I embedded a leaf in 2 layers of alumilite in october 2018, and my boyfriend gave it back to me in may while he was moving out of his dorm room saying it smelled like death and that some of the resin had dripped onto his desk! I have a whole side that is tacky resin and i'm not sure how to fix it! Sanding it isnt doing much good and scraping it off just breaks utensils and digs a deeper hole. Any suggestions? should I just pour another coat on top? I really tried getting the tacky resin off but the surface area is just too large!
I'm assuming it's one of the Clear resins as you've said you've got a leaf embedded in it, is that correct? The Clears do have a little smell but that goes away after it has fully cured (takes about a week) so if it's been that long and it still smells then something is definitely wrong. Also it should not be tacky and sticky after that long unless it was exposed to extremely high heat (as in over 200 degrees) and is in a place that keeps that temperature that high at all times. Can you provide a picture(s) of it? This is really not normal and sometimes a visual image of it helps to track down what happened.
At this point, im giving up and casting a new leaf in perhaps a pencil case (so glad I can just use a 5PP/HDPE pencil case since silicone molds never come in the right size) because I think I messed up mixing the second layer. Heres a picture of it before I tried fixing it, the front side is the tacky part, the back that had the PAM on it (the bottom basically when I was casting) came out perfectly fine. The cloudy stuff is a glow in the dark resin safe powder I put in it...for pizazz I'll add the other two pics (one is glow in the dark!) in the second reply
Edit:I should also mention after the second layer It was taking forever to cure (I suppose it never really did cure) I waited aboout 2 weeks and you could still fingerprint it. I figured it would cure on its own in time and gave it anyway. So it didnt technically "melt" but the tacky resin flowed down and onto the desk making it look like it melted on there. Sorry for the bad wording!
So let me be sure I'm on the same page, you started over and cast a new leaf in the Clear correct? Sometimes that's what you've got to do and it's good that it wasn't something special that couldn't be replaced that you had to start over on. I'm glad to see that you're still willing to work with the Clear even though you had a bad experience with a batch of it, sometimes there are things we just can't control that happen and we've just got to make the best of it and if you're still willing to start over with the same product (though probably a new batch) it's a testament to your determination and creativity. Thank you for being willing to keep trying. Sometimes even old pros will have problems and we just have to try again until it goes right.
Also if you ever need a custom made silicone mold to cast things in, go take a look at my Etsy shop - I make custom molds and can either make one for you or give you some tips on making your own so you can cast in something other than a plastic box that might not hold up too well after resin is cast in it.