Usually, you can put almost anything in resin when planning or preparing for your new resin project. People start with a master plan, they add paper, metal, fabric, clay, wood, glitters, powders, natural elements, and there are other materials that can work well too.
Adding special pieces to the resin will make your jewelry and the other resin crafts more impressive and even memorable. It’s up to you and your creative side when it comes to choosing the items you want to be spreading all over the resin.
However, some elements can ruin the consistency of resin.
Try to avoid them to make sure your projects turn out successful.
To help you have the best results, here is a list things you should try to never set in resin.
What Not To Put In Resin
Adding sparkling elements or ornamental pieces into the resin can immediately change the final look of your project. Even appear to take a resin project from drab to fab. But, when people try to enhance their resin work, they can ruin the consistency and resistance of this hardening material.
Luckily, I have a list that will tell you, what not to put in resin.
● Fresh flowers
Although they are so beautiful, once added to the resin, fresh flowers will change their colors. They can do anything wrong, from going clear to turning into a dark brown, which ruins their initial appearance.
However, if you still want to use flowers, the solution is drying and preserving them first.
● Photos or Mementos
Adding some memorable photos into the resin project can have a genuinely emotional result. In the very first instance, they might look great, but we recommend you to think twice before putting them into the resin casting.
It is almost impossible to undo this step. Secondly, you might lose these keepsake photos permanently, as their color might slowly fade out. If you don’t want to give up the original photo or item, you can make copies of those notes, tickets, and photos and only then include them in the resin. Click to read about: 3 easy ways to seal paper for resin
● Fresh Food
Fresh food usually has high water content. Think about fruits and vegetables. Once put in resin, these elements will rot and turn into a disgusting result.
It is pretty challenging to get rid of the whole moisture, so you must dehydrate them first and then add them into the resin. Otherwise, the extra water in fresh food will only impede the resin from curing.
When it comes to resin, there is nothing worse than moisture. Resins hate water, especially the polyurethane ones. If you want to add some color to your project, make sure you only use the colorants designed for resin, which does not contain water. Otherwise, the resin will not cure properly.
On the other hand, if you want to change the viscosity of your projects, use solvents like acetone or alcohol, no more than 10%, which will have less impact during the curing process.
● Insects and Other Small Specimens
Do not add small specimens, insects, or bugs that have not been entirely preserved first. Like fresh flowers, small insects will only rot once put in resin. Make sure you have preserved these insects first.
Like in the case of water, silicone is working against the resin, and it is one of the worst enemies. Silicone will prevent the resin from adhesion and longevity; this is a quick way to experience bare spots, fractures, or craters.
Now that you are aware of resin’s worst enemies, it’s time for the next resin project. What are you up to?