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Tips & Techniques

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Fixing a Surface Mistake on a Resin Piece

About this Tip:

One of my favorite things about the Lima Studios Crystal Clear Resin is that it’s very forgiving! If you make a mistake, you can sand or scrape some of the resin away, apply a new layer, and no one will ever know!

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
I made the mistake of touching/bumping my resin piece before it was dry. The best thing to do is sand down your dry resin with a fine grain sand paper or steel wool. Make sure to wipe it clean.
Step 2:
Lima Studios resin is self-healing which is great, since you can usually go back and fix it. Once your resin is mixed and ready to pour, take a small soft paint brush and steadily brush resin all over the sanded resin to re-gloss.
Step 3:
Good as new!

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  1. M Flesch
    M Flesch says:

    Thanks so much for the video – I stuck my finger in a piece while still tacky and thought it was ruined, now I know how to fix it!

  2. Jo B
    Jo B says:

    Have never tried resin before, but you make it look so simple! I’m going to have to try this and soon!

  3. Ali
    Ali says:

    I’m glad this helped. I actually just used this technique again on another piece. I gouged my resin work pretty deep and was still able to repair it without any of it showing! I’ll post the finished piece in the gallery soon.

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    Joanne U says:

    I hand dye silk and make jewelry and want to take my silk scraps and put them into a pendant form using resin. I want my pendants to be unique. Can this be done with silk?

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    dr mom says:

    Must the bezel be metal or can a bezel be created from polymer clay and then filled with resin? Would there be an adverse chemical reaction?

    Is it possible to color the resin?

  6. Ali
    Ali says:

    @dr mom – From everything that I have read, using polymer clay with resin does not appear to have an adverse chemical reaction, just make sure that your polymer clay piece has been baked before adding the resin.

    Regarding coloring your resin – absolutely! Paint works really well as does glitter, or you could add spices like paprika from your cupboard.

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