Thursday, June 2, 2011

My First Resin Project!

I may or may not have accidentally prematurely posted this before :) so you may or may not be confused! We'll just pretend that didn't happen OK? 

I have LONG wanted to play with Resin, but have been intimidated to try it. When I recently had the opportunity to try Envirotex Lite by ETI (Environmental Technology Inc) , I was so excited to jump right in! I am not always good at reading instructions…ask Mr. Chocolate. But I CAREFULLY read the instruction sheet that came with the package which was super easy to follow.
{Envirotex Lite Gif}
EnviroTex Lite has many many uses from finishing furniture to home dec uses to jewelry making. I decided I would do a pendant.
ETI Envirotex Necklace
I bought these fun bezels from the Bezels, Frames and Filigree collection by Bead Landing at Michaels. I was so excited I pulled them off the card before I took a picture! I had this great collage paper in my stash by Kand Co so the hardest part was deciding on a focal image.
Life's Journey Stamp Collage

Decided on this one (you can’t go wrong with Paris) and punched a circle out, then using PVA glue, glued it to the center of my pendant (you can see the glue’s not quite dry here but it dries clear) . Make sure you coat it really well so you don’t get any edges coming up
Paris Pendant
I also had some glass micro beads in my stash. In doing some prep reading about using resins, I followed the advice not to use plastic or coated beads because of interaction with the resin. I poured some in this bezel as well as a smaller bezel from the same package.
OK GO time on the resin. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY! Just sayin’…if you’re like me and usually don’t. Mix your resin. Oh man. I was nervous. And I should NOT have been! You mix the two components together in a clean cup (ETI provided plastic cups and wooden stir sticks). When I thought it looked ready ( which I based on stirring it for the two minutes the instructions said) , I was ready to pour!
Sorry , no pics of this part of the process because I was so focused on not goofing up! A little goes a LONG way. I used an ounce each of the resin and the hardener and had leftover.
Resin Set Pendant
It’s hard to tell from this pic but this is after the resin has been poured and set. Mine bubbled when I first poured it and the instructions said to go over it lightly with a match or butane lighter.  I chose to do this project when hubs wasn’t home in case it came to this! Also in case it was smelly…he doesn’t do smelly. It was not at all but I ensured good ventilation just to be safe.
I just waved my pencil torch lightly over the top and voila, the bubbles disappeared! You can see the micro beads floating in the resin.

Resin Pendant Side
Sm Resin Pendant (2)
You can see the depth of the resin here a little better on the smaller pendant. I filled it w/ micro beads, poured the resin on top and then sprinkled a few more micro beads on top. Why? Cause I did.
Envirotex Pendant Closeup
Paris Pendant Necklace
Paris Pendant (5)
Once my pendant had set and dried ,  I went to work on the necklace, just wire wrapping a collection of crystals, pearls and agate, and using different lengths of chain. But the focal is this pendant which I’m so happy with and LOVE LOVE LOVE working with this resin!
Sm Envirotex PendantParis Pendant (4)
Thank you SO much ETI for the chance to experiment with Envirotex Lite. I am HOOKED!

ETI sent me this product to try out. You won’t believe all that you can do with this product.  Envirotex Lite was created by Environmental Technologies Inc. (ETI), which is the home for many resin and mold making products.
The use of resin in jewelry making, mixed media and paper arts continues to grow in popularity. Today, artists are using ETI’s products in many crafty ways and they will be showcasing these works of art on their new blog "Resin Crafts".

Check them out on:
Resin Crafts Blog
ETI on Facebook
ETI on Twitter



Jodi said...

Very pretty! I have been wanting to try out things with resin, but kind of afraid. This made me feel more confident, you make it look easy! :) Plus I don't read directions very well either! :)


Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

I have to chuckle as you felt the same way I did when I first used resin!

Great job!!!

Netty said...

You have made some beautiful jewellery and have done the manufacturers of this product proud my friend. xx

Christine said...

Nice job!! I love the way that came out! I am still working on my project...:)

Unknown said...

Such a cool pendant. It really has depth and I like the way you used those little micro beads in there. Really really nifty!

Michelle L. said...

Love the pendant, and love how the necklace came out - beautifully complements the pendant!

Screaming Sardine said...

Very pretty. Like you, I've been wanting to try resin, but have been a little afraid of it. I just may get up the gumption to do it.

Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

Our Hopeful Home said...

Great job! I have had ICE REsin sitting in my studio for, oh, probably about a year. It realy can be intimidating! I've done a few pieces with Diamond Glaze but really need to get moving on the ICe Resin thing! I have the bezels and graphics and everything! Oh well, all in good time, right?


Lori said...

These are awesome...glad to see someone use the resin they have, my ice resin is still sitting in the

Anonymous said...

I have always wanted to try resin too. That looks so much fun! Do you know about how much it costs? I couldn't find a price on that link.

Diane said...

WOW, that is gorgeous! I've never played with the resin, but I just might now. Thanks for the info.

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

This is sooo pretty Carol!! I love the tutorial - I've never used resin!

Melissa said...

I am a huge fan of resin and have used it for a vast variety of projects...

Love the idea with the micro beads!!

Both pendants look great.

Angie Holden said...

Great job!! You are an over acheiver!! My project is in pieces in the kitchen drying. Not even close to being ready for the resin step! :)

annies home said...

very pretty nicely done come see me at

Lorrie Everitt Studio said...

beautiful. thanks for the inspiration!

Unknown said...

Love the Paris pendant! So pretty. The little beads add just the right touch!

Jenn Erickson said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Carol! You did a brilliant job of working with that new medium! I hope to give it a try myself over the summer.

ellie g said...

This is so pretty! It looks like it came straight from a store! I wouldn't have guessed that you made it. I love the graphic, and the beads are SUPER fun! Great job!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I love Paris too. :) Your pendants are lovely!!! Thanks for the visit today. :)

Unknown said...

Oh, this is gorgeous! I totally agree with Lara (ellie g) - looks like something you'd find in a shop!

Unknown said...

Super cute pendant! !