As resin crafters, we've all had the situation where the glitter sinks to the bottom of the resin. Sometimes it's super annoying. But actually we can do something to fix it. In this article, we'll explore some tried-and-true methods to stop glitters from sinking in resin. Let’s go!
Why does my glitter sink?
Before we delve into the solutions, let's understand why this pesky glitter sinking problem occurs. When glitter particles are heavier than the resin, they tend to settle at the bottom due to gravity. Don't worry, though! We've got a few tricks up our sleeves to keep that glitter where it belongs—sparkling in between the resin.
How to stop the glitter from sinking in the resin?
1. Prepare a warm place for resin craft
Resin loves proper warmth! Find a cozy spot for your resin art, preferably around 75°F (24°C). A warmer environment helps the resin cure more faster, allowing the glitter to stay suspended and evenly distributed.
2. Let the resin set for a while before adding glitter
Patience is key! One of the most useful methods to stop glitters from sinking is allowing the resin to sit and thicken for 1 or 2 hours after mixing. This slightly sticky stage is the perfect time to add your glitter without worrying about it sinking.
3. Add glitter by layers
To achieve an evenly dazzling effect, you can also try to add your glitter in layers. You need to mix your resin thoroughly with glitters. Pour a thin layer of mixed resin into the mold, wait for it to cure, and then add another layer. Repeat this process until you've reached the desired sparkle.
4. Try the sandwich method
For larger projects, try the sandwich method to keep your glitter floating in resin bliss:
Step 1: Mix epoxy resin and hardener according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Step 2: Pour the epoxy resin into the mold.
Step 3: Let the epoxy sit until it becomes slightly sticky (approximately 1or 2 hours).
Step 4: Mix the resin in step 3 with your glitters. Then pour a layer of resin mixed with glitter into the mold.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 until your mold is filled.
Step 6: Wait for the resin to cure, demold, and admire your glittery masterpiece!
5. Drench the resin piece with much glitter
If you're feeling extra sparkly, go all out! Craft your resin piece generously with glitter, ensuring that every nook and cranny is covered. This technique increases the chances of the glitter staying evenly in the resin.
6. Use glitters that won’t sink
Certain types of glitter are lighter and less prone to sinking. Superfine glitter, no-sink glitter, or make-up glitter are excellent choices for your resin projects. Embrace their buoyancy and let them shine!
How to add glitter to the resin?
The most common way is to mix glitter into the resin before pouring resin in the mold. But to achieve a smooth and uniform distribution of glitter, you can also pour the resin in the mold first, and then gently sprinkle glitter onto the resin surface or use a toothpick to place it precisely.
Tips for the Best Glitter Resin Project
- Use high-quality glitter: Opt for fine or no-sink glitters for a smoother finish and better suspension in resin.
- Mix glitters of various sizes: Combining different sizes of glitter particles adds depth and dimension to your resin piece.
- Experiment with color combinations: Try mixing different colors of glitter to create unique and eye-catching effects.
- Seal the glitter: To protect your glitter and prevent any potential color bleeding, consider adding a clear coat or layer of resin over the glitter once it has cured.
Can I use glitters for UV resin?
Absolutely! Glitters can be used with UV resin just as they are with epoxy resin. UV resin cures quickly when exposed to ultraviolet light, so you may need to work efficiently when adding and arranging glitter to ensure it stays suspended. Follow the same techniques mentioned earlier, such as layering or mixing the glitter with UV resin before applying it to your project. If you would like to know more about how to use UV resin, please check this article.
Can you pour the resin on the glitter?
It's generally not recommended to pour resin directly onto glitter. When resin is poured over glitter, it tends to push the glitter particles down, causing them to sink. To keep your glitter suspended and evenly distributed, it's better to mix the glitter with resin before pouring it into your mold or project.
How to make the black glitter under the epoxy sparkle?
Getting black glitter to sparkle under epoxy requires a few extra steps. First, create a solid black base layer by mixing black pigment or resin dye into your epoxy. Pour this black layer into your mold and let it partially cure until it becomes tacky. Next, sprinkle your black glitter over the tacky surface and gently press it down. Finally, pour a clear layer of epoxy over the glitter to encapsulate and magnify its sparkle. The transparent layer will allow light to reflect off the glitter, giving it a dazzling effect.
How to stop an object from sinking in resin?
To prevent objects from sinking in resin, you can try the following methods:
- Ensure your objects are properly sealed: If your object is porous or prone to absorbing moisture, apply a sealant or clear coat before placing it in the resin. This helps prevent air bubbles and keeps the object buoyant.
- Test the object's buoyancy: Before adding the object to your resin, conduct a buoyancy test by placing it in a cup of resin and observing if it floats or sinks. If it sinks, consider using a hanging device or finding a way to modify its buoyancy.
- Embed the object in stages: Pour a thin layer of resin into your mold, place the object gently onto it, and let it partially cure. This creates a foundation for the object, preventing it from sinking when you pour the remaining resin layers.
What should not be put in the resin?
While resin is versatile, there are certain materials that should not be put directly into resin. These include:
- Moist or wet materials: Moisture can cause bubbles or affect the curing process of the resin.
- Organic materials: Fresh flowers, leaves, or other organic substances can release
Glitter sinking in resin is no longer a problem! Try the methods we shared above and the glitter should be exactly where you want it to be.