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15 Apr 2013 - 18:05101004
Gems/Jewellry Making
I was reading this guide - http://cafe-lalonde.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-Cosplay-Jewel-Making-116905569

Was wondering where to get the main materials needed to make it in the UK - Epoxy Resin (not sure if it'd be the same type as listed in the guide), Dye and the Spray Mold Release stuff?


15 Apr 2013 - 19:28101015
You should be able to get most of what you need from Metal Clay. They have the EasyCast clear casting epoxy resin, a variety of resin colours and you can get the proper reusable mixing cups from there too, which might be a bit more reliable than general plastic ones. (Shipping is only £2 or free if you spend over £30.)

They have moulds too, though I've only ever bought them from here where they have larger, singular ones.

The only thing I had trouble with on Metal Clay was finding a release spray for resin but I've found one on Amazon that's the same as the one used in the tutorial. When I've used singular dome moulds in the past though, the gems have popped relatively easily without the use of a spray.



Last edited by Rhavia (15 Apr 2013 - 19:30)
15 Apr 2013 - 23:10101026
Quote Rhavia:
You should be able to get most of what you need from Metal Clay. They have the EasyCast clear casting epoxy resin, a variety of resin colours and you can get the proper reusable mixing cups from there too, which might be a bit more reliable than general plastic ones. (Shipping is only £2 or free if you spend over £30.)

They have moulds too, though I've only ever bought them from here where they have larger, singular ones.

The only thing I had trouble with on Metal Clay was finding a release spray for resin but I've found one on Amazon that's the same as the one used in the tutorial. When I've used singular dome moulds in the past though, the gems have popped relatively easily without the use of a spray.


Which resin would be good for like small gems (about 1-2p sized?)

And what Resin Colours am I looking for?



Last edited by OmegaRFox (15 Apr 2013 - 23:22)
15 Apr 2013 - 23:58101031
Quote OmegaRFox:
Quote Rhavia:
You should be able to get most of what you need from Metal Clay. They have the EasyCast clear casting epoxy resin, a variety of resin colours and you can get the proper reusable mixing cups from there too, which might be a bit more reliable than general plastic ones. (Shipping is only £2 or free if you spend over £30.)

They have moulds too, though I've only ever bought them from here where they have larger, singular ones.

The only thing I had trouble with on Metal Clay was finding a release spray for resin but I've found one on Amazon that's the same as the one used in the tutorial. When I've used singular dome moulds in the past though, the gems have popped relatively easily without the use of a spray.


Which resin would be good for like small gems (about 1-2p sized?)

And what Resin Colours am I looking for?

I've personally only used EasyCast resin, so I can't give you a definite answer for that I’m afraid! From the main tutorial I went by though, the maker has used EasyCast for pretty small gems (they look about 1p-2p size in part 3) and according to them that type of resin was made for smaller moulds. It's also pretty easy to use because of the simple 1:1 ratio between the two components.

As for colours, the ones I've used are the UV Resin Colours which are nice and vibrant. You only need a drop or two, as the more you use the less transparent the finished gem will be. I think Castin' Craft pigments are the ones shown in most tutorials - probably because they're the ones available in America? - and you can get a few colours from Amazon but there doesn't seem to be as much variety.

You can also add Pearl-Ex Powder for a subtle glitter effect, although I've found that they tend to gather in a circle shape if there's a bit too much or it isn't mixed well enough. Really, I think you can add a ton of things to EasyCast resin (there are a few tutorials I've watched in the past where the makers seem to chuck anything in), but those are the only two I’ve personally used.


16 Apr 2013 - 11:33101055
My girlfriend swears by Polyester Casting Resin (which is easy to get online, but should be stocked by anywhere that also sells fibreglassing stuff).

Also, you can colour clear resin gems with a thin coat of nail varnish to get pretty much any colour you want. Cheaper nail varnishes are better here as they are thinner.

EDIT: Do you live near a Hobbycraft? They sell it as "Pebeo Resin Kit Crystal"

http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/pebeo-small-crystal-resin-kit/570128-1000


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16 Apr 2013 - 20:45101101
Quote PandoraCaitiff:
My girlfriend swears by Polyester Casting Resin (which is easy to get online, but should be stocked by anywhere that also sells fibreglassing stuff).

Also, you can colour clear resin gems with a thin coat of nail varnish to get pretty much any colour you want. Cheaper nail varnishes are better here as they are thinner.

EDIT: Do you live near a Hobbycraft? They sell it as "Pebeo Resin Kit Crystal"

http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/pebeo-small-
crystal-resin-kit/570128-1000


Hobby Craft is where Im relying on the most part for this stuff.
Also its between how well the nail polish works on making the colours...(it's a blue colour I'm going for.)


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