Friday, June 5, 2020

Why isn't My Resin Shiny?

Are you a fan of smooth, glossy resin and the way the light makes the colour look so rich and vibrant? Does it make your heart sing when you see that highly polished, light-reflecting surface that you can see reflections in? Or do you prefer the look of matte resin and the way light is absorbed by it, giving it a flat, frosted, almost sea-glass look? It's definitely a personal preference and there are plenty of pluses for both looks.  But most people new to resin jewellery making want their resin to be glossy.  And how do I know this? Because it's one of the most asked questions by new Resinistas,  "Why isn't my resin shiny when I take it out of the mould?" The anticipation and excitement they felt when demoulding their first resin piece soon turned to disappointment when it came out with a matte finish. But why did that happen? The back was shiny and glossy, so why wasn't the front? Well, there's actually a very simple answe...