You decided to give casting in resin molds a try. You mixed your resin thoroughly and were beyond excited to find it cured solid. Then you pushed it out of the mold and immediately felt a twinge of disappointment. Why does the resin have an edge? Like why did the resin do this?
You made more resin crafts, only to find out
- It happens whether you use plastic or silicone molds.
- It happens with any resin formula.
- It happens whether you use resin colors or keep it clear.
Ready for the good news?
You didn’t do anything wrong.
Then what the heck is going on?
Let’s take a closer look. You should notice the resin that touched the mold surface cured as you expected. It’s the back part of the mold (the side exposed to air) that cured with a sharp edge.
[Hang with me for the next 30 seconds.]
It has to do with heat and surface tension.
Do you remember your resin warming up when you mixed it? Well, hot things like to expand. So when you poured your resin into the mold cavity, it took up more space than it did later — after it cooled off.
The thing is though, the resin in the center shrank, but it didn’t shrink away from the mold sides. That’s due to surface tension. It’s why when you demold, there’s an edge on your resin, and you wonder what you did wrong.
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What can you do to prevent a resin edge?
You overfill your mold a smidge, knowing the resin will shrink a little bit.
How much exactly is a smidge?
Well. I don’t have an exact answer for you, but here’s how I approach it.
Fill your mold cavity so that the resin is level with the side of the mold. Then, add more resin until it rises slightly above the edge of the mold. This might only take a few drops of resin but could take more depending on the size of the recess.
Pro tip: The more you use a resin, the more you will get a feel for how much you need to overpour so that it shrinks to level while curing.
Do you need to fix a resin edge?
Yes. These edges can be sharp enough to scuff a table or scratch someone.
How do you fix a resin edge?
You have two options:
Option 1: Sand
Use sandpaper or a rotary tool to remove the sharp edge.
Pro tip: While using a rotary tool takes off resin quickly, it’s easier to have a WHOOPS moment. I’ve never accidentally sanded off too much resin when using sandpaper.
Option 2: Add more resin
Apply a flood coat of resin to the side with an edge.
Pro tip: You must use a resin that mixes thick and is meant for giving coatings if you’re going to fix it this way. The Resin Obsession crystal doming resin is perfect for this step.
Either method will smooth out your resin edge.
For extra punches on your Resin Obsession card, you can watch this five-minute video where I dive into more of the details on the two repair options.
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