So I have been asked about my resin process a lot & what materials I use...and there are many types of resin out there..each with their own unique way of working. The one I use is Art Resin, and in this post I am going to show you why.
Some resins are meant for casting and some for coating, like Art Resin. I use resin to coat jewellery made from watercolour paper, so a top coat is what I am looking for.
Like most resins, Art Resin comes in two parts; one part is resin, the other the hardener. They are mixed together in equal parts for at least 3 minutes, then you have approximately 45 minutes to use it before it gets too thick and starts to harden. I try and use it within a 40 minute window, as I find the little bubbles are harder to get out of the surface of resin that has been applied towards the end of the time window.
I am coating watercolour paper that has been painted with watercolour paint, then cut into very small shapes for jewellery.
I also usually work on a silpat sheet, so that any spills can lift off easily. Working on such small pieces (they are 1/2 inch diameter) has its challenges; controlling the resin takes practice and patience. One of the most valuable tools I have is a medicine syringe. I fill it with mixed resin and use it to apply a small amount on the surface of the paper. Art Resin has a perfect consistency for this, not too thick and not too thin.
The syringe also helps me to cover a larger amount of pieces in a shorter amount of time. I used to apply it with a toothpick....let’s just say it took a bit longer.
After I have applied all of the resin, I do still use a toothpick to make sure all of the resin has spread to the edges of each piece. Often it spreads out on its own.
If all goes well, each piece has a perfectly domed top. A blow torch works best for getting rid of any little bubbles.....I made the mistake of using a heat gun once (which blows hot air)....and the little pieces of paper went blowing right along with the hot air. Not my most brilliant moment.
Art Resin takes about 24 hours to cure enough so that it can be handled...then the process starts all over again on the reverse side of each piece.
Overall, Art Resin works really well for my needs. Most resins have an extremely strong smell, but Art Resin does not. It also does not yellow the way that other resins that I have used do. In the end, my pieces turn out like this:
Perfectly domed, protected mini watercolour paintings for your ears.
Art Resin also has a fantastic website; any question you could possibly imagine is usually addressed on the FAQ’s page you can find here.