MelodySusie 12W LED Light Product Review and Demo

Meoldy Susie 12w LED Light - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #653: The LED lamp reviews in this video were specifically for polymer clayers working with Fimo Nail Art projects and resin too.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • Today we are talking about the MelodySusie Violetili 12W LED Light Gel Nail Dryer for using with Fimo Nail Art and UV resin on polymer clay.
  • In the video I show examples of Fimo Nailart canes and explain the process of layering the thinly sliced canes with uv cured gel nail polish to make nailart.
  • In the past I showed a demo on using a UV Nail Gel by Madam Glam which I cured with my 36W UV Lamp.
  • As polymer clay artists, many of us like to use a UV curable Epoxy Resin on our pieces, which also need to be cured using a UV Lamp.
  • I wanted to test this LED Lamp to see if it would work for both the Fimo Nailart projects and the Epoxy Jewelry Ultradome UV Resin that I like to use.
  • In regards to UV Cured Gel Nail Polishes, there are several different types and brands. Some need to be cured with LED Lights, some UV Light and some, like the Madam Glam Polish I have, can be cured with either LED or UV.
  • Both LED and UV create Ultra Violet Light, but the bulbs and the type of light (the particular wavelengths maybe?), are a little different. As well, the number of watts in the lamp make a difference in how well and how quickly the light cures. PLEASE NOTE: I accidentally used the word Volt in place of the word Watt several times in this video. My brain knows the difference but apparently it didn’t tell my mouth! :-|
  • The advantages of LED Lamps over UV Lamps is that the LED bulbs are unbreakable, use less power and last for years.
  • I really like the design of the Violetili by MelodySusie. It looks nice, has a small footprint and it’s open design can cure all your nails on one hand (or foot) at once. It has timed settings for 30seconds, 60 seconds, 90 seconds and 30 minutes… and it can be easily turned on and off with a single push.
  • For safety reasons, never look at the UV light directly. And do wear sunscreen on your hands to protect your skin from the UV Rays.
  • I did a quick demo on how to apply the nail gel and cure it with the LED Lamp.
  • LED and UV lamps cure the nail gel very quickly. Depending on the brand and the type of gel used they cure anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
  • I wanted to test this 12W LED Lamp with curing my UV Epoxy Resin, and although it did set to a certain extent, my sample remained sticky and didn’t fully cure even after being in the LED Lamp for over 60 minutes. SO… this machine is not suited for the Ultradome Brand of UV Resin. It could be that the 12W machine was under powered and the 24W may have worked. Or that the type of UV light that the LED bulbs provide, isn’t the right type of light to get a sufficient cure.
  • I did find that MelodySusie does also have some lamps that would work for the Ultradome resin curing. They have a 36W UV Lamp similar to the one I have, at a good price. And what I found that was really cool, was that they carry a 24W LED & 36W UV Combination Lamp. This unit would cure any of the brands of UV Nail Gel whether they needed LED  or UV, plus it would also cure the UV Epoxy Resin. And the price was great too!
  • If you are a polymer clayer who works with both the UV Resin and the Nailart gels, than the 2 in 1 unit would be the way to go if you are looking to purchase a new lamp at this time. Links to Melody Suzie lamps I review in today’s clip, are posted just below the video on this page.

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Catalina, 23 April, 2015

    No sound. I can hear the the jingle at the beginning but nothing after that. Is it just me?

  2. Doug Lietz, 24 April, 2015

    I think it must be something on your end Catalina. We have not had any other reports of playback issues on this clip. Try viewing the video using a different web browser or device. If it plays for you with the new browser/device, that is will let you know that there was an issue with your original device/browser.

    Clearing cookies and cache in your original browser will likely clear up the problem.

  3. Catalina, 27 April, 2015

    Thanks, Doug! That was it! I have another question, too. Trying to re-play older tutorials like, Faux Opals, and I can’t get them to buffer completely. Will these older ones be converted to work onthe iPad?

  4. Doug Lietz, 27 April, 2015

    Hi Catalina… yes all the older videos will eventually be converted to work on iPads and all mobile devices.

    For now though, you can install the iOS PhotonApp as a work around. It will allow you to play all of the older videos.

    And there is a PhotonApp for Android devices as well.

  5. Dixie Ann, 24 April, 2015

    Thanks Cindy for the video. It ran fine for me and had always wondered about those nail machines you put your hands in when they are done decorating them. Now I know. Although I normally don’t do my nails since I’m in polymer clay a great deal of the time, I did try to find those Fimo PC slices with thoughts of having my toenails done but had no luck in finding them anywhere. I would be interested in knowing where you found your packages. I was surprised to learn the difference between the two lamps as I had always thought they were all UV. I really enjoy watching all of these neat products you show, as much as the monthly Videos. I always learn something new!

  6. Cindy Lietz, 24 April, 2015

    I actually found those nailart slices at the dollar store Dixie Ann… which won’t help you at all. I have seen tons of them on eBay though.

  7. Dixie Ann, 24 April, 2015

    I never thought to look at the Dollar Stores. We have several here. Thanks Cindy we look there.

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