How to Alter a Charm using UV Resin and Transfer Sheets by Becky Nunn

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Designer: Becky Nunn
In this video tutorial Becky Nunn of Nunn Design shows us how to use a transfer sheet and UV resin to embellish and alter a charm or flat tag. This technique is easy to do and creates a unique, customized element to add to your jewelry designs.
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Hi this is Becky Nunn of Nunn Design and I'm the guest designer today for We're going to be doing this great project using the transfer sheets and UV resin to create fun charms that you can put on bangle bracelets or just about anywhere you can think that you'd like to adorn. For this project you'll need 1.8 millimeter hole punch this is going to be for punching a hole into the metals where ever you like to have it positioned, a pair scissors I use a lighter like this just so that I can get out any bubbles that might occur when I use the Gel Du Soleil if you have matches that's great too, Gel Du Soleil which is a single part UV resin, I have a head pin I have a Q-tip, I have a couple a findings from Nunn Design, our crest tag and a jump ring I have paper towel, a dish of water transfer sheets and a little card that I can transfer the project to the UV lamp very easily with and then I also have a UV lamp the first step is going to involve putting a hole into the crest tag one of the reasons that we designed these crest tags without a hole is we had a lot of requests from people who are metal stamping they wanted to be able to add their holes were ever they'd like them to be, so whether they're over on the side making a connector in the middle or on the bottom so they can link them together, it just allows you to have a lot more freedom so the first step is to punch the hole and at first I just go in and look for where that center mark is going to be and I'm not pressing down firmly. I'm just pressing down very very slightly and that is just to give me a little imprint of where the real hole is going to be. I often have challenges with the part of the punch ring around my whole creating a ring so I used a little business card to create a little bit of a barrier between that metal part and my metal. So once I have that impression I can then go back inand line it up and then press full and now I have a hole into the metal if you have a little bit of a burr go ahead and just punch again until you have a nice clean hole so the next step will be selecting a word that you would like to use or maybe even one of the designs from the transfer sheet. The Nunn Design transfer sheets have the instructions written on the back for step-by-step how to do it. The transfer sheets are printed on a film front and has a paperback. I've already trimmed out the word art and I double checked to make sure that it'll fit nicely on my tag. When I drop the transfer sheet into a small bowl of water it will have about thirty seconds, maybe less before the film starts to separate from the paperback on a larger piece it would curl up like a little potato chip and then I'll start to flatten back down when you see it start to flatten back down you know that your film front is pretty much separated from the back so it's been about 30 seconds, go ahead and reach in and see how we're doing here and if you can see that you can see that the film is separating from the paperback I usually always have a paper towel right when I'm getting done with that because I'm just wiping off that excess water that's on my fingers from reaching in and you're gonna want to keep that paper backing on just to protect it from getting your fingerprints and then you're just gonna slide it onto your metal and slide away that paperback. You don't need to be too worried about it being just in the right position because you can move it around just slightly this film is incredibly fragile so you want to be very gentle with it when you're moving it around so now that I have the word art onto my piece I'll put it down onto the flat surface and with my Q-tip I'll start by pressing very firmly in the center and just kinda burnishing it down. I'm kinda padding it and burnishing it because it's a very small little piece and I don't want to rip the film at all in the next step we will be pouring the Gel Du Soleil onto the flat tag and the Gel Du Soleil is a single curing resin so it will cure when it's exposed to sunlight or it will cure when you expose it to UV light and we have a UV light right here. If you didn't have a UV light and you lived in a sunny area you could put it on your window ceil with a little glass dish similar to our water dish over it to prevent it from getting any dust and it will cure directly in the sunlight I usually take the Gel Du Soleil and I pop off the top with a pair of needle nose pliers I do this because I often get bubbles when I squeeze it out so I just like to pop that top of I'm also working with a head pin because I'm gonna be moving the resin around and I also have a little card that I'm doing this on, so it will make it super easy for me to transport it from when I'm done with it into the UV lamp so take a small tiny couple of drops and just put it right onto the surface and the UV is a self doming resin so it will want to know where the sides are but then it'll start to wipe itself back up and pull into the center as you're seeing there in this case we're just gonna scooch it over to the sides where that black line is and I'm using the end of my head pin to do so when I get up to the top part where that hole punch is I'm just gonna use my head pin to manipulate around that hole and not fill the hole if I saw any kind of bubbles inside the resin I could use my lighter that I talked about earlier and just gently lightly place it over not touching but just over-the-top a bit and it'll make the air expand and the bubbles will pop go ahead and turn on my UV light and gently place it into the UV light the UV takes about 20 minutes for it to cure fully and so after 20 minutes you can take your piece out and gently touch it on the side edges to see if it's still sticky, if it's sticky it is not cured and you want to put it back for more exposure this piece is completely done. Doesn't that look cool for the final step we're going to use two pairs of pliers to attach a jump ring and then to attach it onto our bangle bracelets to give it even or more gene gene factor, ok and there you go adding yet another fabulous charm onto our bracelet. This is Becky Nunn I hope you've been very inspired and feel safe and confidence to use UV resin on a flat tag. Go to to purchase beading supplies and to get design ideas!

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