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Ice Resin.

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 18, 2013, 9:14 PM

I feel like I should just write out my revelation in case any other polymer clay-fanatic stumbles across this. 

So, as a lot of you know, I use a varnish to glaze all my projects called Varathane (polyurethane, water-based, etc. etc.) It totally beats the 'clay glazes' they sell out there, because it was meant for wood and sometimes furniture and stuff. It's very resilient and protects paint very well. 

However... I've finally come to realize that Ice Resin is what it'll have to be now. (Jewelers grade.) Varathane Varnish can stain. It may accumulate dust if you're not careful (you can clean it off, but that's still annoying), and it can lose its shine over time if exposed to a lot of friction. It's the greatest glaze I know, but it still has its imperfections.

But now I see it: Ice Resin is...perfect. It's that which protects the figurines that go into my snowglobe, designed to defy water for all eternity. It's what you just  *won't* scratch naturally. Because it's literally like a  layer of insanely hard, crystal clear plastic you're putting on your clay. It can make a little strand of clay hair, or maybe a dangling scarf, suddenly unbreakable. SO. It'll be more expensive, but I'm happy to tell you that from now on, I will be glazing all of my projects with Ice Resin. Some reviews about it have been negative I noticed, but that's because 1) Mixing it correctly is very easy to miss and 2) Some people don't like the container's design. For me personally, though, it works like no other.  It's smoother than my varnish will ever be, only takes one coat to be thicker and more protective than my varnish will ever be, and will not ever cause dirt/dust to "stick" to it.  Just like any natural plastic. The way keychains should be!

Just a ramble I wanted to share as I work on my latest snowglobe piece (with Ice Resin) :D I figured that if this project gets such great stuff for coating, heck, why not just apply it to all my charms? Here's to higher quality commissions for everyone!

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peaceloveandunicorns Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where do you get it at? And is it really hard to get the proper proportions when mixing it? I use the clay glaze you get in stores and it's not very satisfactory.
minnichi Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think you can find Ice Resin at any standard craft store. I got mine from Hobby Lobby :) And yeah, I've had some disastrous experiences with the clay glazes they sell @_@ For the resin, the proportions aren't too hard if you get the type that comes in a 2-tube container with a plunger. Every time you push the plunger, exactly equal amounts should be dispensed. It's just a tad uneven sometimes so you have to be careful. 
peaceloveandunicorns Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay Thank you :)
Nazgullow Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did I hear snowglobe..????? 8D -shot-
I love how you give tips and share your knowledge! I'm actually thinking of trying my hand at sculpting as well, I decided to try because your tips make sculpting sound so much more interesting x)
minnichi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, you heard correctly B-) Hahaha 

And yeah, when I have an artsy-revelation I just feel like others *have* to hear too, cuz it just helped me so much ya know? I'm really glad that I would actually spark interest in your sculpting XD Do ittttt! (We can totally have clay rants too, I'm all for it xD) 
TrenoNights Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've been toying with the idea for glazing with resin. I use Easy Cast resin. I've had issues of resin reacting strangely in small bottles. Sometimes an air bubble around my item will appear around my item after a month or two!! When a full cure time is 72 hours, that is just crazy!! I've had the same problems with ice resin as well. 

How do you clean your brush? Or do you just use disposable brushes? I make a lot of chibi's with small hair parts, so this is something I would be interested in looking into.

Thanks for the tips!!
minnichi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think Ice Resin is great for any small bottle projects! (I use it for mine as well :)) I've kept some epic-fail commissions with resin (as in I made a less ugly version before sending it off) that are sitting around my house, so I've seen how the resin changes over time. Or specifically, how the resin doesn't change at all over time! XD It still looks exactly the same in my bottle charms, and I'm pretty sure some of them are more than a year old. In your case, I think you just need to make sure you're mixing strictly the same amounts of both solutions. (It's actually really easy not to, I've had that happen to me a few times @_@) 

I buy a huge pack of plastic disposable brushes from WalMart to apply Ice Resin xD That's the other good thing, the solution is thick so you don't need a smooth brush in order to get a nice, even coating. I almost feel like the resin naturally takes on a smooth texture on its own. 
TrenoNights Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's definitely something I might look into. Although since I work a lot with conventions, sometimes I have 300+ things to glaze I'm not sure if it is the most efficient way to go. I use the Fimo Glaze and I really like the finish it gives and I haven't noticed any rubbing off or dust collecting. Although the added durability is what entices me... :)

I think most jewelry resins are "self-leveling" since they are used a lot with making bevel jewelry(I think that's right).

Thanks for the tips! I love sharing with fellow artists!! :D
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