I had a request some time ago to replace a faceted glass cab on a brooch. The stone had such a specific size and cut that i knew I wouldn't be able to purchase another to match. While considering alternatives I first thought about polymer clay, simply because I'm familiar with it and it would be easy to replicate the stone. With that in mind I made a silicon mold out of one of the matching cabs but it was obvious from the start that polymer clay wouldn't work because it's opaque. I could match shape and color but it would always lack transparency.
That's when I thought about resin. I'd never worked with resin before but I'd seen it on sale at my craft store and I'm always up for a new technique so I decided to try.
Since I needed to mix a larger amount than the one required for one tiny little cab, I planned what else I might want to do with the resin before taking the plunge. I bought some cupcake silicon molds and made a few more of my own. I saw a lot of tutorials on YouTube and read up on safety and what could go wrong before mixing a small batch of resin (30 ml out of the 150 ml package). I experimented with adding color by using soft pastels and ballpoint pen ink and trying out all the molds I'd done.
The only downside is that it can't take any heat since it would be perfect if I could bake it inside a polymer clay frame. As it is, if I want to mix the two, I'll have to bake the clay and then glue the resin cab to the finished frame, but I'm sure that will also work.
I may do a tutorial post on resin soon, once I feel confident enough I know what I'm talking about :)
In the meantime, here are some of the first pieces I've done, mostly with cake sprinkles.