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What is resin? – History and uses of resin

what is resin

History Resin is a unique compound that has actually been around for centuries. If you have ever seen a piece of amber, you have seen nature’s version of resin! In addition to the naturally occurring versions, they can be made synthetically as is the case with resins available for jewelry, art, crafts and commercial use…. Read more »

Basic resin casting – Learn resin casting basics

basic resin casting

Getting started with resin can be fun and challenging, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to begin. I’ve been there and I feel your pain!  Let me break it down for you with some of my basic resin casting instructions to help you get started making your resin jewelry and crafts. Step… Read more »

Can you drill holes in resin? – How to drill holes in resin

After creating your resin charms, you may be wondering, can you drill holes in resin? The answer is an emphatic YES! Here’s how to drill resin charms to make them into wearable jewelry: Step 1 Make sure your resin is fully cured. You cannot drill uncured or partially cured resin. Besides being messy, soft or… Read more »

10 ways how to save money when using resin – Resin money saving tips

resin money saving tips

Yes, you are reading that correctly. A company that is selling resin products is going to share with you how to save money when using resin. See, when I’m not a resin retailer, I am a resin artist. (and a thrifty one at that). Saving money on resin and resin supplies is something I do… Read more »

Why is my resin hot? – Reasons for hot resin – Resin getting hot

hot resin

If you are wondering ‘Why is my resin hot?’, let me assure you that it is a perfectly normal occurrence. It can be little concerning to feel your resin mixing cup warm up in your hands, but this should be expected. In order for a resin and hardener mixture to cure, an exothermic reaction takes… Read more »

Surfaces resin won’t stick to – what surfaces will resin not adhere to

what surfaces will resin not adhere to

Resin makes a great glue but sometimes you need surfaces resin won’t stick to.  That information is not only helpful in knowing what makes a good resin art and crafting surface but knowing a little bit about what resin doesn’t stick to is useful in getting resin to do some neat things. Mold release.  We… Read more »

How can I get a matte or satin finish on resin jewelry and art?

matte or satin finish on resin

Sometimes when you are casting, you may want to get a matte or satin finish on resin. How do you do that? Epoxy resin cures with a shiny or glossy finish, especially on surfaces that are exposed to air during curing, but there are a few ways to get a matte or satin finish on… Read more »

10 reasons why your resin casting is a disaster and how to avoid them

resin casting disasters

How to avoid resin casting disasters Originally written February 2016.  Updated April 2019. Resin casting is a lot of fun.  I love the versatility of embedding objects in resin along with making it any resin color I want.  Unfortunately, it isn’t always as easy as it looks and can cause frustration for even the most… Read more »

Clear casting resin – shop for water clear, UV resistant casting resin

water drop

Originally written November 2011.  Updated April 2019. Clear Casting Resin Resin jewelry making often uses clear casting resin. Resin is a liquid plastic which hardens after a chemical reaction.  Heat is generated when the hardener is mixed with the base resin in the case of two-part resin kits. The heat causes the liquid material to… 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 »