Resin casting

Resin Casting

UPDATED January 2017:  Our updated list of resin choices including details to help you select the right one for your project.  

Click here –> Resin casting kit choices choices

When it comes to resin casting, there are so many choices for a resin.  How do you know which resin is right for you?  Below is a link for an easy-to-follow chart on the specifics for resins available for purchase on Resin Obsession.  There is no one size fits all resin!  What may work for one project may be unsuitable for the next.

If your are new to resin casting, here are a few other things to familiarize yourself with before you get started:

1.  Resin has its own language.  Here is a link to common resin crafting terms.

2.  Resin casting requires a warm room.  Room temperatures in the 70 F range are ideal.

3.  Exact measuring and proper mixing are essential to resin casting success.

4.  Each resin has its own casting directions.  Follow them carefully.

5.  Dispose of mixed and unmixed resin properly.  Here are some tips on how to dispose of resin.

Click here to get a downloadable PDF of Resin casting choices

 

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67 Comments

Brenda

I am so addicted to creating with resin! Thanks so much for the download. Good to have whether you’re a pro or just starting out. 🙂

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Beth

Hi Katherine,
What product can you recommend for pouring over ceramic tiles that will be used for hotplates?

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Katherine Swift

Hi Beth, we responded to your email you sent us earlier about this question.

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Meg

I would like to use seaglass on windows. What would be my best choice of resin.

KENDRA

Hi please be kind enough to tell me which resin
Is to be used for 1) coasters (hot and cold drinks), and also for a trivet. I see articles on making coasters but clearly they must be able to withstand the heat – – and the trivet, even hotter
Thank you !!

Heather

I have a piece of driftwood with a deep indentation. I want to use resin and suspend pieces of beach glass in it. I want the resin the be clear so that the glass colors show well. the indentation would hold approximately six to eight ounces. Would this work and what resin would you recommend? I read somewhere that resin shrinks. I would want to resin the stay in as this would be hung on a wall. Wow! That was a lot of info. I won’t even mention the LED lights I was considering putting in the resin…….

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kayla

I keep trying to click on the link but it won’t direct me to it. I have a similar project (wood filling) and have never worked with resin, but would absolutely love to get into it. Please help

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Jeanne Billa

Link is not working. I have done some resin work, but it dried foggy, not crystal clear, so curious about clarity

Katherine Swift

Which link are you having trouble with? We show they are both working. Do you have Adobe PDF reader installed on your computer?

Katherine Swift

You will need to use a polyester or polyurethane resin. Both of those kinds can withstand the heat/friction of being worked on a lathe.

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Stephanie

I want to decorate the back of a wood cutting board with dried flowers. Food and cutting would only be done on the opposite side of the board. Is there a resin I could coat with that is food safe and could withstand many washes with hot/warm water?

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Katherine Swift

I would recommend a polyurethane resin. It won’t shrink after curing and will polish well with implements.

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Hamna Nadeem

but it gets damaged in the sunlight..? actually i want to make a table of a wood plank , i plan to fill the holes with epoxy mixed with glow powder and glow powder need UV light to charge…can you please help me out?

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Ayşe Yılmaz

Hi!

I’m looking for a resin to make natural flower jewelry. I’ve tried some local products but they cause a lot of bubbles. And I bought Pebeo’s crystal clear resin. I loved it on casting process but when I used sandpaper and polishing after. It didn’t response because it’s softness I suppose. I tried the same process applied in metal jewelry products on local brands and it worked very well. I will be very appreciated if you can suggest me a resin both non-bubble and suitable for jewelry leveller.

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Donna Kaiser

I am looking for a resin to mix with saw dust to make flexible, paintable furniture appliques, what would you suggest? I read an article that you may use a 50/50 mix of plastic resin and saw dust.

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Katherine Swift

In my opinion, resin won’t be a good fit for your project. It generally doesn’t cure flexible and it isn’t going to like the moisture in the sawdust.

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Donna Kaiser

Then what do you suggest, when I purchased furniture appliques, which are very expensive, they indicate it is a combination of resin and would filler, they are wonderful, paintable and flexible?

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Gorden Jones

I want to cast, round clear knobs, 25 mm with a cloisonne pendant inside to be used as radio knobs in an automobile. UV would be an issue. Are molds available & resin type. Comments ??

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Gorden Jones

I would like to pour the first lower half colored & second half in clear with a suspended pendant. If successful, I will need a larger amount to do 50 knobs for my friends.

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Katherine Swift

If the bottom half of your resin is colored, and it is colored something other than white, you should not notice much yellowing as your resin gets older. Where in the world are you located?

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john

hello there! i am looking for the best possible resin for my needs. I am using it to coat wood pendants with paint and gemstones. they hang to dry. Looking for Hardness and clarity for my pieces! thanks for your suggestions

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Katherine Swift

Any of the doming resins mentioned on the PDF in this blog post should work for your needs.

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Jenny

I was wondering why my rose turned brown in the resin. I’m sad and upset because it was a rose from a funeral.

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Katherine Swift

It would be fine. It mixes a little thick, however, which I think makes it unsuitable for molds. That’s why I don’t generally recommend it for jewelry.

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Lynda

Thanks Katherine, I poured some of my left over MasterCast into moulds, they’ve turned out ok, sharp edges but I’ve sanded and polished with 2000,2500&3000 wet and dry paper and polished with my dremel, they look pretty good, very tactile….. You are right the resin can warp and go out of shape if you get it too warm whilst working it.
I was trying to find a way of offering tiny pieces of art and use up rather than waste left over resin, so thanks again for your time and advice ?

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Wendy

What you would recommend to seal a picture frame so I can create art work in a frame then pour resin over it? What about fast drying resin? Any options you can suggest?

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Isabel

I’m trying to preserve a giant lemon that I’ve brought back from holiday in Italy.

do you think that injecting it with resin would work, as opposed to casting in resin.

I’d like to keep the fruit looking exactly as it is, rather than casting in a shape.

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Katherine Swift

Unfortunately, I don’t think that will work. Assuming the resin cures (which I’m not sure it will), it won’t do anything to keep the lemon from decaying.

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Mary Heath

Hi,
Wonderful site! Very informative. I am new to resin crafting. I was wondering if you could recommend the best resin to use indoors. I tried Castin Craft but the smell was overwhelming. I would like to work inside the house. Thank you

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Katherine Swift

Were you using the Castin’ Craft epoxy resin or the polyester resin?

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Elizabeth

Hi Katherine i was wondering if you could help me please. Im looking for a food safe resin which I’m going to add a food colourant to and use to fill cracks and knots in oak boards. I know that you recommend Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast Epoxy Resin but wanted to know if i could sand it once it’s set to get a smooth surface? Thank you

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Katherine Swift

Yes, you can sand it, but you will need to end with a 1000 grit or higher sandpaper to make sure it is smooth. I do not, however, recommend food coloring to color resin. They generally have too much moisture and impact resin curing. We do have colorants designed specifically for resin here: https://shop.resinobsession.com/collections/colorants

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Elizabeth Kilby

Hi Katherine
I need a food safe colourant and I don’t think you have one do you?
Thank you

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Anna

Hi Katherine, I would like to make a computer case for my macbook. I was thinking of adding maybe gems/shells to the outside of a snap on clear case. Would epoxy or resin be an appropriate product to ensure the decals would stay attached and wear resistant? Thanks!

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