What is UV resin?
PixieCrafting UV Resin is a transparent gel that cures in ultraviolet (UV) light or direct sunlight. Unlike other resins, such as e.g. Epoxy resin, you have full control over when and how fast it gets hard. You can take the time to make, glaze, seal and protect your creations.
How is UV resin used?
PixieCrafting UV resin is very easy to use! The bottles have a handy spray nozzle, with which you can apply the resin accurately. You can of course also put the resin in a mixing bowl if you want to mix it with one of our pigments or glitter. As soon as you shine on it with a UV lamp it gets rock hard within a few minutes. For best results, use a UV nail lamp or a strong UV torch. The resin hardens quickly and without sticky remains on the surface. How fast it gets hard depends on the strength of your UV lamp, but also on whether or not you have added color to the resin.
- UV lamp: 1-2 minutes, the stronger the UV Licht, the shorter the time
- Direct sun light: 10-15 minutes
- Indirect sunlight (cloudy day): 30-60 minutes
Attention: avoid UV nail lamps with LEDs. Unfortunately, we can not guarantee that they work with our resin.
Which resin should I use?
Your PixieCrafting UV resin is available in two viscosities – thin or thick. Thin UV resin is particularly suitable for very thin layers and spreads by itself in narrow and filigree shapes and bezels. With the thick UV resin, you can easily create dome effects. For thicker layers, this creates very aesthetic magnification effects. Depending on the situation, choose the right resin to achieve the best results.
Tips und Tricks
Consider the following tips to get good results more easily:
- Apply the resin in thin layers that you cure individually, preferably not thicker than 2mm.
- Make sure your UV light reaches all corners of the resin. Especially with elaborate shapes you can easily forget a small corner.
- When curing, shift your piece a little so that the UV light can penetrate into the most remote corners and the resin becomes evenly hard.
- Pay attention to air bubbles after applying the resin. You can get rid of them easily with a short flame, for example from a lighter.
- Although UV Resin is hardly flammable, be aware of your safety when you expose it to fire
- Use the UV resin in a well-ventilated room. Use gloves, goggles and a skirt to avoid direct contact with your skin, eyes and clothing
- If your open UV resin is exposed to a daylight lamp or to sunlight, it may harden unintentionally. Even if it’s nice outside, work inside for perfect results.