In order to add a bit of color to my line, I use an epoxy resin product called Colores. This resin is colorful, hard and permanent. It will withstand years of use and still retain its fresh colors. The surface of the piece is carefully cleaned before the epoxy is applied. There is usually a “well” designed into the piece which holds the resin in place. The epoxy is made up of a hardener and resin which is the color and are transparent which allows the sterling to shine through. After the resins are applied, it takes 24 hours to cure.
Contrary to popular belief, plastics are neither new nor are they all man-made. Examples of natural plastics include horn, amber, beeswax, and tortoiseshell.
In 1855, French inventors Lapage and Talrich patented a heat-setting semi-synthetic plastic they called “Bois Durci.” It was reinforced with wood dust and molded into household objects and jewelry.
Leo Baekeland patented the first synthetic plastic in the early 1900s. Items that were made with this Bakelite material are now desirable antiques.