My friend Helen wanted to know why I am so fascinated with resin.  She asked after we met for lunch following my translucent screen printed resin jewelry tutorial post which used her screen designs. Perhaps it is because I once worked in the lab - you know, all that stirring and pouring of chemicals! I am also naturally curious about the sort of conditions which affect the polymerization of epoxy resin.  For instance, if you have an attic studio like my Canadian friend, Aims, resin would have a hard time curing there for much of the year.

My interest in the creative uses of epoxy resin was first tweaked when I stumbled upon Fran Valera of Little Windows' amazingly creative video series.  Who knew you could bend resin?  Since then I have had so much fun with this material. It is very versatile. Use it to protect designs.  The glass like finish is an advantage if you don't want breakages. And there are no fumes.

One of my most popular posts covered how to make real pressed flower jewelry. Not all the experiments worked but I learned a lot.  Many months ago, I posted this 1960's inspired resin based go-go pendant design on my Facebook page :

Some followers asked me for the tutorial.  It has taken me a while to get around to writing the how-to, so thanks for your patience!   The go-go cut out feature tutorial will be out later this week.  

I have tried many brands of resin but my favorite has to be Little Windows' Brilliant Resin. Like ICE Resin, it's designed for jewelry making - nice doming. Both are also low bubble producers.  But unlike Ice Resin, Brilliant Resin is completely colorless. I suspect the process of making it so clear and colorless also involves taking out more impurities. This probably accounts for the longer shelf life.

Brilliant resin uses a 2: 1 ratio of the parts.  I have to remember the difference when I use other resins which are often 1:1! There is a benefit to the 2:1 as it is usually Part B which goes off with time. Little Windows also sells Part B separately for those who do not use resin a lot and need to replace the yellowed part. Note : You can color the resin if you find the cured resin is yellowish but there will be a point with old resin when the combined parts will fail to cure.

It's not that other brands are bad. They just vary in price points, formulations and shelf life. So pick the right kind for your purpose. For example,  I really like the colorless ArtResin brand (below right) which is uv stabilized (non-yellowing). But unfortunately the polymerization reaction of this brand creates a ton of bubbles. It is great for the purpose it was designed for - covering art work. So the bubbles tend to pop on their own if the resin layer is thin. The rest can be blown off or chased off with a few waves of a small handheld torch. I found getting rid of the Art Resin bubbles was much harder when working with deeper molds. So it is worth it to get a low bubble producer in the first place.

Recently, Fran shared her paint, punch and resin tutorial which also uses the cut out feature.  Her tutorial uses gorgeous metallic paint on paper.  Her funky necklace is just super. Her post here also shows an easy hair barrette idea


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All final project images were captured in natural light using my iPhone 6S, the camera+ app and the Modahaus TS320 Tabletop Photo Studio. Studio pictures were captured using artificial lights. Photo editing was done in-app with final tweaks in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Click for more information on my How to Photography Jewelry Webinar.

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