Testing Better Boat Epoxy Resin Creating Jewelry, Bookmark, Resin Domes, and More [VIDEO]
Hey everyone. It is the Charming Giraffe. Today, we are going to do some more testing with the Better Boat epoxy resin. I've got the rest of what I had left in my... I've already mixed it up. So the clock is on now. First thing I'm just going to do real quick, and I'll speed you up through this part, is I'm just going to coat a painting and a coaster to see how that works. We'll torch out any air bubbles. Hopefully they'll all come out. This would be a very thin layer obviously, so I'm more hopeful here. Then we'll set that aside and then we'll come back and do some jewelry.
All right. We are back. I set those aside. When we come back later in this video, when they're cured, we'll see how they cured. I may continue to torch them a little bit just to make sure the air bubbles are out, or try to make sure. In the meantime, we'll get started on these other projects here.
First thing, because I didn't say it earlier, when I mixed this resin, it doesn't say to heat it in the brochure. It was very thick the first time we used it. So I put it in a cup just like this, actually. The whole bottle just set really nicely in it and I poured some hot water into the cup so that it heated it up and it was much easier to mix together as well as there doesn't appear to be as many bubbles as there was last time. So that might be a way to help get rid of some bubbles, is to heat it up so it's more fluid.
Honestly, the bubbles you see, at one point during the mixing process, it did seem like there wasn't very many at all. But per their instructions, you mix it for three minutes and then you pour it into another container and mix it for three additional minutes. I still kept that part of their instructions for this video, but it seems like the more that I stirred, the more bubbles got incorporated after... At the beginning, there wasn't as many.
These, I'm just going to do two blanks to see how they cure and then, actually, I think I'm going to put some alcohol inks in two of them because I had so much fun with that alcohol ink coaster from the last video, I want to do these on the magnets. These, I turn into magnets. They don't fit into my pendants for my jewelry making. Let's go ahead and torch it a little bit. Let me turn down my torch, because it's pretty powerful. Okay. Maybe that's too little.
If you do torch your mold, it will like stick to it and you won't be able to pop it out very easily, and it'll sometimes damage the actual piece you're trying to make.
So I've got that done. Let's go ahead and do a little bit of the alcohol inks here. I'm not going to do too many. I'm just going to pick three colors. I'm going to do, these are by the Adirondack Alcohol Inks. There it goes. I've got indigo, mermaid and purple twilight. Then the white I have is by Jacquard Pinata. I'll show that to you really quick. It looks like this. The white is what kind of makes all the fun stuff happen.
I'm just going to do one layer of each. There's not a lot of resin, and so I don't want to put a ton of color. I did not come prepared this time guys, I apologize. Well, now it falls off the stick. There we go. Now, we'll do the indigo. I'm just setting in these drops kind of on top of where I put the white. Then we'll do the white again.
This is the second review or the second video of the review of the Better Boat epoxy resin. If you didn't see the first one, it goes into a lot more detail about their product, the instructions, what comes with the resin. I will link that video in the description below. So if you didn't catch it, go ahead and check it out.
All right, that's all the color. I'm going to put the one more layer of white to help push down that purple I just put in there, and then these will be good to go. They will probably just sit here because I don't think I am brave enough to try to move them.
All right. Okay. Then the next project we're going to do here is these jewelry pendants. I've got some skins over here to use for this. So the first thing I'm going to do, because I learned my lesson in the last jewelry video, I didn't put any resin or anything to adhere the skins, and they actually float up during the curing process. So it's imperative that you do something to make sure that they're going to stick to the bottom. You can glue them in, you can do whatever, but if you don't do anything, they can float and then they will... Like, one actually came all the way out. I couldn't pull it out because the resin had cured, but after the resin cured, I noticed like what's this like bump here, and that's what it was. It was the skin floating up to the top.
So we got that in there and now I'm just going to put some resin. Normally, I have like a syringe or something. I am not doing that here. I'm just going to kind of let it drip off the stick. Another fun fact that I learned from my last jewelry video, which it's not... I mean it's a fun fact, but it's something that I should have already known, whereas with those domes I just created, resin is self-leveling. So you can't really create a dome with the resident very well. It will just blow over the edge and not dome. It'll go everywhere. That's what happened last time.
I'm going to put a stick, because these pendants, here's one from last time, they don't set flush on the back. They're kind of raised a little bit. So I set it like this so that it's level. That's what I'm going to do over here in the drying area. But first, we will torch.
Okay. Just going to move these aside. I just kind of tilted it to make sure that there was resin fully inside the pendant tray here. I love this skin. It's so pretty. Got a lot of like metallics in it. We will let those sit and do its thing and see what happens when they cure.
Next up will be a bookmark. I hadn't really thought what I wanted to do with this bookmark, but let's get some color going on here. I brought some colors and some other fun stuff. This is getting warmer. Like I said, I had warmed the resin, so it's making it more difficult to tell whether it's warm because I warmed it up with some hot water bath, or if it's warm because it's curing. So that's something to think about.
This is DecoArt acrylic paint. It's their extreme sheen amethyst. It's what I'm using now. Just mixing it up. It's really, really pretty. Here.
Yeah. We might be hitting some cure time because it's definitely getting hot. This is definitely not I heated it hot. This is, it's curing hot. Oops. Kind of went over the edge but it's okay. Always sand it if I need to. Might just clean it up with a little baby wipe before it starts to cure fully if I make it that long here. Just scooching it around so it fully gets to all the corners. We're just going to set this aside. This will be a bookmark.
I've done this one other time with another resin, so we'll have a good thing to compare against. I guess, actually, this is a good idea because I do have some kind of resin skin, resin bits, so that's fun. I'll just leave that little pile there and see my other one, because it's so soft typically, I can actually just cut it with a hole punch. I have a feeling that that will not happen here.
Finally, let me grab another cup here. We'll do another coaster, hopefully pretty quickly, because like I said, I don't know how much more time I have. It's still really fluid, surprisingly, considering how warm it actually is. I'm not going to worry about runoff or waste at this point because I'd rather waste a little and get another project done than waste all of it because I'm taking my precious time in not wasting it and it cure before we can get anything else done here.
I'm actually like crazy surprised, because we have not been recording that long. I've been pausing you here and there so I don't have the exact time count.
I guess the other thing compared to the last video we did, I pretty much had it out of that cup really quickly because I poured them into coasters, whereas that cup has been sitting there for about the last 20 minutes. I just did a time check, and that's how long it's been, apparently. We're going to have to hurry this along.
This is some black acrylic paint by Artist's Loft and this is white. If we don't make it, then we don't, but we're going to keep trying here. I was just really, really surprised at how fast this was, because it's definitely getting warmer.
Anything I have leftover, I'll probably just put in these little dome molds here, and see what happens with them. Especially if we have like some of this black and white leftover, I think that'll be a fun thing to test because then this will have tons of pigment, and you can see if you can see like air bubbles through it or whatnot. But in the meantime, we're going to create some art here. this is going to be some abstract.
Yeah. This one's not warm anymore, not as warm at least. I think if you are going to use it for a long time, especially if you're going to do different colors, go ahead and separate it out at the beginning, because I feel like that has substantially helped at this point. Not with a whole bunch of resin just sitting there doing its thing.
I don't know why I made white. The coaster's white. Oh, well. Here, I know. I'll put some more black on it and then we'll run the white through the black. There's one little spot there that won't get covered.
All right. Yeah, that was kind of silly. I feel like we're like purple zebra now. I might throw some more of that purple over here. I like it. Yeah. We're getting a little bit more chunky at this point. It's not as flowy as it was before.
All right. Go ahead and set this aside. We're running out of room in the drying area. Okay. I'm going to torch it. I know you can't see it, but I'm torching it. While I'm at it, I'm going to torch these other ones. Okay. Try not to catch anything on fire.
All right. And since, well, it still has some time left on it, but I don't really know. I don't have anything else planned. Let me make some more of these with these other colors, because they'll make really cool magnets anyways.
I actually just have an idea, and I think I have the materials right here next to me. No point in letting it cure in the cup. We'll have it cure on the table here and see what... I have some little like trinkets that I used in coasters in the past. So thinking I might stick some in here... sorry... I'll stick some in here for some magnets. I've got these little ducks. You can see them right here in your lower corner.
I think that might be the only ones that are small enough. Oh, let's see. Will this guy fit? No, too big. So we'll do a few ducks. See if I can get them to stay in there. As black as that looked when I put it onto the coaster, it really wasn't as solid of a black as I expected it to be.
I'm going to put a little bit in first. Oh, there you are. I don't know the word definition of a little bit, apparently. It'll probably still look good. I was thinking head on, but I think that'll look just fine there. Hopefully it won't float. Okay.
The other one, I'm just going to put him in here and push him down is the goal. Looks like it works pretty well. The only thing I think I probably should have done is put a little bit in and torched it so that the resin at the bottom... I have resin dripping off of my glove... so the resin at the bottom gets the air bubbles out. So those will probably have air bubbles, but that's okay. Let's go ahead. Here's the white. We're going to make some...
All right, we are back. It has been, I didn't do the math, under 24 hours, over 12, somewhere in there. Probably about the same, about 18 hours or so. We'll start with the painting. Looks really good. There's not any bubbles. There's a little bit that maybe I didn't get torched out very well, but I am 100% going to say that is a user error and not a flaw of the resin, because otherwise there'd be bubbles all over it and there's not. It's really pretty clear.
Drips as usual. You can either tape it off or I'd sand them down. Not to worry there. But, yeah, looks really good. I think this would work really, really well to seal your paintings with. There might be some dust you're seeing in there. That's, again, user error, not the fault of the resin. I just coated this. This was acrylic pour on the ceramic tile. I coated it with the resin as well. Again, there's some divots here. That is user error. I actually saw that one and thought I filled it in and I didn't.
There is a big dip right here for some reason. Let me see. Yeah. You can see the light refracting. Not sure, I'm going to say user error on that as well. A little bit of dust in there but not a whole lot, but really, really pretty. You can see like how much it just makes these colors pop, if I can get it to focus on it and not on the reflection. So I'm really happy with this as a way to coat your paintings or tiles.
I don't exactly know where we went from there, so we'll do this tile next. Again, really well. This one has a little bit of kind of like little pits in it. Don't know if I'll be able to show you very well. Right here, kind of right in the middle of the screen. I'll see if I can like point to it when I edit. It's very, very difficult. Here, actually what I'm going to do right now is I'm going to see if I can get a picture of it and I'll post it right now in the video.
Those are the little divots I was talking about. That might just be because this was made at the very end of the life cycle of the resin. It was starting to cure pretty fast. In fact, this was the puddle we made. And once again, there's just a big glare on it. But this is the puddle we made. When I turned the camera off, immediately after, I grabbed a stick to try to like swipe it around and do fun stuff with it, and it was having no part of it.
So as soon as you saw me in the video, that was pretty much it for the resin. It was not going to... It was done. It was curing as we were working with it. So that could be that, the reason for that because those same pits are not on this one. Let me just confirm real quick. Yeah. No, I do not have those same pits on this one that I have on this one. And this one was poured immediately after mixing the resin.
I want to say that was just due to trying to extend the working time. Honestly, you could probably sand, sand it out. I don't think it really takes away from the piece. I think you could probably just sand them out and you'll be good to go. I haven't tried it, but that's my professional opinion, if you want to call me a professional.
This is the bookmark. I wanted to try the bookmark because on the last resin, it was very bendy and this is as well. I am going to put it back in the mold and see if it hardens the longer I let it cure. Its cured touch time is like the 24 hour or less timeframe. Fully cured is seven days. I'm going to see if waiting the extra time helps. I think the reason it's so bendy is just the thickness of it. It's really thin, and then just like the shape of it, because all of my other one did that, too. But considering how hard those coasters were from the last video, I wanted to give this a try to see if this would make it not bendy. I'm going to shove it back in here, get it flat, lay it flat, or as flat as I can and let it do its whole cure process and then see what it is does.
Then our little pendants. They are gorgeous. This works really well for this. There's not the micro bubbles, at least not that I can tell. Let me see. I've been kind of admiring them before I started the video. It looks really nice. That, what you're seeing right here is something that fell into it or got into the resin. User error, not resin error. But really, really pretty.
There's that one. Here's this one. I think I didn't get like one little... I think I maybe got dust or something on the edge right here, but as far as the resin quality, absolutely beautiful. So this would work really well for these projects, for like the jewelry projects,
Before we start popping all those out, these are some little resin drips off of the coaster. I thought they were really fun. Can get some fun projects out of those. Probably just use them in other resin projects in the future, but really pretty. Then same with this. I was really going to try to like do something with it, like prop it up or make it wavy or something, and it was already curing so there wasn't a lot that I could do, but I don't know. I think it's cool. It's got these like kind of spider web, little drips of resin all over the place. So I am excited to see what's next for this piece. Then, same with this. Really cool.
All right, now let's see what happened here. I'm going to pop all these out real fast and then we'll come back and see what happened with them. All right, we are back. Got them all popped out here. We'll start with these ones that just have the colors and the clear. In the black and clear one, you can definitely still see micro bubbles in there. Now, the black might be because there wasn't a whole lot of paint in there. On the coaster, it did come out kind of gray. So maybe if you put a little bit more of the color, then you wouldn't be able to see the bubbles as well. Same thing on this clear one, which now looks white because I have it on the back, but you can definitely still see the bubbles. That happened on those.
This is the one with the alcohol inks. You can still see bubbles in them as well, but really pretty. It did not do the thing that the coasters do with the dripping down. It just kind of all looks blue. I don't know if that's just because of the mold or because of the... I don't know. I can't really say why it didn't do the same thing.
All the colors were kind of similar so maybe that played a role in it. They all just kind of blended together instead of dripping down. Not sure. This is the one with the acrylic paint. This is the DecoArt Extreme Sheen amethyst, I think, is the name of it. Something like that. Really pretty. You can't really see any micro bubbles. I'm sure they're there, but because of the color, you can't see it. So that is beneficial, if you don't want those bubbles.
Then this white, this is again, was just white acrylic paint, the same type of paint as the black, but you can't see any bubbles in it. It just all looks white. Let me grab another one. No bubbles. It seems that maybe if you just put a lot of color in it, then it'll hide the bubbles.
Then, my favorites are these little ducks. And because it had the clear, you can see the bubbles, but I think these are super cute. I can't wait to make them into magnets and have them on the refrigerator. I think I'll be doing some more stuff with those in the future.
But these were all of the projects that we did with the last bit of resin that we had from... this is Better Boat. Let me know what you think about these projects and this resin if you've tried it out, if you plan to try it out. If you have any questions, I'll do my very best to answer them. These two videos that I have are the two videos that I've done. I have not worked anything additional with this resin. So you've seen everything that I have done with it.
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