You’ve decided you want to make resin crafts. But now, you find yourself with questions about molds for resin.
Can you use anything as a resin mold?
Are resin molds expensive?
Will you need to do anything special once your resin comes out of the mold?
I had those same questions when I started creating with resin 15 years ago. I wasted so much resin figuring out what worked and what didn’t with molds for resin.
I don’t want that to happen to you. So let’s dive into what you need to know when you use molds for resin.
Why use molds for resin?
Let’s start by talking about what resin is. It’s a liquid that, when activated will warm up and form a solid mass. You’ll activate resin by adding catalyst (two-part resins) or UV light (UV resin).
How does this relate to molds for resin?
When you activate the liquid, then pour it into a mold, it takes on the shape of the mold. And, it keeps that shape after it cools. That’s why resin can help you make coasters, jewelry, paperweights, and more.
What makes a good mold for resin?
You might be thinking that any vessel will make a good resin mold.
Wouldn’t that be nice?
Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. There are a few key things you need to know about choosing molds for resin.
The mold material needs to be able to take heat.
Because the resin heats up, there is a risk of melting your mold or the resin starting a fire. That’s why styrofoam containers and paper cups don’t make suitable molds. Instead, it needs to be material, like silicone, that can take heat as high as 200F.
The mold material needs to be flexible.
You can pour resin into a glass baking dish. But once the resin cures, you’ll find the resin has done a great job sticking to the dish. Because the glass is rigid, you won’t be able to flex it and pop out your cured work.
But you will have a beautiful dish of resin.
The mold material needs to be thick enough to release the cured resin.
You might be tempted to use plastic candy molds to make resin crafts, but I’ll save you the disappointment. While your resin will cure, it will stay forever stuck in your candy mold. And the same applies to candle molds. You can see what happened when I tried to form resin in a soap mold.
So now that you know what doesn’t make suitable molds for resin, what does make good molds for resin?
The easiest place to start is with molds designed for resin. We’ve got a bunch of them in the Resin Obsession store. I use every mold style before we ever sell them in the store. If it doesn’t work for me, I’m not going to offer it for sale.
Here are some of our customers’ favorite molds for resin:
The molds we sell are made with silicone or polypropylene plastic. Both types of molds are flexible and release resin quickly. Not only do we have them in a bunch of different shapes and designs, but they’re reusable.
How do you know if your resin molds will make a glossy finish?
Here’s the BIG rule you need to know about resin molds.
Whatever the finish on the mold, that same finish will impart onto your resin castings.
That means if your mold has a shiny molding surface, your resin will cure with that same shine. The opposite of that is true too. A frosted surface mold will make frosted surface resin castings.
What if your molds for resin don’t have a shiny finish?
Don’t worry. You can still use the mold. If you want your resin to have a shiny finish, you’ll need to take extra steps after demolding to make the resin shiny.
Option 1: Glaze with resin
You can use resin like a glaze and apply a coat to your flat surface to make it shiny.
Option 2: Apply a gloss spray
If your surface is curved or detailed, you can get a shiny surface by using a couple of layers of resin gloss spray.
Can you use silicone baking molds with resin?
So, while the easy answer is yes, you may not be happy with the finish. Baking molds usually produce a frosted or cloudy surface. That means you need to take extra steps to give your resin a glossy finish.
Can I make my own molds for resin?
Yes, you can. The easiest way to do this is to use two-part silicone mold putty. Simply ”eyeball” an equal amount of the two parts and blend them together with your hands. Then, form the putty around the item you want to mold.
💡 Pro tip: If you want the resin to cast shiny with your DIY molds, make sure the thing you’re molding also has a glossy finish.
How do you keep molds for resin in top shape?
Using a resin mold release protects your mold against microtears and makes demolding easier. You won’t have to twist your mold as hard to demold it.
⭐️ BONUS: Here are other tips for caring for resin molds.
What resin should you use for resin molds?
You’ll get the best results by using a casting resin. Casting resin and molds for resin go together like peanut butter and chocolate.
Casting resins mix in a thin consistency, which allows bubbles to escape quickly. That means you can pour it in deep layers or intricate patterns with less of a chance that you will trap bubbles.
Best casting resin for small pours
Resin Obsession super clear resin
Mix between ½ ounce and 3 ounces at once
25-minute working time
Cured to demold in 8 to 12 hours
Best casting resin for large pours
Resin Obsession deep pour resin
Mix between 3 ounces and 3 gallons at once
30-to-90-minute working time
Pour up to two inches thick in one pour
Can you put molds for resin in the oven?
Say what? You’re in a hurry to cure your resin?
You can do that too.
Step 1: Set the temperature to 150F and mix and pour your resin as usual.
Step 2: Place your resin-filled mold in the oven for five minutes.
Step 3: Check to ensure you aren’t melting your mold (mainly plastic mold) and your resin isn’t hot and smoking.
If things look good, then turn the oven off and let it cool. You can repeat this process if you’re pouring another resin layer.
⚠️ IMPORTANT: Only do this with an oven that you won’t use for food again. An inexpensive toaster oven works great for this.
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