Resin and Polymer Clay. Beads may not be, gasp!, the be(ad) all and and end all for you. (Horrors!)
If you read and enjoyed Anne Marie’s post on “Resin Dreams” where she admits to a passion for Mixed Media and a serious obsession with resin, then, boy howdy – do I have good news for you.
News so good that I would be standing in front of this update with stick trying to stop Anne Marie from buying it all. But as I am at home and I can’t defend it for you, I suggest you get to it quick! (Seriously though, she’s only likely to horde one of each color. Maybe you can bribe her with toilet paper?)
We are absolutely thrilled to offer you this week, the stunning Creative Art Pigments, Lumiere Lustres, powders and flakes from Jet Age Studios. This amazingly sparkly stuff goes well in resin, on polymer clay, (add and then bake), it should work on Quick Cure Clay (although I haven’t tried it yet) and some of it will even work in lampwork.
Let’s review, shall we?
First up – the Lumiere Lusters Regular Flakes.
These are duochrome, color shifting (depending on the angle) heat resistant flakes.
Next up, The Lumiere Lusters High Temp Powders. Same idea, finer grain.
There, there are the Pearl Powders. In the jar, not so dazzling, …
But with black, wowsers!
Then there are the Transparent Opal Flakes.
And the Exotics Powder.
Low Temp Flakes – how stunning is this?
Listen – if you are now overwhelmed with the choices, fear not. If you are just working with Resins or polymer clay, you don’t really have to pay attention to the different categories, just dive into whatever floats your boat and start playing! You can find all of these, plus the other mixed media stuff, like Ice Resin stuff, Iced Enamels, Microbeads, Mica Powders, Glass Glitter, and more! in our Resin Inclusions and Etc category.
Oh, one final exciting category.
Magnetic Powders. !!!!
These pigments require the use of a magnet – a strong neodymium (or rare earth) magnet for preference.
How To Use: You may have seen this stuff used in nail art to create a chatoyancy or cat’s eye effect. You can use a UV cured resin (like a nail gel) as it will “freeze” the particles into place immediately, and have less risk of the particles unaligning after you have lined them up. Simply take the amount of resin you want to work with and add a small amount of the pigment, start with a little, and mix in, add more to get the saturation you need, a little goes a LONG way. Pour into your silicone mold and move the magnet over the top, being careful not to touch it with the resin. You should immediately see the pigments shift to one angle or another. Then cure the resin with the UV light. I have not tried these yet, but they are pretty darn exciting!
These are my initial test pieces, and because I really have no idea what I am doing, resin-wise, not up to the standards of others, but I am rather pleased with the orange donut. And I had fun, so who cares what anyone else thinks!
As one of you put it “Beading is my sanity right now.”
I’m sure that “resinates” for a lot of you. 😉
So play with your beads. It’s good for you.
Hope you are all well and please stay safe.
Is Something Missing from your Stash?
15% off – everything*. Beads and crafting and creativty help keep you sane, and if your stash doesn’t have everything you need – we’ve got everything still on sale – 15% – so you can get that critical item.
(*Almost everything. You can see in the shopping cart if it is on sale or not. Some of the manager’s specials are more than 15% off)
Remember, 15% off, so you might want to see what you need! As always – the new stuff is all here!
COVID-19 – This Week
We are still shipping.
Many of our suppliers and our warehouse have temporarily shut down or have been told to close. Some are operating on skeleton staff. Some items are taking longer to restock. You can ask us, but generally – we are trying our best to get stuff back in within the constraints of the current situation. Orders are being processed as fast as we can – while staying safe.
We ourselves are on reduced hours: picking, packing and shipping Monday through Thursday. Our back office staff are social distancing, hand-washing, and sanitizing like champions.
Phones are being answered Monday through Thursday. Emails are still being answered 7 days a week. If you need answers about does “this” go with “that,” just ask and we will try to help.
Thank you for all your good wishes. Lots of you put lovely little notes of support in the “additional info” box when placing an order. We appreciate every one of them.
Don’t forget to browse through the Manager Specials – some pretty good deals there!
Can’t find what you are looking for? Feel free to just email us and ask!