FREE SHIPPING is here

Thanks to some hard negotiations with Royal Mail and Parcelforce
we are delighted to be able to offer you a much better delivery pricing structure!

From midday today (8th Sep) we can offer free standard shipping* to UK addresses, and some reductions in pricing for other shipping services:

UK STANDARD DELIVERY – Now from £2.40 (saving you £0.85)
UK FIRST CLASS DELIVERY – Now from £2.95 (saving you £0.90)
UK COURIER DELIVERY – Now from £7.50 (saving you £1.45)

*orders over £50 | UK only | not including hazardous goods | total parcel weight under 2kg

 

READ ABOUT OUR DELIVERY POLICY HERE
Products that are classed as hazardous for delivery and have to be sent by courier
Pinata Alcohol Inks (flammable)
Doming epoxy resin (corrosive hardener)
Pebeo Fantasy Prisme and Moon (flammable)

Pantone Colour Trend: Dreamscape

Inspired by the latest colour influence from the renowned Pantone Color Institute, our LIMITED EDITION Dreamscape Colour Collection launches today.

Available for 1 month only, Dreamscape contains a mix of opaque and metallic pigments, mica powders and a FREE sample of the brand-new Resin8 biodegradable reflections eco-glitter.

An alternative selection of tones, this kit is dreamy with its cool pink, shimmering lilac, vintage ivory and pale blue – think sweet pastels with a punch of orange and purple colour pop.

Get your hands on one of our Limited Edition Dreamscape Collections now.

Read more on Resin8’s mica powder and pigments below, and view the original Pantone article here.

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Resin Petri Art – colour pop achieved in minutes!

If you love creating fun, funky eye candy with the minimum of fuss, you’ll love petri art.

Made popular by artist Josie Lewis of Petrified Rainbow, this fabulous art form combines resin with alcohol inks to create three dimensional splashes of colour with unpredictable results.

You can use this effect to make stunning coasters, pendants and paperweights – the only limit is your imagination!

Called petri art because it resembles the tiny particles found growing in petri dish experiments, this popular technique is simple to get started with as long as you get the basics right.

All you have to do is drop a few drops of alcohol ink into a resin filled mould and wait for it to set. Simple, right? Well not entirely. There are a few things you should be mindful of before you get started.

All alcohol inks are not created equal

The first thing you’ll discover is that not all alcohol inks are created equal! We’ve experimented with different brands and have found Jacquard Piñata inks by far the best for this type of project.

Some thinner alternatives tend to bleed, creating a murky, brown sludge.

Piñata inks are highly saturated, fast drying and tend to hold their colour better.

All resins are not created equal

As well as choosing the right inks, it’s essential to select the correct resin to get the best effects.

Generally, the more viscous resins, such as Resin8’s 1 to 1 Epoxy Resin, work best with alcohol inks. Resin8 Heat Resistant Epoxy Resin produces equally stunning results, and is perfect for coasters, although bear in mind that to be fully heat proof, it must have a clear, uncoloured layer of this special resin on each end.

Thinner resins don’t tend to work as well because the alcohol ink sinks down to the bottom too fast and blends. If you only have thinner resin to hand, you could always let it semi-cure (set) before adding your alcohol inks. So for example, if you’re using Resin8 Slowcure resin, you might want to wait a day before adding the inks.

The magic ingredient

The magic ingredient in any petri art project is white alcohol ink. Without it, you can’t easily get the petrified effect.

You can’t substitute white alcohol ink for any other kind of white pigment or colour. Believe us, we’ve tried! Unfortunately there’s a worldwide shortage of Piñata’s Blanco Blanco (white) ink, with few shops in the UK able to keep up with demand! Among the petri art community, Blanco Blanco is gold dust!

The good news is that Resin8 is now stocking this petri art staple.

When you’re applying your coloured inks, make sure you include some Blanco Blanco. We often start with a drop of the white, followed by two drops of another colour, followed by a drop of the white and two drops of another colour – but have fun and experiment!

Putting the coloured ink before the white will get a different effect. Give both a try but remember that when it comes to petri art, less is usually more!

Metallic alcohol inks

As well as a rainbow of gorgeous coloured inks, Piñata make special metallic inks, such as  Rich Gold, Silver and Copper. These are made from real metallic pigments and can give your project a shot of shimmer.

It’s important to give the bottle a good shake before you use it. You only need a drop or two to give your project that je ne sais quoi!

The element of surprise

Petri art is often unpredictable and because you are essentially working backwards, you usually won’t see the finished product until it’s fully set and you can pop it out of the mould. Patience will be your greatest virtue!

You will get different effects depending on the size and depth of your mould and the type of resin you use. Don’t have your heart set on an end result… just go with the flow! The hardest part is waiting for the resin to set.

Good to know

Unfortunately alcohol inks are not lightfast and will eventually fade. Humidity, temperature and the type of resins and additives you use may also affect how fast your project may fade.

Luckily Piñata Colors are made with dye based colourants, which don’t fade as much as some other alcohol inks, according to Jacquard. They recommend avoiding prolonged sunlight exposure. The Blanco Blanco and metallic colours are completely lightfast and shouldn’t fade.

Your barbecue lighter may be your favourite way of getting rid of pesky bubbles when you’re working with resin. Alcohol inks are incredibly flammable – so whatever you do, don’t flambé your project/house!

Petri art is highly addictive, quick to produce and relatively cost effective, as a small bottle of alcohol ink goes a long way! For tips and inspiration, check out the Petri Supernova Facebook group.

And watch this space for Resin8 petri art video tutorials!

Resin8 1 to 1 Epoxy Resin – the resin you’ve been waiting for!

“it does exactly what it says on the tin”; “easier to use than other resins”; “I will definitely use it again”…

Just a few of the AMAZING things people have been saying about our brand new Resin8 1 to 1 Epoxy Resin!  This non-toxic resin has been developed for use in jewellery, sculpture and art. It is a superb all-purpose clear resin and is designed for doming, embedding, casting and coating.

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sterling-silver-ruby-and-resin-ring-2Resin8 1 to 1 Epoxy Resin is receiving rave reviews – check out just a few of them here. Kim from Wilde Works commented that she “would fully recommend using Resin8’s new 1 to 1 resin for small-scale resin casting on curved surfaces” and that “this is the resin i’ve been waiting for”. Michelle Fernandez mentioned that “it is a good all-round resin” and Viv from Beads of Creation said “all in all a great resin, easy to use, fantastic results, love it!”.

Grab yourself a 200ml Resin8 1 to 1 Epoxy Resin kit now!

Slowcure Epoxy – it’s worth the wait!

Our thanks go out to Tallulah does the Hula and The Beading Library for their fantastic reviews of Slowcure Epoxy resin.

These reviews are independent and contain honest, impartial opinions on our brand new resin.

The reviews are fab because both Tali and Helen have written great detail about working with slowcure epoxy – from the basics of measuring the resin out to the length of time required to get a crystal clear cure.

Read the full reviews here

Slowcure epoxy – it’s worth the wait!

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How did Clare get into resin jewellery making?

So how did I get hooked on making jewellery? Was it the wool and silver paper necklace that I made when I was 9? Was it the melon seeds that I dried and threaded into a necklace? Maybe it was the copper enamelled rings I made aged 17? Or my first silver wire ring that I plaited and soldered when I was studying for A levels?

GREEN EARRINGSI think you could say that it was all of those things and I was 17 when I decided to go to Art School to study jewellery making. My first study away from home was my Foundation Art course at High Wycombe. I loved the immersion into Art and Design and I got to try all sorts of disciplines- drawing, pottery, metalwork, resin, textiles, painting and photography.

My mind was still made up to go down the jewellery route though and I began to think about doing a professional apprenticeship. So, in January 1972, I wrote to the National Association of Goldsmiths to find out how I could become an apprentice.

Their reply was ‘We do not take girls to be apprentices but you could try going to Art College’

So that is what I did and here I am still making and loving jewellery. And, thankfully, times have changed and girls have been apprentices for many years.CJ_30

Top Tip… How to prepare fabric for use with resin

Who doesn’t love a fabric and resin bangle?! We’ve all been there – the resin soaks into the fabric, it warps, distorts and even bleeds colour into the lovely clear resin. Well no more…!!!

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Simply cover both sides of the fabric with PVA glue or Mod Podge, leave it to dry and hey presto – you can now cut the fabric easily – it won’t fray, warp or distort AND it won’t bleed colour into the resin!

Top Tip…Don’t throw mixing sticks away!

It has come to our attention that people are THROWING AWAY THEIR MIXING STICKS….

You don’t have to! Simply wipe them clean with kitchen roll or a baby wipe, leave them to dry and hey presto, they’re good to reuse many many times.

We can’t quite work it out but we reckon we have some mixing sticks that are over 10 years old…

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Top Tip…Make sure your resin is level before you dome

We like to add a layer of doming resin to the back of castings, so that they are smooth to wear against the skin. When doing this, it’s important to make sure that the casting is level before you add doming resin.

A handy tip is to use a mini spirit level (as you can see this one was from the RNLI, but we’re sure you can find them on ebay or etsy). This way the casting will have a level back, and look super professional!

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Top Tip…Avoid bubbles in resin when using paper in your designs

Avoid bubbles in resin when using paper in your design

Here’s something we’ve learnt by experience…

If you have a curing cabinet do not use it if your resin creations have paper in them. As paper contains air, the action of heating the piece of jewellery up means that the air is released into the resin in the form of bubbles. OH NO!

Instead, pass a flame quickly over the piece before leaving it to cure overnight in a warm, dust-free environment.

Avoid bubbles in resin when using paper in your design