Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back to School Computer Disc Necklace

 
School is getting back in full swing and I had this cute project that applies! A computer disc necklace!

 

I'm using EasyCast resin, PearlEx powder, a Cats-Purrfect mold, resin color, glitter and Castin' Crafts mold release.
*ETI suggests wearing gloves when working with resin for safety* Gloves also help keep your nails nice :)


The Computer Disc mold is just one of the great molds made by Cats-Purrfect. Her molds work amazingly with resin! You can check out more of her molds here: http://cats-purrfect.com/collections/49240-my-3d-resin-molds

 

This mold has 3 depths giving you the option to have several colors!
Spray the mold with mold release and mix up a batch of resin.
I'm starting by coloring a tiny amount of the resin light pink- this is done by coloring it white then adding the smallest amount of red possible! I barely touched the red dye with the tip of a toothpick and swirled it into the white resin. And of course add some glitter!
I am also mixing the resin directly in a small mold cavity since I only need a little in the color.


Use a toothpick to slowly add resin to the deepest areas of the mold being careful not to over flow. Then let these set for at least a couple of hours before adding the next layer.


The next area I want to fill in is the disc's sliding metal piece so I want a nice silver color.
PearlEx Powder by Jacquard in Silver 663 PearlEx works wonderfully with resin! You can see all the colors they make here: http://www.jacquardproducts.com/pearl-ex-pigments.html


Just add a pinch of PearlEx directly to the resin and stir in making sure there aren't any lumps.


Now it's a great metallic silver!


Use the same method to fill in this area of the mold and give it another couple of hours to set.


To fill in the main area of the disc I'm using a slightly darker pink. I started with white then added about double the amount of red as before.



Let this set to harden for 24-72 hours.


Too cute!! Brings back memories of middle school computer labs :)


To turn this awesome little disc into a necklace I'm using Aanraku Assorted Large Bails. They have loads of pieces that work perfectly with resin! You can check out what they offer here: http://store.abasg.com/mm5/merchant.mvc


I also need some E-6000 and a necklace.


Add a dab of E-6000 to the bail...


Firmly press the bail to the back of the disc and let it set for 24 hours to achieve the maximum adhesion.


These large bails are awesome because the loop is big enough to just slide the necklace through! No pliers or jump rings necessary!


A super cool piece for the tech savvy and binary challenged alike :)




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