Painter’s Tape vs Packing Tape for Open Frame Resin-Filled Bezels

I really enjoy incorporating resin into Open Back Frames, Wire Hoops and Bezels to make unique customized jewelry. Open Backs have provided a whole new level of creativity to my resin work.

The number one questions that people have in regards to wrapping their brains around the “how to” part of this creative play is; How do I get the resin to stay in the bezel? Often their question is followed with a bit of embarrassment about asking such a silly question, but really it isn’t silly at all.

There are several ways to hold the resin into place. I have shot many tutorials and videos showing how to do this with packing tape, a solution that has worked great. But most recently, we started to get curious about other types of tape.

During our last Nunn Design Artday, we explored using a painter’s tape. The results were awesome and I’m totally sold on switching over from packing tape.

Painter’s Tape:

For this experiment, I tried a 3M Scotch 2080EL Edge-Lock Painter’s Tape.

Step 1:
Cut a small piece of tape, the size of your open frame and place it onto the tape.

Step 2:
Someone had left a comment on a blog post saying that they liked to fold the edges of their edges instead of cutting them. It was a great suggestion, so I tried it. The folded over corners make the edges less sticky and easier to manage.

Step 3:
Go ahead and fill your bezel with resin and let cure.

Step 4:
Peel back the tape and remove once the resin is cured.

Step 5:
Here is the beautiful thing!! There is no sticky residue left over on the resin! The resin is slightly frosted looking, but I love this look.

Here is what the resin looks like from the front after pulling off the blue painter’s tape.

Verses Clear Packing Tape:

When using clear packing tape, there are additional steps that aren’t required with the painter’s tape. Here are the steps that you will need to do to remove any sticky residue on the backside of the cured resin once you pull off the packing tape.

Step 1:
Once the resin is fully cured, remove the packing tape.  I’m not sure about you, but I have yet to not have some sticky residue on the backside of my resin. If it is a small amount, I have been able to use the packing tape to remove the sticky residue.

Using the sticky side of the packing tape, press it onto the sticky residue over and over again, like you would when removing lint or animal fur from your clothing.  Often this can pick up the sticky residue left over from the packing tape on the backside of the resin.

Step 2:
If you still have some sticky residue, you’ll need to bring in the Goo Be Gone.  Place a few drops on the sticky residue resin and let sit for a minute.

Step 3:
Use a stir stick to scrape away the sticky residue.  It works great every time, but wait!  You still aren’t done!  To really clean it up, you will want to use some rubbing alcohol to completely remove everything.

Summary: Painter’s Tape vs. Packing Tape

Here is a brief summary of the painter’s tape verses packing tape.

Pro: No sticky residue on the backside of the cured resin.
Con: The painter’s tape can be more expensive than packing tape
Con: The painter’s tape leaves a frosted effect in the resin, instead of a clear. (Although, you can mix up some more resin and add a layer to the frosted side for a clear effect.)

Pro: Easily available and less expensive than packing tape
Pro: The resin is clear when the packing tape is removed
Con: Leaves a sticky residue on backside
Con: There are additional steps and expense to remove the sticky residue

Conclusion: I liked the painter’s tape a lot. I have yet to explore using masking tape and other types of tape like that. They might work just as well as an expensive painter’s tape.

Please leave a comment as to what you think works best for you.

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