Resin has always been on my list of intimidating crafts. I’m also incredibly lazy. Mix two bottles together? I ain’t got time for that! So I’ve avoided the stuff, even though I love the way resin jewelry looks. But I had a great first experience with Envirotex Jewelry Resin, and I’m no longer afraid (Cue triumphant music!). I tested Envirotex two ways; as a varnish and by filling bezels.
From the Environmental Technology Inc’s website:
Professional results are easy to achieve with EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin! This product adds depth and crystal clear clarity like no other. It visually enhances the surface on which it is applied, resulting in brighter, deeper and more intense colors. EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin has amazing bubble release. It is easy and fun to use and has a pleasing citrus scent! Formulated for high resistance to light exposure and UV rays from the sun. When cured, the resin coating is extremely durable, waterproof, heat & chemical resistant. EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin cures to a soft cure in 12 hours, medium cure in 24 hours and hard cure in 48 hours.
Professional Jeweler’s Grade
Enough product to fill 20 large deep bezels
One thick coat equals 50 coats of varnish!
Instructions and tools included with kit.
About Envirotex Jewelry Resin:
- 2 oz
- Includes stir sticks and 2 1-oz mixing cups
- $9.25 on Amazon
The instruction sheet was very detailed, and stressed that results really depend on how well instructions are followed. The ratio of resin and hardener is 1:1, and I took care to measure them perfectly.
After a few minutes of stirring, the mixture thickens slightly and is easy to paint or pour. I got all my pieces ready to go within the 25-minute working time, which was ample time to get things done.
Although it’s supposed to have a “pleasing citrus scent,” I noticed no odor at all from this resin, which I think is rare as I’ve heard they can be pretty stinky/chemical smelling. Hooray!
I was pleased to see that the dried bezel pieces came out clear, not cloudy or yellow, and were nice and shiny as well. They looked just like some of the resin jewelry I’ve seen at stores, so that’s a good sign.
Some of my inclusions sort of sunk to the bottom of the mold tray, but I think I could have avoided this by stirring the resin just before it started to really harden.
I also got a little bit of visible discoloration on the edges my paper images. Envirotex recommends two layers of glue before adding resin on top, but I may have not evenly applied.
I’m impatient and a rebellious rule-breaker in the vein of James Dean, so of course I tried to pop the bezels out before the allotted 12 hours. Nothing doing. Apparently there are sprays available that you can coat your mold in to help this process, but patience is really the only supply needed here. (Hot tip that I learned from the internets: put your mold in the freezer for a few minutes; it’ll harden up the resin.)
I would definitely recommend this product to other resin beginners. My first-try results were pretty darn good, and my next few tries are going to be even better!
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