Seriously, I can't contain myself! As you may already know I am testing a product called P2 jelly, and its not going well. Im not a big fan of it and it really DOESN't do what it says on the package. I am getting a little bit concerned about using it as I am finding it inconsistent, and I cannot possible endorse a product which I don't belive works. It stays tacky and has to be built up in layers of about 0.5 of a millimiter!! So, in my impatience, I thought that maybe it was the light that I was using, so i had a look on ARGOS (its accross the road and I wasn't in the mood to go far!!) and found a nail bar! with UV nail resin!!
That's right, UV NAIL RESIN!!!! I thought that this might be the answer to my prayers! I needed a fallback plan incase this P2 jellly is really pants! so. . . . . .. . . . . . . It worked! I cast it in two layers, and it would have cast in one, and the piece was 7mm deep!! no gooey resin, and as promised, there was a tacky layer on the surface but true to the manual, the alcahol wipe removed it entirely, and I was impressed, and the piece I cast was VERY textured!
Im soooooooooo excited!! I can't believe that I have been faffing around with a product that comes no where near to a UV Resin that is used for nails! i haven't tried it with any pigment yet but I am optomistic, and lets be honest, I don't think it could be worse than the results Im getting from the P2 jelly. Im confident I will be able to use it for embedding. Im going to take it al to work with me on Monday and give it a real go!
The Breakdown!In comparison to the jelly, the nail resin is thicker, but it can be applied either by tooth picks or a soft brush (which also came with the pack!), you get almost twice as much and it only costs £15 as apposed to the £15-22 which retailers are selling the P2 at.other than that, no difference! I have't given up hope on the jelly yet, Im going to use the alcohol wipe with it to see if that removes any of the sticky residue, im not really that bothered if it does, because if I can add pigment to the nail resin, this will be the product I will use for the confrence.
Im going to sand it down and see how it goes, and then spend the rest of the afternoon sewing!!!!