Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

tuesdaytipsandtricks-520x210It takes 72 hours for ICE Resin to cure completely, developing its permanent, glassy surface. A lot can happen in 3 days, so today’s trick will help you keep your resin projects safe while they dry!

Every crafter I know would love to have a dedicated studio to work in where they could leave projects out without fear. Most of us don’t have that and instead take over desks, dining room tables or kitchen counters when we get inspired. Leaving a curing resin project out in a high traffic area is asking for a disaster that at best leaves you with a ruined project and at worst means you’re chipping cured resin off of your floor. First you need to find an out of the way spot to stash your projects while they cure. I like using the top of a bookcase or a high shelf.

To keep dust, lint, bugs and stray hairs from becoming part of your project forever, you’ll want to cover it! I use upside down glasses or clear plastic tubs depending on the size of my project. A clear cover lets you casually check on your project without having to touch anything. If you do need to remove the cover before the end of the 72 hour period, remember to lift straight up. Lifting at an angle means you might accidentally tap your project and spill the resin or shift any objects you’ve included.

Tuesday Tips and Tricks | The Creative Room Blog | Fusion Beads

You can find even more tricks for getting perfect results with resin in our Techniques!

Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen

2 comments to Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

  • I made a layered pendant at the 2013 Bead and Button Show Vintaj booth, using a UV machine to cure each layer. When I got it home, I discovered the top layer still felt tacky. That was over a year ago and it still does. What, if anything, can I do to make the tackiness go away? I thought about painting it with a layer of clear nail polish….

  • FusionBeads.com

    Hi Betty!

    If you were using a UV resin, our resin expert advises putting that project back under a UV light or in direct sunlight to help it fully cure and harden. We don’t have a lot of experience with UV resin, so you might also want to contact the makers of that product for more advice!

    – Gretchen

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