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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 »

Epoxy resin safety precautions: How to use epoxy resin safely

resin safety tips

Safety precautions to take when working with epoxy resin Using epoxy resin is a creative way to make art, jewelry and crafts.  Before you get started though, you want to be sure you are aware of the epoxy resin safety precautions you should be taking to make sure you can work with resin and stay… Read more »

10 pro tips for resin success before you ever mix the resin and hardener

resin mixing tips

Believe me when I tell you that how well your resin project turns out starts long before you ever open a bottle. You can avoid problems like sticky resin, resin bubbles and wasted supplies with a little bit of planning. These 10 tips for resin success will make sure you get the results you want… Read more »

The Best Way to Store Resin

resin storage

You invest your time and efforts in selecting the right resin for your projects. How to you store your resin to give it the best shelf life? Here are a few of my resin storage tips. Only buy enough resin you can comfortably use in half the amount of time of the expected shelf life… Read more »

More resin troubleshooting

resin troubleshooting

Originally published November 2012.  Updated November 2018. If you have ever used resin only to get less than desirable results, you’re not alone.  While resin is a fun and versatile way to make jewelry, it can be a fussy beast as well!  These are a few of the most common resin troubleshooting problems and what… Read more »

How to paint on resin

painting on resin

by Lynette Olnhausen Resin can definitely be a bit tricky to paint and very different from painting on canvas or wood, as you will find that paint doesn’t cling to resin very well.  Here are some of my tips on how to paint on resin if you’d like to add some color to a resin… Read more »

Safety tips for working with resin

resin safety tips

Originally published March 2012.  Updated September 2018. Working with resin is fun, but precautions are necessary.  Here is what you should follow anytime you are working with resin. Proper ventilation Make sure there is fresh air entering a room when working with resin.  Open a window or use a fan if necessary. Wear disposable gloves… Read more »

How to color clear epoxy resin

coloring resin

How to color clear epoxy resin   Let’s talk a little about coloring your resin. There are a few things you can do and a few things you can’t do when it comes to coloring resin.  Knowing these guidelines will help ensure resin coloring success.  Then, once you get a handle on the rules of… Read more »