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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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145 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 !!

Emilie Krueger

Here is an odd one! I have a kaleidoscope that has the oil inside which has gone dark. The maker no longer does this work. I want to drill a hole, clean the interior and then fill the hole of this plastic like tube. Do you think resin could work? I would turn the tube so the air bubble is near the opening to not have oil touch the resin for curing. THANKS!!!

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Katherine Swift

If you could clean the interior so that the resin has fresh metal to stick to, then yes, it should work.

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Janice

Hi K .Like the other lady. I’ve just started using polished gems in geodes & acrylic paintings.Is there a persificant Resin I should be using .Have just ordered resin from you guys for acrylic paintings . Have to say this is the best forum ever.Thank you

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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?

Sharon

Be sure your resin parts are warm (at least 70 degrees) before you start mixing.

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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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Angelo

I stumbled onto this site looking for a solution to application I have. I am an amateur wine maker and one of my pieces of equipment is a large press which has an aluminum base and a big threaded rod attached to it in the middle. The rod is prone to rust and I just don’t like my wine touching aluminum. I have been laying thick plastic on the base and wrapping the lower end of the rod in plastic food wrap while pressing. But it’s messy. I need a product that I can basically “paint” on the aluminum base and onto the threaded rod (where it would be in contact with the wine), to seal it.
Do you have a food grade variation of your product that will adhere to aluminum and steel and not chip off? (I was initially looking for a fibreglass solution when I came across your resin product). Thanks

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enls

I want to try it in my toilet wall, vertial and horizontal, can I add acrylic tint to the resin and than pour it? What kind of resin should I use?

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Katherine Swift

Is the wall already up or are you working with the wall horizontally to install in the bathroom once you are done?

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Peggy

I would love some feedback on a resin to use. I make soap dishes with pebbles set in them to a depth of approximately .25 inches. I have been using EasyCast clear epoxy resin, however, it is not necessarily ideal because I make a large number at one time (20). I’ve had problems with sticky spots, likely from poor mixing due to trying to make too many at once. What other products might be suitable alternatives? I need something clear, strong and able to withstand moisture with a decent amount of work time. Thank you so much. I’ve learned a lot here!

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Peggy

Ideally I would like to make 20 dishes at one time. With easy cast, I’ve found that I can only make five dishes per batch. If I try to make more than that, I run the risk of sticky spots and those dishes can’t be sold. It gets to be time-consuming to make four separate batches so that I can make a total of 20 dishes. If there was a product that was better suited for larger quantities that would save me some time.

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Katherine Swift

Hi Peggy, I’m afraid if you are running into sticky spots mixing large batches with EasyCast, the same is going to happen with other resins.

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Marie Hoerner

Not exactly. They dip the wire into resin and pull it back out to get a very thin, flexible, translucent layer of resin. Here’s a picture of some petals that have been made this way:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/324329610660419379/
I’m just having trouble finding information on exactly what types of resin will and will not work for this. Thank you!

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Marie Hoerner

Thanks. I think I’m not explaining very clearly. I really like these wire and resin flowers that I have seen various places around the internet, but I am just not sure which specific type of resin to use to get the same effect. The wire helps to create the shapes in advance of using the resin and is a pretty way to define the edges of each petal. I am just asking if you could look at the images I’ve posted and let me know if there is a particular type of resin that would let me achieve a similar effect by dipping the wire into wet resin. Thank you.

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Marie Hoerner

Last question, I promise. Looking at the options you have for doming resins, it looks like the best two choices for my purposes are Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast resin, Castin’ Craft Easy Cast resin, and possibly Envirotex Jewelry resin. In a perfect world, I would like it to dry clear, stick to the wire, make thin sheets, be paintable afterwards with an airbrush, and be able to continue dipping flowers after mixing for as long as possible (I have a lot of flowers to make so being able to prep a big batch rather than making separate batches for each couple flowers will save time and money). Do you think one is better than the others? Thanks again!

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Katherine Swift

Hmm. I would probably go with the Easy Cast because even when fully cured, it can be flexible, especially if thin. It will give you more options to bend your petals if you want to be able to do that.

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Marie Hoerner

Thank you so very much. You have been incredibly helpful and I really appreciate it!

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Ali

Hello! I’m wanting to cover my desk with resin. But it would need to withstand the possibility of me dropping things on it without getting scratched. Would epoxy resin be strong enough for this?

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Katherine Swift

I would expect that it may scratch or dent if the item is heavy or sharp enough.

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David

I make wall art using metallic and flat pigments in resins but many times my design flows right out and I lose it. What resin can I use that has very little movement besides my manipulations so I don’t lose my beautiful creations ?

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JOSE APARECIDO CUNHA

” Trabalho com Projeto e execução Arquitetônica, desenhos interiores e projeto de móveis. Minha área de interesse são as resinas epoxy e poliméricas; com especial atenção para execução de móveis, mesas e bancadas para cozinhas e salas em geral. Necessito informação, sobre aplicação e trabalhabilidade dos materiais, assim como fornecimento de materiais. Onde comprar.”

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Sharon Scheib

what resin would you recommend for a live edge wood cheese board. The live edges would face inward to form a “river” in the center of the board, and resin would be poured into it. I will need to sand or buff the edges or any imperfections to a perfectly clear finish.

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pamela valters

What would be the best resin for jewelry making using silicone molds and incorporating dried flowers leaves and wood?

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Monique Nessour

Can I use the Resin Obsession Super Clear to make my project/jewelry piece…let it cure… but then use the Ice Resin if I want to “dome” it (since the Resin Obsession is too thin)? Will the Ice Resin adhere to the Resin Obsession without having a “line” or “shadow” of the two different resins?

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Shane Grogan

Hi, just wondering if you could tell me the best resin to cover a table top so that its waterproof and clear

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Mariesa

I’m trying to make a round ice resin pendant but can’t seem to find any molds for the exact size I want, what else can I use to make it? I was thinking a plastic cup but I don’t want to ruin the resin?

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Todd

So much great information here! Is there a resin which can tolerate UV light and extreme cold temperatures of winter and also the heat from summers?

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Arielle

Hi there, I am interested in starting to work with resin to make jewelry (with dried flowers). I have asthma and must work indoors (no available outdoor space that is dust-free). I do have this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013SIIBME/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Is that good enough? Is there a resin that you recommend for asthmatics, like me? Esp as a beginner, and working inside my art-room in my house.

I have read so many posts and replies on this blog, and I can’t find an answer / suggestion. Which resin should I start with that will cause the least asthma flare ups and be best for see through pendants with flowers?

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Katherine Swift

Hi Arielle, you need to wear a respirator that is NIOSH approved for fumes. Because you are an asthmatic, I recommend speaking with a medical professional as to whether or not you should be using resin and which product is most appropriate.

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Cameron Waiters

Hello I just saw your video about resins on Youtube but I just want to make sure that I am choosing the right choice. I have this sketching notebook and I have some dried flowers, plants, mushrooms and other outdoor artifacts that I want to place on the cover and back of my sketching notebook and I want the resin to be clear when it cures. What do you recommend? Also I am a beginner.

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Cameron Waiters

Thank you for your earlier suggestion. My follow up question would be, what should i use for the mold or in other words how can i contain the resin around my sketchbook when i am pouring the resin on top of it? I have done some research and it is very difficult to find cheap acrylic panels to put around it. Do you know any places i can purchase them or maybe even some diy ways to do it?

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Dan McCallum

I am trying to make a 1 off epoxy resin cast. It is supposed to look like an NFL pylon for a trophy. I am thinking of using a 4″x4″x18″ wooden mold coated in tuch tape, sealed and then sprayed with mold release. Is Epoxy resin best for this purpose or should I be thinking of using a poly resin? Also would it best to cast standing up or laying down configuration.

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Katherine Swift

While it’s a neat idea, I’m afraid wood isn’t going to work well for a mold. It’s not going to be flexible enough to release the casting. If you’re interested, I offer consultations in 15 and 30 minute blocks if you want detailed help to get this done. Send a message through our contact page and I can reply with prices and availability.

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Brian Perryman

I’m wanting to make a river table, with live edge wood facing inwards, thus creating the river. Preferably food safe, for a coffee table. With color. What should I use for resin and color additive?

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Laural Miles

Hi, I’m making coasters and more, with art resin and following all instructions closely. It easily dents and marks with handling. Recoating scuffs with more epoxy just ends up wasting my material. I’m wondering if I can use a high gloss polyurethane topcoat to strengthen and protect the coasters surface? Thanks

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Laural Miles

Ok, unfortunately the 1.1 Art Resin supplies that I already bought stated the 1:1 art resin to be.. ‘strong, durable, solid and hard’. I’m now stuck with $250 dollars worth of resin that didn’t state ‘soft and dentable when fully cured’. I’m also not ok with paying additional return fees and restocking charges. I’m behind on deadlines and less than satisfied.

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Laural Miles

Furthermore and to be clear, the Art Resin coaster tutorial on the Art Resin website uses a 1:1 art resin to make coasters. The video did not recommended or even suggest using a better and different resin mixture. As a result.. of the product description and video tutorial.. I’m stuck with many soft coaster sets I cannot sell or give away because of the denting. As well as many hours of wasted effort and other wasted materials. Is there a Art Resin complaint process? Thanks

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Katherine Swift

I’m sorry to read the frustration in your message. I suggest them directly at artresin {dot} com.

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Mark Brown

If the resin was not mixed long enough, or you
scraped the sides of the container or was the piece
cured in uneven or cold temperatures, then it will not reach maximum hardness. I have used this
product with very good results.

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Fredda Roberts

I’m wanting to make clear paperweights, 3” to 4”, with dried flowers. What would be the best resin to use?

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eimear

Hey how do I prevent yellowing on resin over time? I am using resin to make jewellery (with a colored backround), I use Izabaro UV resin

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Katherine Swift

Unfortunately, all resins are going to yellow over time. Resins with UV inhibitors and stabilizers help extend the time before yellowing occurs. However, things such as mixing off ratio (even though it still can cure without tackiness), putting over an improperly cured lacquer, excessive heat, and or constant exposure to sunlight can speed up the yellowing process. How long the epoxy will last in its clear state is very difficult to predict.

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Sarah A.

Hello!
Hope you are well. I have a question about resin coating on acrylic pour coasters: I recently made coasters out of tiles and coated them with 1 layer of art (epoxy) resin. It’s been almost 2 weeks now and they have cured hard quite well. Only issue is that after testing them with an empty mug, I’ve noticed a few scratches where the bottom mug surface touched the resin. Also, when I tried to check the surface hardness, I somehow created a tiny dent with my fingernail. Is this a common issue with art resin or may it be a cause of poor mixing and prep?

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Katherine Swift

While I don’t have a lot of experience with Art Resin, I have heard this from others.

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Tee

I am new to working with resin. I want push my art further and experiment with resin art, in particular resin on wood and ceramic with alcohol inks, glitter, pigments and so on. Which resin would of recommend? Thanks in advance.

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Erika

I’m looking for a resin that dries clear and hard for use is silicone molds for jewellery and eventually dice. I need to be able to do at least some sanding as well. What would you suggest?

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Karen

Unfortunately, you sent me right back to the sites that prompted me to raise the question in the first place. Never mind…I will call the companies myself.

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Jennifer

What resin should I use for a 4″ sphere? It will need about 16oz of resin.

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Regina

Hi I’m very new with molds and castings. I have a cooked clay piece with several pieces attached on the outside of it. I would like to know what items I can use for making a mold of this item and for casting. I love all the answers you have given to other people and hope you have the time to answer my questions. Thank you for your time.

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