Mat Brown is an industrial designer and jewelry maker in Norwich, UK. He wanted to do something productive with a long piece of chestnut wood that he owned. It was heavily cracked and had knotholes, so some woodworkers might choose to avoid it.
But Brown had a plan. He mixed resin with glow-in-the-dark powder and poured it into the cracks and holes. He then varnished it with 8 or 9 coats of a linseed oil solution. Brown made the now elegant board into a lovely set of shelves that glow under black light.
A great video from Norman Chan (Tested) and Frank Ippolito on how to make a simple rubber mold and resin cast. Definitely worth watching if you want to learn how to make molds and cast with resin.
Reblogging for later. You can never watch too many molding videos
If you want to try these methods, please, before you get started, please read the SAFETY warnings and labels on the resins before you even consider purchasing!! Smooth-on has a WONDERFUL page on each of their products so you can read about each product, the chemical makeup and what is required for handling said product.
You can even give them a call and ask and they’ll gladly help.
That said, I don’t see Frank using gloves or a mask. Yes, he is a professional, and he does need you to hear what he’s saying as they work.
please use these at alltimes:
Rubber gloves. Nitrile to be safe, some gloves are not suited for handling certain resins.
Face protection. A mask and glasses/goggles for protection. those resins give off a gas that is unhealthy to breathe in, so please wear a respirator that is graded to handle such things.
Work in a well ventilated area. This does not mean a room in the house. This means out in the garage with the door open or a place where there is a vent nearby.
After long term exposure to chemically tainted air, or having it near bare skin can cause serious damage to one’s system.
Be safe out there, folks!
-PS- Notice that Frank mentions the Resin is getting pretty warm? The amount of resin in that cup left over is enough to burn him, that is why he is handling the cup where the resin isn’t touching. There are certain resins that will catch fire because they get so hot and there’s too much left to cure in one location.
Reblogging with important safety information.
it’s a huge pet peeve of mine to see people give resin tutorials without at least wearing gloves. if you don’t care about yourself and don’t want to be safe in your own studio by yourself that’s fine, whatever. but when you take on the role of a teacher you’re passing along your bad habits.
even though that type of resin is low on the toxicity scale as far as resins go, it still carries risks, including the possibly of developing severe allergies to it after repeated exposure. at the very least, do you really want to spend 5 mins scrubbing resin off your hands when it would take 5 seconds to put on a pair of gloves?
Here are some short, practical answers to the most common questions I get.
How did you get to write for (insert publication here)? Clips, networking, nepotism. You know how you get in places? You get an in. Network that shit. But I mean, I am also writing in specific niches in a specific way. I’m not a generalist. I specialize on certain beats — publications usually come to me nowadays. Don’t just be like, “I want to write!!!!” Ask yourself what you want to write about, get good at it.
How do you network? The internet? Go outside? I find it amusing I have any friends. I hardly leave my house.
How do you write so much? I don’t think I’m actually that productive. hello-the-future shits on my entire life when it comes to productivity. I do like, maybe 20 pieces a month, on top of consulting and projects and stuff.
What did you major in? I want to be a fashion writer. You don’t need to go to school to write about fashion. I did not go to school for fashion. Literally everything I know you can learn about on the internet and at public libraries. You can learn a lot from libraries.
What are your favorite books about x? I have answered all variations of this questions in my arabelle’s book club tag, my questions tag, my personal style blog. I will not give you customized recommendations on anything — I don’t have the time. Time is money. I shouldn’t even be writing this but I needed a distraction.
How do I start (insert thing here)? I’m not going to give you a tutorial on how to do things. Start to do things and learn along the way. I feel like this question is mostly a way to stall yourself. I am good at stalling myself even though people assume I am productive — as evidenced by #5.
I’m young and want to write about stuff but no one is answering my emails. How did you do it? I was the exception to the rule, I guess, because I never pitched to places in the beginning, they approached me. Have clips to begin with. Do the work and prove you are capable before you bother. Honestly your writing is probably going to suck for awhile. Your pitch inquiry emails will probably be embarrassing. Find a mentor. Find many mentors.
How do you keep organized? I have a Poppin journal that I list my daily tasks in, I do this every day. I also use Trello in kind of a spreadsheet format to organize pitches from start to finish. I keep track of invoices and create them using Wave, and work on everything via Google Drive so it’s saved in the Cloud, so I can work from my phone wherever I go. I sometimes write or edit entire pieces via my phone in Starbucks. Every deadline is on my Google Calendar, as well.
This is so vague I love it. The voices you are hearing are real, god is speaking to you. The nation of France needs you. Don your armor, take up arms, lead the French army. This is your destiny, joan. When the flames come for you let them lick your bones and laugh.
today i literally took out my color coded winter-spring six month life plan at applebees and explained it to my friend over burgers. i have become a satire of a motivated person. i am my own snl skit of the capricorn persona.