Step 1: Materials Needed;
-Inkjet water slide decal paper
-UV resin (Resin which hardens under a UV light)
-A UV light (I used a cheap UV nail box)
-Glow in the Dark Powder (I used Orange)
-Acrylic Sealing Spray
-A pendant Bezel
Step 2: Getting Started
-The decal paper is fairly cheap, and I got mine on Amazon UK, just remember to put the right side down when printing!
-The decal paper itself comes in two forms, transparent and white. I chose the transparent version so that anything white in my design becomes transparent when the decal is separated from the backing sheet. Perfect for what I want to do!
Step 3: Preparing the Bezel
-Squeeze out around a teaspoon worth of your resin into a clean, dust free mixing dish
-Add a tiny amount of glow powder and mix slowly to a uniform consistency. The key here is to add enough powder to colour the resin, but little enough to leave it translucent. This is to allow the UV light to penetrate right through the layer of resin, hardening the whole thing.
-Slowly scoop your newly coloured resin into your bezel. Fill it right to the top. Any overfill can be easily wiped up with a tissue.
-If there are any air bubbles at this point, waving a small flame over the surface will pop them instantly. You don't want bubbles in the finished product, so destroy them now!
-Place your filled bezel under the UV light. As this was a low power light, it takes around 6 minutes to harden. Higher powered lights can do it in under 1!
-You will now have a glass smooth filling of glow in the dark resin!
Step 4: The Decal!
-Cut around the decal once the ink is dried, and spray with acrylic sealing spray. This is necessary as my printer uses water based ink, and so must be sealed before being submerged in water to remove the backing sheet.
-A small amount of additional material is left as a border. This will be completely transparent when applied, and helps to position the decal.
-After 10 minutes, the spray is dry and the decal is ready to go!
-Submerge the decal in water for 30-45 seconds.
-Using your thumb, slide the design a very small distance off the backing paper. Place the on the bezel, and use a paintbrush to gently tease the decal off the paper onto the pendant, while slowly sliding the paper in the opposite direction.
-There are some small bumps visible at this stage while the decal is wet. Use a wet paintbrush, moving from the centre to the edges, and these will smooth out.
-Almost finished now!