You’re thinking about making art, jewelry, and crafts with resin. Then you read some articles about resin safety, and you’re wondering if epoxy resin can make you sick.
As a mom of teenage boys, I’ve been known to only share the bad stuff to scare the crap out of them. It keeps them from doing stupid stuff.
So if reading scary resin stuff is what needs to happen to keep you mindful when making resin crafts, then I’m all for it.
But talking one adult to another, here’s what you need to know.
Resin kits are chemicals. You should only use them after reading and understanding the instructions and the safety precautions. I get that it’s tempting to use resin crafting kits without absorbing all that information first. I’ve been known to cut the tag off a mattress only to read that ‘do not remove’ phrase afterward. But it’s crucial to understand how to use resin safely so that you can have fun using it for a very long time.
Wear protective gear
Ensure good ventilation
Weather permitting, I open windows in my crafting room to get cross-ventilation. If that’s not possible, I have a desktop fan set so it blows fresh air towards my face. A ceiling fan set to a low speed is also helpful for moving air within your room.
Use a safe resin
You might think that if a resin is available to buy, it’s safe for you to use. Unfortunately, some companies sell resins that don’t meet safety requirements.
You need to see on the resin kit label that it CONFORMS TO ASTM D-4236. If it doesn’t, DON’T USE IT.
⚠️ IMPORTANT: All Resin Obsession resins have the CONFORMS TO ASTM D-4236 certification. They’ve got a board-certified toxicologist endorsement that they’re safe for creative use in any location (not just your home).
If you are still wondering if epoxy resin can make you sick, here’s my BEST advice:
You can never be too safe.
Doing more than basic safety is never wrong. For example, when I’m working with large resin volumes, I wear a plastic apron and fumes respirator. This is in addition to following basic resin safety precautions.
Here’s a studio tour where I recently explained how I get good room ventilation when creating with resin.
Lastly, if you have any concerns about whether the resin is creating problems for you, STOP. Speak with a healthcare provider about your concerns. Your health and well-being are everything.
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