Thursday, September 18, 2008

How to Make a Resin Jewelry Bracelet Master

Resin Jewelry Bangle Bracelet Master
Thought I'd take some photos to show how I'm progressing on the new 3" inside diameter, resin jewelry bangle bracelet design. I have had requests for my bracelets in a larger 3 inch size. Making the masters for molding is the most tedious and time consuming part of the whole design process. With my 2-1/2 " bangle bracelet design, I used polymer clay to make the master. Much prettier to look at, but, took forever to get the shape and size right.

This time I decided try something simpler. I discovered that 3" PVC pipe, used in plumbing has a perfect 3" inside diameter. But the wall thickness was too thin for my design, only about 1/4 inch thick. So, Tom suggested using a 3 inch, schedule 80, PVC pipe coupling. These are not available at the hardware stores, but must be purchased from a plumbing supply house. They are made to fit over the outside of the 3 inch PVC pipe, so the fit was perfect. The schedule 80 pipe coupling looked huge, and was about 4 inches long. Too long for a bracelet, but it was easy enough to cut off the excess on the chop saw.

I now had a good starting point for my new bracelet master. The total wall thickness of the combined pipe and coupling is .560 inches, or 9/16". The photo above shows the left over piece that was cut off from the combined pipe and coupling. The 3" PVC pipe is white, and the schedule 80 pipe coupling is dark gray. But you can see how well the two pieces fit together, and the combined wall thickness.

Next comes the shaping and sanding. I will post about that next.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Clear Resin Jewelry Tropical Fish Bangle Bracelet

Clear Resin Jewelry Tropical Fish Bangle BraceletNew Clear Resin Bangle from
Description: Three little Clown Triggerfish are 3-dimensional and totally encased in water-clear resin. Each little tropical fish is cast with in detail down to their tiny scales. Each has hand painted spots and a Swarovski Crystal eye. Stunning!
This bangle bracelet is polished inside and out. On the bottom you will find my logo tag, for Night Sky Jewelry.
Clear Resin Jewelry with Night Sky Jewelry LogoSo Modern, so Chic, so Artsy. Wear this fabulous bangle dressed up or with jeans.
This product may cause gasps of delight, impulsive arm grabbing, conversations with strangers and glares of envy.

This is a HUGE-WIDE bangle bracelet.
Height is just over 2" at 2 5/32 inches,
Inside Diameter is 2 1/2 inches,
Inside Circumference is 8 inches,
Outside Circumference is 11 9/16 inches,
wall thickness is 9/16 inch,
Weight is 189.7 grams or 6.7 ounces.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Kelp Mermaid and Sea Lion Clear Resin Jewelry Bracelet

Kelp Mermaid and Sea Lion Clear Resin Jewelry Bracelet
Buy it here Clear Resin Jewelry from Night Sky Jewelry
A colorful 8 inch long, hand cast Mermaid and her little seal friend are 3-dimensional and totally encased in water-clear resin. The young Mermaid's long black hair is highlighted with shimmering blue and studded with tiny pearls. She is adorned in lovely green seaweed. Her tail shimmers with iridescent color change pigment that changes from turquoise to blue to violet with Aurora Borealis hi-lights. Her little sea lion friend shimmers in black with iridescent blue. The background is highlighted with iridescent violet-blue and green-gold "seaweed", and tiny red starfish. The Mermaid and her little Sea ion friend both have Swarovski Crystal eyes. Stunning!