The use of resin plays a huge part in today’s crafting world as artists everywhere attempt different things such as jewellery making, trays and coaster making and so much more. The two commonly used resin types are epoxy resin and UV resin. In this article we’re going to talk all about working with UV resin.
What is UV resin?
Amongst the two resins, UV resin is considered to be the practical and convenient choice due to the fact that this synthetic resin is ready for instant use and does not require you to go through the challenging process of mixing two parts in said ratio with given time and care. UV resin products are also known to cure quickly but require a UV lamp in order to aid the curing process. This is because without the presence of UV rays it cannot be cured. However, UV resin comes in lesser quantities as it is often used for smaller pieces that fit under the lamp area as well as shallow pours.
Required materials for UV resin
Apart from the UV resin itself and the UV lamp, there are a few other products you require in order to help you proceed with your project. These include: silicon moulds, colour pigments (either liquid or powdered), mixing tools such as stirring sticks and embellishments of your choice and preference such as dried flowers, crystals, etc. While it’s not compulsory, having sandpaper with a certain amount of grit and polish can help you add the finishing look to your piece.
Apart from materials required for the project itself, you will also be needing safety equipment such as gloves, safety goggles and masks as resin is a chemical that needs to be worked with utmost care.
Tips and tricks when using UV resin
Removing bubbles – with the help of either a blow torch or hot air dryer you can easily get rid of the air pockets that form in your piece of work. Make sure to do it quick and with care. Creating a layer thicker than 3mm could also cause bubbles.
Ventilated space – this keeps the air circulated well and ensures that the chemicals of the resin don’t stay packed around your room as it would be harmful.
Following instructions– in order to achieve successful results, carefully read and follow the instruction on the given resin bottle as well as by doing your research online. This helps you understand the process of each step better and avoid mishaps.
Checking the layers –when it comes to working with UV resin it’s always best keep every layer shallow, cure it with the help of a lamp and then proceed to pour the next. This would ensure that your piece cures well and helps avoid bubbles within.
Curing time – If the colour pigments are thick, inconsistent or dark colours such as black, the piece would require more time under the lamp as the rays may take longer to penetrate.
Working with UV resins, although tricky is always fun!