Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Case For Making A Mistake

 I have been trying to photograph a resin mistake.  I have gone out of my way to make the mistake just so I could have a teachable moment here on the blog.
 I wanted to show you why I always protect paper or fabrics with three complete coats of mod podge or a good gel medium before I pour any Envirotex Lite over it.  Three times is the charm.  Anything less and you get a stain on your paper, which I also tried to photograph.
 I made these three bezel samples.  The bird images are sweet and I was sure they would help me to show you the importance of good paper preparation.  So I coated one bezel's paper with three coats of mod podge, one with only one coat and the third had no protection at all.  I poured a layer of Envirotex Lite into each and then let my pieces cure.  I was so sure the bezel with the three coats of protection would work out that I even added some embellishments.
 Would you believe all three turned out perfect?  No stains, no obvious discolorations.  I could not believe it.  The resin gods were playing tricks on me.
 So I started another series.  The first Audrey is unprotected.  The second I used mod podge on one half.  The third Audrey bezel has three coats of mod podge protecting the entire paper image. 
 Success!  I mean failure!  YIPPEE!  See how discolored half the paper is on the first bezel?  You can see the side which was protected with mod podge easily.  The second one had no protection, so it is just a stained mess.
The one with three coats of mod podge is perfect!
Let that be a lesson!  Three coats is your best chance for perfection!

Just so you know, I have now switched to using Ultra Seal, a higher end multi-purpose sealer, glue and quick decoupage manufactured by Enviromental Technology Inc.  I know this product is not available everywhere, but I did want you to know this is my sealer of choice!


  1. Thank you for the lesson always three coats of mod podge before the resin. Mistakes can be costly to have to redo.

  2. Definitely worth the wait to coat 3 times! Thanks!

  3. That's Audrey Hepburn in the second series....

  4. Thank you for your tutorial. I have followed your blog for a while and like your work. I wonder if you have written something about getting resin on dried flowers.

  5. Thanks for doing the tests for us! I have some resin I won, but just haven't figured out what to use it on, yet. Have you a jewelry component tutorial that would give me some confidence?

  6. what is the difference between Envirotex lite & the Ultra seal?

  7. Hi Terri, since the blog began I have done several tutorials for jewelry components. If you have time to scroll back you'll see them.
    Mormor Marianne there is definitely a dried flower tutorial!
    Tracey, Envirotex Lite is the resin, Ultra Seal is a multi medium sealer. It can be considered a glue. You always need to seal paper before you cover it in a layer of resin.

  8. Great demo!!! Having trouble finding the Ultra Seal near me - but I have not lost faith - still looking!

  9. Hi,
    Three coats on each side of the image?

    1. Three coats only on the side you see after you glue image into the bezel.


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