|Don't mind the necklace chain in the picture, that's from a different project.|
- The epoxy/Magic Gloss takes a lot of patience. I got a lot of air bubbles that had to be popped with a tooth pick. After re-doing these a couple of times, I figured out that it worked better to pour the epoxy at night, pop the bubbles that showed up before going to bed-and then pop more in the morning before introducing it to the UV light.
- Because we did not have any real sunny days during this craft, the Magic Gloss didn't set up very quickly-allowing more air bubbles to form and thus ruining the flat/clear surface. I imagine that a UV light lamp would cure the epoxy quicker-but either way, it's best to watch your work so as to take care of as many air bubbles as possible before the gloss cures.
- Printing on photo paper means that your paper wont absorb as much liquid/epoxy as normal paper. Each epoxy is different, but some do eat through regular paper and the colors may fade before curing.
- The smaller the bottle caps, the less amount of expensive Magic Gloss or other epoxy you will need to use. Less surface area or less depth to fill in will mean fewer chances for err-like air bubbles or lumps. But, if you add layers, like me, below the pictures, make sure to seal the edges really well. I had issues of extra air eventually rising to the surface because of air pockets under the picture/cardboard/foam sticker layers.
This was still a fun project, although I had a major learning curve. If you try this out, let me know how it went. This craft can be personalized in many ways: using personal photos, favorite sports team logos or players, pictures of favorite items, individual letters or favorite names/words, etc.
Have fun AND thanks for reading!