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glow in the dark bangle testing

halloween is right around the corner...

during a trip down the "art supplies" aisle at the stationary store, some glow in the dark acrylic paint caught my eye. glow in the dark! my favorite! but wait- can you mix acrylic paint with resin?

every resin forum said NO. that water based acrylics turn out dull and have a texture, if the resin cures at all. the expectations were set low, and i didn't want to waste a lot of resin to find out. about 6 months ago, i had started a different experiment- suspending transparent, no-hole sequins in clear resin. trying to achieve a thinner bangle, only the bottom third of the mold was filled. the outcome?

the damn thing was stuck in the mold. no amount of twisting, and pulling and wrestling, and crying and swearing could get it out. the mold had to be filled at least 3/4 of the way up. so it's been sitting on a shelf for 6 months. glow in the dark resin was its savior.

after mixing up the resin, a few drizzles of the paint were added. not a lot, just enough to make it opaque. then it was poured into the mold as usual. it did seem a bit heavier and thicker than normal, and it didn't spread out evenly around the mold, which is the first time that's ever happened. the side where it was poured is more filled than the other, so it does slant a bit. other than that, it turned out fantastic.

actually, the sequins doesn't look too shabby either. and did it glow? oh yeah!

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