Updated: Mar 7
Adding a "Care Card" to your ArtWorks Resin & Liquid Diamonds art pieces is helpful for your customers. Here are a few various options, you may want to include for guidance to customers, depending on type of resin pieces you create:
- Like most fine art, resin art can be compromised if exposed to direct sun light, heat or extreme weather conditions. Only quality resin with UV protection is used, but it is still not recommended for outdoor use or direct sun.
- Wall art Resin pieces can be cleaned/dusted with a damp microfibre washcloth, followed by the microfibre buff/dry cloth used for mirrors. Or a soft cloth with mild dish soap can be used, then soft dry cloth. Avoid anything abrasive to protect the surface.
- When (if) shipping (moving) resin items, ensure no plastic or textured wrap touches the resin area during shipping. Because if there is extreme heat at any point during shipping, the plastic may effect the resin finish even after cure if gets hot enough for a long period of time and pressure is put on piece while hot. So suggestion is it's best to use glassine paper, freezer paper shiny side, or parchment paper against resin surfaces. Then bubble wrap or other wrap can be wrapped over top of the protective paper covering the resin piece.
- Please know slight imperfections may occur due to the handmade process involved.
- Where resin is used on coasters, trays or cheeseboards, it is FDA Compliant (FDA 21CFR175.300). Even though resin is inert once cured, we prefer to suggest people keep the resin decor, as decor, and ideally not set food directly on it. Cutting on resin surfaces is not recommended.
- For coasters, trays, tables & counters, ArtWorks is resistant up to 266F (130C), and Liquid Diamonds is resistant up to 246F (118C). This is similar to a formica or laminate counter top rating. If it's sitting in a space that gets that hot (like a car in hot sun, or a sunroom), it will not become pliable. Direct heat contact may be slightly lower. A hot pan off the stove will mark the resin. Coasters made with both these resins typically can hold a hot cup of coffee/tea without marking. Keep in mind occasionally tile/ceramics (tiles & cups) can hold more heat in, and therefore some times the results can vary with tile & ceramics for marking.
- ArtWorks Resin is dry to touch in 8-12 hours, and Liquid Diamonds is dry to touch in 24 hours (average), however all resins continue to cure/harden 2-3 weeks afterwards, and full heat tolerance on most resins isn't typically reached until up to about 30 days after initial cure.
- For those wanting hard working cutting boards, they typically use a different board for that job so as not to ruin the decorated cheese /charcuterie serving piece. Although some may just choose to use the backside of the board if there's no added texture on decorated side.
- Cutting directly on resin is not recommended.
- The resin decorated cheese / charcuterie boards are meant as table decoration serving boards, for those who love to entertain & dress up their table. We don't suggest putting food directly against the resin art areas. It is a table decoration, but if people really need/want to, and are covering it up anyways, they can set glass/plastic dip bowls on the resin section with olives or pickles etc., or use paper baking doilies or parchment or wax paper. Ideally, most just use the wood area to serve, & keep the decorated area to be visible.
- Coaster, trays and cheese/ charcuterie boards with resin, can be hand washed with mild soap & water, and a soft cloth (or microfibre cloth).
- With cheese/charcuterie boards, the wood/timber area should be treated as all wood cheese boards. It should never go in a dishwasher. Soaking any wood boards in dishwater is never recommended. Set board in empty sink and use soft cloth with mild dish soap to clean, then dry. Every now & then the wood/timber area may need to be reconditioned with food grade oil. Do not use food oils that can go rancid.
- For pieces that have added texture like gemstones, they’re super easy to clean & wash. The gemstones are semi precious stones so completely washable.
Set the board in an empty sink, use mild dish soap & water, & the spray nozzle on gentle stream. If needed a soft toothbrush can be used. Or if preferred the larger board sizes can also be washed in a laundry washtub same way.
For tumblers, your care card could say something like:
To protect your custom design please:
- Handwash tumbler only, with non abrasive cloth.
- Do not soak.
- Not dishwasher safe
- Do not microwave
- Do not freeze
- Avoid prolonged exposure to excessive heat (such as hot car)
- Handle with care, do not drop
- Items are handmade and as such may have small imperfections.
Thank you, and enjoy your one of a kind piece.
For Resin castings & resin sculptured items (bowls),
- Resin castings can be cleaned with a damp microfibre cloth, then buffed dry.
- Take care not to drop your piece.
- Keep out of direct sun light to help prevent premature yellowing of resin.
- If using organics (ie: flowers & plants, etc), they can fade in resin piece, if set in areas with direct sunlight.
- Resin creations are not recommended for food or beverage serving or storage with direct contact of food / beverages.
- Please keep your resin creation away from heaters, radiators or excessive heat, (to avoid potential warping over time).
- If your piece ends up with a small scratch, you can sometimes use a plastic polish to buff the scratch out. There are plastic polish kits you can buy online. If it's a deeper scratch, it may need a buffer tool as well.