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Writing another book

I’m working on a plan for my second book and hoping to get a publisher deal this time so I don’t have to worry about printing costs and I can put my feet up a little. I’ve pretty much put my proposal together but I thought it would be nice to ask for your opinion as to what tutorials you might like to see. Here are a few designs, any favourites?

Also I’m working on a huge order, so if anyone has bought the 6 cavity round moulds I sell (I’m out of stock at the minute) and doesn’t want it anymore, I will buy them back! I need at least 2 more!

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Create Your Own Resin Jewellery – the book

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I’ve started on my book over the last few days and aim to offer it for sale on 1st March 2009 in e-book form, followed shortly by a limited number of paperback books in a compact 6×9″ size.  There will be 12 projects to follow and approximately 80 full colour pages. The e-book will be for sale at £7.99 and the book £12.99 plus p&p. I am starting to offer this as a preorder item, and for a limited time only (until the 15th February) I will be offering the book to preorderers for a special price of £5 for the e-book and £10 for the paperback.

To preorder, click here
Here’s what the book includes!

Contents
Foreword by Cindy Carter from Resin Obsession
Introduction
Resin: The Basics
A description of the properties of polyester and epoxy resins, equipment needed and a guide to mixing resin successfully.

PROJECTS
1) Abalone shell necklaces

Using shells as bezels, embedding starfish, faux pearls and other co-ordinating elements with clear resin.
2) Bottle cap keyrings and magnets
How to print and coat paper for embedding into bottle caps as a ready made bezel.
3) Recycled fabric pendants
Single layer embedding into a ready made mould. Introducing sanding and drilling techniques.
4) Metal leaf jewellery effects
Adding fragments of gold, silver and copper leaf to create precious autumnal jewellery.
5) Swirled dye earrings and bracelets
Introduces transparent and opaque pigments, mix ratios and filling pre-made moulds with part mixed dye.
6) Decal pendants
Create perfectly clear pendants featuring decal transfers.
7) Layering with glitter
Making pieces with three layers for a 3-dimensional effect.
8 ) Making your own moulds
Introducing RTV Silicone and Vinamould, how to use each material, and when to choose one over the other. Shows you how to make a basic band ring mould and stud earring mould.
9) Introducing gelcoat as a glue
Making stud earrings and adhering the posts with gelcoat resin.
10) The ice resin technique
How and when to manipulate part cured resin, and create freeform imitation ice pieces without a mould.
11) Embedding Swarovski stones and gemstones
Selecting the correct drill bit, and affixing stones and Austrian crystal into cured pieces.
12) Plique-a-jour bracelet
Filling hollow objects to create a window effect. This project specifically shows how to fill a cross section of deer antler to create an unusual charm for a bracelet.

Troubleshooting
How to solve commonly faced problems, such as tacky surfaces and cleaning spillages.
Where to buy?