How to Create Your Own Jewelry by Using UV Resin Molds
Unlike epoxy resin which has to undergo several steps before it becomes ready for application, uv resin is readily available for use right after it’s prepared. Compared to traditional epoxy resin, though, there are several major differences, particularly in how it’s processed. UV resin cures instantly using a special ultraviolet lamp known as a uv black lamp. It’s used right away without the need for mixing it with an epoxy hardener.
To create a uv resin sculpture, you must begin by placing the UV lamp in a uv light cabinet. Next, place the base material, which can be acrylic, plastic, or wood, on top of the UV lamp and press down until the hardening material forms. The resin piece is then placed on top of the base material and several UV lights are placed inside the bottom layer of a resin. When using acrylic, hardener or UV light can’t be applied to the bottom layer.
For uv resin sculptures, pressure must be applied so that the resin doesn’t fully harden. It’s done by slowly building up the hardening medium by applying successive layers of UV lamps. This is referred to as the incubation process, and it should occur for about 100 hours between hardening layers. After the first two or three layers are hardened, the sculpture will need to be cured for a further two or three days before being shipped.
When learning how to pour uv resin, it’s important to have a good uv resin mixing cup. Ideally, the mixing cup should include a large airtight plastic mixing container in order to allow for the proper pouring temperature of the resin mixture into the mold. This is especially true if you’re making larger sculptures. However, if the mold is to be used for smaller items like jewelry, the mixing cup should contain a glass mixing bowl. Just remember to keep the lid open so that air can circulate and avoid the resin from separating from the mold during the pouring process.
One important step in how to pour uv resin is to use the right tool for each type of mold. Mold molds come in various shapes, sizes and uses, but basically they all serve the same purpose: Allow the resin to cure. Two types of molds are commonly used when making sculptures: The rotary mold and the sphere mold. Each has its own particular ways of working, which means that there are specific tools for each. For example, sphere molds tend to work best with hardener or UV curing resin layers, while rotary molds are best suited to producing thin layers and producing a smooth finish.
One last important step for making high quality resin jewelry pieces is to properly set your lamp. Setting your lamp is a very critical step and can potentially affect the quality of your resin. Properly setting your lamp is not as complicated as it sounds. The principle involves positioning your lamp inside the resin pot, pouring your resin into the mold, and then lighting your resin so it glows. This is not too difficult, but is actually quite easy for an artist with proper training. Once the resin is glowing, you have successfully placed your UV curing lamp inside your resin pot and created your first piece of high quality resin sculpture.