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5 Tricks to Make Your Reels Perform in 2022

Let’s face it, unless you have the knowledge, it’s really hard to start an account and get noticed on Instagram. We have been in the space for close to 3 years and have seen change after change roll out. Keeping on top of the trends is vital for businesses in today’s economy to flourish. 

Here’s 5 tricks to make your reels trend on Instagram:

  1. Use templates. If you haven’t stumbled upon templates, you are missing out on an easy way to use the success of others to your advantage. To take advantage of this feature, click the reels icon in the bottom center of your feed. This will take you to Reels. Look for Reels that say “Use Template”. This will enable you to use the timing for the video clips to match the timing of a viral video. Fun fact: Once you get the hang of creating trending Reels, Instagram will turn your Reels into Templates for others to use. Using multiple short clips is usually the secret.
    2. Use trending audio. Trending audio can be found the same way as templates. You can use any audio track that you see anyone else use by clicking on the name of the audio track, then save it to your account. The audio track will show up as saved audio. By matching trending templates with trending audio, your Reels will have a greater chance of going viral.

    3. Use relevant hashtags to your market. There are many hashtag apps. These can be handy when starting out. A great way to learn about the hashtags that work in your niche is by watching trending Reels in your niche and seeing what hashtags they are using. Over time, you will understand which hashtags to use on your posts.

    4. Be consistent. If you are going to post once daily, post once daily. If it’s twice daily, make sure it’s twice per day. Consistency is very important. Be sure to check which times your followers are on and either post at that time, or use a scheduler to post. 

    5. Make quality content that your followers want to see. Many things go into this statement. Clean video lens, good lighting, close-up shots, and a well defined message all contribute to whether someone moves on or watches your Reel. Phones today can record and edit quality videos. But sometimes you need a little bit more power or versatility. That’s where a powerful desktop app can really make you shine. We use InVideo to create our longer form videos, or videos which require complex editing. We have a special discount offer from InVideo for new subscribers. Save 35% off from now until September 7th with code: LabourDay35!
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    Use these suggestions and tools every day and you will see results. @Sacred7Senses has been using these techniques to great effect. See what she’s creating here:
    https://instagram.com/sacred7senses

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New Product Drops by Puduo

New Product Drops From PUDUO:

Puduo has been working hard to launch new products. We are happy to announce 3 new products that you’ve been waiting for! We have been teasing the new products and now they’re here! Hand Cleaner for Resin, Deep Pour 2:1 Resin, and an Anti-Yellowing formula! We’re going to introduce you to these products now. Discount codes are listed with the product when available.

The new Puduo Hand Cleaner is available on all of the sites. The US Team has personally tested this product, and we love it! Its gentle scrubbing action removes all resin easily. After scrubbing to break the resin down, you just rinse with water! Try it out today!

Puduo Hand Cleaner:

Link to Product on Amazon:
https://amzn.to/3m4rTaF – 10% Off Code: PUDUOCLEANER

Link to Product on PuduoFamily Website:
PuduoFamily.com – 10% Off Code – puduoresinus

Puduo Resin 3X Anti-Yellow Formula:

We are very excited about this new anti-yellowing formula! We will be ordering this product soon! You can get it today at:

Link to Product on Amazon: 
https://amzn.to/3HmiK78 – 10% Off Code: PUDUO3XY

Puduo Deep Pour 2:1 Epoxy Resin

It’s finally here! Deep Pour 2:1 resin from Puduo is now available on Amazon!

Link to Product on Amazon: 

https://amzn.to/3MRdoSz – 10% Off Code: PUDUO21Y

Video from Puduo:

Flower Drying and Use in Puduo Epoxy Resin

Using Dried Flowers With Puduo Resin

Using dried flowers is simple and can be a lot of fun! Dried flowers can be purchased through sites like Amazon, at hobby stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby, or you can pick and dry your own. As we live in the desert, and the spring flowers are in bloom, we decided to go pick some flowers, dry them, then create something beautiful on a Live Stream. This is the same technique you would use for fresh roses, fruit, or anything else that has moisture.

Moisture is the enemy of epoxy resin. It can cause fogging, uneven cure, and general chaos in the product. If you epoxy something that contains moisture, it can rot inside the piece. That’s why it’s vital to remove all moisture.

You can remove moisture a number of ways. The sun, a dehydrator, Silica Gel, a book, or anything that will suck the moisture out quickly.

  1. Sun – You can dry some items in the sun. Depending on how fragile the item is will determine if this method is right for your project.
  2. Dehydrators come in a variety of sizes and prices. Here are 2 that you can purchase from Amazon. I have not tested these products, so be sure to read about their proper use. 
    1. This is a lower cost option:
    2. This one is the more expensive version:
  3. Book – You can use a thick book to press and dry your flowers. Use copy paper between the pages so the flowers wont stick to the pages.

For this project you will need:

  1. Fresh flowers – These can be hand picked, or purchased from a store.
  2. Silica Gel – This can be purchased from Amazon.
  3. Container with a lid. Here’s an example from Amazon.
  4. Puduo ResinAvailable here
  5. Silicone mold of your choice – Here are some Amazon Selections

Follow these steps:

  1. Pour silica gel into your container. 1/4 to 1/2 of the way is good.
  2. Place your fresh flowers on the silica gel. Close the lid on the container.
  3. Wait until the flowers are dry. Drying time will vary depending on the amount of moisture in the flower. Expect between 2-10 days.
  4. Once fully dried, insert your flowers into the mold, mix your Puduo Resin, and fill your mold. Wait 8-12 hours before demolding. Set on a flat surface for at least 12 hours after demolding to finish your curing process.

Sacred7Senses will show you how….

*Be sure to join @GlowArtAz and @Sacred7Senses every Tuesday and Thursday night on Facebook and Instagram for our Live Streams! Check our events page for upcoming live events!


Mask Your Puduo Resin Project With Latex For Unique Effects

Easy Technique To Create Unique Effects

Using latex, you can easily mask off any area you wish, to create dramatic effects with Puduo Resin. In this live stream from Facebook, co-founder of the US Support Team @Sacred7Senses takes you through the steps required to create this selenite moon pyramid. This blog has a companion video included below.

Using a 5.9 inch pyramid mold from Amazon, Ashley first poured about an inch of liquid latex in the tip and let it cure (About 8 hours). She then poured Just enough to leave a small portion exposed for the resin to bond to, and let cure overnight.

After the latex cured, Ashley mixed up some Puduo Resin and poured the first of 4 layers. In this layer she added some soap clouds. Soap clouds can be made easily by putting bar soap chunks in the microwave! Amazingly easy technique!

Each additional layer of Puduo Resin was used to add glitter and pigments to the mixture to achieve her desired results. Watch the full video below!

You can view all of our past live streams on both Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to watch live, we broadcast every Tuesday and Thursday night at 6 pm MST. Check our page or account for updated information:
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Create an account on the new PuduoFamily website today and get 10% off your purchase of the suite of Puduo Resin products. Creating an account signs you up for the loyalty program so you can earn points towards future purchase. While you are there, sign up for the affiliate program to get your own personal code for your followers. 


Big Letter Lamp Pour

Have you seen the big letter molds? How about a big letter mold lamp? Well, over the past week, I have been creating a big letter “A” lamp.

I wanted to do this project to show how easy it is to use Puduo Resin on a deep pour. This pour was done in 3 layers on Instagram, Facebook Live, and a complete run through on YouTube. The original, full videos can be found on Instagram and Facebook

Doing a deep pour with a casting resin is a delicate dance. You want to pour the least number of layers without having a flash cure. Flash cures occur when the chemical reaction creates so much heat that it cures in minutes. The result is that the epoxy contracts so fast that it can’t remain level. Therefore, it pulls away typically at the corners. You may also notice a blocky look on the surface as parts cured a little quicker.

With Puduo, you can typically pour 200 ml without having a flash cure. This is in a room between 70-80 F. Using this formula will allow you to pour the least number of layers. 

This mold came to us from MoldyFunUSA.com.   We were asked to try this product and supplied a sample of their product. We were very happy with this mold. You can find the complete set of alphabet molds here. You will receive a discount upon clicking this link.

alphabet Pouring this mold is easy. There are no complex designs to trap air bubbles, and the amount of space in the mold makes it an easy pour to decorate. Use flowers, lights, or whatever else you want to use to decorate this lamp.

This letter “A” mold is 1.5″ H x 6″ x 6″ at the widest. This is a large mold and requires approximately 500 ml. Puduo 32 oz kit contains 946 ml. 473 ml of part A, and 473 ml of part B. 

Ensure proper mixing techniques when using this product:

1) Measure the amounts equally using a 1:1 ratio. For example 40 ml of part a to 40 ml of part b. Note: I do not recommend trying to mix smaller than 80 ml total. This is because it makes it too easy to get the measurements just a little bit off.
 
2) Mix thoroughly. This does not mean to only mix for 3 minutes and call it good. This means to mix the product until it is perfectly clear. Make sure that you get the sides on the bottom of the cup really well.
 
3) Pour your mixture into another cup. Get as much of the product out of the cup as you can. Then mix the new mixture again. Mix it for approximately a minute.
 
4) Split the mixture into as many cups as you have pigments. For instance, if you are only using red, black, and clear, split it into three cups. Mix the pigments in well. Then let the product set for approximately 15 minutes to release all of the bubbles and begin its exothermic reaction.
 

Cleaning Up After Using Puduo Resin

No matter how careful you are, at some point in time, you will get resin on your skin. Resin needs to be removed right away to avoid allergies or irritation. Epoxy resin does not wash off fully with just hand soap and water. You need something with the power to break down the epoxy.

Solvents can be absorbed through the skin and should never be used to clean resin off of the hands. We recommend a product that has an exfoliant. Puduo is proud to announce that we will be coming out with a hand cleaner specifically designed to remove Puduo Resin! This product will be released soon. Please be sure to sign up for our email newsletter to stay up to date on new releases, deals, giveaways, and more! 

 

Best PPE Practices:

Protecting yourself from getting resin on your skin is our number 1 recommendation. Wear gloves! Latex gloves can cause an allergic reaction, so we recommend Nitrile gloves. Cover any exposed areas of your skin with a shirt, pants, etc. Change your gloves whenever they get resin on them to avoid spreading the resin to other objects. Have paper towels handy for easy clean up of spills. You can wipe your gloved hand off with a paper towel to remove excess epoxy.

How To Remove Epoxy Resin From Tools and Surfaces

You can use a solvent such as 91% rubbing alcohol to safely and easily remove resin from tools and surfaces. Wear gloves when cleaning up so the solvent doesn’t soak into your skin. Use a clean paper towel. Pour the rubbing alcohol on the paper towel. Then wipe off the tool or surface. Throw away paper towel after use.

Solvents such as alcohol, acetone, and vinegar can be used to clean surfaces and tools, but should never be used on the skin. 

 

 

Doming With Puduo Resin

Learn How To Dome With Puduo Epoxy Resin – The Easy Way

As the natural progression of your art skills grows, you may have noticed that other artists finish not only the sides and bottom, but also the top. Putting that final layer of Puduo Resin on top is called “doming.” On a larger piece, such as canvas, it’s also called a flood coat.

Doming can be very intimidating to start. Taking the time to learn this skill will take your creations to the next level. Not only will your creations look more professional, but they will also be more valuable. When selling some of our creations at shows and markets, it’s the products that have that finished, polished look that sell first. For example, I can have the same piece, from the same mold sitting side by side. The domed one can be $35, undomed at $25. The domed one will most likely sell first.

Today I am going to show you an easy way to learn how to dome and make some neat custom keychains. This method will save you the fear of ruining something you created.

Materials Required:

  1. Circular patterns approximately 2″ in diameter printed on paper
  2. Puduo Epoxy Resin
  3. Cups approximately 2″ in diameter to support your creation as you work – In this example we are using the cups that come with the 16 oz and 32 oz kits
  4. Gloves
  5. Mixing Sticks

First, select or create two, 2″ circular patterns you want to work with. Print them out on paper. Make the front and back sides separately so that you can epoxy them together to create a keychain, pendant, or earring set.

Next, cut your circular patters out and place them on the bottom of a cup. In this example we used the cups that come with Puduo Resin. This example comes to us from the manufacturer.

Mix your resin and add pigments, glitter, or anything else you want to add to your creation. Gently pour the mixed resin onto your creation, being careful to not add too much and overflow off the sides. This product is self-leveling and will flow to the edges without having to push it with a stick. If you have problems with this step, try painting the resin onto the piece first to “wet” it and show the product where to flow. You will find it handy to purchase plastic pipettes. These are used for doming thin surfaces like the edges of trays. They are also a great way to add some control to where the resin is deposited.

Once you are satisfied with your pieces, let them cure for 8-12 hours. At this stage, you can use Puduo UV Resin or Puduo Epoxy Resin to glue the two sides together. Epoxy will give you the most confident bond because you can’t be sure the UV light will reach through the paper. A little bit of experimenting will give you the confidence to figure out which method is best for you.

Once your piece is cured, drill a hole to attach your keychain or earring accessories.

The only limit is your imagination. By learning how to dome your creations, you will be able to achieve the professional looking results you desire! Share your creations on our Instagram channel and tag us to be featured in our stories.

YouTube Video on Doming with Puduo Resin

Finishing, Sanding, and Polishing Pt.2

Sanding Techniques Using Puduo Resin Pt. 2

Sanding can give your piece that professional look. In the last blog I showed you one of the most basic techniques for finishing your creation. The Emory Board. I have located a good deal on Amazon for multi-surface Emory Boards here.

The purpose is to get the edges of your finished piece to look and feel smooth. Taking that little bit of time can make the difference between a sale and no sale. In addition to using an Emory Board, you can also use sandpaper. Begin with the coarse grits and work your way down to the finest grit you need to accomplish the finish you want. Wet/dry sandpaper is used so that you can sand and polish without damage to the surface. Wet/dry can be found here.

Start with a low number. This is the coarsest paper. Gently sand the edges. The point at this stage is to knock down the excess epoxy from the edges.As you get to the higher grits, use a small amount of water to help polish the surface.

Using this technique will give you a nice, smooth finish. The higher grits are seldom needed, especially if you are using a paint pen for your edges.

Paint your sanded edges for that final professional look!

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Finishing, Sanding, and Polishing

Do you want nice, clean edges on your product? We will show you how!





So you’ve gotten the basics of pouring down and now it’s time to level up your game. Edges are often the final step in an Epoxy Resin Artists craft. I know from experience that beginning in this form of art is nerve wracking. Did I mix it right? Did I add too much pigment? Is the temperature okay? Is it too humid? Did I measure properly? Did I use the right kind of mold? Did I mix it completely? We want that instant gratification. We want to know that we didn’t just waste money.

This is one of the main reasons people love Puduo Epoxy Resin! It’s quick cure time gives you your results fast! Mixing is simple. The steps are easy. Measure, mix thoroughly, pour into another cup, mix again, let sit for 15 minutes. This method eliminates the bubbles and ensures a good mix. 

What about that final touch though? The edges….
Many people get hesitant when it comes to this stage of the craft. Sanding, edging, finishing, and polishing are all artforms in themselves. The good news is that you don’t need to learn a new artform to do the edges. If you can do your nails, you can do basic edges. And you can use the Emory boards that you use on nails to take those edges down. 

This is the easiest way to get in to edging that I have found. Start off easy and work your way up. Some people use Dremel tools, some use sandpaper. You can even use a knife or razor blade to get the edges you want. Some edging is done with a paint pen, like for coasters. We will discuss other methods in future blogs. Edging can be simple or complex. It depends on your project. 

In the video below, I am using a nail file to quickly and easily clean up the edges of this pyramid. 

I’ve learned that it’s often easiest to learn by the easiest method available. Lets begin with the Emory Board.

Practice using this technique until you feel comfortable sanding your work. We will be talking about more advanced techniques in future blogs. Dremel, sandpaper, paint pens, and polish are topics we will discuss.

Pouring Layers

How to Pour Layers With Puduo Resin 

 
We’ve all seen the beautiful layered pyramids other artists are creating using Puduo Resin. The question is often asked “How do you pour layers like that”? Many artists want to know how to create layered pyramids. They are surprisingly simple. Here’s how:      
 
First you need to determine what you want your finished product to look like. For instance, do you want a crystal in the tip? Will you put lights inside? Decide what elements you want to incorporate into your piece and gather the materials together. Some artists like to make a rough sketch of the layers in their vision to use as a guide. Then you can begin to pour your layers. Use a toothpick or wooden skewer to pop the bubble in the tip. Failure to do so will not make a sharp tip on the top. Another common error is not waiting long enough between layers. This can cause the layers to mix. We will go over two methods of creating layered pyramids here.
 
The first method is to pour your first layer and let it cure at least 8 hours. Then pour your next layer, let it cure. Repeat until all layers are completed.
 
The second method involves letting the resin cure hard enough not to deform when you pour the next layer. This can be achieved in three to five hours. You can test the hardness with a toothpick. When it feels sturdy, pour the next layer. Repeat until your project is complete.
 
The second method can be modified to create specific effects. For instance, you may want a wavy effect between layers. By adjusting the time you let the product cure, you get whatever hardness you want to work with. Less time equals a softer product. 
 
After finishing the last layer, you need to wait at least 10 hours before you demold. Full cure of the product happens in 24-48 hours. So be gentle with your piece and allow it time to fully cure.
 
Here’s a short video: