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    UV resin

    I recently thought I would invest in a bit of new "technology" to help me make blanks with inclusions, particularly watch parts pens. I'm referring to UV cured resin, which seemed ideal for fixing the parts to the tube. All went well placing the parts, but after casting, the outline of the resin could be clearly seen, making the casting a failure. It's probably got a different refractive index to the casting resin.

    The UV resin I used was Solarez Thin Hard for fly tying, and my casting resin was, as always, PR. I thought I would let you guys know about this in case anyone else thought of trying it, if you haven't already. The UV resin is amazing stuff and sets solid in seconds using a UV torch and I'm sure there are other uses for it as I have invested in the torch, special battery for torch and charger for battery!

    It might work with other casting resins and I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has tried it. Ah well, back to nail varnish!


     
     
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    Have you considered layering the Solarez and hardening it as you go to build it up to turning thickness? Then there wouldn't be a refractive difference.

    Have you tried CA to stick the watch parts with when resin casting? Marla puts a drop on some parchment paper and just touches the pieces in the resin, holding them with fine tweezers, then touching them to the barrel. If you do it sparingly you can't see any resin/glue issues.

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    Thanks for the heads up Harry.
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    Ask Bammer on this forum as he does some excellent watch parts blanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curly View Post
    Have you considered layering the Solarez and hardening it as you go to build it up to turning thickness? Then there wouldn't be a refractive difference.

    Have you tried CA to stick the watch parts with when resin casting? Marla puts a drop on some parchment paper and just touches the pieces in the resin, holding them with fine tweezers, then touching them to the barrel. If you do it sparingly you can't see any resin/glue issues.

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    Using UV resin for the whole thing would be very expensive - that stuff is not cheap!

    When I started making these pens, I used CA, but found it could be seen and sometimes would turn white, so I started using clear nail varnish, no problem.

     
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry View Post
    Using UV resin for the whole thing would be very expensive - that stuff is not cheap!
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    Jeez you are not wrong there, $69.99 for 59ml, here in Aust.

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