Texas Big + Funky = My Kinda Charm
Oh goodness where do I start to tell you about this charm. I had so much fun making it but darn 4 days to complete something is a LONG time for me. Patience is not my best character trait but I did it and it was well worth being patient. I used EnviroTex Resin, made my round bezel by free forming some copper metal , then used lots of Nunn Design Metal Embellishments, vintage buttons, an old metal key, rhinestones, beads and trims.
Day 1 I attached a piece of patterned paper to the front and back of the round chipboard piece using Nunn Design Glue. Once the glue was dry I sealed the chipboard circle using Nunn Design Sealant on the front, back and edges of the chipboard piece. I applied the sealant three times letting each application dry completely before applying the next layer.
After the Sealant was completely dry I formed the round bezel using copper metal. To keep the metal in place and tightly around the outer edge of the chipboard piece I attached a strip of red line tape over the spot where the metal ends meet and about an inch on either side of that seam.
Next I mixed a batch of EnviroTex Resin per the manufacturers directions and poured a thin layer over the top of the patterned paper on the chipboard circle. I then placed the old key into the resin and watched for bubbles. If some appeared I just zapped the piece quickly using my heat tool to pop the bubbles. Use a long straight pin to move the embellishments into place if they move a bit. Now for the patient part… place the charm on a shelf for 12 hours until you get a nice soft cure. Since I like to create at night I just turned the light off in my craftroom and went to bed. This kept me from checking it every 5 min. as I knew I would.
Day 2 I quickly ran to my craftroom to check on the piece and was super happy to know I mixed the resin correctly and had a nice soft cure. I placed some small beads, Nunn Design Metal Embellishments and vintage buttons onto the soft cured resin, then mixed another batch of resin per the manufacturers directions and poured another thin layer over the top of the first resin layer. Keep a long straight pin close so you can move the items around if they move from the place you want. Now place the piece on the shelf again and leave it alone for 12 more hours. If you are a super early riser you could get to soft cure layers done in one day. Since I’m not and know I will not leave the charm alone I only pour the resin at night right before I go to bed.
Day 3 Seeing that I had another really nice clear soft cure I added more Nunn Design Metal Embellishments, rhinestones on top of each button and some rhinestone trim on top of the old key. I mixed another batch of resin per the manufacturers directions and poured another thin layer over the second soft cured resin layer. I placed it on the shelf again for another 12 hours.
Day 4 I used a little E6000 to attach the rhinestone trim all around the top edge of the copper metal, mixed up a batch of resin, poured another thin layer so the resin went all the way up to the metal piece in between each rhinestone on the trim. I did not cover all the embellishments with resin as I wanted some sticking out to add interest to the charm. I set the charm on the shelf again for another 12 hours.
Day 5 The charm was finally completed and I added a small metal Nunn Design Dove using E6000 to the lower edge of the charm, some bead charms, seam binding and vintage lace. I still need to not wear it for at least 24 to 48 hours so the resin completely cures. I’m going to wait 48 hours since I do not want to ruin this piece in anyway. I want a really nice hard cure after all this time.
I’m really having fun playing with resin but honestly the waiting part just kills me. I think this will be a one of a kind piece. Oh and when mixing my resin I poured the resin to the 1/2 TSP and the hardener on top of the resin to the 1 TSP.
The left over resin was used to create resin paper out of my vintage papers or poured it into smaller charms I had prepared earlier. Remember, you will never waste resin if you have it set up to make resin paper once you are finished with the resin for your charms.