Monday, July 30, 2012

Jewelry Resin, Staz-On Ink and Imagine Crafts - Part One

 These Parisian metal squares look fantastic sitting on my work table.  I am not done with them though.  
This two-part post is a mini tutorial about layering.
 I am using some products I discovered at The Craft and Hobby Show (CHA) from "Imagine Crafts."
 You may know them from their original name:  Tsukineko.
 This company sells a product that became a personal favorite the minute it was launched:  The Staz-on Black ink pad.  I use that ink pad almost exclusively because it was the first truly waterproof ink that allowed you to stamp on glass, metal or any non-porous surface.
 At CHA I noticed that IMAGINE has new metallic inks, Staz-On Glazes and sheet metal components.
 The metal I knew would look fabulous with these one inch digital images of Paris I had.
 I glued those paper images and sealed them with mod-podge to the metal.  The metal already has a hole punch.
 Then I took out some of my Staz-On reinkers.  (If you are not a rubber stamper, re-inkers are extra ink you can buy to keep your matching ink pads wet and full of fresh ink.)  As I mentioned, Staz-On ink was designed to work on a surface like these metal embellishments.  It will dry and become waterproof.
 So, using a brush I dropped some ink from each of the colours along the edges of the metal blanks.
 Then, to ensure my ink was not going to bleed I brushed on a layer of the Staz-On Glaze.  I let all my pieces dry.
 Then out came the resin!  I made a small batch in order to glaze the surface of each piece.
Now I am going to let the glaze layer cure overnight.  I am going to add a few more these are not finished!

Layering Order
1.  Paper glued to metal. 
2.  Pod-Podge used to seal the paper.  Three layers were brushed over the image and allowed to dry.
3.  Add Staz-On inks to the edges.  Allow ink time to air dry.
4.  Brush a layer of Staz-On Glaz over the ink edges.  Allow glaze time to dry.
5.  Brush a layer of Jewelry resin over entire metal blank.  Allow this glaze layer to cure overnight.

Jewelry Resin, Staz-On Ink and Imagine Crafts - Part One

Jewelry Resin, Staz-On Ink and Imagine Crafts - Part Two

These posts were designed, photographed and written by me.

They appeared on Resin Crafts Blog.


Daphne said...

I can't wait to see what the outcome will be! :)

Anonymous said...

These look great! Did you use Mod-Podge to glue the images onto the metal?

Carmi said...

Yes, mod-podge is a glue and sealer!

Lauren said...

Where did you get those sheet metal components? I haven't seen anything like that where I live (not much of a surprise, though in Gainesville, FL). :)

Carmi said...

The metal is from imagine crafts too...the have links on their blog as to wear you can get them.

FryeStyle said...

Cool! Can't wait to see the embellishments you add! And I like how you gave a layering order summary at the end of the post! Very helpful!

Tammie said...

May I ask about 'brushing on' resin. I have only experimented with resin a couple of times, but I would like to be able to 'brush on' a think layer on my polymer clay pieces and also some ephemera pendants i am working on. I was worried about bubbles and also depth of the resin, how thin or thick it could be to be effective. Thank you in advance for your assistance. I have been inspired to try resin by following you. ~ Tammie

Carmi said...

Brushing on is as simple as if you were brushing on a matte or glossy varnish...the difference is Envirotex Lite and Jewelry Resin work out to be equal to 50 layers in one coating. I coat my pieces and then pass a lighter flame over the surface once or twice to get rid of any bubbles....which their rarely are in such a glazing technique. Do try working on a dud before you try it on a perfect piece. You will be surprised at how fantastic it will look!

Tammie said...

Thanks Carmi~ I appreciate your advice, I will give it a whirl. :-)

Connie said...

i put the resin on my projects very thinly using my fingers - and gloves of great, and i have total control over the amount i use.