I've been working with resin as it relates to jewelry making for many years. In fact, my experimentation with resin came long before the current resin craze which has taken the world by storm. During that time, I had the opportunity of trying several different resin products, but hands down - my absolute favorite resin for jewelry making is Ice Resin. Yep, Ice Resin.
I've got to admit - I am a bargain shopper - and the cost of the Ice Resin was initially a deterrent to my purchasing the product. At a cost of $24.99 for an 8 ounce set, it is double the price of a readily available competitor on the market, Easy Cast. But once I tried it, I was hooked. Have you ever heard of the old saying, "You get what you pay for" ? Well, it is absolutely true when it relates to this product. I've noticed that jewelry designs I made several years ago using another brand of resin turned yellow. That's right, yellow. Now, if that's the look you're going for, that's great, but I normally like my Catholic jewelry creations (complete with images of the Virgin Mary, Jesus and the saints)to be true to color. I like to capture the bright images inside of crystal clear resin. One selling point I use when promoting my jewelry designs is that they are heirloom pieces which can be passed down from generation to generation. Obviously, that's not a possibility when the piece yellows with age and degrades the beauty of the initial design.
Another attribute to Ice Resin that I really love is that it is
self-doming. This makes all of the difference in the final outcome of
the product. For many of my pendants, I like the softly rounded look
and feel of the surface. It adds depth and a nice finishing touch to
the design. The pendant below was made with Ice Resin; the doming effect of the resin really made this piece pop. Unfortunately, you can't see the dimension in the photograph, but it really added to this creation.
EBay and Etsy stores and at a local boutique here in Northwest Arkansas.
Ice Resin yet, you are in for a treat, but I warn you - once you experiment with it, you will be hooked.