How to Use 2-Part Epoxy and Make a Bracelet

SKU VID-0977
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Beginner
Learn how to use 2-part epoxy, a strong durable adhesive that permanently bonds most materials - great for jewelry making. In the video also learn how to make a stretch bezel bracelet using Dazzle-It Sugar Stones.
Audio Transcript
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Hi, this is Julie of beadaholique how to use a two-part epoxy glue so this is what it looks like it comes in this double syringe I'm going to open up and show you how to use it and in the process we're gonna make a bracelet which I've already started here so this was bracelet blanket it's a stretch bracelet and these are dazzling sugar stones I think they look really pretty in there so I thought it'd be a fun way of showing you how to use this two-part epoxy by making a bracelet what you're going to need you're going to need some type of covered work surface I've got a piece of paper here I have a plastic bag ready to go you're going to want some paper towels on hand if you are doing something such as this where I've got a couple very smooth surfaces we're going to want to rough them up a bit I have a vintage file you can also just use a rough emery board so we want to do that and then you're also going to need some gloves to use this so before we actually open up the epoxy I want to make sure that my bracelet sugar stones are ready to go so I'm going to rough them up to do that I'm going to turn them upside down and just take my file now the reason you're doing this is you want to create a rough surface to help the epoxy really adhere to to be able to grab to it so it's harder to create that bond with a super smooth surface so we're just roughing up the back so it might be a little bit hard to see on camera but these are getting to be quite rough on the back by doing this okay so the stones are ready to go now I need to prep the bracelet so if you've worked with the stretch bracelets before you know they're really easy to work with the only thing is is usually if you're gluing something you have to glue one stone keep it in the upright position wait for it to cure rotate glue the next one wait for it to cure and so on well I want to not do that I want to be able to do I did half the bracelet already I wanna be able to do the other half all at once so I had this on my craft table you could use whatever you have on hand he even fold a greeting card or something so you just have something that's approximately this shape and we're just gonna take the bracelet and stretch it over it so now we can lay it like this and we can do all of our bezels on this side at once and that's exactly what I did for this side so that is now ready to go alright we're ready to open up our epoxy so this has a mixing tray already built in if you want to use that or you can just use a piece of cardboard or a plastic bag something that's disposable we're gonna open it up now all the instructions are on the back so I do recommend if you can opening it so you try to keep the back and task versus ripping it you'll notice it says it's a 5-minute handling time that means you have five minutes to work with the epoxy once you've mixed it it sets up in eight to ten minutes and after an hour it is cured and it's going to dry clear and it works on a whole host of different surfaces so let's go ahead and try to open this guy without hurting those back instructions there we go so now you'll have those to work with you do have the little mixing tray if you want we can use that and then you've got this label here which does have some instructions but the label does kind of slip off easily when you want to work with it so there's a little mixing stick right here in between the two syringe kind of columns here we want to remove that mixing stick I find you can just kind of take your pliers and poke it out and then grab it so that's ready to go now you want to turn your nozzle so is upright we're not going to remove the cap yet but we're want these air bubbles to rise to the top and to help that we're just gonna pull back on the plunger about a eighth of an inch just ever so slightly it's really hard you're not gonna be able to pull much of it but we just want to wait for those guys to rise to the surface as they're doing that I'm gonna put on my gloves always work in a well-ventilated area and use gloves when you're working with this it does have a pretty strong odor I will definitely say that so please make sure you work in a well-ventilated area so after it's risen to the surface you're gonna pull off the cap and you're just gonna go like that yeah I set this aside because you're gonna put putting it back on later and then you're gonna turn it upside down and I'm actually just gonna use this plastic bag instead of the mixing Cup and you're gonna press down both plungers evenly and I've noticed and that's why I wanted to do it on here first to begin with it seems like more of one comes out than the other just on that initial squirt so now I'm going to pull up the mixing Cup and now we're just going to squeeze out equal amounts that we think we're going to need remember we have five minutes work time and then when you want to stop the flow you pull back on the plunger and that sucks it back in and then you're going to put your cap on and I would recommend storing it upright if possible just because this cap stays on but it's not really a strong not really a strong seal there if you have any extra epoxy that dribbled on to your tip you could just wipe it away with a paper towel before you put the cap on okay so now we've got the epoxy and we're going to mix the two parts together take my bracelet like use my little mixing stick and spread some onto the surface of the bezel now this is an adhesive it is not a topcoat resin I know we have a lot of different products that beat a Holley we have epoxy clays we've got resins and even some of our resins come in a two-part syringe such as this one but this is for gluing things together to get them to stick together it's not something you would use as a topcoat but it does create a really strong permanent bond now I'm gonna take this mixing stick now that I'm done with it and just clean it off with the paper towel so I can use it again okay now I want to see what pattern I had so I left off with the darker one so I'm going to use the light one set it down and press it into place alright go ahead you sure those are pressed into place and then I will just let this dry we've waited an hour and now our bracelet is fully cured I want to show you what it looks like I'm just going to slide it off of here so here we see those pretty sugar stones set down into our bezel bracelet and it's a really nice look and was very easy to make using the two-part epoxy if you want to make this project we do carry the supplies for it as well as a two-part epoxy and many other jewelry supplies at beadaholique.com you

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