Clear epoxy resin is often the resin of choice for crafters and artists as it hardens more quickly than other resin. Epoxy resin is a two-part resin -- resin and hardener -- that must be mixed with equal amounts. When working with epoxy resin, be sure to do so in a well-ventilated area wearing plastic gloves and protective goggles.
Resin casting is done by pouring a two-part epoxy resin into a mould of your choice for pendants, charms, figurines and other items. The moulds you use depends entirely on you. Plastic, rubber and latex moulds are sold in most craft stores and work well for three-dimensional objects, such as pendants. Other types of moulds that might be used include ice cube trays and candy moulds. In a well-ventilated area, pour the two-part epoxy resin into your mould. Before it hardens, you have the option of embedding objects into the moulds, such as cake sprinkles, small plastic objects or flower petals. Place the objects into the moulds, then let the epoxy dry for about 24 hours. If your resin has bubbles in it after being poured into the moulds, use a tooth pick to vent and clear the bubbles.
Photo Resin Pendants
Clear epoxy resin is also used to make photo resin pendants. Aside from using a pendant mould, you can also make a photo pendant with picture frame charms available at most craft stores. For the picture frame pendants, print a picture the size of the picture frame. You will want it to be at 300 dots per inch (DPI) so it is not pixelated. Place the picture inside the frame charm, then pour the two-part epoxy resin on top of the picture and fill in the picture frame charm. It takes about 24 hours to harden.
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