Adding photos to a craft project provides a distinctive way of displaying memorable moments. When working with photos, you want to find a way to display them clearly, while protecting them at the same time. You can accomplish this by pouring resin onto properly sealed photos. Resin provides a transparent protective coat, while incorporating your photos into a customized art project.
Things You'll Need
- Plastic drop cloth
- Plastic measuring cups
- Wooden stir stick
- Four plastic cups
- Tape measure
- Epoxy resin side A
- Epoxy resin side B
- Petroleum jelly
- Microfiber cloth
- Cardboard box
Protect your work surface with a plastic drop cloth. Make sure your drop cloth is clean so that no debris transfers into the epoxy.
Seal the back of your photos using a paintbrush with a water-based sealant. Sealant adheres the photos to your plywood base and keeps any resin from seeping underneath and distorting them.
Affix the photos to the plywood and place a microfiber cloth over the top of the photos to protect them and absorb excess sealant. Roll a pencil over the top of the cloth in vertical and horizontal directions, ensuring a firm bond. Remove the cloth, using it to wipe away any sealant that seeped from underneath the photos. Allow the sealant to dry completely before proceeding.
Brush the sealant over the top of the photos. Work in up and down strokes first and then in side-to-side strokes. This ensures there are no holes in the sealant for the epoxy to leak through. Seal the edges of the photos thoroughly, creating a border of sealant on the plywood around them. The sealant turns transparent when dry.
Treat the back edges of your plywood with petroleum jelly. The epoxy creates drips on the back of the plywood when it is poured. Applying petroleum jelly to the backside allows you to peel of the drips.
Elevate your plywood board by flipping the four plastic cups and resting the piece on top. Elevating the piece allows the epoxy to run over the surface evenly when it is poured.
Measure your plywood board and consult the directions on the epoxy resin for the proper amount to mix. Measure out equal parts of side A and side B of the resin into separate mixing cups. For instance, if the directions say that your project requires four ounces of epoxy, measure two ounces of each side. Combine the two sides into one cup and stir thoroughly.
Pour the resin onto your piece in a circular manner, allowing the resin to coat the surface. Use a paintbrush to pick up resin from the drop cloth. Hold the brush over any thin areas and letting resin drop down onto the surface.
Cover the piece with a cardboard box and allow it to dry for 48 hours. Once dry, peel off the drips from the back edge of your piece.
Tips & Warnings
- Bubbles may rise to the surface of the epoxy after pouring. To release the bubbles, breathe on the surface before it dries as if you were fogging a mirror.
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