Category: Resin Frequently Asked Questions

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 »

How to sand resin smooth: get an even 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 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 long does it take resin to dry? – Resin drying time

How long does it take resin to dry

If you are asking yourself how long does it take resin to dry, I’m sorry to say there isn’t a one size fits all answer. How long it takes resin to dry is also known as the cure time. Cure times vary between resins. This information will be included with your resin kit instructions. You… Read more »

Beginner questions about resin jewelry making

resin jewelry making tips for beginners

  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-ventilated area.  Other resins, like some polyesters and… Read more »

Resin Troubleshooting Tips – Epoxy resin troubleshooting

resin troublshooting

General resin troubleshooting tips When working with resin, technique is very important to ensure outstanding results.  Here are a few of the commonly encountered problems with using resin and suggestions for how to fix them. Resin not cured or has not fully cured Most likely cause: Resin and hardener not mixed thoroughly.  While mixing, it… Read more »

Resin didn’t cure – 12 reasons why your resin isn’t curing

resin didn't cure

Why didn’t my resin cure? This is a problem that resin newbies and seasoned professionals alike run into from time to time. Here are a few trouble areas you should evaluate in case you’re asking yourself, “Why didn’t my resin cure?” 1. How old is your resin? Only purchase enough resin that you can comfortably… Read more »

How to seal papers or findings for including in resin

How to seal papers How to seal papers for including in resin Originally published March 2012.  Updated May 2020. One of the most frequently asked questions I get is how to seal papers before including them in resin.  Here's a few of my tips: Does the item you are working with need to be sealed? The easiest way to... 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 »