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Resin Table Grapes?
naugatiki
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Joined: Jan 02, 2004
Posts: 822
From: Port Angeles, Wa
Posted: 2005-07-16 3:15 pm   Permalink

Does anyone have any information on the lost art of resin grape manufacturing? There must be some round vintage molds floating around somewhere. I think it's high time to resurrect this hobby





 
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Chacha
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Joined: Jan 19, 2003
Posts: 100
From: Jacksonville
Posted: 2005-07-16 3:23 pm   Permalink

I just love those things and was just looking at two grape swag lamps yesterday.

 
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CheekyGirl
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Joined: May 21, 2003
Posts: 976
From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2005-07-16 3:41 pm   Permalink

I'm dating myself, but my mom had a set on her living room coffee table. I always thought they were pretty cool.

 
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Tiki Matt
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Joined: Jul 06, 2004
Posts: 924
From: North O.C.
Posted: 2005-07-16 4:33 pm   Permalink

Love 'em! You can get them at flea markets for a few bucks (usually).

 
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eel
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Joined: Oct 06, 2004
Posts: 70
From: Save the eel....Laney
Posted: 2005-07-16 4:37 pm   Permalink

I've been working with resin for a while now. Those who have attended Oasis have seen my seahorses, mermaids, swordfish, tables, lamps, jewelry, etc.

Some day I'll post pictures...I've been meaning to for a while

If you decide to try the "vintage craft" yourself be aware that the materials are expensive and highly toxic. Even though I have a collection of about 10 vintage DIY resin books, many of the materials needed aren't even made anymore due to their toxicity. There is a book called "Pad" in which there are detailed instructions for creating a set of coasters.

As for grape molds, I have some old stock glass ones however I have yet to use them, they are a one shot deal. I've found that the grapes are plentiful out there and I pick them up whenever I find a good color or good price.


I love doing it and am constantly creating new stuff. I also have a large collection of vintage resin lamps, wall art, furniture, and jewlery. Cheesy fun!



 
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naugatiki
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Joined: Jan 02, 2004
Posts: 822
From: Port Angeles, Wa
Posted: 2005-07-16 8:30 pm   Permalink

Im surprised that these things turn up semi regularly in yard and estate sales but Ive yet to see a mold of one. Like tiki mugs theyre one of those items that can go for either $1 or $50 depending on the seller. Ebays a good source but the shipping of an 8 pound item is often more than the purchased price. Ive seen lamps, bookends, table grapes, and candle holders made out of those crazy grapes and everyone I met seems to have fond memories of them so I thought a revival would be a natural. Id love to be able to make a cluster of colored tikis on a vine as a homage.

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
Posts: 2789
From: Carson, California
Posted: 2005-07-17 12:57 pm   Permalink

I was going to sell a pair of red grape swag-lamps that I found at a garage sale until I actually plugged them in and saw how beautiful they are. I hung them behind the tiki bar in front of the zebra-skin instead. Here's a photo of Doctor-Z & the grape lamps from last party. He is pointing out the lion-claw scars on the zebra.


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ookoo lady
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Joined: Jun 24, 2004
Posts: 779
Posted: 2005-07-17 2:15 pm   Permalink

That's my husband Krustiki in the picture with Dr. Z. It's funny that he would show up in a thread about resin grapes, because I love them and keep buying them, but he can't understand why!
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dangergirl299
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From: Bay Area
Posted: 2005-07-17 3:57 pm   Permalink

Yes! Love em!

 
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kctiki
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Joined: Apr 22, 2003
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From: Kansas City
Posted: 2005-08-06 10:29 am   Permalink

Does anyone remember the "clackers" that were made of two big resin grapes attached to both ends of a string? You held the middle of the string and moved your hand up & down real fast so the grapes would swing up and down & hit eachother making a clacking noise. They were contraband at school because the resin could shatter and (you guessed it) put your eye out!

 
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naugatiki
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From: Port Angeles, Wa
Posted: 2005-08-06 2:44 pm   Permalink

When they were the rage in elementary school you couldn't walk ten feet without hearing the rhythm of the clack. As long as you hit them below the ring they were fine but when you got bored with this and put some muscle into them you might painfully hit your face or even chip the resin. I've had this one for a while now and still haven't worked up the courage to go downtown on it.



 
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8FT Tiki
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Joined: Nov 30, 2003
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From: Kansas City, MO
Posted: 2005-08-07 10:45 pm   Permalink

I love the clackers! We all had them in elementary school.
I still have 2 sets and as for the table grapes, I like the lamps best. I've only bought one (at a yard sale last summer) and as I walked back to my car I could hear the people at the sale all laughing at me. Well, the jokes on them because I got one cool as hell lamp for $1.00
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atomictonytiki
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Joined: May 14, 2002
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From: Bangkok
Posted: 2005-08-08 03:52 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-08-06 10:29, kctiki wrote:
They were contraband at school because the resin could shatter and (you guessed it) put your eye out!



In the UK we were told they were banned coz the balls could fly up and break bones, that why there known as wrist-breakers.


 
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badmojo
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Posted: 2005-08-08 05:11 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-08-08 03:52, atomictonytiki wrote:
Quote:

On 2005-08-06 10:29, kctiki wrote:
They were contraband at school because the resin could shatter and (you guessed it) put your eye out!



In the UK we were told they were banned coz the balls could fly up and break bones, that why there known as wrist-breakers.


Or worse. When I was about 6 my Dad was showing me how they worked, and on my first attempt I nailed him right in the nuts.


 
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tikitortured
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Joined: Apr 08, 2004
Posts: 332
From: Huntington Beach Ca.
Posted: 2005-08-09 5:39 pm   Permalink

Yeah, resin grapes are cool, but I'm working on something that will revolutionize the "resinated fruit craze"....
RESIN RAISINS!!!!!!!


 
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