Month: June 2015

Best of Etsy: June 2015 Edition

Because I’m pretty much addicted to finding unique crafts on Etsy, I figured it would be nice to do a monthly round-up of things I discovered and fell in love with.

I have created quite a menagerie of wonderful shops in the “favorites” section on my Etsy profile, as something to aspire to, learn from, and be amazed at.

This month I present 5 very different stores: while each is unique, they all draw on otherworldly inspiration in their own way.

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Making a Silicone Bracelet Mold: First Attempts (Part 2)

3This is Part 2 of my two-part post on my first attempt at making an original silicone bracelet mold for resin crating. Read Part 1 here.

 

 

 

I de-molded the bracelet after 24 hours. I kind of have mixed feelings about it.

First of all, let me say that the trick I tried, where I put the bracelet on little feet to encase the whole thing in silicone so it doesn’t have a raw edge? TOTALLY WORKS, YOU GUYS.

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Check out this edge here. This is the raw edge (where I poured the resin in). This is the edge that normally needs a ton of sanding.

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Making a Silicone Bracelet Mold: First Attempts (Part 1)

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What I hope to make today. This mold was made by Mandy of the Etsy store Zougeebean. She’s an actual professional.

Continuing my resin experiments, I attempted to make a simple bracelet mold. This is Part 1 of my experiment. Read Part 2 here.

I gotta say: This process was not very pretty. Sorry, it’s hard to take aesthetically pleasing photos of silicone mix.

Enjoy the grittiness- crafting is real!

I should really write a dedicated silicone post. Since starting in this particular crafting direction, I have tried several brands and types of silicone, and there are different aspects of working with each kind (putty vs. liquid, vs. clear liquid) that would be fun to compare and contrast.

But that’s for another time!

For this project, my guinea pig was a clear silicone I bought from Smooth-On, a company that manufactures an astonishing variety of crafting products (I got a resin from them, too).

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Sorta-Clear by Smooth-On! They clearly (heh) have a way with brand names 🙂

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