metal clay, art clay, pmc, bronze clay, copper clay, steel clay
FAQ HomeFAQAsk us a QuestionSave your Favorites
Metal Clay Academy Excellence in Art Clay and Precious Metal Clay PMC
Search Advanced Search
Categories
Beginners (49)
Advanced (14)
Glass (2)
Hollow Forms (1)
Patina and Colours (8)
Stones (8)
Technical (30)
Training (2)
Firing (9)
Finishing (10)
Business (3)
Money saving tips (3)
Search
Advanced Search
FAQs
Search our FAQ to find resolutions to common issues.
Tips and Hints on using UV Resin

The following tips and hints were posted on the Yahoo! Metal Clay Group by Linda at Laughing Girl Arts

Heat the jar of resin before use. I find it too thick to flow easily right out of the jar but when I heat it it liquifies and flows easier. I put the open jar on my mug warmer with the lid sitting lightly on top to block light and stir it every 30-60 seconds until it feels loose. When it gets where I want it, somewhere between "doesn't flow" and "runs off the toothpick before I can get it to the piece", I turn the mug warmer off and let the jar sit there as I work. Reheat as needed.

I use a toothpick or bamboo skewer to pick up a blob of resin from the jar and then drop onto my piece. The blob stays attached to my skewer until I touch it down on the piece. You may need to coax the resin to the edges of your piece with your toothpick. Be sure to wipe up any threads or spills as they will harden on the piece too.

Remember light cures it so don't leave the lid off the jar very long if you're working in bright light.

I'm afraid of undercured resin so I usually give it two rounds of time under my auto-shutoff manicure lamp just to be sure. Probably not necessary but it eases my mind. That works fine for transparent colors too. I haven't done opaques.

I put the bottom of a cardboard shoebox upside down over the manicure light so that the UV light doesn't leak out. And I try not to look at it when it's on. Bad for your eyes.

Don't let the sticky residue on the top of the cured resin throw you. It comes off perfectly with just a swipe of the UV Resin cleaner. Conversely, if you're doing multiple layers you don't need to clean off the sticky residue between layers. It is really sticky though so don't get dust in it between layers.


Print  Email  Save  Comments  Notify Me  Add to Favorites 
Article ID: 10055 Article Created: 07-03-2008 17:07 PM

How well did this article answer your question? 100% 75% 50% 25% 0%

Most Recently Viewed Articles
How do I make a snake or sausage of clay?
This is a very basic technique and easily achievable with basic tools. ...
Butane Torch Tips
New metal clay artists normally start by using a butane torch for firing. This set of tips will help you get the best from your torch....
My hollow bead has got full of shot in the tumbler. How do I get it out?
Shaking will get the shot out eventually give it to a man or a child to shake! You can put it back in the tumbler without shot in and tumble again, it will come out. Sometimes a magnet can help to get it out....
My stone seems to lose its depth and lustre when I put it in a bezel, can I improve the look?
Some stones and also glass cabochons can benefit from having a coloured backing put into the bezel before setting the stone. Opals are particularly good with dark grit emery paper behind them. ...
Photopolymer Plates for Enamelling Textures
Pam East uses Photo-polymer plates extensively both for making custom textures and images, and for champleve enameling. She's learned a lot about photo-polymer from Maggie Bergman, Tonya Davidson and many others. She's also developed a few tricks of her own along the way. Here are a few tips that may help....
How do you solder onto metal clay?
This short article gives you some basic tips and hints about soldering onto metal clay. It's written by Deb Jemmott. ...
What can I do with my already fired mistakes?
Sometimes the mistakes can become a wonderful piece of work!...
What kiln should I buy?
This really depends on what you intend to do with your kiln and what your budget is....
How can I raise up a cabochon if the bezel is too high?
There are several ways of fitting a cabochon into a bezel that's not the perfect height. ...
Polishing
Tip on how to get a tumble polished finish without buying a tumbler....