If you are asking yourself, ‘What kind of resin should I use?’, let out a big sigh. You’re in the right place.
And I get why you’re confused about what to buy. There are so many out there promising the life of pi in the sky. All the descriptions start sounding the same and you decide maybe this isn’t for you.
Hang with me. I’m going to go off-topic for a moment. (and I PROMISE you can make something gorgeous)
Let’s pretend you’re on your way to an office party potluck dinner, and you’ve agreed to bring a cake. You head to your favorite grocery, grab the first cake you see, and run off to the party. It’s only after you’ve put it on the table and peoples’ eyes go wide that you find out that it’s fruitcake. (Sorry, fruitcake lovers, but that stuff is gross.) And even worse, you’re now the butt of the office party jokes, and your secret Santa gets you fruitcake gifts for eternity.
Do you see how you need an idea of what you want the cake for before you ever buy the cake?
So if you were to ask me, ‘What kind of resin should I use?’ I’ll ask, ‘What are you making?’
Because you need to know WHAT you’re making with resin BEFORE you buy it.
Just like that fruitcake, no one formula works for every situation. And anyone who tells you differently is a nickel-plated duck dollop.
💡 Pro tip: If you’re a beginner, I cannot stress here enough that you need to start with an epoxy resin. Why? Relatively speaking, epoxy is the easiest to work with. It’s the most forgiving of beginner resin mistakes, plus it’s the easiest to mix and measure.
So now you may be asking yourself, “What kind of epoxy should I use?”
Once again, it depends on what you want your final project to look like. Here’s the BIG THING to know the answer to when choosing a specific epoxy:
Are you filling a space or coating a surface?
If you’re pouring it into something, like a mold or a space for a river table, you want a casting resin. These are low-viscosity resins that release bubbles easily and can be poured in thick layers. Because they are so watery though, they will run off the side or make fish eyes on a resin surface, so they aren’t suitable for countertops or artwork.
If you’re pouring resin onto something to create a glossy surface, you want a doming resin. This kind of coating resin is high-viscosity to make sure it evenly levels after applying to a surface. While some will still run over the sides when adding it to a flat surface (for example — applying resin to a canvas print), it will cling to the surface and give a shiny finish. Know too, that the thickness of the formula makes it harder to remove bubbles. Be sure to have a heat gun handy to go over the surface to pop bubbles.
⭐️ BONUS: If you’re ready to go down the resin rabbit hole with me, I’ve got even more good stuff for you explaining the types of epoxy.
And you can get a copy of our [FREE] Guide to Choosing a Resin
Awesome! You’ve picked a type. Now what?
If you’re wondering where you can buy clear epoxy, Resin Obsession has you covered. Choose from multiple formulas to help you make something amazing.
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Now to be completely honest here, what we sell might be more than you need.
Like if crafting with resin is just a bucket list thing, then any resin can help you make that.
You don’t need one with
✅ top-notch UV protection
✅ the highest safety level designation
✅ made in small batches to give you the freshest product possible.
That big box store stuff that’s been there so long it looks like a doctor’s office urine specimen (might) work for a bucket list project.
And as an added bonus, our resin kits are blessed with kitty kisses. At no charge.
If epoxy is so great, why would I use anything else?
Once you’ve got advanced skills, there are a couple other formulas to try.
You might be in a situation where you need a project to cure quickly. In that case, you will want to use a quick-curing polyurethane resin. These usually fully harden in under thirty minutes, so you can make a project and have it ready to use or wear in under an hour. Unfortunately though, this formula is very moisture sensitive. Any amount of water will make the resin bubble and cure looking like a sponge. It’s also not a resin I recommend for beginners since you only have 1 to 1 1/2 minutes to mix and pour it into your silicone molds.
If you’re working in molds, you might want to try a polyester. These resins cure hard and are generally cheaper than epoxy. But they STINK and don’t have a long shelf life. If you want to try type, here’s what else you should know before using polyester resin.
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