Okay, now for the good stuff. Cabochons. I started seeing them everywhere....blogs, etsy....they seem to be quite popular. I, of course, just *had* to try and make them. I looked for a tutorial, and had no luck in finding one, soooooo, I decided to wing it, and this is what I came up with:
Resin & Hardener - I used Easy Cast Clear Casting Epoxy (can be found here)
Something to Stir with - I used small craft sticks...kind of look like toothpicks, but longer and wider on one end
Molds - I got mine on Etsy
Color Pigment - found here
Now that you have your materials gathered, let the fun begin! The Clear Casting Epoxy is an easy 1 to 1 ratio for mixing.
|Easy Cast is a low odor resin, but it's still nice to have some fresh air while doing this, if the option is available.|
Once it is all mixed up (be sure and scrape the bottom to make sure it is blended well), pour it into your molds. Keep a piece of paper towel handy to wipe up any spills.
|Use the small end of the stirrer to remove any air bubbles that form on the surface.|
Now you can step back and admire your handiwork. Use the paper towel to wipe out any excess resin mix from your cup so it can be re-used. Wait at least 12 hours to make sure it has time to set. I must admit, it is very exciting when you lightly touch it to check, and it's completely dry. Popping them out of the molds is so satisfying!
There is a lot you can do with your cabochons. So far I've made pendants and rings. The possibilities are numerous. Have fun with it!!
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