Here’s what I’ve learned in the eleven years I’ve helped creatives with their epoxy projects. The question you’ve been asking about how to layer resin is not the question I’ve been answering.
You know how sometimes you hear a question, and you immediately know how to answer it? Like…
How do you hide a column in excel?
I’m guessing you’re working with data and need to format some things. So an article like this is what I’d share with you.
But if you ask me
How do you hide a body in the woods?
Before I can answer, I have to decide on a scale of Regina George to Dory the Fish of how good of friends we are. Then, I’m daydreaming about the GOAT of true crime narration, asking me when I knew the dark force of evil was beckoning me to deception’s edge. So to be safe, I share this article on how to play hide and seek, which may or may not answer your question.
See the problem?
So when creatives ask how to layer resin, I’ve been answering the simplest way I know.
Pour a layer, then pour another.
Yes, it really is that simple. But I’m finding out there’s more you want to know.
So let’s take a deep dive into everything you need to know about how to layer resin.
Plan what you’re making
That means you’ve got to know
- What you’re putting in each layer
- Whether you’re working from the front layer to the back layer (or vice versa)
- And if you need to worry about lines between layers
(all of this will make more sense in a minute)
Pour your first layer
More often than not, when using molds, the first layer you pour will be the front after demolding.
That means if you’re putting something like a sticker in resin, you want the design side facing away from you. Because when you demold, you’ll see the design.
Pour your next layer
Now’s when you can mix and pour another resin layer, adding epoxy colors, glitters, beads, sprinkles, and other fun stuff. Mix and pour your resin to put over the next layer.
⭐️ BONUS: Here are 10 ideas of things to embed in resin.
When do you pour additional layers?
The safe choice is to pour the next layer once the previous layer is completely cured. The heat of layers is additive. Too much heat can make your resin flash cure.
But, by doing it this way, you’ll see a line between layers if you’re keeping your epoxy clear. To avoid that line, you’ll want to pour your next layer when the previous layer is semi-formed, like gelatin. This is called — you guessed it — gel time.
Do you have to sand between layers?
No, provided your surface is clean. If there’s any dirt, grease or oils, you need to clean the resin before adding the next resin layer. Otherwise, it won’t stick.
What if I sand the resin before adding a new layer?
First of all, you don’t need to do that unless there’s a problem. Like you’ve got dimples or fish eyes in your resin.
Most important — make sure you end sanding with a 1000 grit or finer sandpaper. Otherwise, you’ll have frosted resin underneath your new resin layer.
Do you have to use the same resin for every layer?
Probably. I say it like that because I’ve played around with pouring different epoxy types for different layers and haven’t seen a problem.
But why poke the resin bear if you don’t have to? Use the same resin for all layers if you can.
So what do you say we walk through an example of how to layer resin?
Here’s how to layer resin to make jewelry.
Step 1: Mix resin.
Because this project uses a mold, you need to use a resin designed for molds. That ensures your resin cures hard, durable, and bubble-free. (Because no one wants fizzy, bendy jewelry.)
That means I’m using the Resin Obsession super clear resin.
Step 2: Add to the mold.
Stream your clear epoxy into the mold.
💡 Pro tip: Add less resin than you think you need. Pick up the mold and rotate it to cover the surface with resin. You want plenty of room to add more resin layers.
Here’s where you can add your stickers, beads, small amounts of glitter, or anything else. Don’t go overboard here, as you want to see the second layer through the first layer when demolding.
💡 Pro tip: You don’t have to mix glitter into resin to make cool designs. If you sprinkle it on the surface, it will rest there.
Check your resin for bubbles before letting it cure.
Since these resin charms will have a different color for the second layer, you can let them completely cure.
You should be pretty excited at this point, watching your designs come together. 😁
Step 3: Pour the second resin layer.
Mixing and pouring the second layer works just like doing the first layer, except now is when you can add more resin colors to accent your design in the first layer.
And you’ll add it to the epoxy already in your mold.
Then check for bubbles before letting it cure.
Your molds should now look something like this.
Continue this for as many layers as you want to make.
Step 4: Demold
Pull your charms from the mold.
From the front, you’ll see something like this.
And from the side, you’ll see this.
And that bestie, is how you layer resin. 🎉
Here are the charms I made from this day of resin craftiness along with their formulas so you can recreate them too:
Teardrop jewelry set
Trapezoid jewelry set
Half oval pendant mold
Resin Obsession super clear resin
First layer: Both have stickers, but the star pendant also has fine star glitter
Second layer: Resin Obsession opaque black pigment (left) and red glitter (right)
Square and rectangle dangle earrings
Square and rectangle earrings mold
Resin Obsession super clear resin
First layer: Silver and blue star glitter
Second layer: Resin Obsession transparent teal pigment mixed with Resin Obsession pearl powder
Flower jewelry set
Smiley face jewelry set
Stars jewelry set
Snowflake jewelry set
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