Of late more and more of my customers at B'sue Boutiques have asked me if I would carry Gel du Soleil resin.
I always want to please! But since we already have Diamond Glaze and ICE resin, I didn't get why it should be necessary to add this product to our mixed media line up. ICE is the bomb and what I swear by; DG has its applications.
But I was told that the reason to carry this rather expensive little bottle of resin is its fast-curing properties.
Okay, now you have my attention. I decided to get a small inventory and try the stuff.
My thought was that it might come in handy for healing an error made with ICE when time was short. You can always heal any boo-boo made with ICE *with* ICE---and I do think that's preferable!
But for ICE, the cure is a good 12 hours to three days.
Sometimes you just don't have 12 hours to three days to heal a resin boo-boo.
I made a lovely pocket watch collage pendant some time ago with layered elements and Ice Resin. But, I was not careful enough with the cure and had put a finger print on it....sigh.
Gel du Soleil requires either a UV lamp OR strong, direct sunlight. Today we had plenty of that, so I went out on the deck to give it a go.
I can report sweet success. It works just fine over fully cured Ice Resin.
I also decided to try it over some cured Diamond Glaze.
I had these little discs I'd painted, added the bee stampings, and had DG'd over them. I dunno what I'm going to make from them yet, possibly charms on a big charm bracelet with lots of baubles. Or maybe earrings.
The photo is not great, but....again....success. Gel du Soleil works great over cured Diamond Glaze, too!
Here are my further findings:
You will not want to do a whole deep bezel with this stuff. There are literally drops in this little bottle. And it costs 8.95. It says you can do ten bezels but I have to wonder about that. I healed the top bezel with a very thin coat, and I did the bee discs above with a very thin coat, and the bottle is already about 1/3 used up.
It DOES cure quickly. SO quickly in fact, that you will NOT want to be applying it outside in direct sunlight as it will gum up immediately and turn into a sickening mess. I experienced this as I thought I would just work outside in the sunlight. Don't do that.
So do it inside, then take it outside to cure in the warmest, most direct sunlight possible.
In about ten minutes, it will be cured to light touch. In an hour, rock-hard, and crystal-clear.
While Ice Resin has its own very resin-y unique 'stank', I must say the smell of Gel is far more offensive and a bit noxious. Also, you can smell it for some time after it's cured and hard. The aroma does fade in time, but at first it's a bit strong.
This product is NOT non-toxic.
Clean up is easy. ;-) YAY
The quick fix concept is one that will keep this product in my workshop on a constant basis. Since I have a UV lamp, it will be fine, even in winter. The idea of being able to fix a mistake this quickly is quite attractive and worth the expense of the product.
There is another similar product, Magic Glos. It costs a tad bit more but you also get more, too. My results with Magic were not that good, however. Gel du Soleil wins this round. ;-)