Tips and Tricks
Creating with Ecrylimer is a fun and rewarding experience, but it can also be frustrating when your creations don't turn out as planned. If you've followed all the instructions and still have issues, don't worry! We have a wealth of resources available to help you get the most out of your Ecrylimer projects. From troubleshooting tips to expert advice, we've got you covered. So, don't give up on your creations, let us help you bring them to life!
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Bubbles - we don't love them! So how do we fix them? Here's 2 ways -
NOTE- How you mix is so so important - like really important for any acrylic resin - it is the one thing that will make the biggest difference to the outcome. These videos showcase the most common dos and don'ts to give you a bubble free bottom!
Option 1 - Mixing and Pouring Techniques
First step - mixing
Second Step - Pouring
Third Step - After the pour
Option 2 - Ecrylimer Bold+ with 20% Pro liquid = NO bubbles
We've developed a way to combine the lovely smooth pour of Pro but reduce the bubbles - we have found the perfect combination using 20% Pro Liquid.
The shell mould - don't let it destroy your soul! We have the answers!
It's about 8 minutes long and you can apply these techniques to other projects. You will be pumping out a million shells in no time!
* How to mix for less bubbles, and what to do with the mould to make it easier to work with.
* Use a 3:1 ratio - wait what? Trust me it works
* Seal straight after demolding and if you want to wax after, make sure you water down the sealer by 50% water
* When things don't look right - dots, streaks, dark patches and bubbles are all covered.
3 fun Neon techniques - it's Splish Splash time!
Channel your inner 80s and create some pastel neons looks that you can apply to other pigments.
* How to get clean edges on patterns when using multiple colours
* A tip on not leaving the patterns to set for too long
* Side to side tapping when you have to be gentle
* Using your fork to get rid of edge bubbles
Terrazzo - Ecrylimer Bold is your friend when it comes to this technique. Super easy to
sand and you can use chips you've made from Ecrylimer Pro.
Key Points (these techniques also work with Pro)
* Make sure the chips are dry and thoroughly mixed through. You can make chips from the left over dried Ecrylimer from your cups.
* Use your fork to press it all in well, or use your smooshing brush to make sure the compound is in all the edges. This helps to remove bubbles also for sanding later.
* Once set demold and start wet sanding straight away - 100grit, then 320 grit and then 2000 grit (if you use Pro you may need more steps of sandpaper grit for the same result).
* Sealing - you can do this after you are happy with the result (not wax though until it's completely cured).
Mini Mixer - it's a great accessory for mixing and reducing bubbles the easy way.
* Initial stir in of everything
* Holding the mixer at the bottom of the cup - no whippin it around!
Smooshing Brush - Perfect your finish, and don't miss any details!
* This technique can be used on any mould for an all-over colour - lipped trays, mould with ridges or patterns to ensure there are no bubbles.
Colour techniques that aren't terrazzo and don't need sanding!
* You will need an old toothbrush and a flat brush (preferably Taklon as it's easy to clean).
* Don't leave the first part to set for too long - if it becomes too hard you will get bubbles on the second pour.
* All these techniques you can use multiple colours
* It's important not to move the tray after you have put down the first colours while it's setting.
Sealing with the new 2 part sealer for complete waterproofing & food contact
* In order to lock in the colour and ensure a good foundation to the resin, use at least 2 coats of the
pre sealer (Satin)
* Using a brush to apply the resin seems to be the best way for an even brushless finish.
* Use left overs and cast jewellery or other pieces - you can add our pigment, glitter etc.