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Add Glitter to Your Next UVPoxy Project
In this tutorial, we're going to explain how you can use Polyester Color Glitters in your UVPoxy projects.
Watch the full tutorial here!
Our glitters come in 12 different colors and can be used to create various effects for your UVPoxy art projects.
Step 1: Preparation
Start by preparing your project board. You can sand it with 220 grit sandpaper, if the surface is glossy, and then wipe it down with denatured alcohol. Make sure it is level and raised off the work surface.
Mix UVPoxy and start adding the glitter to your preference.
Step 2: Measure and Mix Glitter
As with our metallic pigments, you should start with a small amount of glitter. You can always add more but you can't take it back out. In this project, we used about 1/8 tsp of glitter because we wanted to add a sparkle to the project but not completely cover the surface. Mix the glitter in thoroughly. Glitters work really well with UVPoxy. The high viscosity of the resin means that the glitter particles stay suspended, floating across the surface of your project.
Pour Glitter Coat
Now that the glitter is mixed in, we're going to treat this just like any other UVPoxy pour. We're going to start by pouring the epoxy in the middle of the project and letting it spread out.
We’ll use the notched spreader to spread out our UVPoxy.In this case we'll be using the flat side of the spreader, rather than the notched side. It's important to note that for coatings with particles in them, in this case glitters, if you use the notched end of the spreader you can actually start to align the particles and you'll end up with a grid pattern in your coating. In this case we don't want particles aligned, we just want them to be spread randomly, so we're going to use the flat surface. We'll start from the center and just float it across the top, pushing it out to the corners. You want the entire surface coated and then we want the edges to get coated as well.
Leveling Glitter Coat
Because we didn't use the notched edge of the spreader to obtain a uniform coating thickness, there's definitely some waviness to our surface right now. To help the UVPoxy along, in terms of leveling out, we're actually just going to pick up the project and just move it around. By tilting it side to side, we can help the UVPoxy level out to a more uniform thickness.
Check Your Edges
The last thing that we're going to do, before we torch the bubbles, is ensure that all of our edges are covered. We'll just use gloved fingers to touch-up the edges, or you can use a craft stick.
With our edges coated, the last step is to do a quick torch to make sure that all the surface air bubbles are popped.
Curing & Finished Project
Once your glitter coat is cured you can expect it to have a subtle, sparklylook.
Glitter can also be used as more of an accent, or you can even sprinkle glitter right on top of uncured resin. You don't even have to mix it in if you don't want to.
There's no wrong way to use glitters with UVPoxy! We hope you found this tutorial useful. If you want to see the full video of this tutorial, click the link below.
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