Yes! If you're going for a domed look, I suggest adding a bit of resin in the bezel, then adding your element, pressing down to squish any bubbles out from under it. Then add a bit more resin and allow to set for 5-10 minutes so that any remaining bubbles can be dealt with before adding the final bit of resin to dome it up. If you're not sure if there are any bubbles, let the first layer set up before adding any additional resin, to ensure your results.
I love the sparkle of crystals, and you can add them to your resin projects, but if you let the facets of the crystal sink below the resin, the light will no longer be able to reflect off of them, and your crystal will look like a flat-backed mirror. So, there two ways to keep that sparkle: 1) pour a super-thin layer of resin, so the dimension of the crystal sticks out above the resin, or 2) let your resin set up for 1-2 hours, so it's firm enough to support the crystal, but still sticky enough to bond. This can be tricky and you'll have to experiment a bit to get a feel for timing. I use a pin or the tip of my mixing wand to test the set. If you miss the firm/sticky window, you can also glue your crystals on after the resin is fully set, using ZapAGap and a pin or toothpick to apply.
If your pieces are all sticky after 12 hours, that's an indication that the mix proportion was off. No matter your batch size, you should always mix Little Windows with 2-parts resin (Part A) to 1-part hardener (Part B). If only some of the pieces within your batch are sticky and others set up fine, that means the mixture was not fully blended. Be sure to mix for the full 2-1/2 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom of your mix cup, then allow the mix to rest for 5 minutes before pouring. This allows continued blending on a finer level, so the chemicals can begin to bond.
Our proprietary formula should have a good year before the Part B begins to yellow slightly. After that it's still perfectly functional and works well for projects like DichroISH, where the color of the resin doesn't affect your outcome. For best results with photo jewelry, you want clear fresh product. Like any couple, Part A and Part B have different preferences. Here are some tips to optimize the shelf life.
Always wipe bottle necks clean and recap tightly soon after pouring.
Weather and sun exposure can affect shelf life. Keep Part A at room temperature. If Part A becomes thick or cloudy, remove cap and microwave for 5-10 seconds. Do not heat if already mixed with Part B. * DO NOT HEAT ANY OTHER RESINS OR CHEMICALS AS THEY CAN RELEASE DANGEROUS GASSES *
Part B prefers to be cool and doesn’t like humidity. Keep it cool (you can even refrigerate), keep out of sunlight.
Little Windows formulas are pure and safe, but as with many epoxies, the shelf life on your Part B is about 1 year, if stored properly. Once it starts to change color, it will still be functional well beyond that time, but it will be better used in projects that don't require the crystal clarity, so save it for Dichro-ISH, adding glitter, fabrics, dyes, powders, or other elements, where the clarity isn't crucial. If you're working on photo pieces, it will be best to use fresh product. We offer replacement bottles of Part B, or new sets in different sizes.
Although you never want to mix different brands or types of resin together while wet, you can use Little Windows Brilliant Resin to coat other types of resin, as long as they are cured and clean.
Brilliant Resin is the safest epoxy you'll find, without the solvents and toxins that are common with other brands. Each resin product on the market was designed to be used in a specific way. Some are made to coat wood surfaces, others for casting large pieces, or making repairs. If you want to create small, shiny things like jewelry, accessories, buttons and embellishments, that's exactly what Little Windows Brilliant Resin was developed to do.
Another benefit is that our resin does not generate a lot of heat while it's curing. Resins that cure hot may damage your molds, and the elements you add. If you choose to use products from other manufacturers, please make sure to follow those manufacturers' instructions, and you may need to experiment to achieve the results you're looking for.
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The best choice will be based on the project you're making. Sometimes it's easier to use a dry adhesive, like our super-strong peel and stick adhesive sheets. You can cut them to the shape you need, then just peel and stick. This is great for adhering your resin pieces onto solid surfaces such as cell phones, scrapbooks, binders, and for sticking two domed pieces back-to-back, for double-sided creations. Free technique videos in our Project Center.
Other times you need the flexibility of a liquid adhesive, in which case your Brilliant Resin is the best bet. It'll bond completely with cured resin pieces, and stick on whatever you want, from metal to plastic findings. But that only uses a few drops, so if you're not mixing up a batch, you can also use:
ZapAGap (available in our shop)
E6000 (stinky, but strong)
Hot Glue (you'll need to experiment to see which ones peel off and which have a strong bond)
The strongest bond would come from using a drop or two of resin. You can also place the finding into the resin as it sets up. If you don't want it to sink down into your resin, you can wait for about 1 hour for it to thicken up first, testing the thickness with your mixing wand or a pin.
If you're not mixing up a second batch of resin, you can use a strong adhesive such as E6000 (although it's stinky), or ZapAGap, a great super-glue.