Alcohol Lift Ink | How to Mount and Add Resin to an Art Piece [VIDEO]
All right. This step is very important where you need to make sure that you have a mask, you are in a well-ventilated area, you wear gloves, and you have a prepped surface, whether you have even just a garbage bag, a tarp, whatever you want to use to keep your surface from getting this resin on it. This is a two-part resin, and you need to be very careful in mixing it really, really well, like exactly one part to one part. That's why I'm taking a pen because normally I just eyeball it. Maybe that's probably why I haven't had much, much success in the past. But because I was using this more for something that I wanted to display in my craft room, I really wanted it to work out and be perfect. I was really taking my time to make sure that I was doing everything right.
I have the two cups there, one part resin, one part hardener, and then now I'm going to mix them together into one cup, which I used way too much and I ended up using a lot of the extra in my molds, which was really great and they hardened perfectly. I have now some resin pieces that I can use on my projects. I didn't have any stirring sticks. My husband had this like yard stick or something, this ruler, and he cut it in half so that I can use it to scrape the bottom of the cups and stirred around really well because it's really important that you stir this for two minutes and you make sure that you get all of the resin and the hardener and everything mixes perfectly.
I know I keep saying that word, but it's very important because I have had resin not hardened all the way and then I have had some that stay sticky and some that I've not had much luck. But this time it went so much easier because I took my time. I was very careful. Again, you really need to make sure that you are in a well-ventilated area. It does have a smell. I don't know if I touched on that in the beginning of the video. I think I did just for a second, but it's nothing overpowering or anything, at least not for me, but it does have a little bit of a smell. If you are sensitive to smells, then this might not be for you, but I didn't mind it at all. All right. I am mixing it up, scraping the sides, making sure that I scraped the bottom and mixing it for at least two minutes.
Now, I am going to add it to the top of my piece here. I add a little bit at a time and then go in and scrape it around, and it leveled itself out. I don't know what happened to the footage. I think my camera died and I didn't want to take my gloves off just yet and switch out the battery, but I did use a little torch to torch out all of the air bubbles. That's important as well, but it leveled itself out really, really well and it hardened. I think I came back in 36 hours and it was hardened very well perfectly. It's just such a beautiful glassy... aI don't know how to explain it. It's just so pretty. If you've seen epoxy resin on art pieces before, it just is so beautiful and it just brings the whole piece to life. As you could see here, it's just brightening up all of those colors.
I don't know how it works, but it just adds so much depth to a piece in my opinion. It's just so pretty. But at this point, you can honestly add more alcohol ink. You could do all sorts of different things. Add mica flakes, add all sorts of different elements on top of the resin if you want, and then add another layer of resin, but I left it at this. Here is a close look. Trying my best not to have so much glare, but it is almost like glass, so it's very hard not to get that glare, but it's just so beautiful, all of those different layers. I will have more pictures and information over on my blog, so be sure to check it out.
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