Using resin in molds to make crafts and jewelry is fun. Now you’ve decided to give it a try, but choosing your resin supplies can be overwhelming. Spend time on social and you see so many resin artists using so many different items. How are you supposed to know what you need to make resin crafts?
Especially without spending a lot of money.
Let me help.
Here’s your resin supply list, broken down into essential and optional things you need.
But. BEFORE you proceed down this list, I want to be sure you’re getting the right information.
✅ If you want to create with resin in molds, keep reading.
❌ But, if you want to use resin to paint on a surface, you’ll want this list instead: Epoxy pouring supply list
Essential resin casting supplies
This part of the resin supply list contains what you WILL need to make all the cool epoxy crafts you’re seeing everywhere.
1. Casting resin. Why do you need a casting resin? They cure durable and clear in molds. Casting resins release bubbles easily. That’s essential if you’re pouring resin in large amounts or once or thick layers in one pour.
💡 Pro tip: A resin is either a casting resin or a doming resin. If a company tells you that it is suitable for both, don’t use it for molds. Any resin that mixes thick enough for a coating will make microbubbles when used in a mold. And bubbles are the evil nemesis of resin crafts.
⭐️ BONUS: Here’s how you know which resin to use for your mold projects.
2. Mixing cups. You’ve got to get accurate measurements of your resin parts, otherwise, it might not harden. Mixing cups help you do that. Resin mixing cups have lines to get precise measurements of your resin and hardener.
3. Stirring Utensils. Plastic stir paddles are a great way to get your resin thoroughly mixed. They’re strong and wipe clean so you can use them over and over. Thorough mixing is essential to ensuring your resin cures without any sticky spots.
💡 Pro tip: The number one reason for sticky resin is incomplete mixing.
BONUS: Here’s more resin safety information.
5. A level surface for casting. Ensure your work area is flat and level when resting on the floor. You don’t want to pour resin into your molds only to find they don’t cure evenly.
6. Wax paper, freezer paper, or protective tarp. It’s impossible not to have a resin drip or spill somewhere when resin casting. (Just ask my favorite shorts.) By using something with a waxy surface to protect your work area, you can let spilled resin on the surface cure. Then, peel it off once it’s solid. You may even decide to throw it away since these materials are usually inexpensive.
7. Resin molds. I’m not going to lie. This is the most fun you’ll have with this resin supply list. Whether you want to use jewelry molds, coaster molds, or something else, you’ll have so much fun with this step.
💡 Pro tip: If you’re a resin beginner, start with an open mold without much detail. They’ll be the easiest for you to work with. You’ll be able to see bubbles quickly.
Here’s some of our customers’ favorite resin molds:
8. Mold release. This helps to release resin castings from your molds. Mold release also prolongs the life of your resin molds. Twisting and popping can warp your mold or produce micro-tears that reduce mold life. It’s also good to have if something goes wrong; it may be the only reason you can demold your resin charms.
⭐️ BONUS: Three reasons why I always use resin mold release.
Optional resin casting supplies
Those are the basic resin supplies you need to get started. If your budget allows it, here are some other supply items to add to your list.
9. Bright LED light. You’ll be able to see bubbles so much easier. (and get them out of your resin before it starts curing)
10. Resin colors. Colors designed for resin produce the most consistent results. They won’t impact curing or change colors when added to resin.
12. Sealant. You’ll need this to seal anything that changes color when it gets wet.
⭐️ BONUS: How to seal papers for resin.
Want to get started resin casting?
Try one of our beginner resin casting kits. With these kits, you get resin, a mold, supplies, and utensils to help you start casting your own treasures in resin.
Want a downloadable supply list for resin casting?
Sure! You can download it here: Resin supplies checklist
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