Monday, 19 February 2018

New Techniques - UV Resin

Do you ever feel like a jonny-come-lately when it involves new materials or techniques that could be used in miniature? I do, often.
Recently, me and my good friend Sarah from Amber's House turned private detectives to discover how someone could make hollow miniature bottles without being qualified glass blowers. You know what we found? UV activated resin...
Have you heard of this stuff? No, me either. And yet my ignorance isn't due to a lack of information on the net because this stuff has been around for years.
Imagine wanting to cast something tiny. Imagine that you need the cast to be hard as plastic, can flow easily into a mold, will dry in minutes, can be dyed any colour, can be mixed with metallic powder so that it looks like chrome...this, my friends, is UV resin. Not only that, you can buy soft, hard and gummy UV resin too. Imagine teeny gummy bear sweets that are actually squishy!

SQUISHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 This is my attempt at a toothbrush:


I made an acrylic toothbrush handle shape, filed and sanded it. The bristles and handle had to be kept separate so that you can colour the individual parts erm...individually





 I made a mold of the brush using two part molding putty




I mixed a tiny drop of red dye into hard UV resin for the handle and white dye for the bristles

 Stuck it under a 36watt UV lamp for three minutes. To attach the bristles to the handle, you brush a teeny film of UV resin on the end of the handle, add the bristles and then back under the UV lamps for another couple of miniutes. Voila



Have a wonderful week
Pepper 😊












45 comments:

  1. Love your experiments! Now let' have a sink tap like this... do you think that would work? I assume that this would require a very complicated mould..

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    1. I guess you could make one Marion. Pretty much anything that you could make a mold of could be cast...even if you had to make a two part mold 👍

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  2. Un resultado fantástico con tu experimento. Este mundillo es maravilloso porque nos permite soñar con todo lo que podemos realizar.
    Un abrazo

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  3. thank you for sharing, a beautiful idea!
    good week!

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  4. Hello Pepper,
    that is awesome. thank you so much for bringing this to our attention...so many possibilities!
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. I know, right? I can see many more experiments in my future Giac 🙂

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  5. Wow! I'm amazed. That stuff looks seriously cool. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

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    1. It is Sheila. I love playing with this stuff 🙂

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  6. What an exciting material with such great potential. There are so many miniatures open to being made with this that otherwise would have had to be found or purchased. :-) Your toothbrush is great. I look forward to seeing what else you create.

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    1. Thanks Catherine. Once Sarah and I discovered it we were thinking of a thousand and one things we could make with it 🙂

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  7. Well! Something else to explore and play with. Thanks for keeping us in the know!

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    1. No bother Grandmommy. This is why I love to share 🙂👍

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    1. You would love this stuff Keli...instantly setting resin for food making, flower making...😀 Anything I discover, I will blog about 👍

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  9. Yes I do always feel behind the curve! I research, plan, buy supplies and then have too many other "bright ideas" in the queue to actually get to it!
    These are brilliant and the material looks like a massive (and fun) rabbit hole to get lost in!

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    1. I hear you Sister. Too many projects, too little time to get to them 😄

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  10. Supercool! Art and craft and science intersect!

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    1. You know that's my favourite type of intersection Nancy. I missed my calling as a mad scientist 😆

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  11. I've never heard of this stuff, Pepper, UV activated resin you say?? I'll have to look it up on the internet ;). But I'm in love with your teeny tiny tooth brush, what an excellent miniature!
    Do you also know in what sort of stores this UV resin can be avialable? I ask this for those, like me, who live abroad...
    Thank you so much for sharing, Pepper!

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    1. The type of shops I've found it in are the hobby stores that cater to jewellery makers. They seem to use resin a lot. I bought mine from somethingkawaii.com which ships to Europe. I've also seen it on Amazon. Just make sure it is the UV resin 🙂👍

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    2. Thank you for this information, Pepper!! XX

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  12. Ahhh! I’ve seen it but never brave enough to try it. And coincidentally I just bought a UV lamp last week! I have some transparent 2 part air dry clay that I tried using over the weekend but not sure it isn’t too old - waiting for it to cure.... So did you have to buy specific dyes? I am really curious to try this now. Thanks for the tips!

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    1. Hi Shannon, I bought resin dyes specifically sold with the UV resin. However I did try it with a pigment I already had for colouring casting resin and that worked too. Hope you try it and blog your results 🙂

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  13. Genial, el resultado no puede ser mejor. Gracias por compartirlo:-)

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  14. El cepillo me ha encantado. Gracias por mostrarnos este material. Parece de fácil manejo.

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  15. A-maz-ing! I never knew the stuff existed.

    That toothbrush is adorable!

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    1. I'm actually surprised that so many people haven't heard of it...I thought I was the only one. Thanks Kat 🙂

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  16. Oh fantastic! It is perfect. Actually I do have some UV resin called Bondic it comes with it's own little light. You give me inspiration :)

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  17. I wonder if that's the stuff I originally saw, used by fishermen to tie their lures. I noticed in the video that they had a uv torch to instantly harden the resin. Thanks Linda 🙂

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  18. I also recently did a few experiments with resin. But I'm finding it an awful sticky mess, and I really don't like cleaning up. I've not had much success with getting my resin really clear. Looking forward to seeing what you make next.

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    1. Ah, you're preaching to the choir Sister. Me + mess go hand in hand. This is the first resin I've used that I haven't spilled over everything 🙂

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  19. Thank you Pepper for sharing this wonderful, inspiring idea.
    Hugs, Drora

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  20. Hi Pepper, I've seen the UV resin on Asian Websites demonstrating nail art etc. but it is good to see it used for something more useful to we miniaturists. Your tiny toothbrush is Spot On! and I hope you'll soon try making a tube of toothpaste to go with it too! ;D

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    1. That's one of the things I love - taking a product used for one thing and adapting it into miniatures. Toothpaste coming up 👍🙂

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  21. Really cool idea! I love the Re-ment toothbrushes but they are so hard to find. You made the perfect mould for it too. Do you find you waste a lot of product? When I was using epoxy I couldn't get over how much leftover I had (and it sets so you have to be quick). Since everything is so tiny I hope you can do small batches at a time! :)

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    1. Re-ment is phenomenally expensive here and rare too. The great thing about this resin is that it only hardens when you put it under UV light. So theoretically, you could mix a batch with your preferred dye and keep any extra in a UV proof bottle until you need it 👍🙂

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  22. wow, thanks for the info. Toothbrush looks great! :)

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  23. Thanks for sharing this with us... it sounds very promising and the result aka your tiny toothbrush looks awesome.

    Hugs
    Birgit

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  24. You always go deep, my lady! Very cute toothbrush! One day when I decide to accept challenges I know you'll have a tutorial for it. You taught me how to make my first sofa!

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  25. Love the toothbrush and such an interesting article. Never tried this but was curious after reading about it, but I know for a fact mine wouldn't turn out as well as yours 😀 X

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