Introduction to Cold Enamel / Epoxy Resin

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Chemset epoxy resins are liquids, sold individually or in starter sets available in clear, clear or nontransparent colours, shine, metal and pearl effects. A gel variety is also offered which appropriates only for use on domed surfaces. Chemset has a broad range of choice for creating unique colours, effects and specific tasks.

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 available in clear, nontransparent or translucent colours, glitter, metal and pearl results

Gedeo resin is available in clear and coloured ranges, in a pack with blending directions, gloves and cups. Gedeo resin packs are perfect as an intro to resin as they require everything you need to get begun.

At Cooksongold we offer epoxy resin and epoxy adhesive, however polyester resin and bio resin are readily available in other places. Cooksongold sells Chemset epoxy resins and Gedeo epoxy resin packs.

Health and Safety

Resin produces harmful fumes so use in a well ventilated area and use a respirator mask created for fumes
Wear gloves to avoid direct contact with skin– prolonged or repeat exposure can cause level of sensitivity and inflammation (nitrile or butyl gloves are best) If contact does happen, wash it off immediately using soap and water
Use protective safety glasses to protect eyes from resin splashes
Utilize a dust mask when drilling, sanding or polish to prevent inhalation of air-borne resin particles
Keep the work area totally free from food or beverage to avoid contamination and accidents
Dispose of liquid resin securely, utilize the manufacturers guide or contact the regional authorities for advice– do not put down the drain as the chemicals are hazardous to the environment

Setting Up a Workspace and Materials

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

What you will need:

Incredible jewellers utilizing resin a truly fresh and interesting way:.

Location a paper cup on the digital scales.
Put 95g of base resin into the cup, slowly and from a height to distribute air bubbles.
Remove cup from scales and pour 5g of opaque colour into a separate cup.
Mix the 5g of nontransparent colour and 95g of base resin together utilizing a wood mixing stick, for 5 minutes.
Pour 50g of hardener into an empty paper cup.
Gradually add the hardener to the base resin and colour mix, again from a height.
Use the wood mixing adhere to extremely gradually stir the two parts together, for another 5 minutes.
The nontransparent colour resin mix is ready to go!

Epoxy resin, usually, is blended in a ratio of 2 parts base resin:1 part hardener, although this does vary when adding colours or impacts. Epoxy resin can use up to 24 hours to cure totally and remedies best in a well aerated warm room.

Applications.

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

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

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

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

To blend 150g of opaque colour resin:.

Finishing.

Making a silicone mould is exceptionally simple to do– all you require is a master to make a mould from, which might be practically anything from a shell, existing jewellery, a figurine or a discovered object.

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

Casting Solid Objects with a Mould.

Epoxy resin can be used in a comparable fashion to metal to cast a solid kind from a mould. Silicone moulds are wonderful to utilize with resin as they are flexible which makes the treated resin simple to remove.

Picture, postcard and patterned paper appeals are easy to make with just a walled metal blank (like this one), paper and resin. Put over clear resin to trap the paper and wait 24 hours to treat.

Inspiration.

Cloisonné-Style.

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

Once again, polish resin damp by dipping the piece into water and use light even pressure to avoid melting and misshaping the resin.

It is essential to use the proper measurements, mix gradually and for the suitable quantity of time, or the resin will establish air bubbles or not cure correctly, resulting in tackiness if under-cured or fractures and brittleness if over-cured.

Epoxy resin can be used in a comparable style to metal to cast a solid kind from a mould. Silicone moulds are great to use with resin as they are versatile which makes the cured resin simple to remove.

To blend 150g of clear resin:.

Mixing ratios are slightly different when colouring the resin:.

Mixing Resin.

Some really useful books:.

Resinspiration.

Transparent, shine, metal and pearl– (2:1) these are already blended with base resin therefore need to be combined with only with hardener. Soft pastels and powdered pigments can likewise be utilized to colour epoxy resin, which are available from art shops.

Making a Silicone Mould.

Cooksongold offers a variety of silicone moulds including Pebeo jewels and Pebeo buttons, bangle moulds, which are very suitable for Epoxy resin casting.

Cloisonné is a strategy in conventional enamelling where walled areas within a piece separate various colours, which works actually well with epoxy resin. Lots of blanks are offered or you can make your own in silver, copper, gold, and so on.

Colouring Resin.

Cooksongold sells Flexi Mould Compound (860 134) and Gedeo Silligum Moulding Compound (870 300 or 870 301) both are easy to use. These moulding products come in two equivalent parts which when mixed together, will set to make the company but flexible silicone mould. Just mix the parts together following the instructions and cover over the master.

Cooksongold sells a range of Chemset Epoxy Resin impacts and colours including opaque, metal, pearl, sparkle and transparent.

Polishing and ending up.

Totally cured epoxy resin can be ended up and polished in a comparable way to metal surface areas if required. Wet and Dry Papers can be utilized on a flat surface area or on an enthusiast stay with sand the resin, nevertheless this must be done wet to avoid particles ending up being air-borne. Completing mops can likewise be used with the pendant motor or polishing motor, with a polishing substance such as Vonax for plastics (998 208) or Luxi Yellow Aggressive (997 433). Once again, polish resin wet by dipping the piece into water and apply light even pressure to prevent melting and misshaping the resin.

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