To combat this, I control everything that's possible to control - temperature, curing time, mixing time etc. In other words, I parsed the resin directions like I was getting ready for a law school exam. And then I did actual experiments and took notes and tried a zillion different combinations until I had a fairly predictable system. (Yes, after all of that, the resin is still only *fairly* predictable.)
So it would kind of make you think that I'd *never* change the type of resin I use, right? That seems reasonable.
But… I keep hearing about bio-resins. And their attributes sound pretty compelling. I mean, look at this:
Who wouldn't want to reduce environmental impact and significantly reduce carbon footprint? I know, I do too.
So I ordered a bunch of it and have started experimenting. Experiment being the optimal word - because does it behave exactly like the other epoxy resin I have studied in such minute detail? Of course not. After all, it's resin - and resin doesn't make anything easy. So now I'm back to the beginning - keeping notes, running experiments, controlling all of the variables. Which also means that about 30 new pieces I meant to have up in my Etsy shop are not in my Etsy shop at all - they're sitting in a box marked "oops". But I think I'm gaining on it, because the last batch looked beautiful. So I'm soldiering forth with this bio-resin idea, and will report back once it's fully operational.