You Will Need:
*Two part Epoxy Resin, or Ice Resin. (I used 2 part Epoxy)
*Craft Mat (or greaseproof paper/baking paper)
*Some printed images and/or old book pages
*Make sure you have your craft sheet, or baking paper, wax paper, grease proof paper under your project at all times. The resin will not stick to this. Some have even suggested using a kitchen trash bag. Placing a resin coated image directly on your benches could result in damaged surfaces. Placing resin coated images onto paper may cause your image to stick to the paper and ruin your project.*
*Step One: Measure 2 equal parts of your Resin and Hardener in separate cups. It is important that you measure accurately, otherwise your resin may not cure (or harden) properly and will remain tacky.
*Step Two: Pour your Resin into a separate cup, then pour the Hardener into the same cup. Resin must be poured first, then hardener, not the other way around.
*Step Three: Mix the two together for approximately 2 minutes. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the cup to ensure that the mixture is completely combined. Once combined, let it sit for another minute or so to settle.
*Step Four: Choose your image and make sure you have your resin handy and a small sponge. You will also need your gloves for this part. I used a printed image I had on the computer. I have an ink jet printer and the process works just fine. You can use pages from an old book, magazine clippings, anything you like. Some have even used scrap booking paper.
*Step Five: Using your mixing stick, drizzle some resin over the top of your image. Pouring the resin on could result in pouring too much, so just drizzle. A little bit of resin does go a long way.
*Step Six: Using your sponge, gently wipe the resin across the entire image, ensuring complete coverage. Make sure you are wearing your gloves as resin can react with your skin when it is still in a liquid state. (I was naughty and did not wear gloves and did this at my own risk) Apologies for the blurry photo. I was trying to sponge the resin and take the photo at the same time.
*Step Seven: Once you have covered the image with resin, flip it over and repeat the process on the other side.
*Your images should look like this after both sides have been coated with resin. I gently sponged over the top of the front of my image again just to smooth out the resin again.
*I hung my images up to cure. The curing process will take anywhere between 12 - 24 hours. Until then, your project will feel tacky to the touch. Others have left their images on their craft sheets (or baking paper, etc) to cure but I didn't want to risk the slight chance that it could stick to the paper and tear. Provided you don't coat your image too much with resin, there will be no drips to worry about, if you choose to hang your images up. Just make sure you don't get your peg on your image.
Here is an image I made up yesterday and it shows you the amazing effect it can have on your papers. The resin reacts with the fibres of the paper to give it a transparent appearance. The image has a wonderful clear coating which is durable and leaves you with endless possibilities when included in your craft projects, art journaling or scrap booking. It has even been suggested that these would make great transparencies for overhead projectors!
I had so much fun with this project and I plan on making a few more resin coated images yet! I'm already conjuring up some journal pages I can add them too. I hope you have a lot of fun with it too. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments below!
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