Once you’ve got your wire frames together, the next step is to dip the wire frame into the resin. I would double check that you have your wire frames exactly how you want them because you can’t bend them once the resin is applied; that will stretch, crease, and basically ruin the resin.
It sounds easy enough, but it’s actually a little difficult hard. It took me a few hours to really get the hang of it. You’re trying to create as smooth a finish as possible, with little or no bubbles. The resin will start to dry or harden if you leave the lid off too long, so that means you want to gently stir the resin every so often – which often means you end up with some bubbles in the resin.
The good news is you can kind of aim around the bubbles or get them near the end of the wire frame so they are pulled off with the rest of the excess resin and don’t end up in your finished petal. The instructions say to dip the frame in, and slowly pull the frame out vertically. The key here is really that – to keep the frame vertical as you slowly lift it out of the resin. It should create a ‘bubble’ of resin within the frame, but unlike soap and water bubbles this one won’t dissipate.
If you let the bubble form slowly and pull the frame up as vertically as possible, it should leave very little excess resin. If you do have a string of excess resin, you can gently wipe the frame on the side of the can to remove it. You just want to be careful so as not to pop or deform the bubble, which is very delicate. Once dried it will create a plastic film.
The film isn’t as delicate as you might think, but you definitely don’t want to touch it because that will leave fingerprints, and probably crease your petal.
Once the petals are completely cured, you can paint or decorate them, then coat them in strengthener (clear varnish) to protect them. For this project, I did two coats of strengthener, then added silver gilding leaf to the middle parts of the petals, where they join together. After the gilding dried, I did two more coats of strengthener to seal the silver leaf in place.