UV Resin Video – Now Playing – Polymer Clay Library

Polymer Clay UV Resin Tutorial“Although I have done quite a bit of resin jewelry work… I know I’ll learn something new from you Cindy.” ~Ritzs

On May 18th, I posted an introductory preview clip for my UV Epoxy Resin Tutorial. Today, the full version of this video lesson is available for viewing at the Polymer Clay Members Library. Here is the direct link: Adding a High Gloss UV Epoxy Resin Coating to Polymer Clay

For those of you who are not yet paid members, I’ve posted a few screen grab images below, from this week’s UV Epoxy Resin Video. Hopefully they will give you a bit of an idea as to what you can expect should you decide to come on board.

The cost works out to only $3.32 per month, which gives you 24/7 access to the full versions of my Friday video tutorial. Plus you also receive four A-series color recipe cards. This week’s color is:
Citrus from the Stargazer Lily Palette

UV Resin Video, Screen Grab Images…

Polymer Clay UV Resin Tutorial
Well there you have it… a small taste of what you will receive in the full version of the UV Epoxy Resin Video Tutorial. If you want to become a paid member, here is the link:
Polymer Clay Video Library
Or if you are brand new to polymer clay, the best place to first learn all of the fundamentals is here: Polymer Clay Beginners Course
To browse other tutorials that are available for purchase without becoming a subscribing member (in other words… just a one time fee), you can go here: Polymer Clay Video Back Issues

Weekly Wrap Up… what I would love to see in the commenting section of these Friday posts, is for you guys to share stories about your polymer clay accomplishments from the past week.Did you make something that made you feel proud? Did someone say something say nice about your jewelry creations? Any exciting sales? Unexpected surprises? 

You could also talk about a challenge you had this week and how you learned from it. Or… pose a question to the group that you need some help with. Likely by the end of the weekend you’ll have lots of valuable feedback from all of the helpful and supportive members here. Happy Friday!

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor

  1. Elizabeth S., 21 May, 2010

    WOOOHOOO! It’s going to be hot and SUNNY in west Texas today!! Guess what I am going to be doing! Super video–between that and this product I may just be over my resin phobia. Thanks, Cindy!!

  2. pollyanna, 21 May, 2010

    Wow…. I love the resin tute. Guess I’m going to be buying some soon. Hope my dil doesn’t miss the bbq lighter……lol

  3. Phaedrakat, 21 May, 2010

    Awesome tute! It’s so cool to be a member and get to see these videos. It was awesome seeing how the BBQ lighter works so well on bubbles. Now that I’ve actually seen the demo, seen the entire process, I feel like I can do it myself! Thanks, Cindy!

  4. Desiree, 21 May, 2010

    Hi Cindy, I am interested in your video tutorials – they look so cool. I have been reluctant to subscribe because I am concerned I won’t be also to keep up with the postings on a weekly basis. Once I subscribe how long do I have access to the weekly video? I have a tendency to fall behind in life and sometimes can’t catch up for a month or two, will I still be able to go back and access the videos at that time? I’m a teacher and sometimes my classroom pours over into my personal life and I just can’t keep up with all the fun stuff I love to do. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question.


  5. Cindy Lietz, 21 May, 2010

    @Desiree: Thanks for your interest in my video tutorials Desiree. If you decide to subscribe, you will have access to them 24/7 for as long as you keep your subscription current. The price works out to only $3.32 per month, which allows you to continue to build your library at an extremely affordable rate. It would be great to have another teacher here in the community, as a member. If you have any further questions, ask away :-)

    @Elizabeth, polyanna & Phaerdrakat: Glad you like the resin tute… thought you would.

  6. Phaedrakat, 21 May, 2010

    @Desiree: You can watch them anytime you want! As long as you’re a member, you can watch your videos (even a year later, or longer!) I’ve been a member since December. I still refer to the videos, to follow along with a technique, or remember a tip, or sometimes just for inspiration. You should join, you’ll be so glad you did! It’s nice to blog with everyone, but you don’t HAVE to. You can pop in every once in a while to say HI, or ask a question. Whatever you have time for. But the tutes are available 24/7! BTW, you should join soon, before the end of the month, so you get access to these tutes. If you wait until June, you’ll miss out on the resin video (and the others) at the great price!

  7. DJ, 22 May, 2010

    @Desiree: I signed up last fall as a treat to myself. I thought I could learn at least a few more clay techniques and because the videos are so reasonably priced there was nothing to lose really. What an understatement! The value I get in return was/is such a nice surprise: video quality and detail (no incomplete, rushed instructions; lots of close-ups; great sound) Cindy’s thorough “testing” which always leads to additional tips; and a wealth of information available through her blog. It’s rare – but if something isn’t covered in a video tutorial, questions are encouraged and followed through with a prompt response.
    I too, can’t get to doing all the weekly lessons right away, but I always watch and learn. Something I wasn’t aware of initially that has happened, is the way I think about creating projects. All of the tutorials have really helped develop a vocabulary for ideas. I can write my thoughts down and know that when I get a chance, they can be completed because I now know the “practical” info from watching and reading. Learning what can be done inspires so many new ideas! I really love that I can access the clips anytime 24/7; repeat and pause whenever I need to understand everything that’s explained. Many thoughtful, experienced clayers follow this site and offer SO much as well. Hope this helps, sorry for the length here….you can tell I’m a convert!! ;0)

  8. Silverleaf, 21 May, 2010

    It’s no good, I HAVE to find a UK resin supplier now! I emailed Ultradome and they said it would cost $26 in shipping for 8oz of resin, the small bottle and the UV bottle. Ouch! I’m going to have my usual rant about how unfair it is that all the good stuff’s so much cheaper in the US. *pout*

    Actually a quick spreadsheet later I’ve worked out that the Ultradome, even with shipping, costs about the same per ml as the Fimo Gel I’m currently using on my pendants. I guess I’ll really have to think about it – I’m just slightly scared of buying £40 of resin when I’m not even sure if I’ll like it or not…

  9. Ritzs, 23 May, 2010

    @Silverleaf: Hi silverleaf I don’t no if you see but i did answer you when you asked were i got my resin ,but if you didn’t see it I get it from polymer clay pit but not Ultra dome it is Magic glos but i would like to try ultradome

  10. Phaedrakat, 23 May, 2010

    @Ritzs & Silverleaf, & other UK Gals: I wonder if Penny from the Pol.Clay Pit would be interested in getting some Ultradome for you guys? She already has 2 people interested… The Ultradome seems so much more economical than the Magic Glos. Or maybe you could work something out where one of you purchases enough for several people, then you split the shipping or something…?

  11. Ritzs, 24 May, 2010

    @Phaedrakat: I think its a good idea to get together with other uk clayers and see if we could order in bulk, but I have been charged so many times by customs and excise that I wonder if the cost would be to much, I will email Penny and see if their is a chance of her stocking it Thank you for the idea Ritzs.

  12. Mary, 24 May, 2010

    @Ritzs: Did you mean Penny (aka Kerry) at Penny Dog Jewellery in Leicester? She is the resin queen of the UK and might have Ultra Dome. No doubt she’s in the phone book and her website is www dot penny-dog dot co dot uk
    Her address is Kerry Wilkinson, Penny-Dog Jewellery
    81 Town Green Street
    Leicester Leicestershire LE7 7NW
    United Kingdom

  13. Ritzs, 25 May, 2010

    Hi; Mary I meant Penny from clayaround ,I have sent her an email and awaiting a reply.Thank you for the information on Penny Dog I will look it up and see what I can find I will let you no @Mary:

  14. Silverleaf, 26 May, 2010

    @Ritzs: Yes that’s a great idea… we could all save money on postage that way – if one of us ordered for everyone then the UK postage would only be a few pounds extra.

    Even better if Penny (or someone) decided to supply it!

  15. Ritzs, 26 May, 2010

    I have emailed Penny but she said it cant be done because she would have to order in bulk and then maybe not sell it all, so at the moment no ( that was Penny from Clayaround) I also emailed Penny Dog as Marry suggested but i had no reply @Silverleaf:

  16. Cindy Lietz, 26 May, 2010

    Thank you everyone for all the great feedback!! Make sure to come back here and tell us how your resin projects go. I would love to hear about it! I forgot to address a couple of comments when I commented before so here goes…

    @Ken H.: The resin should work to seal in dried flowers but they may need to be sealed first with a spray like PYMII so the color does not bleed. I am only guessing though. They could be just fine without being sealed.

    @Elizabeth S.: The plan is for me to eventually be away from the computer on weekends, but there usually is to much to do to avoid it completely, including sometimes popping in to answer questions. One day though…

    @Ritzs and all: I was hoping that would work out for you gals. Maybe if we can drum up some more demand, Penny will be able to justify stocking it for you guys at some point.

  17. Terry Morris, 21 May, 2010

    SilverLeaf, on our EpoxyJewelry.com site we have a 2oz. bottle with dispensing tip for $12, that one could be shipped to the UK by first class mail (slow but cheaper) for $8 for a total $20 U.S. for 2 ounces. Not sure if that’s better for you or not but it’s an option.


  18. Silverleaf, 22 May, 2010

    @Terry Morris: Thanks Terry! I’ve added that into my spreadsheet and it looks like the 8oz bottle is still better value per ml. But the 2oz option is a good deal too! I’ll have a think about it.

    Now to investigate how to make my own UV lamp…

    Oh and good to hear Carolyn’s on the mend!

  19. Cindy Lietz, 21 May, 2010

    Hi again all, I just got an email from Carolyn Fiene and she is home from the Hospital. I am so happy she is on the mend and will soon be a vibrant part of this community again! We missed you Carolyn!!

    I got permission from her to post her note, since she is still a little tired and not quite ready to come back in full force…

    “Dear Ones All – I was healed of the ulcers in my esophagus. After 3 1/2 weeks in the hospital I am home. I’m working on a full explanation of all that happened in the hospital and what I’ve learned. God is soooooo good! Now I am working on the continuing healing of regaining lost weight and strength. My energy seems to come and go in bursts. That’s why I thought I’d zap this quick one off to you so that you would know I am alive and getting well. Love to you all, Carolyn.”

  20. Phaedrakat, 21 May, 2010

    @Cindy Lietz: That’s excellent news! God IS good!

  21. Ken H., 21 May, 2010

    Ok… question, to get the shine on the edges can you still use future floor finish?

  22. Ken H., 22 May, 2010

    Thank God your on the mend, we all missed you! Get well soon.

  23. Mary U, 22 May, 2010

    You’ve opened new worlds for me, Cindy! The UV Resin tutorial is absolutely terrific and I can’t wait to try that technique. (Interesting question above from Ken on edges.) The close up of the glossy, pearly butterfly wing is breathtakingly beautiful. Another success, thank you. And I meant to say earlier I loved the inspired colour choice of Lime Margarita paired with the Leopard Cane tute, for those who felt like going wild – although the au naturel looked great too. Good news from Carolyn; we’re holding best thoughts for you.

  24. Phaedrakat, 23 May, 2010

    @Mary U: Hey lady! I haven’t seen many posts from you lately — I miss you and your pretty frangi flower ;D I agree with you about the butterfly wing. When I saw it in the gallery article I thought it was very pretty, but in the video? It’s absolutely stunning! The pearlescent colors and the glassy resin are gorgeous, makes me want to create one for myself.

    I hope all is well with you there in Oz. I’m just getting over a week of being sick. Not sure what it was, but I’m starting to feel a little bit better. Taking it easy so I don’t relapse. Anyway, hope to see more of you! Bye for now (I stole that line from Elizabeth K, and maybe Cindy, too?) ~Kat

  25. Mary U, 24 May, 2010

    @Phaedrakat: Hey Kat! Sorry you’ve been a bit under the weather – get better soon, y’hear? Are you lying abed and claying? Yes, I really love that glossiness -I’m keen to try Ultra Dome and I’m thinking in this climate, with all these hours of sun, even in what we laughingly call our ‘winter’, I might not even need a UV lamp. Not so good for the alabaster complexions (!), but great for curing resin! Cindy makes it look easy but of course it’s not. Can’t wait to try though. Looking for a supplier in Oz. Hope you’re feeling ticketty boo again soon. XX Mary

  26. Anna Sabina, 22 May, 2010

    I had a surprise this week. A happy one too!!! I got my first check from the store that is selling my jewelry. It wasn’t huge but 2 necklaces were sold. I still have not cashed it yet. I am going to make a photo copy and put it in a frame in my clay area.

    Anna-Des Moines, Iowa.

  27. Cindy Lietz, 22 May, 2010

    I know I’m supposed to be away from the computer on weekends, but had some other stuff to get done, so I thought I would pop in and say hi!

    @Ken H.: You can do a few different things with the edges. A coating like Future or Studio Glaze would work fine. You can just sand and buff them to a nice shine or you can put a a thin coat of resin on with a Q-tip and cure again. I tend to go with the buffing since it gives the piece an nice silky feel and is the least amount of hassle, especially if I sand and buff the piece before coating in resin.

    @Phaedrakat: I agree. It will be wonderful to have Carolyn back and in good health. I was so worried about her! Glad to see you’re doing a little better. This darn Spring has been hard on you and many others.

    @Mary: Thank you! You are so sweet. I agree a Lime Margarita Leopard Cane would be a ton of fun! So would a Lime Margarita… should go make some :-) … oh wait it’s only 10 am :-) :-)

    @Anna Sabina: Anna I am so proud of you!! How thrilling! I think framing a copy of your check is an awesome and encouraging idea. It will be the first of many!! (What shop do you have your stuff in? Should send my Sister in law in to take a look!)

  28. Silverleaf, 22 May, 2010

    @Cindy Lietz from Polymer Clay Tutorial – Leopard Cane: If it makes you feel better, 10am for you is 6pm in the UK (I think), so that’s definitely fine for margaritas. ;)

    Except I don’t like them because tequila makes me sick… make mine a mojito please!

  29. Phaedrakat, 23 May, 2010

    @Anna Sabina: Congrat’s Anna! That’s so cool, I’m sure you’re beyond excited! Definitely make a copy of the check, then make a polymer clay frame for it! ;D I’m very happy for you! ~Kat

  30. Christine R, 22 May, 2010

    Hi Cindy, Love your site! I’m hoping you can shed little light on a possible problem I might have watching the videos. As I understand it, the videos are viewed on a web site? Does anything get downloaded to my computer? The reason I ask is that I live in the country and can only use HughesNet satellite for Internet access. HughesNet has a Fair Access Policy limit of 500MG every 24hours. If I exceed that then I’m “punished” by having 24 hours of slower-than-dialup speed. So, last question: Are
    any of the videos more than 500MG?

    I’m really impressed with your approach and all the nifty tricks you have, like making a heart from a square! Awesome stuff!


  31. Cindy Lietz, 22 May, 2010

    Hi Christine,

    Welcome to the site :-)

    You are correct that the videos are viewed via the web. When you watch one of the videos, your browser captures what’s called a cached version of the video file. That means that as long as you don’t refresh the page, you can watch that cached video file as many times as you like, without using up any more bandwidth than it took to “stream” the initial cached version of the video file. When you refresh or reload the web page with video on it, then a new version of the file is “captured” and this does use more bandwidth.

    In regards to the size of the video files, they are relatively small as far as video files go. They range anywhere from 15 to 25 meg’s, which is just a fraction of your 500 meg limit.

    All the best,

  32. Christine R, 22 May, 2010

    Hi Cindy,

    WOW! Thanks so much for your fast reply and help about how your videos work with my Hughes Internet service. That is fantastic news that videos use so little bandwidth!


  33. Emelita B, 22 May, 2010

    Hi Cindy,

    Your videos helped me make necklaces and bracelet and give as presents to my friends. They were amaze that I can make a beautiful accessories out of clay. Thanks a lot. I am from South Korea.


  34. Phaedrakat, 23 May, 2010

    @Emelita: Welcome, Emelita! You should send in pictures of your creations that were inspired by Cindy’s tutorials. She might do a Spotlight article on you! There’s an ongoing contest, and you can win prizes. Here are the Rules and Guidelines.

    Hope you’re enjoying your videos as much as I did (and still do!) Have fun! ~Kat

  35. Marsha G, 22 May, 2010


    I wanted to thank you for featuring my polymer clay mirrors on your Spotlight. This has been such a great experience. I’ve been surprised and appreciative of the wonderful comments people have written. It’s so great to receive feedback from others working in this medium. I really appreciate your efforts in creating a very special place for us to come together to share ideas!

    Marsha Gustafson

  36. Cindy Lietz, 22 May, 2010

    @Christine R: Glad I was able to help… fast like lightening!!! :-)

    @Emelita B: Welcome from South Korea. Such an International bunch here! I’m glad you are getting a chance to impress your friends with your new polymer clay skills. Keep it up!

    @Marsha G: You are very welcome. I’m glad that your polymer clay mirror spotlight was so warmly received by everyone. Hoping to hear more from you in the near future :-) All the best.

  37. Cindy Lietz, 22 May, 2010

    I just got the following email from Janet-A and had to share it with everyone. She has a great idea for using the little screen grab images I’ve started to post in these Friday “Now Showing” articles. Here’s what Janet said…

    Polymer Clay Tutorial Written Instructions“Your video has become my Friday treat. My favorite tip so far has been the plastic wrap when making buttons. What a difference. I’ve been trying every week to turn your video into a document so that I can have the instructions next to me while I work. I think it was last week that you gave us graphics of the project and this helped me a lot, not having to pause the video and capture a shot to paste into my document. It would be wonderful if you could occasionally do this. It was great. Thanks. Here is a sample of what I’ve been doing.” ~Janet

  38. Peggy Barnes, 22 May, 2010

    Isn’t the news about Carolyn such a blessing. I know she still has an uphill battle to fight but her faith will help her every step of the way. She is such a wonderful strong person. I have missed her advice and comments and always such kind words for everyone. I hope she can return soon but not before she is strong enough to handle it.

    Anna it is wonderful to here about your first check. You should be so proud of yourself. WAY TO GO!!

    Another fantastic month is almost over and Cindy and Doug have once again gave their all and more. If there is title out there for the world’s best team I would be first in line to nominate Cindy and Doug. They just shine off each other with beautiful colors being left behind every step of the way. What tops it off is they leave us the recipe for all those colors they leave behind them.

    Love you and your work.
    Uuuuuugggggs, Peggy

  39. DJ, 22 May, 2010

    It’s so great to hear that Carolyn is getting better!…we’re all hoping she’ll be back with us real soon :)

    The resin tute was wonderful…the pieces look so polished. They are flawless in the close-ups, can’t wait to start playing with this technique.

    @Anna – how exciting to have sold your necklaces, wishing you good luck with more of those cheques down the road!

  40. Ken H., 23 May, 2010

    Ok, another question, Mom’s Hydrangeas(sp) will be blooming in a short while, can you use this medium on dried pressed flowers?

  41. Melinda Herron, 23 May, 2010

    It’s so good to hear about Carolyn. Hope she feels good enough to join us soon.

    How exciting Anna. Congratulations!

    Love the tutorial Cindy!

  42. Linda K., 23 May, 2010

    It’s so good to hear that Carolyn is home from the hospital and doing better. It will be nice to have her back with us soon.

    Cindy, as usual, this is an outstanding video. I’m not ready to do the resin thing yet, but I know I will be in the future. I don’t have a UV lamp and it won’t be in my budget for awhile. I live on a mountain in Vermont. We get a considerable amount of sun here, but it’s often very windy…I don’t see how I could cure resin in the sun without getting all kinds of unwanted “inclusions” in my work!

    Anyway, after all I’ve learned here, I know that I want to use the UltraDome Resin, so that’s a good start.

  43. Elizabeth S., 23 May, 2010

    Finally, a chance to treat myself to the week-end posts and what wonderful news I found. That Carolyn is home and recovering was the best of all. Like everyone I have missed her very much and look forward to her return.

    Anna, You go girl! It’s always so inspiring to read about someone’s success. Needless to say, I’m not surprised and this will be just the beginning I’m sure.

    Emelita and Christina R. and Desiree, I hope we have three new friends on the site with whom we can chat and from whom we can learn.

    Now, I know I am getting old and probably senile, but do the rest of you remember something about our great leader, with our enthusiastic support and hearty encouragement planning to take the week-ends OFF? I didn’t count ’em but it seems to me that there were a whole bunch of “Cindyposts” as I was reading–not that I’m complaining, mind you.LOL

    Finally, in response to Cindy’s request to share pc events of the week. I finally completed a set of faux jade beads that I am proud of. I love the color-a bit lighter that in the video but so,so pretty. Then, if you remember, Ken posted a selection of his faux jade pieces and when I saw them, particularly the necklaces, I was blown away by the elegance and perfection of the beads. I ordered the roller and have been practicing ever since. I have to date been unsuccessful in drilling holes after baking as Ken does and so still fight shape distortion holing them before but I’m getting closer to where I want to be. So Ken, if you read this, thank you for the inspiration and generous sharing of the photos and techniques.


  44. Phaedrakat, 23 May, 2010

    @Elizabeth S.: You’re not senile, you’re right! Cindy can’t resist “checking out” the blog on the weekends. This place is her baby, though. And mama can’t help it! LOL

    That’s cool about your jade, can’t wait to see how pretty they look. I’m sorry the bead holes are causing you problems, though. What’s going wrong? Are you starting with a pilot hole, and drilling towards the middle, then coming in from the other side? What specific problem are you having, maybe someone can help… Thanks for reminding me about the bead rollers. I meant to get that set of mini-sizes, and forgot. That one’s being discontinued, so I’d better get one before they’re gone!

  45. Ken H., 23 May, 2010

    @Elizabeth S.:Your welcome, it was fun putting my work in front of my peers. If you using the 5 sized rounds there is a piercing path in the roller which should cut down greatly the distortion of the beads.

  46. Elizabeth S., 24 May, 2010

    @Ken H.:Yea! I’m glad you saw my thank you. It was important to me to be able to express my appreciation for your work and generosity. Thanks for the reminder about the piercing path–it does help greatly. In addition I’m putting the beads in the fridge for a little while to really cool them down before piercing. That seems to help, too. Again, my thanks.


  47. Ken H, 25 May, 2010

    @Elizabeth S.: A question, what size drill bit are you using? The diameter of the one I use is between the wire in a large and small paperclip, really really small. It came with the dremel type tool, I need a new one as this one is starting to dull, I’ve got to get to lowe’s or home depot to see if I even can replace it.

  48. Elizabeth S., 25 May, 2010

    @Ken H: I can’t find the exact diameter of the bit I was using (or trying to use), but I know it was a little bigger than the one you describe. I’m going to Lowes this afternoon with an unused bead and hopefully your paperclip size reference will help them direct me to what I need. As always, thank you. I’m excited to think that maybe just using the right sized bit will enable me to be successful on my next batch (your red, this time). I’m convinced that drilling after baking is the only way to achieve the bead perfection and so I’ve just gotta get this.

  49. Elizabeth S., 27 May, 2010

    @Ken H: Ken,

    One more comment and then I will stop bugging everyone with my goal for the perfect bead. I did go to Lowe’s and ended up purchasing the Dremel Precision Drill Set for around $10, there was not an option to purchase a single bit. I don’t have a Dremel tool but the salesman said the bits will work with any drill. The smallest is 1/32 and as I look at the sizes of the others, I think I was trying to use a 1/16 (still can’t find mine). Anyway, I’m sure I will have more success with the tinier bit. Thanks again.

  50. Ken H, 27 May, 2010

    @Elizabeth S.: First off, your not bugging anybody, asking questions is how we all advance in our art. Secondly, what good is the information I have learned if I do not share it with others when they ask for assistance. I don’t know what size bit I use, but it is really tiny, and I wish you the best of luck in drilling your beads. One other tip for you, fold in half a 3×5 card or something like that and place it under the bead when your drilling, it’ll save the countertop/tabletop (I learned the hard way on that :) )

  51. Cheryl Hodges, 25 May, 2010

    Have just got my ultradome resin. I’m really looking forward to trying out this tutorial. I ordered the smaller bottle.

  52. Ritzs, 26 May, 2010

    I seem to get who I am replying to at the end and not the begining what do I do wrong ,sorry Silverleaf

  53. Cindy Lietz, 26 May, 2010

    @Ritzs: When you hit the reply button to respond to someone’s comment, you will see some html code that gets automatically added to the comment box. Simply start typing your reply after that code, rather than before it, to have the person’s name link show up at the beginning of your comment instead of at the end.

  54. Ritzs, 27 May, 2010

    @Cindy Lietz from Polymer Clay Color Recipes – Tickseed Palette: Thank you Cindy thought i would give it a go LOL

  55. Phaedrakat, 27 May, 2010

    @Ritzs: Good job, Ritzs! ;D

  56. Elizabeth S., 27 May, 2010

    You’re too kind. Thanks for the card tip. I would have never thought of that.

  57. carolyn, 27 May, 2010

    I use an old phone book to protect the counter top while drilling. If you don’t have an old one, use it with the back side up and hope you don’t have to call anybody with a ‘z’ name.

  58. Ritzs, 27 May, 2010

    I use a small square of wood it works good to

  59. Ken H., 16 July, 2010

    Ok, New question, in cleaning out a cluttered spot in my basement, I found in a box an old blacklight bulb (an actual bulb with threads on) will this work for curing the resin, since I think it a 40w bulb (might be 60w, don’t remember)?

  60. carolyn, 16 July, 2010

    @Ken H.: if you go to the following link, you’ll see that Arlene does in fact cure resin with a black light.

  61. carolyn, 16 July, 2010

    @Ken H.: well, I thought I could do a link to one of Cindy’s other blog pages, but I guess not. Go to the butterfly wing cane tutorial page and check out the very bottom of the comments. I left you a note and if you click on Arlene (in blue) it should take you to where she does use a black light …

  62. Terry Morris, 16 July, 2010

    @Ken H.: It depends, if it’s an incandescent I don’t think it will work. If it’s fluorescent (18 watts or more) then it should but if it’s the purple looking bulb (not white) then you need to get the bulb about 2″ or less from the epoxy and it will cure an area 1.5X the width of the bulb itself.

    If it’s a fluorescent that is white looking when off and light blue when on then it will work much better and can be 3″ -4″ away from the epoxy and cure an area about 3X the width of the bulb.

    I could answer more accurately if I knew exactly what kind of bulb (bulb #).

    Hope this helps!

  63. carolyn, 16 July, 2010

    @Terry Morris: Thanks for being so very responsive, Terry. We all here at Cindy’s blog appreciate your input. You have a great product and it is good to know that you are right here with us showing (telling) us the best way to get the best results. I’ve made some really pretty pieces using your UltraDome UV Resin. There was a very short learning curve thanks to instructions from both you and Cindy. Thanks so much!

  64. Ken H., 16 July, 2010

    @Terry Morris: It is one of the purple glass ones (carton has a Spencer’s tag on it) and I have an old artist/drafting “gooseneck” adjustable lamp that mounts to a table with a screw type clamp, so placing it at a certain distance shouldn’t be a problem.

  65. Terry Morris, 16 July, 2010

    @Ken H.: it sounds like it’s not fluorescent bulb and as such won’t work. one other way to tell, if you look through it at a light or bright object, can you see through it? if so it’s not going to work.

    if you can’t actually see through it then it’s fluorescent and should work.

  66. Ken H., 17 July, 2010

    @Terry Morris: thanks I can see through it, it’s like the “party” bulbs the red, yellow, green and blue ones. I try to make due with what I have before before having to go out an buy something new. I echo Carolyn’s thanks for all the help you have given us. I will be patient and eventually try this technique. Thank you again.

  67. Catalina, 18 July, 2010

    @Terry Morris: I was wondering if a Grow Light for plants be a good bulb to cure the resin? Aren’t they a UV emitting bulb? Would one work that is a 50w bulb and how far away do you need to keep it and for how long? I found such a bulb and was hoping this would work better than having to rely on the sun.

  68. Terry Morris, 18 July, 2010

    @Catalina: Sorry but a grow light will not work.

    Even though it is UV light, all UV light is not the same. It is the wavelength that is important and our epoxy requires 365nm or close to that. Grow lights are more in the 680nm to 700nm range and will not start the reaction in the epoxy.

  69. Ken H, 19 July, 2010

    @Terry Morris: Thanks, that was going to be my next question, so do you get any gains by going up to a more energitic level of UV production, higher than the 365nm. I think the bulbs used for sterilization have a shorter wave length.

  70. Terry Morris, 19 July, 2010

    @Ken H: 365nm is the sweet spot. If you go too far over or under it will not cure at all.

    Why 365nm? It was easy to do chemically and the bulbs for it are abundant and relatively cheap. Why would you want to use a sterilization bulb that may cost 5X as much?

    Any standard fluorescent black light bulb (18w or more) without the ‘woods’ coating (purple powder) is perfect. They are readily available in many forms and cost just a little more than a plain fluorescent bulb.

    Of course being a fluorescent bulb they do require a ballast to work. My 36watt ovens at $69 on epoxyjewelry site are about as cheap as your going to find in a finished light. And I doubt you could even build your own for that price in just the parts.

    I know many times we want to search for a bargain in a DIY fashion but sometimes it won’t be the most cost effective in the end.

  71. Ken H, 19 July, 2010

    @Terry Morris: Just my curiosity (amature science geek/mad sciencetist), after looking at bulbs and stuff the other night. The bulbs listed the frequencies and was wondering if the shorter wavelengths would do anything. As soon as my jump ring maker is paid off, I’ll be getting the supplies to do the uv resin.

  72. carolyn, 19 July, 2010

    @Terry Morris: You are so right, Terry. I have one of your ovens and I don’t think I could have made one like it any way. Yours has two bulbs on the top and a bulb on each side so the UV rays get to the polymer clay piece on all sides. This really makes it work great!

  73. carolyn, 13 August, 2010

    Not sure which UV Resin blog to put this on since there are several, so I chose this one. I mostly use Terry’s UltraDome and really like it. Today I had some more abalone pendants to finish and thought I’d use up some of my Lisa P Magic Glos. No matter how long they sat and how many times I went over them with a torch (candle lighter) every one of them has at least one bubble. And no I did not shake up the bottle and even tried the first drip on paper towel trick. Have others found this to be the case with MagicGlos?

  74. Louise Smith, 08 October, 2015

    Can you use inclusions in this resin?

  75. Terry Morris, 08 October, 2015

    It’s really not made for inclusions but that being said it can be done as long as you understand what happens.

    Anything placed inside the epoxy will block UV light and the epoxy under the inclusion may never harden.

    Also the epoxy is not friendly with some chemicals like those used in consumer inkjet or laser printers or oils on metal and other things.

    I have taken watch gears and cleaned them with isopropyl alcohol and put them into a bezel and filled it up with the UV epoxy and it worked perfectly.

    You need to do small tests on items you plan to imbed to see if it’s compatible, also just understand that the epoxy under the item will stay liquid, if it’s encased on all sides this does not matter but if you use a mold and remove the finished item you may find a spot that is still liquid.

    I hope this helps make it clearer.

  76. Louise Smith, 08 October, 2015

    Thank you for the quick reply! Understood :)

  77. Cindy Lietz, 14 October, 2015

    Thank you so much Terry for popping in here to help out Louise! I really appreciate that you give such care and attention to your customers and ours.

  78. Terry Wowk, 13 November, 2015

    I have a question on using the Magic-Glos by Lisa. I plan to make a snow background in polymer clay, bake it, place a sticker on the baked clay, cover with the Magic-Glos, cure it, then…. place more polymer “snow” around the picture to give a 3D look and then bake again. So, has anyone tired this out to see if the sticker and Magic – Glos will withstand that second baking and at what temperature?

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