Verschlimmbessern, verb, German: Making something worse by trying to improve it.
I tried to somehow righten the mistakes I made with the first bracelet, but instead made matters worse, though I think it would have come to this eventually anyway. But I learned quite some things.
I tried to cut off the sticky top section, round the edges and then polish it up to shine again. This didn’t work well for several reasons.
Most importantly: If your resin didn’t cure properly, there’s not a lot you can do. Reflect on what you did wrong. Do better next time.
The soft spots were all over, and when I cut off the top, the fine dust stuck to the soft spots and made them matte. And since the whole thing isn’t as hard as it should be, it moved quite a lot so the resin and the stones separated in places, leaving more matte spots.
Another lesson: you cannot get around very fine wet sanding paper. All my mats and polishing stuff were still way too coarse to make it shine again. This will be very important since one of the projects that I’ve planned involves makeshift moulds* and requires grinding and polishing.
*Resin Obsession can speak many words to the wise about not being too ambitious in the beginning, but nobody ever accused me of being wise.