What is “resin”? How long does it last?
Epoxy resin is a material I use in my preserve flowers. To create my pieces, I work with resin in liquid form which then cures (or hardens) into a solid piece. Resin cures rock-hard and is similar to the finish and appearance of glass with the feel of acrylic. It is a strong and durable material that will essentially last “forever”.
Epoxy resin is sensitive to UV rays and will gradually amber/yellow over time. This is a part of the natural aging process of resin. Keeping it away from sunlight and heat will slow down this process. Ambering is to be expected and cannot be prevented or fixed.
Will there be imperfections?
Yes its possible. Everything I create is handmade and imperfections are to be expected. My goal is to capture your special memories into art. I will make the best of what I am given and create a unique and original piece designed just for you.
By choosing me as your artist, you are paying me for the time and skill it takes to create your project. I have full control when it comes to design; however, there are several aspects that are completely outside of my control and am not liable for: (1) how flowers are shipped/packaged, cost of shipping, and how a carrier handles your package; (2) how well flowers survive as well as how they dry and cast in resin; and (3) how quickly your resin piece ambers/yellows.
Can you preserve my flowers for me in a custom piece? What is the process?
Yes, I can work with your fresh or dried flowers. Please send me a message to check for schedule availability. To reserve your spot I do require a deposit of $100 to hold your date since I can only accept a certain amount of Preservations each month, at drop off or before you ship you will need to finalize your purchase.
Once your event has concluded, you will need to ship me your bouquet. I will provide you with my shipping instructions to help you through this process.
If you are local you or a designated person will need to drop them off to me asap.
After receiving your flowers, I will dry them in a special process with silica crystals, which helps preserve the color and shape of your flowers. This drying process takes about 2-4 weeks depending on the flowers. Once your flowers are dry, I will send you photos prior to casting to discuss design options. The casting process will take an additional 4-8 weeks, depending on the scale of your project.
This means that a project can take up to 12 weeks to complete. In the case of unforeseen circumstances or multiple pieces projects, timelines may more lengthy. My average project completion is around 2-3 months.
How will my flowers look in resin?
All flowers are unique and some dry better than others. Bright colors (yellows, pinks, blues) tend to stay vibrant and sturdier florals (roses, carnations, hydrangeas) maintain their shape better. Reds and purples tend to dry a few shades darker while whites dry a more yellow or brown color. Very thin and gentle flowers (tulips, lilies, orchids) can pose a challenge. Succulents, Anthurium, Hypericum Berries, and Ginger Lilies dry completely brown. We can also substitute some florals for artificial as well.
Flowers can become bruised from surviving an event and from shipping. These worn out areas show up as bruised or translucent spots when cast in resin. I will do my best to work with what I receive; however, I cannot control how a flower dries or how they react to resin.
Do I need to book you in advance?
Yes, I usually book all my spots up quickly for weddings. I recommend booking me at least a month or two in advance. I cannot guarantee that I will have spots available, so my recommendation is to book as soon as possible!
If you are interested in a memorial piece, I do reserve extra spots every month for these special requests.
What if my flowers die during transit?
I recommend using the quickest shipping possible to prevent this from occurring. If your flowers die during transit, I offer these options:
(1) Preserve and salvage what I can, with the understanding that flowers will have an air-dried look;
(2) Replace flowers with fresh florals from my local florist;
(3) Request cancellation of your order
Can I drop off my flowers to you directly if I'm in Arizona?
Absolutely. I am located in Buckeye,Arizona. Please include this request when contacting me about your project and we can schedule a meetup.
What happens to my leftover flowers and pins from my wedding bouquet?
I will dispose of leftover flowers one week after your piece has been shipped out to you. I do not keep pins or ribbons unless requested. If you’d like me to save these items for you, please include this request in your message.
How do I take care of my resin art?
Keep out of sunlight, preferably in a shady room or area. Keep away from heat. Resin will yellow when exposed to UV rays and excessive heat. Treat your piece like a piece of glass —avoid scratching or dropping it. Avoid using abrasive chemicals, such as acetone. To clean, wipe down with a microfiber towel and use car polish or a colorless, gentle oil (mineral oil, coconut oil, silicone oil) to restore the shiny surface.
What is your return policy?
All custom orders are non-refundable. Ready-made items are returnable if the return is requested within 7 business days. The item must be in its original condition and buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. Please contact me if you experience damages due to shipping and we can work together to try to resolve this issue.
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept the following payment options: Visa (credit and debit cards), MasterCard (credit and debit cards), American Express, Discover, Apple Pay, PayPal and Venmo. All transactions are secure and encrypted via Paypal.