I love this time of year. Valentine’s Day conversation candy hearts are just begging to be made into resin pendants! I made a video about it a couple of years ago if you want to try making your own:
This post today is a bit of a follow up to show a blemish that showed up after I made my first batch of pendants several years ago.
Making these pendants was one of the first things I made with resin. I sold silver jewelry at shows for several years and felt comfortable enough with resin that I wanted to try selling some of those pieces as well. One of my local galleries took my candy heart pendants for Valentine’s Day. After the holiday, I picked up the unsold ones and put them away for the next year.
Here’s what happened when I took them out 10 to 11 months later….
The candy had started to spoil in the resin. When I used the candy a year prior, I didn’t do anything to it before adding it to the resin.
Kind of ironic that this pendant says no way.
It didn’t happen to all of the pendants, but several showed blemishes. Here is one where the brown started on the top edge of the candy.
]So what’s the fix? When it comes to putting candy in resin, I seal it now. Always. Yes, it can get a little tedious to do so, but I cringe to think of people who bought my pendants only to see them turn brown months later.
How do you seal the candy you might ask? I like to use several light coats of our resin gloss sealer spray. In this case, I will lightly spray the candies, wait 20 minutes, turn them over and do it again. I will repeat this process two more times, focusing on the sides of the candies the third and fourth times.
Going through the experience of putting candy in resin taught me a very important lesson that I will share with you:
When in doubt, seal it before adding it to the resin.
If you are still not sure whether or not you should seal candy (or anything else for that matter) before adding it to resin, ask yourself whether or not getting the item wet will affect its appearance. If the answer is YES, then seal it before adding it to the resin.
What has been your experience adding candy (or anything else) to resin?
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