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Beschilderde stenen aflakken met UV epoxyhars - itsOkay

Paint painted stones with UV epoxy resin

A Happy Stone is a stone that someone has painted and placed somewhere to make the finder happy. But how do you ensure that these stones remain beautiful after a few days? Desiree explains it to you in this article.

Desiree: "I finish my stones with the UV Resin epoxy resin from ItsOkay. This gives your painting a very nice glossy finish, much better than varnish or lacquer, for example. I do not recommend nail polish because it can flake because moisture gets under it and it may yellow over time."
Varnishing happy stones makes the end result super shiny and the painting stays beautiful for longer.


My name is
 Desiree Seijnaeve , I have been hobbying with epoxy resin for six months now . It started with letter key rings. I enjoyed it so much that I started making more and bigger projects. The possibilities are endless so I can always make different creations. For all materials I recommend ItsOkay , they have good quality molds, epoxy resin, dried flowers... basically everything you need. Your order will be delivered super quickly, so you can quickly get started with your craft project.

Introduction

I started making happy stones about 2.5 years ago. These are stones that you paint with acrylic paint (e.g. Amsterdam acrylic paint) and/or acrylic paint markers (e.g. Art Owl Netherlands), and finish to make them shine beautifully and protect the painting.

As soon as the stones are ready, I place them in visible places to give other people a moment of happiness. The finder can keep the stone, place it somewhere else or give it to someone.

On the back of the stone you will usually find more information about the maker, usually there is a Facebook group or Instagram name on it. A message with a photo of your found stone is so easy to send to the maker and very nice to share.

You can look for stones to paint yourself, in the forest or along the water. You can make them yourself by pouring liquid concrete into a stone mold. There are also sites/shops/garden centers where you can buy suitable stones (particularly beach pebbles and Santorini stones).

I get my inspiration from everywhere, tutorials from other happy stone makers, Pinterest, Google, etc. What I make at that moment depends on where I am going to put them and what my target group (children or adults) or theme (holidays, etc.) is. I paint everything by hand, but if you are not very good at drawing, you can also trace a design with carbon paper and then print the image on your stone.

I finish my stones with UV Resin from ItsOkay, which gives your painting a very nice glossy finish, much better than varnish or lacquer, for example. I do not recommend nail polish because it can flake because moisture gets under it and it can yellow over time.

Supplies required for happy stones finishing

- Painted stones (Beach pebble, Santorini stone etc)
- UV Resin from itsOkay
- UV Epoxy Resin Lamp or direct sunlight
- Gloves
- Silicone brush

Example 1: The beach pebble

The UV Epoxy resin is a liquid substance that becomes a kind of hard plastic when hardened. This gives your stone an ultimate and beautiful protective layer. This type of epoxy resin dries by sunlight. After applying a layer, you can let the stone dry outside or inside under a UV lamp.
With the first stone, a gray beach pebble with a nice cat painting, I evenly distributed the UV Resin over the stone. The bottle with spout makes pouring the UV Resin very easy. Then spread it evenly. Of course, wear gloves and do not work in a room with a lot of sunlight. Then your UV Resin will harden too quickly. After the UV epoxy resin has been evenly distributed, I place it under the UV lamp for a few minutes. Once it has hardened, I place the stone in direct sunlight for a few hours.


Example 2: The Santorini stone

For this example I varnished a white Santorini stone with a Liberation Day theme with UV Resin . For this stone I used a silicone brush. That also works fine for me and works a little neater. After the epoxy resin has been evenly distributed, I place this stone under the UV lamp for a few minutes. Once it has hardened, I place the stone in direct sunlight for a few hours.

I like both methods (gloves/brush). So it's a matter of seeing what you like working most. I also recommend covering both sides with UV Resin . By completely sealing the stone, no moisture gets underneath.

Tips

A stone processed with UV Resin epoxy requires longer drying time than the UV lamp alone. This in itself makes sense, because the UV light from the lamp cannot pass through stone as with a silicone mold, for example. Let it dry for a few more hours in daylight and your stone will have a perfect shiny finish.

I wish you a lot of fun painting and finishing your happy stones and I am very curious to see if I will ever find one of your stones!

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.
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