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.
We’re always asked how to get rid of bubbles that have formed in resin (before the resin has cured that is!).
Well, if they’re really large bubbles there’s no choice – you will have to have a dig around with a cocktail stick (toothpick) and see if you can pop them. However if the bubbles are tiny try this:
Safety alert – ONLY DO THIS IS YOU ARE USING NON-FLAMMABLE RESIN. We do not advise you do this with alcohol inks unless you want to lose your eyebrows.
Now, you only need to flash the flame over the resin for a second or two. Don’t linger! Also, make sure you do this on a heatproof surface. In the image above we’ve used a heat-proof mat but you could also use a silicone mat, kitchen/bathroom tile or something like an old baking tray.
For those who enjoy the science….the flame starves the bubbles of oxygen therefore drawing them to the surface where they pop and vanish.
Give it a go next time you’re making something with our resin – it will be the best thing you’ve learnt today!