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 set out to discover if you could transfer an image to the resin. Paper was not an option of course so I tried transparency film. I was surprised how well embedding transparencies in resin worked! The big advantage to having the image remain and not the transparency film is that the final product is so much clearer — crystal clear in fact!
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 support other artist’s work, give them the credit for it and make your project a collaborative one. It will be richer for it!
Choose your images. You can use your own photos if you wish, but I bought mine on Etsy.com from Kool Jewelry, Then, I downloaded the images 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. It’s best if you use a high-quality laser printer to increase your chances of success with embedding transparencies in resin.
Cut out the image leaving lots of edges, do not cut out the exact size of the image. You will need the extra bit around the edge of the image in order to peel off the transparency film later.
Add a bezel. I bought mine from ScrappinCop, but I also used the Nunn Design bezels and they work just as well. Tape up the sides and create a seal between the transparency film and your bezel.
Now for the fun part, pour your resin! Every time I experimented with this I used Super Clear Resin. I had great success with this one. Fill the bezel to the top. Mine leaked a little but the good thing about using recycled copper is that it.s already scratched up so if it gets a little more scratched when I remove the spilled resin (once cured) it just adds to the look. When life gives you lemons …
The next day I removed the tape and peeled off the transparency film. The image remained on the resin.
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.
Since you get 20-30 images per sheet on an 8 ½ x 11-inch transparency film, you will have lots of choices. The black and white was my favourite!
Have you tried embedding transparencies in resin? What do you like to add?
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