Monday, October 28, 2013

PJ Tools Bezel Effects Kit Review and Giveaway

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 PJTools, the people behind the awesome Impressart metal stamps and jewelry supplies I wrote about before have come up with another cool product!  They have recently launched Bezel Effects.  This new line features high quality products including  special effect paints from French-based Pebeo Paints, Susan Lenart Kazmer's ICE Resin and Amate Studios of Mesa, Arizona's  super range of bezels.


I received their introductory kit for review.  Inside the box were 2 Fantasy Prisme and 1 Fantasy Moon paints, the resin in a mixing plunger kit, bezels, droppers, stir sticks and a small plastic container for mixing the 2- part resin.

The pendants I found in the box shows off examples of the gorgeous paint colors from the extensive range.


Before I let myself loose on the box contents, I watched the 2 minute video on how to make the easiest one of a kind jewelry ever with stunning results.



Verdict?  A super duper product!  I had so much fun, I not only used up the 4 bezels in my kit, I was in great danger of using up my own stash too! The paints come in a variety of colors.  Prisme forms a honeycomb effect while the Moon paint results in a stone like texture. The process is fascinating to watch when I tried out the pink and violet Prisme paints in my box.

Prisme paints
The honeycombing began very quickly but the process doesn't finish for at least half an hour.  Even without the resin, the paint has a slight glossy or opalescent finish.  Resin though will give the final product a permanent protective layer.  The instructor on the video was right, the tiny bubbles disappeared on their own.

The paints are solvent based so how the honeycombs form depends on surface tension, rate of evaporation, space restrictions and also paint pigments. It's important to stir thoroughly according to instructions otherwise the effects don't form.  The paints look thin to begin with and any accidental spills wipe clean if you do it asap. The solvent smell is not obvious unless you are working on several pieces as I was and have your nose close to them!  So best work in a ventilated area if you are production lining your creations!

The paints can be used on any surface.  I tested out the violet Prisme on a glass tile.


The honeycomb cells were smaller on the tile.  The bezel though showed darker rims due to light restrictions.  Here is what the reverse side of the tile looked like.  Once the tile is coated with a thin layer of resin, the choice is yours which side you like best for the front!


All the honeycomb patterns reminded me of stained biological cells! Those of you who studied histology will know what I mean.

The size of the bezels you use will affect the relative size of the honeycomb cells.  I've had a bunch of  tiny heart charm bezel for years. Now I know what I can do to colorize them!


The bottles were generously filled with 45 mL of paint each (about $6.50- $7 per bottle).  A little goes a long way.  So you can certainly go ahead and test on cardstock as I did with the silver Moon paint. This paint is well named as the resulting texture was rather like lunar rock to me!


As pink and violet are not really masculine colors, I opted for the silver paint for the cuff links.  I added nut like metal beads and Swarovski chatons in the middle for a little bling before covering it all up with resin. 


If you look closely at the cuff links set, you'll see tiny bubbles - this was the only design I saw bubbles.  This is not due to the resin.  This is due to me not following instructions!  The paint has to be completely dry before resin is added. Thorough drying takes anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. The cufflink bezels were deeper than all the others I used and needed more time to dry than I allowed.  So the tiny bubbles are from the paint solvent evaporating through the resin layer.  If you're going to add any beads etc, also wait until the paint is dry otherwise you might smudge the lovely effects.

Onwards to paint combinations. I found larger bezels really do the Prisme paints justice. I added several drops of the contrast paint all over the base paint for the next 2 bezels. On the left is pink over violet and the right, violet over pink. 


I also tried the silver Moon paint over the violet and pink Prisme ones.  I used the stir stick to move the two paints around a bit on the left bezel.  Very different yet cool effects.


The pendant below had silver Moon paint over the violet Prisme without any stirring.  The result reminded me of celestial skies so I added a cross pendant before filling up with resin.  This is my favorite piece from all I tried - it is now available in my Etsy store where 100% of the net proceeds will go to cancer research.


I also found the paints to be very forgiving during testing.  These designs are still a go!  The pendant on the left with a filigree and Swarovski crystal had all three paints in it!  The right one had the silver Moon and the pink Prisme where I disrupted the cell structure after an hour.  I then created the swirls in the thickened paint with a piece of wire.  Looks good enough to eat!


The earrings on the left started off with silver Moon paint.  I added transparent purple Swarovski margaritas as well as reddish flat back rhinestones.  The resin then really softened the whole look.  The earrings on the right was the experiment on successive additions.  I added the first layer violet Prisme paint, waited an hour and added the second drop. Love the funky style!


Giveaway
If you'd like to win a Bezel Effects kit of your own,  please make a comment below.  Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.  Check out the PJTools site for more goodies.

Subscribers need to click on the post title to come to my actual blog. Scroll down and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday,  November 4, 2013. I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!


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97 comments:

  1. Looks like a really fun paint box of special effects! I'd love a chance to win this! (BTW I'm a blog subscriber through Bloglovin' and a FB follower too!)

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  2. Wow, I LOVE the honeycomb effect! Thanks for including the time lapse video. I think I might have to try this -- hoping I win one!

    katrina@ecoFashionistasJewelry.com

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  3. I have never tried this procedure and would very much like to win this kit. I am a subscriber to your wonderful blog. Louise

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  4. Wow, those are beautiful. I often wondered what kind of medium was used to make effects like those. Now I know. Winning a kit would be wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  5. So nice, would love to win this kit
    trish128@gmail.com

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  6. I would love to try this ! It must be very fun to watch the effect form itself.

    voltzia@gmail.com

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  7. I am a blog subscriber.

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  8. They are fantastic. I wish I could win. I'm your blog subscriber.

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  9. I watched the video 3 times. This is so awesome. I have been using the Resin and it is a great product. I would so love to win.
    Annie

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  10. I absolutely LOVE the effects that can be created with these products! Pearl, you did a beautiful job with your experiments. My brain is spinning with ideas of things I could create with the kit.

    I look forward to each of your blog posts (via email & Facebook) because I always learn something.

    http://www.bonanza.com/booths/HillcrestStudio

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  11. I watched the video 3 times. The technique is awesome. I have been using the Resin for quite a while and it is very easy to use. I would love to win this kit.
    Annie

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  12. Oh WOW!! This effect looks awesome! :-D

    I'm a blog and facebook subscriber :-D

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  13. Well, I actually have a set of Prisme and Moon paints, but I still can't resist this giveaway. The paints are super fun (even when I mess up by not following the instructions) and I could use some more bezels and resin as I'm running out of things to paint at this rate.

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  14. Oh, me, me random number generator! (: I have been admiring these paints for weeks! Do you know if this kit will be available for sale? I'm also a blog follower!

    hbpsab at yahoo dot com

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  15. Yes, the paints, bezels etc are on sale at the PJ Tools site - http://www.pjtooljewelry.com/

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  16. What great effects! So nice to see your examples so we know how to use things.

    Nancy at bijewelry@yahoo.com

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  17. What a fun looking set...lots to experiment with and get hooked on using! I havent seen any of these things so far, but will have to look around specifically for them now. Would be a nice set to work with I am sure.

    info@meadowmuffin.ca

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  18. This kit is so inspiring - thanks for your review and the great pictures! I would love to win this kit!

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  19. This looks like it would be so much fun! I would love to try it!

    I'm a follower of your blog and on Facebook.

    Thanks!

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  20. WOW!!! What a cool jewelry making kit. Love the effect---thanks for all the examples you have shown.
    Definitely have to check that kit out.

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  21. Yes, yes!!! I have been wanting to try these!
    I'm a blog, twitter, FB follower. so count me in.
    Carol
    Designingit.etsy,com

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  22. wow that is really neat, love the honeycomb effect!
    ou812amp@yahoo.com

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  23. Wow, what a cool product. I would love to try this. I read your blog every morning.Thanks

    smamabird@aol.com

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  24. wow, I love the effects - the almost cell like structure is alluring. It will be great fun to it try the paints out on different surfaces

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  25. I follow you on GFC, Facebook and Google+

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  26. This looks like a lot of fun! I am a blog subscriber and a Facebook fan.

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  27. These are so beautiful -- great idea!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway. I am already a subscriber to your blog.

    Judy

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  28. That is the coolest looking new paint-like-substance I have seen! I would LOVE to have some!!
    Thanks for all of your give-aways!
    Kathy

    kathykurke@gmail.com

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  29. I absolutely love the effects you can come up with this technique and would love to give it a try. I'm always looking for something new to try and this would be perfect!!

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  30. MememememeME, pretty please~! I HAVE to get lucky eventually!

    I tried out those paints a little while ago, and they are amaaaaazing, like magic! Only, I don't have that many bezels that can be filled, most of mine are lace or crown border bezels, meh. I am a subscriber, and I'll put this on my Facebook now too. :)

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  31. Forgot, e-mail is wollberg.sandra [@] googlemail.com. Just in case. Google likes to reset to my old one for some reason. XP

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  32. WOW! They look great and would love to win them!! katherine4545@yahoo.com

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  33. FUN FUN FUN!! How awesome everything looks!! Would love to win this kit!!

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  34. And of course, I am a subscriber to your wonderful, inspiring blog!

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  35. Another AWESOME giveaway! I would love this!

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  36. I have not heard of this product before, but I love the results!

    mlb_bowman@yahoo.com

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  37. Cool, new toys!!! This looks really fun! I love the patterns the paint makes.

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  38. That is a sweet box of goodies there. The pieces I could create with those would be an amazing journey. Thanks for this opportunity!

    I subscribe and shared on FB.

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  39. OMG this stuff looks awesome to play with. Thank you for the opportunity to win this stuff Pearl. have an awesome day!
    janet119@gmail.com
    facebook follower and blog follower.

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  40. Would really like to win this. It sounds so cool!!!
    Marlene Strait
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com

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  41. This looks like so much fun! What a great new product that I'd love to try!

    susan at sandeno dot com

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  42. Very cool.....I would love to try it....;)





    suekranick@yahoo.com

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  43. I bought some prisma paints in a set of 5 colors some time ago and it sure is great to see how they react.

    Would love to win the set and try the fantasy moon.

    btw I'm a Blog subscriber and I follow your Facebook. :)

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  44. I would love to win this set. Treasa.brookman@gmail.com

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  45. This looks like so much fun! I love the different effects and color mixes.
    The video makes it look so easy to do.
    Thanks for another great giveaway offer!

    Oh yes, I am a blog follower.

    zanc@att.net

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  46. I so want to try these. What cool effects. Happy to say I am a subscriber to your blog and love it! Thanks for all the great info.

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  47. Looks like so much fun and I love the different looks!

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  48. I also shared on facebook on my Linda Roberts page.

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  49. I am blown away by how cool this product ended up looking in the video. I definitely want to try this out and incorporate it into my work!

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  50. This looks a great kit to try and the ideas are endless with what you can do with it! zojjauniquelyyou@gmail.com

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  51. Looks like a super cool kit with endless possibilities for creativeness! zojjauniquelyyou@gmail.com

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  52. What amazing effects you managed to get with thee paints. I'd love the chance to explore further.
    I am a blog follower.
    Susan Samuel
    shw_samuel@sky.com

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  53. What a great new technique. Would love to see how it works. Might inspire me to buy more.

    Michelle
    davbrillc@yahoo.com

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  54. This looks like so much fun! I would absolutely love to win a kit. Thanks for the giveaway!

    karen@schoolaids.com

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  55. I can think of so many different things to do with this kit - and maybe order more colors after experimenting!

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  56. I Love This! And I would love to win the kit...Thanks for the chance to win. tjones780@yahoo.com

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  57. Wow! This looks great. Meeeeee pleeeeease!!!!
    I subscribe to your blog and follow you on the Facebook. I will share this blog post on Facebook also.. Thank you xxxx
    Jandmmarshall@aol.com

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  58. Wow! This looks great. Meeeeee pleeeeease!!!!
    I subscribe to your blog and follow you on the Facebook. I will share this blog post on Facebook also.. Thank you xxxx
    Jandmmarshall@aol.com

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  59. I love the look of these. I'd love to give them a try.

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  60. Just tweeted about your review and giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/394962732144816128

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  61. That is really cool way to add texture as an element.

    mahanlori@plateautel.net

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  62. subscriber and sharer

    mahanlori@plateautel.net

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  63. Luv all u wonderful tips and products that u review. I am a subscriber.
    www.handstrung.com
    handstrung@me.com

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  64. These are so cool and look like they would be so fun to make. Love it!
    grinchswoman@hotmail.com

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  65. Hey Pearl,

    Didn't you have a lot of fun! This product has really set my imagination careening off in different directions.

    Thanks for the chance to win :)

    victoria _ farrell at hotmail dot com

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  66. Love the purple pendant. The color effect is really striking. Thanks for a chance to win. schwabmom@gmail.com

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  67. Would love to try this out. asliwoski@gmail.com

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  68. http://www.sacredheartgems.comOctober 29, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    I just got my resin and some bezels out yesterday, to make some pendants for a craft fair thats coming up. I have to try this product!! Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you.
    Debbie Valentin
    SacredHeartGems@aol.com

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  69. It would be great to win this kit!!!
    Alenka
    pepita.handmade@yahoo.com

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  70. I'm already a follower of your blog!
    Alenka
    pepita.handmade@yahoo.com

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  71. Fascinating! Would love to win and try it out.
    Rhonda Dunn
    Dunnfamily@tds.net

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  72. These are great, I've never tried working with resin before.

    ilea.swinehart at gmail.com

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  73. Oh my! I am almost speechless Pearl, and that's saying something! I just love my ImpressArt Stamping Tools as I love to stamp my own words etc. onto metal instead of going with someone else's - so I'm more than grateful to PJ Tools for coming up with those. Now this and what you can do with it is amazing! Thanks for the opportunity to win this kit!
    Sign me up Pearl!

    Aims

    bigbluebarn@gmail.com

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  74. Beautiful and I like the way you explain when you try different method to do your jewel. I hope to win this. I subscribe yesterday to The Beading Gem's journal
    Already love this site.

    linda.lalibarte@hotmail.com

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  75. Wow, this set looks amazing! I would love the opportunity to try it out! I am a blog subscriber and am glad I didn't miss this post!

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  76. This kit certainly makes it look easy. Would love a chance to win a kit.

    Carolyn
    Carolynscreations@live.com

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  77. That honeycomb effect is beautiful! I would love to try it! Hope I win this! Thank you! RaynesLisa@aol.com

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  78. Wow!!! been looking at these online for ages but never been brave enough to try one- I love the effects and really would like to win one to play with just to see what I can achieve with it

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  79. Awesome! Like nothing I've ever seen before - I follow you via Feedly - hope this comment posts...Google isn't liking me much tonight. I apologize if you end up with three identical comments from me lol! kimscraftdiary@gmail.com

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  80. This looks like a FABULOUS kit!!!! I already love Ice Resin and these new effects & bezels go with it SO well - would LOVE to win this kit!

    Thanks SO much for this informative post AND giveaway!

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  81. This giveaway looks like it was made for me! I've been looking for something new and unusual to try and this is definitely it. Thanks for the chance to win it.

    Susan LaCroix
    https://www.etsy.com/people/singinhoundlacroixro?ref=si_pr

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  82. This is wonderful I would love to win this kit..joanie_99@hotmail.com...thank you

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  83. That is so awesome! I'd love to win this.I am a blog subscriber via email.

    butterflyprincipessa(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  84. I live in an area with out the major craft stores. I have never seen these products and would love to be able to try them. I like making one of a kind jewelry projects. thank you so much.

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  85. Omg this looks like so much fun. What a great project.
    karencloutier@gmail.com

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  86. Love these paints have been using them a while and always a different look. Would love these new colors

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  87. I'm a bloh subscriber. This is a really cool product. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  88. Wow I love this product. I think my Grandaughters would love to make something for their Mom for Christmas. I would love to in this. I will start looking for product today. Barb

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  89. Looks like you didn't dry it carefully before using epoxy.

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  90. If you mean the bubbles in the cuff links, yup! I admitted it in the post!

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