Hello Lisa! : ) Aside from the issue and recent discussion of the use
of the terms "Plique-a-jour," and "Enameling" in your posted
question on "Colored Resin," which we've already gone over...
I've been giving your posted question some thought. I don't
currently work much with either types of epoxies or types of resins,
(though I've dabbled with a few of them a bit) but I'm moderately
familiar with the basic properties of polyester resin. I am not sure
that it is necessary to raise a fine silver layer to prevent color
contamination of the resin? Though doing so might give a nice bright
silver color to the finished Sterling piece, as long as you don't
polish it back off after you've finished the resin process.
I'd love to read more definitive posts on the question.
I've been reading a book by Kathie Murphy which has been
informative on the subject, however, my concern is that the
sterling silver may end up discoloring the metal and resin. Her
book recommends that I should treat the surface of the metal to
prevent discoloring, however, it does not teach you how to treat
the metal. Any suggestions on how to treat the metal?
I can think of two places that you may fine very useful information
on the best way to prepare your sterling silver for a number of
types of resin products...
The first place is of course the "Orchid Archives," which have a
multitude of archived on resin products. Perhaps a search
of the basic words "Resin Jewelry" in "all" the archive years... I
found 107 posts.
Link to Orchid Archives posts with those search words: Resin+Jewelry
Or just "Resin" as the search word in "all" the archive years. Link
to Orchid search results for "Resin," some 650 posts:
Perhaps if you skim the "Excerpts" you might be able to find some
very helpful that has been posted in the past.
The second place to find out better what the author Kathie Murphy
might have been referring to when she recommended that the surface
of the metal should be treated to prevent discoloring, would be to
email her and ask her to clarify what she meant in her book in terms
of that process.
I've done a quick Google search of her name and have found that she
has a WebPage available online. Kathie Murphy URL:
http://www.design-gap.co.uk/kathiemurphy/index.html On her WebPage it
lists an email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I should think that she might answer an email question regarding
text in her book?!
I hope you find all the you need to continue your
exploration of polyester resin in your jewelry, and I wish you the
best of luck with your work!