Vanessa, What kind of resin are you using? If you tell me what kind
of resin, and your protocol, I probably can help you out.
There could be a couple of things. One that comes to mind
immediately would be the ratio of catalyst to hardner. Epoxy, like
Devcon, wants equal amounts. Others want only a few drops. The
absolute best way I know if getting the proportions correct is to
weigh the catalyst first and then weigh the hardener until it
reaches an end weight.
Resins don't "bake" per se, they "cure" in ambient temperature. If
your piece is smudgy, honestly, the best thing to do is to burn it
out and start over. If you do this, make ABSOLUTELY SURE you have a
well ventilated area. Resin burns at a very low rate. Burn it all
the way through until it is an ash. Rinse and then pickle.
Good luck and let me know what happens.
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