At CHA last winter I happened by the JudiKins booth, and there was a large pink bottle of Fluxe Enameling Resin. It called my name, and now it’s high time to try it out and share my results with you.
First, let’s take a look at how it’s described on the website:
Avoid drips and spills with this easy-to-use powdered Resin.
Perfect for achieving a high gloss shine in Patera collage pendants.
Glaze over embossing ink with a thin layer, or fill a deep pendant for a thick, glass-like appearance.
Use a heat gun, or simply place in a toaster oven set at 250 degrees.
When using an oven, place pendant on foil covered flat surface and keep close watch. As soon as powered appearance is gone and surface is clear, you can remove tray. This takes approximately 2 minutes. Carefully remove pendant using metal tip pliers. Do not touch metal, it will be very hot! Allow to cool for approximately 15 minutes.
If your design calls for ink jet printed words or images, seal with Diamond Glaze and allow to dry before setting with Fluxe.
Pointed tip gives you control when pouring into collage pendants.
2 Fluid ounces. Measured by volume, product may settle in shipment.
So, just to recap, this is a dry white powder that when heated over 250 degrees F will melt and liquify. When it cools, it becomes a clear, hard, glassy finish topcoat.
I started by using it in the traditional way- as an embossing powder.
It performed just as well as any other embossing powder- in this next sample I used the embossing as a resist.
Next, since bottle caps are all the rage, I used Fluxe to fill some bottlecap charms.
Just by covering the warmer with aluminum foil, I was able to use the mug warmer to melt the Fluxe. Nice! Here’s how the finished pieces turned out.
To make sure the bell piece didn’t bubble, I didn’t use an adhesive at all- I just squirted a layer of Fluxe over it and let it melt. No bubbles!
Since the directions say you can use it as a top coat, I did my own version of a swatch test:
On the whole, I’m super-impressed with the effect on clay and shrink plastic. Some other embossing powders I use yellow with the heat- but Fluxe melts at such low temps that it didn’t discolor at all.
I’m going to finish some of these pieces into jewelry, and report back to you in 6 months or so and let you know how the Fluxe Enameling Resin holds up to everyday wear and tear.
For the time being, though, I’m going to say that this is a really nice product- and perhaps the icing on the cake is the great squeeze bottle! It made it very easy to apply the powder just where I wanted it. Now why didn’t someone think of this sooner?
Fluxe Enameling Resin retails for $8.50-$12.00 USD for 2 ounces online- which is a little pricey, but even after using it as liberally as I did in this review, I still only used about 1/8 of the bottle.Â That puts the price right on target with other embossing powders…but it’s still considerably more expensive than, say Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel by Ranger. However, UTEE needs a higher melting point and can turn yellow if overheated. So really, it’s a great product if you’re willing to spend the cash.
I’d love to hear if you’ve used it and whether or not you like it/feel it’s worth the money. Anyone?
Last minute addition: I just found a pendant in my dryer- it was in one of the kids’ pockets. It went through a warm-water wash AND a hot tumble-dry and the pendant came through unscathed. Hooray!
Disclosure: Sample provided for review.
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