Category: Resin Frequently Asked Questions

How to polish resin – different ways of polishing resin

resin polishing options

After completing your resin project, you may decide you want a shinier finish. Here are a few key steps on how to polish resin. Determine how hard has your resin cured. Not all resins can take heat and friction well. Some will make crumbs and can even melt. So how do you know how hard… Read more »

How to fix sticky resin – What do I do with sticky resin?

Sticky resin

If you find yourself in situation where you have sticky resin, don’t worry, you can fix it.  Here are some ways on how to fix sticky resin. Scenario 1: The cured resin is sticky on the surface like tape. Option 1. Recoat with another layer of freshly mixed resin and hardener. If your resin surface… Read more »

Why is my resin sticky – my resin is sticky – why does that happen?

sticky resin

You carefully select your resin, mix the two parts together, then pour it in your project only to find the next day that it is sticky or gooey. Sticky resin has got to be one of the worst things ever. It’s incredibly frustrating! No one wants to ask themselves ‘why is my resin sticky?’ There… Read more »

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 »