Introduction to Cold Enamel / Epoxy Resin

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Resin is a thermosetting liquid plastic, including 2 parts– a base resin and a hardener or driver. Resin is fantastic for jewellers as it can be ended up in a similar way to metal, utilizing files, papers and polishing, and can likewise be drilled. It can be utilized in jewellery to cast strong items, as a finish or utilized in a comparable design to conventional “hot” enamelling to inlay and embellish. Resin can be utilized to include colour and interest to jewellery pieces and are offered in clear, opaque or clear colours, glitter, metal and pearl results

Chemset epoxy resins are liquids, sold separately or in starter sets offered in clear, opaque or translucent colours, shine, metal and pearl effects. A gel range is also readily available which is ideal just for usage on domed surface areas. Chemset has a large range of option for creating distinct colours, effects and individual projects.

At Cooksongold we sell epoxy resin and epoxy adhesive, however polyester resin and bio resin are readily available elsewhere. Cooksongold sells Chemset epoxy resins and Gedeo epoxy resin loads.

Gedeo resin comes in clear and coloured varieties, in a pack with mixing gloves, directions and cups. Gedeo resin packs are ideal as an intro to resin as they need whatever you require to begin.

Health and Safety

Resin produces toxic fumes so utilize in a well aerated area and utilize a respirator mask developed for fumes
Use gloves to avoid direct contact with skin– extended or repeat direct exposure can trigger level of sensitivity and irritation (nitrile or butyl gloves are best) If contact does happen, wash it off instantly utilizing soap and water
Wear protective safety glasses to safeguard eyes from resin splashes
Utilize a dust mask when drilling, sanding or polish to avoid inhalation of air-borne resin particles
Keep the work area totally free from food or beverage to prevent contamination and accidents
Dispose of liquid resin securely, use the manufacturers guide or call the regional authorities for advice– do not pour down the drain as the chemicals are damaging to the environment

Establishing a Workspace and Materials

Epoxy resins are fine to use in the home or a workshop, providing health and safety treatments are followed, away from diversions like family pets and kids! For a productive and safe work space, have a spick-and-span work area, such as a table or work bench, excellent ventilation at space temperature and protective equipment.

What you will require:

Epoxy resin can be utilized in a comparable fashion to metal to cast a solid type from a mould. Silicone moulds are great to utilize with resin as they are flexible which makes the treated resin easy to get rid of. Numerous moulds are offered from Cooksongold and you might utilize decorative ice trays. Resin casts can be drilled into to make a pendant, glued to a jewellery blank to make a declaration ring … the possibilities are endless.

Some truly helpful books:.

Cloisonné is a method in traditional enamelling where walled areas within a piece separate various colours, which works actually well with epoxy resin. Numerous blanks are available or you can make your own in silver, copper, gold, etc..

Colouring Resin.

Making a Silicone Mould.

Enamelling By Ruth BallEngraving And Enamelling: The Art Of Champleve By Phil Barnes.

Casting Solid Objects with a Mould.

Resin is a thermosetting liquid plastic, consisting of 2 parts– a base resin and a hardener or catalyst. Resin can be used to include colour and interest to jewellery pieces and are readily available in clear, opaque or translucent colours, shine, metallic and pearl effects

It is essential to utilize the proper measurements, mix slowly and for the suitable amount of time, or the resin will establish air bubbles or not treat correctly, causing tackiness if under-cured or cracks and brittleness if over-cured.

Mixing Resin.

Cooksongold offers Flexi Mould Compound (860 134) and Gedeo Silligum Moulding Compound (870 300 or 870 301) both are basic to use. These moulding items come in 2 equal parts which when blended together, will set to make the firm but versatile silicone mould. Just blend the parts together following the directions and cover over the master.

Location a paper cup on the digital scales.
Put 100g of base resin into the cup, gradually and from a height to distribute air bubbles.
Eliminate cup from scales and repeat with 50g of hardener in a different cup.
Slowly include the hardener to the base resin, again from a height.
Use the wooden mixing adhere to extremely gradually stir the 2 parts together, for 5 minutes.
The resin mix is ready to go!

Epoxy resin, normally, is mixed in a ratio of 2 parts base resin:1 part hardener, although this does differ when including results or colours. Epoxy resin can take up to 24 hours to cure totally and remedies best in a well aerated warm space.

Applications.

Set of digital scales
Wooden blending sticks
Paper cups
Paper towels
Pipettes, cocktail sticks and/or plastic squeeze bottles (for detailed application).

Epoxy resin can be used in a similar fashion to metal to cast a solid kind from a mould. Silicone moulds are fantastic to utilize with resin as they are flexible which makes the cured resin simple to eliminate.

Making a silicone mould is incredibly easy to do– all you need is a master to make a mould from, which could be virtually anything from a shell, existing jewellery, a figurine or a found things.

Again, polish resin wet by dipping the piece into water and apply light even pressure to prevent melting and misshaping the resin.

Cloisonné-Style.

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To mix 150g of clear resin:.

Cooksongold sells a range of silicone moulds including Pebeo jewels and Pebeo buttons, bracelet moulds, which are really appropriate for Epoxy resin casting.

Photo, postcard and patterned paper beauties are simple to make with just a walled metal blank (like this one), paper and resin. Simply cut the paper to fit inside the frame, position and cover with a coat of PVA glue and leave to dry totally. Put over clear resin to trap the paper and wait 24 hours to treat. These make really personal presents!

Place a paper cup on the digital scales.
Put 95g of base resin into the cup, gradually and from a height to distribute air bubbles.
Get rid of cup from scales and put 5g of nontransparent colour into a separate cup.
Mix the 5g of nontransparent colour and 95g of base resin together utilizing a wooden mixing stick, for 5 minutes.
Pour 50g of hardener into an empty paper cup.
Slowly add the hardener to the base resin and colour mix, again from a height.
Use the wooden mixing stick to really gradually stir the two parts together, for another 5 minutes.
The opaque colour resin mix is all set to go!

Cooksongold sells a variety of Chemset Epoxy Resin colours and impacts consisting of nontransparent, metallic, pearl, shimmer and transparent.

To mix 150g of nontransparent colour resin:.

Motivation.

Finishing and Polishing.

Mixing ratios are somewhat different when colouring the resin:.

Fantastic jewellers using resin a truly fresh and fascinating method:.

Transparent, glitter, metallic and pearl– (2:1) these are currently combined with base resin and so require to be blended with only with hardener. Powdered pigments and soft pastels can likewise be used to colour epoxy resin, which are available from art stores.

Kaz Robertson– www.kazrobertson.co.ukCheryl Barnes– www.veryberyl.comDenise Reytan– www.reytan.de.

If needed, fully treated epoxy resin can be ended up and polished in a similar method to metal surface areas. Wet and Dry Papers can be utilized on a flat surface or on an enthusiast stay with sand the resin, however this must be done damp to prevent particles ending up being airborne. Finishing mops can also be utilized with the pendant motor or polishing motor, with a polishing compound such as Vonax for plastics (998 208) or Luxi Yellow Aggressive (997 433). Again, polish resin wet by dipping the piece into water and apply light even pressure to avoid melting and misshaping the resin.

Covering.

Resinspiration.

Opaque Colour– (2 parts base resin with up to 5% colour: 1 part hardener).

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