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Giani Everlasting FAQ
The epoxy will be fully cured after 7 days. This is when you can demold the epoxy cast.
Use a #1000+ grit sandpaper to smooth the edge. Be sure to sand from the outside of the mold and not to scratch the main face of the mold with sandpaper.
You can! We would only recommend doing this on the first layer of epoxy. You can sprinkle them over the wet epoxy. Please note that we do not recommend doing this with the ring holder as it is a single pour mold. Additionally due to the slow curing of our epoxy, there is the possibility of added glitter/flakes settling in the epoxy. Meaning they move from their original position.
The short answer is yes. All flowers will change colors after the drying process. When moisture leave the pedals, it causes the pigment to slightly discolor. Our Silica Sand consists of extremely small particles which does not leave unwanted texture on the flower pedals. Our drying process provides you the best opportunity of keeping your flowers original shape/color. If you decide to press your flowers, then you may see a more drastic transition. Each method will change your flowers appearance, this is a natural chemical reaction that occurs when moisture expels from the flower.
There is a possibility that flowers can change colors over time. Sometimes this can be caused by the pedals absorbing the epoxy. This will occur if your flowers experience bruising prior to the casting process. Another reason would be if the flower was not fully dried. If your flowers are not fully dried, they have the potential to rot over time inside the epoxy. Additionally, thin pedaled flowers will be extremely brittle after the drying process. These are typically the flower types that have the highest increased chance of changing colors.
While this is possible, we do not recommend it as fake flowers may contain dyes/materials that can harm the epoxy.
This is something we do not recommend as the flowers will rot in the epoxy over time. Drying flowers is crucial before casting them in epoxy as it removes all the moisture from the flower.
The Giani® Everlasting™ epoxy has a mild odor but is not overpowering. Wearing a painter’s mask will help deter any epoxy fumes. Regular dust masks/N95 masks will not filter out the harsh chemical vapors created when resin and hardeners are mixed. The best type of mask to be used when working with epoxy resin is a respirator mask. A respirator mask is available in two types, a full-face respirator mask and a half-face respirator mask.
You want to initiate the drying process as soon as possible after your wedding. The best time would be within 48 hours. Flowers can start to deteriorate after this time, and this can show in the finished product. Your flowers will preserve in the same as they are once dry. If you do not have the opportunity to start the drying process within 48 hours, we recommend following the tips below to help your flowers live longer.
- Always use fresh water when filling the vase, filling it ½ to ¾ full.
- Since you’ll be changing your flower’s water multiple times, you shouldn’t use the whole flower packet at once. Rather, use a bit each time you change the water.
- After you receive your bouquet, use a clean and sharp pair of scissors to cut each stem at a 45º angle. This will allow your flowers to take up as much water as possible.
- Keeping your bouquets in the fridge will help them last a bit longer. The exact amount of time they’ll last depends on the type of flower as well as the time the flowers were cut. Expect bouquets to last anywhere from 5-14 days if you place them in the fridge at night.
- When it comes time to transport your flowers, aim to keep your flowers upright and snug for the entire duration of the trip. One way to do this is to use your old delivery box. Cut a square that is just big enough to fit the vase. This will keep the vase from toppling over during the trip. If you’re only traveling a short distance, you can also forgo the vase. If you choose this route, wrap the stems in a damp paper towel. This will keep in moisture and prevent any wilting. Just make sure you place the bouquet in water once it reaches its destination.
- If you’re going straight to your honeymoon after your wedding, you may find it best to find a close relative or friend to help you start the drying process. You can have them take your bouquet straight from the wedding or have them pick it up from your hotel. Most hotel concierges are happy to work with the wedding party and hold their flowers at the front desk for pickup.
We highly advise that you do not leave your casted piece in a location that receives direct sunlight. Sunlight can cause flowers inside the epoxy to discolor. Additionally, the epoxy will amber at an accelerated rate.
While you can use your own silicone molds, doing so will be at your own discretion. Please note that the epoxy included in the kit is designed to fill only the three molds included in the kit. Using a 3rd party mold will require you pour the epoxy layers visually as the fill chart will not reference the volume needed.
Yes, you can! You will need to be sure that you clean out the molds as much as possible before re-use. Please note that used silicone molds can cause epoxy pieces to have lines on the outside edge.
Yes! You can place your sand into a single use oven safe container leaving the top exposed. Place into an oven at 250 degrees for 6-8 hours stirring the sand every 2 hours. You will know the job is complete once the indicator grains turn blue. Once complete, let the sand cool down before placing it back in the airtight bag.
When a flower is bruised prior to the drying process it will show once casted in epoxy. This typically causes pedals to have translucent spots that mimic a bruise. This can be difficult to avoid as flowers go through growing, cutting, shipping, wedding display and drying. This is extremely common and should not be looked down on! This means you truly enjoyed your flowers up to the point of saving them forever.
We designed our process so anyone can do it an end up with beautiful, finished piece.