Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Can I Blame the Studio?

 I had the sweetest bezels to share with you today.  Note the use of the word "had."
 My bezel project began as it normally would.  
I selected these kokeshi images, cut them, placed them in the bezel and then used Ultra Seal to seal the paper and protect it from the resin.  I added Envirotex Lite to each bezel after all the glue dried clear.
See how great they turned out?  I decided I wanted to add a dome.  I have demonstrated the doming technique several times on this blog.  I have added domes to lots of pieces.
 So you can imagine my surprise when I had an over-pour.
 Not once, not twice.....
....but with all six of my samples!
I just moved into my new studio so I am wondering if my table is sloped???
Tomorrow I'll show you how I can save this project.


  1. along with verifying that the table is level, you might also want to check the temp and humidity levels. I have found in my studio that I can't do resin work at all after mid Sept!

  2. I would think if the table were sloped, they'd all leak on the same side. Why would temp affect the viscosity? I'd guess cooler temps would maybe make it stiffer. (I haven't used resin since I was a kid, so I know nothing...) Always enjoy your explorations, mistakes and all. It all makes more sense when I can see what goes wrong, then how to fix it.

  3. Oh my gosh that sucks Carmi! Did it move after you left them to set? I assume that you didn't keep pouring if it was happening in front of you. Also I've found when doming UV Resin, it really helps if the edges are really sharp on the bezels rather than rounded. Maybe it was a problem like that as well as a slanty studio? Anyway, sorry to see your hard work, end up in a mess. Glad to hear you can fix it. I know how to deal with an over pour with UV Resin, but since I haven't worked with the 2 part stuff, I am looking forward to seeing how you deal with these.

  4. I do believe in this instance...I just over poured. Usually when I want to add a "dome" I pour my resin into a squeeze bottle so I can carefully drip resin onto a surface. This time....I just dribbled from a cup...too much, too fast. Lesson learned....speed is not your friend with precision resin work!

  5. These are so cute! I hope you can save them~

  6. Really looking forward to seeing how you save these pieces as I've had this happen as well.

  7. OOOPSY - been there done that - I'm always in a rush and if I just took a breath - but you get so excited about finishing so you can get a finished product - they "were" cute - maybe trim off the excess - sand down and just paint a layer over the entire piece - but it may be faster just to redo them -

  8. temp can affect resin in a lot of waysm because the 2 part resins are a chemical reaction. If it is too hot or too cold, the reaction can go too fast or too slow. Either your resin cures too fast (before it can self degas) and you get lots of bubbles, or it cures to slowly - sometimes never fully curing. Humidity can also impact the curing process.

    The EasyCast instructions reccomend that your work area be between 70 and 85 degrees(F).

  9. I was particularly interested to view this entry because I admire your work so much and I have imagined that you have never made a mistake. Therefore, I didn't want to gloat over your mishap, I wanted to LEARN from one of the best teachers and best artists I know. I have read all the comments and now I shall eagerly await your resolution to this situation. I love resin and love learning from YOU!

    xox jean yates

    PS: I once had a resin and glitter necklace hanging in my kitchen to "finish drying" for SIX MONTHS! Hahaha! :) It never did cooperate!

  10. Ah Jean!!

    You are so kind with your comments. I always get a little thrill when I see you have left me a message. Thanks for making my day!


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