Aug 28

Did you know EasyCast Resin can go bad?

Posted on August 28th, 2014 at 11:07 am

TIL Thursday! Apparently EasyCast Resin can go bad through aging and shelf life! So I bought this over 2 years ago. I didn’t know nor even fathom this kind of stuff can go bad. Stupid me. I never kept it in sunlight or anything. It was stored away in a well temperature maintained room (we always have the AC on maintaining a certain temperature in the house), inside a cupboard, away from any sunlight or strong heats and such. I also live in a state where there’s no humidity (or any water in that case. We’ve been in a 15 yr drought. =_=). It was basically stored in an optimal situation to prevent it from going bad.

This is a good lesson learned for you and me. These CAN go bad with age regardless of how well you treat and store them. When I took it out of the box, the resin was clear but the hardener was a deep, pee yellow/amber. I knew something was wrong since I’ve been watching and reading tutorials, all the images showcase the hardener as a light, tiny tint of yellow. Not THIS.

EasyCast Resin Aged Hardener

I needed to experiment anyways so no harm no foul. Throughout the mixing process everything seemed the same except the mixture was a very nasty yellow.

It cured perfectly after 24 hrs and popped right out, just like it’s supposed to however the yellow tint lingered in all of the pieces. If I wanted piss colored jewels I am all set without any need for yellow dye! :D

Aged resin cast experiment

So it’s this stuff.

EasyCast Epoxy Resin

 And see. The jewels popped out nicely and pefectly! It’s just yellow tinted instead of clear.

Aged resin is yellow tinted Aged yellow resin experiment

So there you have it. Upon discovering this, I highly recommend AGAINST purchasing this product online since you can’t actually check (nor trust) how old the product is that the seller is shipping out. You’re better off going to your local craft store (with a coupon too! so win/win!) and pick it up personally. These packages aren’t sealed so you can GENTLY open up the box to check the “freshness” of the item. Just do a quick looksie to make sure the hardener is NOT the color that I have pictured here. lol.

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Aug 27

Project Pocket

Posted on August 27th, 2014 at 11:27 pm

So my friend stupidly put his jeans in the wash but didn’t realize he still had gum in the pocket. To say the least his pocket was destroyed with no hope of salvation.

Luckily he knows a cosplayer who can sew and makes stuff everyday! (Yes, I’m talking about me~) He gave me permission to do whatever I wanted to the pocket. I was really tempted to make it so every time he emptied his pocket it comes out the shape of a penis or something. But I decided to be nice and spare him. I gave him a normal, functioning pocket.

There is a slight change though…

Pink Cupcake Pocket

How do you like my selection of fabrics?! >:D I had leftover adorable pink cupcake fabric so I decided to make it extra pretty for him! heh heh heh.

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Aug 06

Cleaning sticky pvc figures! OMG it works!

Posted on August 6th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

It’s a miracle! I never thought I would be able to clean these! I’ve had a set of mini Cowboy Bebop gashapon figures that’s super old and have been through many hot days here in California. They’ve developed a layer of yucky sticky dust that no amount of soap and scrubbing would get off. I thought they were done for. :C

THAT IS UNTIL http://mikatan.goodsmile.info/en/2013/06/20/dealing-with-stickiness-on-figures/

Thank you so so so much! The method offered on that blog worked MIRACLES!! MIRACLES I TELL YOU!

palmolive
I just squirted some dishwashing liquid I had in the kitchen (which just happens to be the green Palmolive) into a large bowl and added some mildly cool water. Don’t use too hot or too cold! It messes with the molecules in the figure and will cause you more problems later down the line! No more sticky and melty figures please!!! D: I followed the blog’s recommendation of 1 part dishwashing liquid and 10 parts water. Just guesstimate. :3 My bowl of dishwashing liquid water got nice and sudsey. I simply dropped my little gasha figures in there. If they had removable parts I separated them first and them dropped in all the pieces (so it can get all up in those nooks and crannies!). XD
The blog recommended 12+ hours, so I just put them in and forgot about them till the next day. >:3 LIKE MAGIC when I took out my figures for rinsing under the sink, NO MORE STICKINESS. I was able to easily remove the layer of sticky dust film by rubbing it with my fingers under the faucet. Shaman magicks!!!

This has seriously been a miracle. It saved my little figures. The gasha figures are always made with a cheaper plastic that seems to sweat fairly easily and it’s SUPER hard to remove the film of dust once that happens. TAT I’m so happy right now.

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Aug 01

Hole in shirt fix idea

Posted on August 1st, 2014 at 12:44 pm

So I bought this lace batwing dolman shirt for $3.70 each with free shipping. (Yay China!).  I actually bought 2, one in white and one in black. It’s awesome and I love it except the white one came with a hole in the front. T~T But I’m not too upset cuz… $3.70 lol. Can’t beat that. It’s a small hole in the front and I feel it’ll be noticeable once I sew it together. So my fixing plan is give it a polka dot pattern makeover! Once I sew up the hole I can cover it with black polka dots and you’ll never even notice the hole was there! And it’ll be oh so chic~!


I’ll upload photos when I’m done. >:D

So how does everyone else fix their clothes when it’s ripped or has holes in it? :B

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Jul 31

Adding Pinterest Bookmarklet Manually

Posted on July 31st, 2014 at 12:29 pm

So I just spent like half an hour trying to figure out how to add the Pinterest “Pin It” bookmarklet onto my favorites. It should be super simple but my browser somehow wouldn’t let me drag and drop the button and it took some time for me to figure out how to manually add it to my Favorites.

So I will provide the info here (mostly for my own sanity in the future if this ever happens again).

The URL for the “Pin It” bookmarklet is:

javascript:void((function(d){var%20e=d.createElement(‘script’);e.setAttribute(‘type’,’text/javascript’);e.setAttribute(‘charset’,’UTF-8′);e.setAttribute(‘src’,’//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r=’+Math.random()*99999999);d.body.appendChild(e)})(document));

Just put that into the URL for the bookmark that you manually create and off you go! :3

Pin It ← Or just right click this link and “Add to Favorites”

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