The Simple Tips To Embedding Transparencies In Resin

How to use transparency sheets in resin pendants
One of my favourite craft projects is creating transfers on different surfaces. Generally, this involves printing images on paper and then using a transfer gel such as Mod podge to transfer the image to a substrate such as wood, tile, or concrete. I discovered you could transfer an image to the resin. Paper was not an option, so I tried transparency film. I was surprised how well embedding transparencies in resin worked! The final product is so much clearer.

 

resin pendant with transparency sheet

For this project, I used the talents of other artists. It is important to remember that you don’t always have to recreate the wheel. You can buy other artists’ work and use it when embedding transparencies in resin. Be sure, though, that you have the right to do that. If you’re unsure, ask.

RESIN SUPPLIES

Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin
• Images laser printed on transparency film
Open-backed bezels
• Masking tape

 

STEP 1: Make your transparency image

Choose your images. You can use your own photos if you wish, but I bought mine on Etsy.com. Then, I downloaded the pictures and took them to my local printer for laser printing on transparency film. Note about printing for this project. I have an inkjet printer that I experimented with and found that the image did not transfer well. It’s best to use a high-quality laser printer to increase your chances of success with embedding transparencies in resin.

bezel and transparency
Cut out the image leaving lots of edges, do not cut out the exact size of the picture. You will need the extra bit around the edge of the image to peel off the transparency film later.

bezels taped for resin

STEP 2: Tape the bezel

I like using a deep bezel for this project, so I’ve got plenty of room to add resin. Tape up the sides and create a seal between the transparency film and your bezel.


embedding transparencies in epoxy resin in open bezels

 

STEP 3: Add resin

Now for the fun part, pour your resin! I have great success with the Resin Obsession super clear resin. I love how it doesn’t hold onto bubbles when I use it in tall bezels like this.

 

peeling tape off cured resin

 

Fill the bezel to the top.

bezel after tape has been peeled off the back

STEP 4: Seal the image

The next day I removed the tape and peeled off the transparency film. The image remained on the resin.


resin and transparency in a metal bezel

 

pendant with resin and transparencies

Flip it over and pour a little resin to seal the image where you just removed the transparency film. You can dome it if you want, as this will give it a bit of extra pop.

The black and white was my favourite!

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Originally written by Penny Reid

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33 thoughts on “The Simple Tips To Embedding Transparencies In Resin

  1. I tried this and it works. I had a few problems finding a laser copier; but then i’ m out in the sticks in Italy.

  2. That is so pretty! Thank you for this, just fabulous.

    My only complaint is that I would love to see more examples using different art.

    Thank you again!

  3. Amazing that you posted on this right now. I just bought a pack of transparency paper for the printer and was getting ready to experiment. Now I am so excited I cant wait!

      1. Thankyou! I have the transparency for ink jet. It has a film on the side that is printed on. Wonder if the film will make it look cloudy…

        1. I don’t print these myself, but maybe the film is simply a paper to allow you to run it through the printer??

      1. Hi Katherine,
        Unfortunately you do not ship to Nunavut, Canada 🙁 I created an account and placed a huge order only for a reply saying they do not ship to my area. I was very sad to say the least. I had to go to Amazon for molds, resin and bezels etc. Amazon ships everywhere, thank goodness!

        Catherine

        1. Hi Catherine,

          Yes, we ship to Canada. Costs are dependent on the weight of items in your shopping cart and desired delivery time. A full explanation of our shipping policy, including an estimate of charges, can be found here: https://www.resinobsession.com/shipping-policy/ And don’t worry if you put items into your cart to get an idea of the shipping charges. You will be given delivery options (time and cost) before needing to make a payment.

          You should know, however, that several of our products, including many of our resin products, cannot ship outside the continental U.S. or Canada.

          I’m having someone on my team reach out to you as well to offer assistance with placing an order.

  4. i heard that the resin won’t stick to the transparence film and so should have a lip of resin to seal front and back pour. But Im doing as a wall piece without the bezel. Perhaps I need to find a material to make it enclosed the same way the jewelry is.

    1. Resin will stick to transparency film. If you are looking for something resin won’t stick to, use good quality tape or wax. Resin won’t stick to either.

    2. ive done a couple of transparency photos this way and biult a wall around the edges of the image with mounting tape and sealed it with glue gun,and used a tiny bit of cooking oil on a q tip on the mounting tape wall as a mold release, then poured it onto the image as you would into a mold.

  5. I don’t understand why you are transferring the image, when people set the cut film into the resin…and i think i saw you do a tutorial on a bracelet doing such, so what is the difference? Isn’t the transparency transparent? Couldn’t you cut it to fit and let it set inside?

  6. Hello, I have the same question as Lisa H. Can we embed the transparency in the resin and leave it? Will that work just as well? Thank you.

  7. Yes you can just cut the transparency to fit your piece and leave it in! I don’t do that unless I get a precise fit. You can see the edges of the transparency so I just do it this way, but both work really well

  8. Ok but can I add the transparency to a piece that is already completed? I’m probably not explaining myself very well as I am fairly new to resin and am not sure what I am doing.

  9. Where can I buy the already printed black and white transparency sheets of trees and birds? I’m not good on computers and cant print my own.

      1. I was looking for them on Etsy before. I couldn’t find them there or anywhere they were just listed as unknown and they don’t care yet. I checked all the places that I could find and from the non-site and I still couldn’t find them. I reread the ad for the resin and it said that the sheets I think it meant the sheets were with the resin when it comes to year and I’m not sure if I’m correct about that. Thank you have a good day but that could save some time right now thanks

  10. I was able to use injet transparency film to do this. I used inkjet printer and paper. It came out absolutely amazing. So it doesnt have to be laser paper.

  11. I’m excited to learn this technique. I decoupage and will try using this technique with my decoupage projects, too.

  12. I would like to “float” an image in the epoxy and not place it on the back and the pour epoxy.
    Thinking of pouring an epoxy layer and before it sets laying the transparency film (ink down) on to the epoxy. Once epoxy cures..peel transparency film away to leave image. Then do a second pour to trap image floating between the two layers. Do you think this is possible?

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