Wednesday, June 15, 2011

BewitchingDreams on water effects

I tried to use a product called Quick Water, which is available at Michaels. It's in the floral area and is a resin designed for doing permanent floral arrangements in a "water" filled vase. I was really excited to try this product, but I must have messed up mixing the resin, because it's been almost six months and it has yet to set properly

This was what I was attempting to do with the Quick Water. You can see all the bubbles in the resin too..I apparently stirred it too much. Now, I have to see if I can salvage the scuba froggie and create something else with him for my dad.

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Bewitching Dreams said...

Slight update:

I tried to free the froggie last weekend. After I loosened him from the glass edge, I went to pull it up only to find his legs are stuck! So, the resin did the center of the jar.

I inserted a toothpick and found a semi-solid state about 3/4" down. Many suggestions have been tossed around on how to free froggie, from breaking his legs and making new ones to smashing the glass.

I feel bad for the froggie (LOL)

I am also currently researching new resins to use...I am determined to master using the water effect. :D

Roni said...

I am very good at using resin and have been using it for years. I would like to give you a couple of hints, if you do not mind.

1. When doing a large area, always pour the resin in batches. Do a small layer and let cure. Then do the next and so forth. That will help eliminate the uncured parts.

2. To eliminate bubbles. Of course, do not stir vigorously. The best trick is if you see bubbles after you have you have poured, then gently blow on them. They will rise to the surface and pop.

Also, I find that Quick Water is not really a good resin. Over the years, I have found that Environtex Lite (sold at Michaels and other hobby stores) is a very reliable and easy to use product.
Have a great day!

Cat said...

Actually I like the bubble effect here ... still it's a pity it hasn't cured right.
Please don't break Froggie's legs!!

The Pirate Chaplain said...

I used to make gel candles, and ran into a similar problem. Turns out it was due to the temperature of the gel at the time of the pouring. I have never used the product you're speaking of, but I wonder if it's not a similar situation. If not, then I totally agree with the above suggestions as a way of taking care of this problem.

Bewitching Dreams said...

Thank you all so much for the comments and suggestions!

Cat, I agree..I was aiming for some bubbles...but I definitely wanted my little moray eel to be visible too ;)

Roni, thank you so much for the advice! I had debated on the small quantities, but the Quick Water I purchased did not have the directions for making up just small batches of it. This was my first attempt with resin, so it looks like I made some classic mistakes. I will definitely look at the Environtex (I have seen it out too) and may give it a try with your tips :) I love the look of resin and definitely want to master it.

I used to make gel candles years ago, too, Pirate Chaplain...I didn't even think about temperature..though resin doesn't need to be heated, I did do this in the middle of winter. Not sure if environmental conditions have to be accounted for...especially in the south where humidity always has an effect in some way ;)

Thank you all for the comments and suggestions. He won't be my last project and hopefully I can salvage him without breaking his legs, mob style ;)