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Although it may seem foolhardy to provide detailed instruction how to create the candy coating deliciousness that is epoxy resin finish – I am feeling charitable and also slightly distracted by the Jets/Steelers game, so this is a freebie that requires minimal mental participation on my behalf.
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Creating epoxy resin frames
- Glitter (if you want to add some additional sparkle)
- Mod podge or watered down white glue
- Clear spray paint
- Epoxy resin mix
- 2 Clean measuring/mixing containers
- Few small sponge brushes
- Paint stirrer
- Chopsticks, Popsicle sticks or bamboo skewer
- Small torch blower
- Latex gloves
- 4 unopened soda cans
- Sand paper
1. Clean then prime the picture frame. Cover all non-wood pieces (hooks, wire etc) w/ blue tape.
2. Paint (spray paint is my preferred method) the frame until the front, sides and interior window are thoroughly covered. The back should have a light spray, but doesn’t require the same opaque coverage.
If you are applying glitter continue w/ stop #3, if not skip to step #5
3. Once paint has thoroughly dried, cover frame w/ glue adhesive then add glitter. Work in small sections. Wait for glue to dry before shaking off excessive glitter. Apply glitter liberally, but neatly. I find that the Martha Stewart ultra fine glitter works the best.
4. Once the excess glitter has been removed and any holes have been covered, spray the entire frame w/ the clear spray paint. This will keep the glitter secure when adding the epoxy resin. Let sit for 1 day.
5. Set the frame for the epoxy resin application in a well ventilated, but free of dust and airborne debris. Cover the table w/ Kraft paper then w/ a layer of wax or parchment paper above. Do not place frame too close to the edge of the workspace. (Tie back loose hair, wear latex gloves and wear clothing that can be ruined.) Place the 4 soda cans underneath each corner of the frame – make sure the weight is balanced.
6. Follow the instructions on the epoxy resin package EXACTLY.
7. Pour the thoroughly mixed epoxy resin slowly and evenly over the top of the frame. The solution will pour down the sides of the frame and in the window opening. Do not leave any epoxy in the mixing container – if it sits for more than a few minutes, it will get very hot and cloudy and unusable. Using the foam brush, move the epoxy to cover the entire surface. There may be holes so continue to go over the whole frame w/ the brush; more than 1 brush may be required. Work quickly b/c the solution will start to get gummy. Once the exterior of the frame is completely covered, take the chopstick and start scraping along the bottom edge of the frame to remove the dripping epoxy. Continue to do this for several minutes. The more vigilant, the less to sand later.
8. Air bubbles start forming on the surface. (If this is a glitter finish this next step isn’t as critical, but I do recommend that you remove the air bubbles if you want a professional looking product.) Using a handheld blow torch (the style used in kitchens for crème brulee works perfectly fine) slowly and CAREFULLY pass over the frame to remove the air bubbles. Continue to do this until all visible bubbles have been popped.
9. Go over the bottom again w/ a fresh stick to scrape drips.
10. If possible cover the entire frame w/ an airtight container.
11. After 1 hour try to scrape any more drips if formed.
12. Leave untouched for 72 hours, seriously.
13. Once the curing process is complete, wearing latex gloves, sand all bumps, drips or streaks of epoxy resin off the back and window opening.
14. Admire the gorgeous piece of wall candy you just created. Your home will thank you.
If you send me photos of your epoxy resin achievements, I would love to post them.