Making Jewelry using Resin and Epoxy ClayResin jewelry making and two particle adhesive clay are definitely now twoof my favorite beading arts. One of my favorite recent products this seasonat the bead show in Tucson was two part epoxy clay. The best design for meto illustrate or compare it is to polymer clay meets epoxy glue. You candiscover it in array of vibrant colors just like polymer clay. How you use it isto mix equal parts of A to B like you do epoxy glue. You kneed the twosections together with your hands for 3-4 minutes and switch on the glue.The moment you mix the two parts you have anywhere from 45 minutes toan hour and a half to work with it before it hardens and loses its stickiness.There are a few brands out there and extra are popping up because it truly isthe latest craze! You can find different brands available at Fire MountainGems, Atlantic Gems and Amate Studios.There are a good deal of different procedures for epoxy clay jewelry making.You can make a pave look inside a bezel setting with Swarovski crystal flatbacks. You could also set on charms, stone or glass and chips and you canlayer pieces to get to your jewelry three dimensional. What really broughtme to this item was how easy it was to use and by having very limited messand figuring out. It is very nearly fool facts. It is a fantastic way to use bezelsand blanks.An additional service I have really liked in the last two years is Resin. Therehave been so most types of resins popping up and so many profits that it istoo numerous to speak of them all. I will probably talk about the mostpopular which is a UV resin or a resin that cures in sunlight or under a UVlight. The additional is a two part epoxy resin. For many years resins havebeen known to be very hazardous and toxic and that has been an issue formany to use it for jewelry making. The most recent types do claim that theyare non-toxic without a strong odor and you do not have to worry about thesetting up of the location you are working in.
I have worked with Magic Glass which is a UV resin. I like to work with itbecause it comes in an effortless applicator restraint bottle and it is easy toput on in a bezel. It does tend to bubble a lot easier then other resins but Iput to use an embossing heater and draw it over my piece fast to pop thebubbles. I also find if you want to make a dome you do have to apply severallayers. I also have made use the Ice Resin which gives you a real high gradeshine when it dries. It does take 72 hours to fully help and must be in a dustfree environment. You do have to blend part A with part B and yourmeasuring must be fairly correct or it will not cure properly and it will becloudy. It is a bit more misleading but if you do blend it the right way thebubbles settle and will not appear in your final item once it dries.There are usually so several resin jewelry ideas but the easiest use to getfamiliar with this item is to apply a bezel or jewelry blank and you canencapsulate a picture, attractions, images or words in a clear resin coating. Itis applied a lot in Steam Punk jewelry design or even in the more vintagejewelry designs. It is a great idea to create a neat pendant or focal piece foryour jewelry.