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Processing epoxy on shells

In this manual, Marleen describes how to process shells/oysters with epoxy. You can apply a coating to a shell with UV Resin epoxy resin or even create a small work of art in the shell.

My name is Marleen de Boer and I make art with epoxy and natural products. Personally, I really love making art and jewelry with materials from nature. Think of materials such as dried small flowers , feathers, sand and shells. I like to look for this myself when I'm on the road again. It then feels as if I am giving something that is 'real'. Something made by our own mother earth. And let's face it... these are works of art in themselves!

Supplies:

- UV Resin Epoxy resin
- Jewelry UV lamp
- Shells (well cleaned)
- Transparent lacquer/varnish (action)

Applying epoxy to shells

You can apply UV Resin Epoxy resin to shells and make something beautiful out of it or simply apply a thin layer and 'coat' the shell with it. This is very simple and easy to do for beginners. UV Resin is ready to use and dries within a few minutes using UV light (the sun or a UV lamp). UV Resin is the perfect epoxy for shells. It's a fun and easy project to do (yes, even for beginners).

If the shells are dirty or greasy, clean them thoroughly with degreaser or alcohol. Let them dry completely. Place the shells on a flat surface and carefully pour a little epoxy.

You can also fill the shell with some decorative sand (or sand from a pet store) and other beach finds and then pour it. As in the example below.


If you choose to fill the shell with beach decorations, you can create the effect below with epoxy pigment . You make this by working with layers. First you pour a layer of epoxy mixed with dark blue pigment. Apply this carefully with a stirring stick from the mixing bowl, so that you do not add too much.
After this, pour an edge of mixed epoxy with slightly lighter blue pigment. Finally, pour a layer of epoxy (transparent, without pigment) so that the shell is filled. Start pouring at the sand and then pour upwards. You don't want the epoxy to mix too much with the colors.
You then blend this together by blowing lightly with a hairdryer.

Finally, add a very thin edge of mixed epoxy with white pigment to create a wave. Apply this again with a stirring stick and not from the mixing bowl. You then let this blend together again by blowing very lightly over it with a hairdryer.

Small paintings in shells

You can also go a step further and make really small works of art from your shell. I use materials from nature. For example , I make trees in a shell from small real dried flowers variant 1. I make a small beach in a shell from real sand, creating a small work of art in a shell.



First paint a background in the shell/oyster. After this, you pour a thin layer of UV Resin Epoxy resin , to which you then add something. It is reminiscent of a theater, where a backdrop is also used and depth is created with various set pieces.

UV Resin is ready to use and dries within a few minutes using UV light (the sun or a UV lamp). Handy, because you can continue working quickly. Let the epoxy dry for at least an hour in the sun or for a few minutes under a UV LED lamp . Patience is a virtue. If you go too fast, there is a chance that the epoxy will still be sticky and your fingerprints will be on your work of art . Ultimately, this just takes more time.
Finally, spray a layer of transparent varnish over the artwork and let it dry thoroughly.

In the art I make I often paint silhouettes. This is because it is difficult to paint something so small in great detail. See for example the examples above in which I have painted people and birds. This gives something mysterious to the piece of jewelry. I paint the trees and make the leaves/blossoms from the dried small flowers variant 1.

Tips for painting on epoxy

If you want to paint something that is difficult, always do it on hardened epoxy. You can wipe this away very easily. This will prevent you from ruining the rest of what you've already painted if it fails.

Always make sure that the paint has dried properly, otherwise the paint will come loose and mix with the epoxy. This is a shame. For example, briefly blow-dry the paint so that it can dry.

Do you want to make this too?
- UV Resin Epoxy resin
- Epoxy decorations

More information?

Do you have questions about making art, jewelry or casting/coating floors or other objects? Several people work at itsOkay epoxy experts each with their own expertise. We are happy to help you.
Please contact the customer service from itsOkay or take a look at it Epoxy knowledge center .

Comments

  • Hoi is het de bedoeling dat je de epoxy op een speciale manier op laat drogen? Groetjes van Yo

    JO

    Jolanda

  • Uniek gedaan in de schelpen. Ikzelf heb ook kleine tekeningen verwerkt in hangers heel leuk om te doen en makkelijk.

    SA

    Sanne Jongsma

  • Gaaf! Ik heb de hangers en kettingen ook besteld. Leuke elke week zo’n blog! Blijven doen!

    LI

    Lisette J

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