Plugs made of casting resin

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Friday September 17th, 2010 @ 7:58 AM

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I made one plug out of casting resin recently, just to see if I could do it. I can, and it looks really nice (I even put a seashell in it), so I thought I’d start making them for other people. But the thing is, the smell. The fumes it gives off is just screaming “DO NOT PUT ME IN YOUR SKIN FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME”. Although there is no smell at all once it’s 100% dried and finished, I’m still a little iffy about wearing anything made of casting resin. It’s polyester resin, and it says “liquid plastic” on the can so it does give me that little bit of hope that it might be safe, but I’m just worried about the toxic horrifying fumes, which of course means theres gotta be some unsafe stuff in there.

Also, has anyone ever done this? What did you use for a mold? I used a one inch steel saddle-shaped plug, and I had a hell of a time trying to get it out, resulting in the top half being broken off. Any recommendations or ideas on molds to give it a saddle shape or something, without giving the trouble of trying to get it out? I was thinking silicone plugs, but that’s just a straight through shape on the inside, so maybe earskin plugs? I don’t know, I’m starting to ramble now.

Casting resin is toxic as hell, and wearing plugs made entirely out of resin is a pretty bad idea. Lots of people make plugs that are filled with resin (steel eyelets and what-have-you, with cool stuff or images set in the resin), which are arguably safer (although lots of reputable plug manufacturers will undoubtedly have plenty to say about THAT) because the resin isn’t touching your skin - why not experiment with that?

I have a friend (hi Serena!) who makes fabulously gorgeous resin jewellery, and I know for some of her designs, she actually carves the hardened resin and sands it smooth - and oh, that dust is apparently pretty hideously bad for you, too, so wear a proper high-quality respirator mask - that might be an idea for making saddle-shaped plugs, if you’re hell bent on it. You could cast your own molds in silicone, too, and reuse those molds for repeated resin casting. But yeah, my vote’s still on not wearing (or encouraging others to buy and wear) casting resin IN your body.

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8 Responses to “Plugs made of casting resin”

  1. There is a casting putty available. You push your original plug into the casting putty, let the putty set up and voila, a flexible mold you can use over and over again.

    Jaime on September 18th, 2010 at 3:14 pm
  2. what about acrylics? those are a type of plastic, and i’m sure they have fumes when being made…

    peg on September 21st, 2010 at 8:53 am
  3. Peg, acrylic jewellery is pretty widely regarded as being extremely low-quality and potentially irritating - many people cannot wear it at all, for any length of time, even in healed piercings.

    Lori St.Leone on September 22nd, 2010 at 10:38 am
  4. Hey I am trying to make resin plugs in the metal eyelets and can not get the resin to harden to a non tacky state. Any tips?

    Megg on November 14th, 2010 at 5:02 pm
  5. What about Lucite? I would think it would achieve similar results but not sure if it’s safe?

    Lynx on February 4th, 2011 at 4:50 pm
  6. @lori Thats silly. Acrylic plugs are all over the place!
    Their non toxic.

    Roy on December 18th, 2011 at 3:53 am
  7. What do people use for the images when they use resin in steel eyelets?

    Holly on August 5th, 2012 at 6:12 pm
  8. A lot of the images are high quality prints or actual objects embedded into the casting material.

    Randi on March 4th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

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