EnviroTex Jewelry Resin

Oct 23, 2012

I’ve been want­ing to play with resin for a long time and finally just took the time to do it and I LOVE it. Mind you these are no where amaz­ing com­pared to what is out there to be found but I am happy with my first attempts. I did learn a few things in the process that I will share with you in hopes you will not make the same errors I did. Although, things are going to hap­pen that you might not like as you learn, just accept it but then again it goes both ways… you might dis­cover some­thing you really like too.

  1. I was wor­ried about a heavy chem­i­cal smell and was happy to dis­cover that Envi­ro­Tex had no smell at all. So I could check this worry off my list.
  2. I was wor­ried about mix­ing it wrong, it then not cur­ing and wast­ing resin and the items used to make my charms… well this was a silly worry I mixed the resin exactly how it said on the box and so far so good. The resin hard­ened as stated. The hard­est part was fig­ur­ing out how to find the darn stop watch on my phone so I could mix the resin and hard­ener for 2 min­utes. Ugh, I’m so not a techy person!
  3. When fill­ing your item of choice let the resin set­tle a bit before adding more resin. At first it was kinda hard  for me to esti­mate how much resin was needed and I over filled a few times. It was not hard to fix, I just scooped a bit out with my Pop­si­cle stick, wiped the over­flow away and after about 12 hours while it was in it’s soft cure (I think this is what you call it) I used my craft knife to cut away some the excess resin. You can’t even tell which one I over filled.
  4. Make sure you put sev­eral coats of sealant on the FRONT and BACK of book pages or any dou­ble sided paper for that mat­ter. If not, you will see the words on the back of the paper from the front as the resin makes the paper trans­par­ent like. Notice the charm with Love, dreams, wishes — this is an exam­ple of what hap­pens to book page words when not sealed well. So make sure to apply 2–3 coats of your sealant and that you let it dry in between each coat. I kinda like the way this charm turned out though, because love, dreams and wishes are always there if and when you look for them.
  5. Make sure you have a pin handy to arrange items you want to add to the resin like beads, word strips etc. This is a very handy tool. Maya Road Trin­ket Pins work great because the pin is long and easy to hold onto.
  6. You can add all kinds of things to the resin after pour­ing it into the charm… glit­ter, micro beads, but­tons, rhine­stones, paper pieces (sealed paper pieces) etc.
  7. Have a heat tool handy to pop any bub­bles that form. I did not have many at all and was quite sur­prised but the few I did have popped instantly as soon as I zapped it quickly with my heat tool.
  8. I am one that really does not like to waste at all and I was wor­ried about over mix­ing my resin amount which I did because I had no clue how much resin was needed for each charm I wanted to make but I have an awe­some solu­tion… make resin paper with all your left over resin. All you need to do is place your paper onto a piece of plas­tic, I used a bag­gie I had close by, using a foam brush apply half the remain­ing resin to the front of the paper, flip it over and apply the remain­ing half to the back of the paper. Make sure you really rub the resin into the paper by flip­ping the paper over sev­eral times and work­ing the resin into it. I then hung the resin paper onto a plas­tic pants hanger, the one with the clips, and hung it to dry for 24–48 hours. Once the resin has cured you have some awe­some paper to use in projects.
  9. Using resin teaches you patience. You MUST wait at least 24 hours for the resin to cure and prefer­ably 48 hours. If you are like me and want it now get over it… you can not rush resin. If you do you will be sorry. It dries on it’s own time and at it’s own pace. I would love to see Wendy Vec­chi deal with this issue… she has less patience than I do. We’ll see if she reads this post. I’ll know it if she does. LOL
  10. Use the pop­si­cle stick to apply the resin in the charm. I find it eas­ier to con­trol instead of pour­ing it straight into the charm using the mix­ing cup.
  11. To fill tiny areas like around the rhine­stone trim… I dipped the end of my straight pin into the resin and let small drops of resin fall in between each rhine­stone. This worked perfectly.

Here is another view of the charms I made. I really like the dimen­sion I got from the UTEE bust I made the other day and the resin is crys­tal clear… not one bub­ble. I plan on doing some things to the side of the charm but have no clue what as of yet. It will come to me though.

And here is a look at the resin papers I made… yes I way over mixed the amount of resin needed for the charms but I’m really glad I did because I love hav­ing this paper ready and wait­ing for me to use in a project.

Now go have some fun with resin and let me know what you think…

Hugs!

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  • Shirley Hall

    I love this, Lisa. Thanks for sharing.

  • tgr­dina

    Your charms are gor­geous!!! I just love these.…Great job on shar­ing your con­cerns as many of what you have stated are ones that I have though of also!!

  • Erica H

    Won­der­ful tips! I’ve been want­ing to play with resin, but haven’t got­ten around to it yet.

  • http://twitter.com/DanaMeyerDesign Dana Meyer Designs

    These are excel­lent! Thanks for sharing.

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