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…
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!
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!