Below is my advice on how to achieve this…Most of my handcrafted art pieces contain resin elements. The benefits of using resin are not only that I can safely contain my layers of artwork inside it – but that it’s extremely lightweight (wonderful for creating dramatic earrings that are easy to wear all day). It’s also quite easy to cut & sand whilst working.
It is pretty resilient stuff, however, if you are wearing a resin piece day to day and it’s seeing a lot of action (rings are especially vulnerable) then scratches may start to build up and cause the piece to look a bit scuffed. Try to avoid bumping your jewellery, I stongly advise you not to sleep with it on or wear it whilst exercising, etc. Some scrapes can be solved with sanding, or another coat of resin – but it’s best avoided!
If you do notice some scratching or cloudiness appear over time, sometimes a damp microfibre, chammy or silk cloth will polish your piece nicely or you can use plastic polish. A good plastic polish brand is Novus – you could use the #2 to renew the finish, and the #1 to add a final shine – and then you can periodically use the #1 to keep it in great condition. You probably don’t need the #3 polish, but it won’t hurt to use it.
Heat & Water
This is very important, avoid extreme heat. Our resin has a limit of 80oC.
Resin is a type of plastic and has a relatively low melting point, so it’s best not to leave it out in direct sunlight for long periods of time as this may lead to the resin softening/clouding or degrading. Even though the resin we use is uv-resistant, however, it’s just best practice to keep it looking its best.
Resin is water resistant but not waterproof. It's best advised to not wear when showering, washing up, swimming, etc.
Acetone e.g. nail varnish remover is especially harmful to resin. It’s best also to avoid too much contact with hair spray, alcohol -based perfume, cleaning solutions, anti-bacterial products. All these things can potentially cause the resin to become scaly, yellow, or break down.
Oils from your skin can also eventually start to ruin the surface of resin. It takes a long time to build up, but it can be removed by using mild dish soap. Dish soap is made to cut through grease, so applied with some warm water it can remove oils. It’s best to do this before storing your jewellery, to keep it looking new.