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    Not sure what it is called but what I want is something that will end up like clear, solid acrylic.

    I still have my children's first baby teeth and I wanted to keep them safe. The idea I had would be to put them into clear acrylic and make them into a type of paperweight.

    Does anyone know if you can get such a thing???

    Many thanks for any help anyone can give
    Diane
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    Originally posted by Moonbeam Angel View Post
    Not sure what it is called but what I want is something that will end up like clear, solid acrylic.

    I still have my children's first baby teeth and I wanted to keep them safe. The idea I had would be to put them into clear acrylic and make them into a type of paperweight.

    Does anyone know if you can get such a thing???

    Many thanks for any help anyone can give
    You mean like the old plasticraft kits where you mixed the resin with a hardener and poured it in to a mould etc..?? I think these were discontinued.. but you can still get the stuff you need.. here's one website, http://www.candlemakers.co.uk/misc/resin.html but I am sure there are loads elsewhere too!

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    • #3
      baby teeth

      I worked with a woman who had earrings made out of her own baby teeth!

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      • #4
        I just did a quick search and came up with these

        http://www.smooth-on.com/Encapsulati...277/index.html

        they were praised on an American forum as being the easiest to use

        don't know how expensive it is though
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        • #5
          Using resin it would be hard to get them heavy enough to be paper weight, its quite lightweight. Also you have to layer it up over time to avoid cracking as if you do the surface area to large or too thick it cracks whilst setting due to the chemical elements, also it may not be as clear as you'd want to see the teeth through... sometimes it yellows if its too thick. maybe you could make a mould of like a larger tooth to set them in? Like not as a paper weight but as just as a display thing.
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            Sparkysdad, I remember having one of those kits as a kid, with wire to make flowers too and a blue mold tray with different shapes, gawd did the stuff smell really strong! REally enjoyed using it though, good fun
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              I think casting resin is better quality these days, less odour, and if you get deep casting resin rather than shallow it won't crack. It won't be heavy though like a glass paperweight.

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                Originally posted by nettie View Post
                Sparkysdad, I remember having one of those kits as a kid, with wire to make flowers too and a blue mold tray with different shapes, gawd did the stuff smell really strong! REally enjoyed using it though, good fun
                Was it the fumes you enjoyed.. ;o) "craft" in our day.. "glue sniffing" today!

                actually, my kit had assorted aritifcial "ferns" (like the kind they use for buttonholes).. small pink clam shells - now I think about them, they were like babys fingernails - very creepy! and other marine inspired objects.. the real problem was getting them in the resin without an air bubble, and to stay in position while the layers of resin set! then when you finished, you could mix colours in to the last pour of resin to make a coloured opaque base.. though the resin always dried with raised edges around the mould.. I guess you could have sanded them flat, though neither of my parents suggested it..!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cupcake View Post
                  I think casting resin is better quality these days, less odour, and if you get deep casting resin rather than shallow it won't crack. It won't be heavy though like a glass paperweight.

                  http://www.artclaysupplies.co.uk/sho...&catid=10&pg=1

                  No, indeed the smaller objects were not really heavy enough for paperweights, but as a means of preserving a keepsake, perfectly adequate - decorative rather than functional.. though you could cast a dome and use it as a doorhandle!! then tell the kids the doorhandle bites to stop them going in the room! he ehheeheh! (you can tell I never had kids cant you!)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sparkysdad View Post
                    No, indeed the smaller objects were not really heavy enough for paperweights, but as a means of preserving a keepsake, perfectly adequate - decorative rather than functional.. though you could cast a dome and use it as a doorhandle!! then tell the kids the doorhandle bites to stop them going in the room! he ehheeheh! (you can tell I never had kids cant you!)

                    Love it!!!!! although I don't think my children would be fooled, they would probably give me that withering stare and shake their heads and walk away muttering something about white coats and padded cells!!!!

                    Having looked at all the websites suggested I dont think I can do it myself, however, I have been given a suggestion of someone who makes things with acrylic and I will probably follow that up.
                    Diane
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