Using resin for jewelry and crafts can be intimidating, especially if you are a resin beginner. Recently, I asked Tania of House of Molds to share some of her best resin casting tips to help crafters and jewelry makers get excellent results with silicone molds.
1. Wear gloves when handling molds and pouring resin.
Not only do they protect your hands from resin chemicals, but they also prevent fingerprints inside the molds. Sometimes these fingerprints can show up on your resin castings.
💡 Pro tip: The more glossy the mold surface, the easier it is to leave a visible fingerprint on the mold.
2. Be sure your mold is clean before casting.
You do not want any dust or resin from a previous casting inside the cavity. These will be cast onto your piece.
3. Take care when positioning your mold.
If your casting table has a rough surface or a non-level top, your resin piece could be uneven, despite using a perfect mold and top-quality resin supplies. You can best prepare a crafting surface for your molds by using a bubble level to check your table level.
4. Do not overfill the mold to prevent a lot of excess sanding once your piece is finished.
In the case of resin voids, you can make a second resin pouring anytime by following these rules
*Make it when your resin is still at the gel stage
*Use the same brand of resin
*Pour the next layer before demolding
5. For help when demolding, gently press the mold, then add a drop of soapy water inside.
Press again and push the object out from the bottom of the mold. This will make resin extraction from the mold easy and quick.
Ready to try resin casting molds, but don’t know where to start?
It’s not your fault! Trying to learn all the resin casting tips can take you down a rabbit hole for hours and leaves you no closer to getting started. It’s why I wrote the book, Resin Fundamentals. I share the small, but important points, you need to know to make something with resin that has people saying, ‘WOW!’. Buy the book, and you can have it to read in minutes.
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