Category: Resin Frequently Asked Questions

Supplies needed for resin casting – Beginner supply checklist

supplies needed for resin casting

Resin casting is a fun and inexpensive way to make jewelry and crafts but choosing resin supplies can be overwhelming. How do you know exactly what supplies you need for casting with resin? Here are the resin supplies I consider essential and the resin supplies that are optional, but nice to have. Essential resin casting… Read more »

How to measure and mix epoxy resin and hardener in five easy steps

How to mix resin

Epoxy resin comes as a two part system:  the Part A resin and the Part B hardener (also known as a catalyst).  Knowing how to measure and mix epoxy resin and hardener is important to making sure your resin cures as expected!  Here are the steps to make sure you have resin curing success every… Read more »

What temperature should I mix resin? What is the best resin temperature?

resin mixing temperature

What is the best temperature for working with resin? Originally written March 2013.  Updated March 2019 Did you know that your resin mixing temperature is essential for making sure your resin cures?  Making sure your resin and working area are the ideal temperatures will make sure your resin not only fully cures, but cures crystal… Read more »

How to sand resin smooth: get a smooth surface on resin art and jewelry

sanding resin smooth

Sometimes when you are making resin jewelry or painting with resin, you may find you have an uneven surface, scratches or ‘gaps’ in your resin surface (otherwise known as ‘fish eyes’). The good news is that resin can be sanded to get a smooth surface. Here are my tips on how to sand resin smooth…. Read more »

How much resin do I need?

How much resin do I need?

How much resin should I mix for a project? Originally published October 2014.  Updated February 2019. When it comes to making things with resin, one of the tricky parts is knowing how much mixed resin you’re going to need. It’s important to make sure you have enough, but of course, you don’t want to waste… Read more »

How to clean up resin

clean up resin

Who doesn’t start out the year with the goal of getting more organized in your resin studio? (My hand is up in case you are wondering.) You may be going through some of your resin supplies and deciding that you don’t need certain items anymore or perhaps you have supplies that are too old to… Read more »

Beginner questions about resin jewelry making

resin crafting tips for beginners

  Originally published June 2012.  Updated December 2018. Frequently asked questions by those new to resin jewelry making Plus my resin jewelry making and crafting tips for beginners 1.  Is resin dangerous? You should always take the appropriate safety precautions when working with any resin. At a minimum, always wear gloves and work in well… Read more »

Doming resin casting resin

doming resin casting resin

What’s the difference between casting resin and doming resin? This difference is important to know for your resin success! Depending on what you want to make, choosing the right resin for your project is important so that you can get the results you want. Let’s start with a couple basic concepts A doming resin mixes… Read more »

12 reasons why your resin didn’t cure

twelve reasons why your resin did not cure

Why didn’t my resin cure properly? Originally published May 2012.  Updated September 2018. This is a problem that resin newbies and seasoned professionals alike run into from time to time. Here are a few trouble areas where you should evaluate in case you’re asking yourself, “Why is my resin sticky?” 1. How old is your… Read more »

Plastic resin molds and silicone resin molds — what’s the difference?

plastic mold silicone mold

Should I use plastic resin molds or silicone resin molds for my resin jewelry and crafts? Originally published March 2013.  Updated August 2018. Knowing the difference between plastic and silicone resin molds is important to getting the results you want.  Both types of molds can work with a variety of resins, but knowing the limitations of… Read more »