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Tips & Techniques

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How to Prevent Bubbles in Your Resin

About this Tip:

One of the most frustrating things about working with resin is the formation of pesky little bubbles. You think you’ve made a beautiful piece, only to find that your dry resin has a bubble in it! Don’t worry, bubbles are avoidable if you follow the suggestions below.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Make sure to mix the resin slowly and in a warm environment. If you are worried the room is not warm enough or your bubbles are not rising and popping out, place the resin under a warm desk lamp. Don't get the lamp too close or use a real heat lamp, this could cause the resin to yellow. It just needs to be a warm environment, not hot.

(See tip: Preparing and Using Resin)
Step 2:
When placing objects in resin, it works best to put some resin into the bezel first, but not so much that the objects you are inserting will displace the resin over the top of the bezel. Once you decide where you want to place the objects, squish them into place. Try to place them all the way to the bottom so that air pockets can't form behind them, causing bubbles.
Step 3:
I usually place my resin piece under a desk lamp because it provides a subtle warmth that helps encourage any bubbles to float up. Then I work them to the edge with a toothpick before the resin becomes too tacky.
Step 4:
Now you have a beautiful piece free of those annoying bubbles.
Step 5:
This is an example of a "lesson learned" piece. I worked on this piece in a room that was not warm enough. I also didn't wait for most of the bubbles in the mixing cup to dissipate and this was the result.

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  1. Jbeadz
    Jbeadz says:

    Someone told me to stir the bubbles out and it wasn’t working!
    I hope this technique works for me as easy as it did for you!

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    L Swint says:

    The best way I’ve found to eliminate the bubbles is to fan the flame of a burning butane lighter very quickly over the bezel. The bubbles pop immediately and then just check it for additional bubbles until it starts to set up. I always have crystal clear, non-bubbled resin. Remember to fan quickly…too long in one spot and the resin will yellow.

  3. J Cherry
    J Cherry says:

    Great tip. Do you have any tips for Doming?

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