Best epoxy resin for all your projects [UPDATED 2021]

Best epoxy resin choicesChoosing the best epoxy resin is a little more complicated than it might seem.  Like one resin should be able to do everything, right?

Here’s a little secret that no one else wants to share.

There is no one size fits all resin.

What do I mean by that?  One resin formula isn’t going to be the best choice for every resin project you want to make. For example, a resin that works excellent for artwork isn’t the best to make resin river tables.  A resin that works great in molds isn’t the best choice for coating tumblers.

So how are you to know which is the best epoxy resin for your project?

You need to know what you are going to make.  Once you know that, you can choose an epoxy resin that will give you the results you want.

Best epoxy resin for countertops, artwork, and other flat surfaces

These projects require that the resin mixes thick.  This is important to make sure the resin cures without any divots or fisheyes.  These resins self-level and can mix in large volumes. Mixing large batches of resin at once is vital to make sure you can cover your surface in one coating.

For projects like this, you want to use the Resin Obsession artwork resin

  • Mixes 1:1 by volume
  • Working time of 20 to 35 minutes
  • Mix anywhere from 3 ounces to 1 gallon at once
  • 90% cured at 24 hours
  • Contains UV protectants
  • VOC free
  • Independent board-certified toxicologist reviewed formula and deemed safe for arts and crafts use when used as directed

This art resin also takes resin colors well, meaning you can create any combination of colors and designs you can dream of!  This epoxy resin is also great for making resin geodes and giving mixed-media projects a glossy finish.

If using this resin to make epoxy art sounds fun to you, you will also want to read about making resin art.

What happens when you use art resin in molds?  While everything is likely to cure, it is unlikely to cure bubble-free.  Using a thick resin, like these epoxies, are one of the most common reasons why mold projects don’t dry bubble-free and instead look like a glass of champagne bubbles.

Best epoxy resin for jewelry blanks

Getting a domed finish on jewelry bezels isn’t by accident. It requires a resin formulated to produce a dome when dripped into a bezel blank.  These formulas also mix thick, giving a glossy, magnifying effect to the items you cover in the bezel.

For projects like this, you want to use the Resin Obsession crystal doming resin

  • Mixes 1:1 by volume
  • 30-to-50-minute working time
  • Mix between 1 ounce and 1 gallon at one time
  • 90% cured at 24 hours
  • Contains top level UV protectants
  • VOC free
  • Independent board-certified toxicologist reviewed formula and deemed safe for arts, jewelry, and crafts when used as directed

Once again, this resin type isn’t the best choice for mold and deep pour projects because it might cure with tiny bubbles.  You should only apply this resin formula in layers of 1/8 inch or less to make sure the resin has enough time to release bubbles before it cures.

Best epoxy resin for river tables, large paperweights, and sculptures

When making big or thick resin projects, it’s crucial you use a resin that that cures slowly.  A slower curing resin produces heat gradually, which reduces your chances of your resin cracking while it cures.  Plus, you want a resin formula that allows you to pour it in thick layers and still let bubbles release quickly.

For resin projects like this, you want to use the Resin Obsession deep pour epoxy resin.

  • Mixes 2:1 by volume
  • 30-to-90-minute working time
  • Mix between 3 ounces and 3 gallons at one time and pour in layers of up to 2 inches deep
  • 90% cured between 48 and 72 hours (the more you mix, the quicker it dries)
  • Contains UV protectants
  • VOC free
  • Independent board-certified toxicologist reviewed formula and deemed safe for arts and crafts use when used as directed

What happens if you want to pour more than a 2-inch-thick layer?  You need to pour in multiple layers, making sure the previous resin layer has started to gel before adding the next layer.  If you are ready to try a deep pour epoxy casting resin, you will want to read our deep pour resin casting tips.

The resin also cures hard and durable.  You can machine sand and polish after a total cure.

Because this resin mixes thin, you don’t want to pour it over a surface like a countertop or painting.  It will run off the sides or leave holes and fisheyes on top.

Best epoxy resin for molds

When using epoxy resin in molds, you need to use one specially formulated to release bubbles easily.  This is important to make sure your jewelry charms and paperweights cure crystal-clear.

For projects like this, you want to use the Resin Obsession super clear resin.

  • Mixes 2:1 by volume
  • 20-to-25-minute working time
  • Mix between ½ ounce and 3 ounces at one time
  • 90% cured between 8 and 12 hours
  • Contains top level UV protectants
  • VOC free
  • Independent board-certified toxicologist reviewed formula and deemed safe for arts and crafts use when used as directed

You can also use this resin for small resin projects like making geode coasters and small paperweights.

Like the deep pour epoxy resin, you don’t want to use it to coat a surface because it won’t self-level and create an even resin surface.

What if you want to use a resin other than epoxy?

There are other types of resin out there besides epoxy.  They aren’t something I recommend for resin beginners as they can be hard to measure and mix if you aren’t already familiar with working with resin.

And while we are on the subject of resin beginners, know that mistakes are inevitable.  In my experience of helping resin crafters and artists, these are the biggest resin mistakes beginners make.

Ready to buy the best epoxy resin for your project?

We would love to help you with that project!

All of the Resin Obsession resins meet the highest level of safety standards of any other resins on the market.  They have been independently reviewed by a board-certified toxicologist and deemed safe for arts and crafts use when used as directed.

Plus, we want to be sure you know you are never alone in this!  We’ve got tons of helpful resin articles to help you make something that people will be saying, ‘Wow, you made that?’  We want to help you release that inner artist!

Ready to get started but still worried you’re going to make a mistake?

It’s why I wrote the book Resin Fundamentals.  I’ve condensed my fourteen years of resin experience into a book you can download and read this afternoon.  I share the essential details you need to know to keep you from making newbie mistakes and instead create something you are proud of.

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2 thoughts on “Best epoxy resin for all your projects [UPDATED 2021]

  1. I want to build a boat bat i want to know which kinds the best resin we can use thank you

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