How to Make Glow in the Dark Epoxy
Looking to liven up your resin project? What if we told you there’s a step you could take that leaves your piece ‘practically glowing’? Well, not practically. Actually. With glow in the dark epoxy.
By incorporating glow powder into your epoxy resin mixture, you can take your it to the next level and create glow in the dark resin! Give anything from resin jewelry to countertops and floors a proper ‘glow-up’ with powders like Polycolor Glow Resin Powder from our friends at Alumilite!
When approaching your glow in the dark project, it’s important to understand glow powder and how it works. Glow in the dark powder is a photo-luminescent powder that is activated by “charging” it with a light source, such as the sun’s UV rays or a black light. The stronger the light source, the less time the powder, or the object containing the powder, needs to charge.
The effect of glow in the dark powder varies depending on a variety of circumstances, including product chemistry, the light source used to charge it, and quantity of powder used. The longer it goes without being charged by a light source, the more the glow will fade. Remember, too, that the glowing effect can fade over time. Although some glow in the dark products are said to last as much as 20-30 years.
Mixing glow in the dark epoxy resin
First thing's first, be aware of how much epoxy you'll be using. For easy calculations on your next project, visit our Epoxy Calculator.
Mixing glow in the dark powder into your resin is a lot like tinting it with dye. You'll want to add the powder after you've thoroughly combined both of the resin components so that you're able to see that all the parts have mixed together. In order to do so correctly, always pay attention to the instructions on our product bottles.
Keep in mind that glow in the dark powder works as a result of light reaching it and reacting with it. Due to that, the more translucent your epoxy, the better. Therefore, if you intend to add color to your work, the more opaque, the less light that will reach. It's not impossible for tinted epoxy to contain effective glow in the dark qualities, just something to be aware of!
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Once you've got the basics down, it's still a good idea to start small. But don't worry, with practice, you could someday elevate your technique. Some people have even used these skills to design unreal eccentric living spaces with glow in the dark epoxy floors and countertops.
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