We would like to address the elephant in the room right away. Lacing effects in resin are not something that can be controlled or be achieved in any specific pattern. Although different artists could be using the same products in a similar setting, the lacing pattern and effects could be completely different. So much so that it would probably be difficult to replicate the same effect that you yourself achieved in a previous attempt. There could be times when you would not get any lacing effect at all. This could happen to the best of us and there is no shame in trying again with different methods until you’ve got the hang of it.
That said, “That Lacy White” has been designed to help in achieving lacy effects in resin without using any additives, provided it is used the right way. This pigment will create a more conducive setting to get your lacing effects as against conventional pigment pastes.
Step 1: Ensure that the board/platform you are pouring on is 100% levelled to perfection using a spirit level along all sides. This helps preventing resin movement, thus helping in retention of your lacing effects through the cure process.
Step 2: Pour a thick layer of clear, un-pigmented resin over your board, such that there is enough to overflow from the sides of the board. Having only a thin clear coat as the base could result in a very minimal and short lived lacing effect.
Step 3: Stir the contents of the pigment well in its original container before every use. Mix a batch of “That Lacy White” pigment into your resin+hardener mix such that the pigment over saturates your resin blend. The pigment concentration should be well over 25% of that of the resin+hardener mix (such a high pigment concentration is recommended only for “That Lacy White” pigment to get lacing effects and not for generic pigment use with resin). Having a low concentration of “That Lacy White” pigment in your mix could result in not getting any lacing effect at all.
Step 4: After 10-15 minutes of pouring the clear coat, pour a very very thin strip of the pigmented resin onto the clear coat in a random pattern. Use an air gun at a low heat setting but a high blow force to move the pigmented strip around in a random pattern spreading the pigmented coat very thin. Watch the pigmented coat lace while it spreads. Alternatively, you could use a firm and flat card or spatula to spread the pigmented coat around in a random pattern. You could witness the subtle lacing/cell structure effect appearing on the surface. As a third alternate method, you may choose to blow the pigmented strip around.
NOTE: In case the Resin+Hardener mix is thick and not freely flowing , then we suggest that you thin the resin down by heating it with a heat gun.
After that , apply a thin strip of the lacy white pigmented resin mixture in order to facilitate better lacing .
It is absolutely key to be patient with lacing as it could sometimes take well over 5 to 10 minutes for the resin to be of the right consistency for the lacing effect to start showing. One should also be willing to go through a couple of failed attempts to be able to get the desired effect. It could take a couple of trials to master the process of getting your lacing effects on point.