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W00t! A tute! Distressed Victorian Lace recycled jewellery pendant

It’s about time I shared a tutorial with you. I have a couple of other ones I hope to post relatively soon too…

You will need:
Clear Polyester Gelcoat
Plastic spoon (optional)
Plastic cup
Mixing stick
Mould release spray
Hot pink Pearl Ex powder
Lisa Pavelka “Romance” Texture stamp
Band Saw or Junior Hacksaw
Black pigment inkpad
Drill
Acrylic spray
9mm jump ring
Recycled jewellery chain
Recycled flower dangly earring

Suppliers:
Pearl Ex powder and Lisa Pavelka stamp from the Polymer Clay Pit: www.polymerclaypit.co.uk


1) Prep the texture stamp with mould release spray and leave to dry. Spoon about 4 level teaspoons of polyester gelcoat into a plastic cup and add catalyst as directed.



2) Stir well until it is a beige colour instead of pink and sprinkle in some pink pearl ex powder. Use the stick to mix this in thoroughly to give a pearlised effect.



3) Pour the gelcoat onto the rubber stamp and then level out with the spoon. Leave to set for about an hour- gelcoat sets much faster than normal resin!


4) Pull the rubber carefully away from the resin piece.


5) Cut a rectangle out of the resin sheet. I used a band saw, but you can also use a junior hacksaw if you don’t have one.



6) Apply the ink to the texture on the resin thoroughly and leave to dry for a few minutes before sealing with an acrylic spray.



7) Drill a hole through the top of the piece. Take some old chain from some retro costume jewellery and attach each end to the pendant through a 9mm jump ring. The chain should be long enough that it doesn’t need a clasp. Next, take the earwire off an old costume earring and hand the charm in front of the resin piece. Close the jump ring.

Enjoy!

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A lightbulb moment

I’ve been testing the new resin, but I’ve been unable to sort out a bulb for my heat box to see how fast it can cure. The slowness can be a benefit however. I’ve been experimenting with semicured resin, as you’ve seen with the previous post where I created a loop in a pendant to thread a cord straight through. This time I used a rolling pin and an embossing plate and rolled a piece out to pick up a texture. You can’t do this kind of thing with polyester resin due to the chemical polymerisation process that epoxy has.

This has given me an idea- I could make imitation seaglass! I’ll share a tutorial with you soon. I am compiling distressed resin projects for a possible book AFTER the current one I’m working on as this seems to be my area of specialism at the minute, I love exploring the different properties.

Advice and opinions please!

As part of my Thursday Night Project (a weekly thing over at Crafteroo) I had a play about trying to create a new technique to imitate dew and verdigris using copper cut outs. I’m not convinced that it has worked particularly successfully. I think I like the leaf, which has got a textured amber finish, but not sure if the bird is right. It wasn’t intended to have an all over teal/green coating anyway, but it’s almost as if something is missing- any help/opinions greatly appreciated!