I can’t stand it, I’m going up to Carl Jacobson‘s shop to get some automotive paint shavings, AKA Fordite or Detroit agate!
Mix up some resin, pour it into a mold and add your material you want to cast. I used about 2 oz of resin and a handful of paint chips that Carl let me get away with!
The mold here is a silicone container used for holding glue. Silicone molds are a great choice as the cured resin doesn’t stick to them. After you’ve poured the resin you might find some air bubbles.TIP:
Use you heat gun to evenly apply a light heat. This will draw the bubbles to the top and remove them from your casting. It works great, but go slow, as over heating the resin will cause the opposite effect and leave you with a bubbled over mess.
Once the casting is cool, you’re done. At that point you really have a completed hair clip but I was hoping for more of an oval look, so I took it to the band saw and shaped it.
After that I took it to the belt sander and refined that shape.
Because of that I had to sand it. If I hadn’t needed to do the shaping and sanding, there would have been no reason to sand and polish, because the casting came out of the mold with a very high gloss. For sanding, I wet sanded from 400 grit to about 12000 grit with my Miro-Mesh pads. I took about an hour, but brought the piece back to it’s high gloss.
The last step was simply hot gluing on the hair clip and taking a few pictures. In this case hot glue is a great choice, and it bonds well to the resin.