can I use resin on this project?
I want to "paint" resin on an object for a gel candle. Exactly how is resin used? Can one apply it with a brush? I just need to cover the body of a butterfly with something that will protect it from the heat and chemical make up of gel candle wax. the candle wax is 95% mineral oil and 5% resin. I pour the gel over the butterfly at 225 deg. and need to protect the meltable styrofoam body of the butterfly from the heat of the gel. I'm thinking resin would be a great protector. What do you think? Ask away if this is not clear.
Resin is meant to be poured. It is unlikely that it will work since it tends to melt a lotof petroleum-based materials until it has set completely.
Even though resin is meant to be poured, you can definitely "paint" with it. I'm not sure how well a delicate craft butterfly would hold up, but don't let that stop you. (I never follow "rules" when crafting - and usually encounter surprises. Sometimes happy, sometimes not so much - but I always learn something.) To protect the integrity of the butterfly I would take a really small brush and carefully/gently brush on some Mod Podge, Collage Pauge, or watered down white school glue. I would let that dry (won't take long), then do a couple more thin coats. It will add to the rigidity of your butterfly, also.
Once you've applied 3-5 thin coats - and let each coat dry before adding the next - then I would paint it with resin. Or you could even try lightly drizzling a very small amount over the top of the butterfly, then using a toothpick or tiny brush you can pull the resin down the butterfly and see what happens. It should be a lot easier to manipulate the resin with the decoupage medium already applied and dry. I hope this helps at least a little!
My friend got something called "Ice Resin"... You just mix one solution into the other and then she uses a brush to paint it onto her origami. Works just fine. I think just make sure to get the right type of resin.
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