Sara Naumann blog Ice REsin LT tree pic

A Lazertran photo coated front and back with Ice Resin. The photo is sitting on (not glued to) to the text paper beneath it. You can see the un-resinned area that’s whitish at the top right. The rest of the photo background has turned clear.

This week I’ve been experimenting with Ice Resin. I love Ice Resin for filling jewelry bezels, but hadn’t done much with it and paper. A long time ago, I tried coating vintage paper with Ice Resin and the result was ghastly (I was working in a hurry, which is never good) and I might have given up there but I’m glad I didn’t. Anyway, I broke out the IR to see what would happen if I coated Lazertran photos with it.

Sara Naumann blog Ice Resin and Lazertran

The piece on the left is a Lazertran photo that had been glued to the text paper before I applied Ice Resin. The little snippet on the right is a piece of Lazertran that I applied Alcohol Ink to, then applied a coat of Ice Resin.

Okay, a bit of info first….

What’s Ice Resin? This is a jeweler’s grade two-part resin epoxy. You mix the two parts together, then pour it into jewelry bezels. It dries clear and with a rock-hard finish that won’t scratch. While you’ll see lots of examples of using this with jewelry, it can also be applied to paper. For example, coating a piece of vintage paper with Ice Resin will turn the paper translucent. It also gives a bit more body to the paper. The more layers of Ice Resin, the thicker the paper will become.

What’s a Lazertran photo? It’s a photo that’s been computer-printed onto Lazertran Waterslide Decal Paper. You then soak the photo in water until the decal separates. The result is the photo printed onto a wispy piece of plastic-y material; you can then glue it to whatever surface you want. (For a tutorial on using Lazertran, click here.) The photo will dry with sort of a whitish effect, which is great when you layer it onto text paper because it mutes the writing.

Well, I really wanted to see what this wispy plastic-y photo would look like with a coat of Ice Resin. I had a brief panic as I was applying the resin—Ice Resin doesn’t stick to plastic, which is why I can use a plastic garbage bag or a craft sheet as my work surface…and I thought, well, the Lazertran is kind of plastic-y so what if this is just a big disaster? But I applied it anyway and I think it’s super-amazing because it removes the whitish background so the photo is completely translucent…wow!

Sara Naumann blog Ice Resin and Lazertran samples

I use a craft sheet from Ranger as my work surface—the photos just peel up when they’re dry. You can also use a plastic garbage bag but I found the wrinkles on the bag can cause wrinkles on the photos too…which could also be a cool effect.

So, how to do this? Simple.

1) Mix up the Ice Resin according to the package instructions. I just do a little batch for coating papers.

2) Print a photo on Lazertran, soak it and dry it. Place it on a plastic garbage bag or craft sheet.

3) Cut a small piece of kitchen sponge (like 1/4 of the sponge) and dip it into the cup of mixed Ice Resin, then apply to the photo. Turn the photo over and coat the other side. Let dry for a few hours before touching.

After it’s dry, you can mix up another batch of Ice Resin and do it again…as often as you want, to get the thickness you want. With one coat or a couple of coats, my photo is still pliable and punchable and staple-able so you might want to think of what you’re going to do with it when it’s all done and lovely.

Now I’ve got pieces of Lazertran photos drying all over my two work surfaces, and I’m super-excited with the possibilities. I will also cheerfully admit that I am in a small minority of people who will get super-excited about this—I nattered on about the whole thing to Keith, who gamely tried to muster up some enthusiasm, with visible effort.

That’s what is on my desk this week!