 3/16 to 1/4 inch all the way around. Press the resin firmly down into the ripples and then smooth out any bulges in the walls with the sculpting tools.
Measure out 20 milliliters of Part A (amber part) and color it with 24 drops of alcohol ink (6 drops per 10 milliliters of mixed resin). Mix the color in thoroughly. Measure out 20 milliliters Part B and mix the two parts together thoroughly, scraping the walls and bottom of the cup.