Basic Tips To Learn Resin Casting Quickly And Easily

resin casting basicsSo you want to try casting with resin.

You’ve got ideas.
You’ve got goals.
And you want to do this all while avoiding a big mess and expensive mistake.

Now you’re trying to figure out where to start.

Let me start off by saying what you’re feeling right now is a good thing.

Why?

Because it forces you to understand resin before you create with resin.

While I love seeing resin videos on social, you can’t learn how to master epoxy resin in 15-second bursts. In fact, it took me a couple of years to feel like I was good at it.

But don’t worry, it’s not going to take you that long. Promise.

How about I share with you the basic resin casting details to get you started making your first masterpiece?

Cool.

Let’s start with the word ‘casting’ and why it’s important .

Casting is NOT coating.

Casting means you’re pouring the resin into something, then letting it cure. That’s opposed to pouring the resin over a surface, which is coating.

So, if you want to create resin art where you’re using epoxy as a coating, you’ll want to go here:  The Ultimate Guide to Making Epoxy Art

Checking in — if you’re still here, that means you want to pour resin into something.

Cool. Let’s continue with the basic resin casting with a mold.

Step 1:  Use a casting resin

clear casting epoxy

Casting resins are a watery consistency. This resin type lets bubbles rise quickly and ensure your projects cure crystal-clear.

The Resin Obsession super clear resin is the perfect resin for your small projects (pours of 3 ounces or less).

 

Step 2:  Gather other supplies

 

supplies for resin casting

This includes:

Mixing cups
Stirring utensils
Resin molds
Mold release
Heat gun
Resin colorsglitters, found objects, etc.
Protective gloves
Paper towels, baby wipes, and acetone to clean up spills

⭐️ BONUS: Want to know what else you might need? Check out our beginner supply checklist.

Step 3:  Understand the directions

epoxy mixing instructions

This is a resin casting basic of all basics you HAVE to get right.

I know because I’ve screwed this up. (and maybe you have too already)

Once you have your epoxy resin, read the directions. Then re-read the directions. You need to fully understand your resin and what it can AND can’t do.

Here are four details you need to know:

1. How much resin (part A) and how much hardener (part B) to mix together, either by weight or volume.

2. The minimum and maximum mixing amounts of the resin. If too little resin and hardener are mixed together, it won’t cure. If too much is mixed together, it may cure in your mixing cup.

3. The pot time. This is how much time you have to work with the resin mixture before it starts to cure.

4. The cure time. This is the time when your resin is fully hardened.

⭐️ BONUS: If you buy resin at Resin Obsession, we’ve got all that information for you in our resin buying guide.

Step 4:  Measure

measuring epoxy resin and hardener into graduated resin mixing cups

Carefully measure the resin and hardener. Use graduated mixing cups to get the most accurate measurements.

💡 Pro tip: There’s a 98% chance your resin kit is meant to be mixed by volume. While you can measure by weight, you’ll use up hardener faster and end up using having leftover epoxy.

 

Step 5:  Mix

mixing clear resin

Mix both liquids together. Scraping your cup sides and stirring utensil during the process too. Mix until your resin is clear and streak-free.

💡 Pro tip: The number one reason for sticky resin is undermixing.

⭐️ BONUS: Want more help on this topic? Check out how to mix resin and hardener.

This is the step where you will also want to add colors, glitter, mica powders, etc., into your resin.

⭐️ BONUS: If you aren’t sure how to do that, check out this article on how to color clear epoxy resin.

Step 6:  Pour the resin

pouring epoxy into a silicone mold

Cast the resin into your mold. Look for bubbles and remove them with a toothpick or heat gun. Check again several minutes later. Sometimes bubbles will rise to the surface as the resin continues to heat up.

Cover your mold with a plastic container to keep hair and dust off of it while the resin cures. Then, allow it to cure.

Step 7:  Demold

demolding resin charms from a silicone mold

Twist and remove the resin from the mold.

Step 8:  Finish

sanding charm edge

Sand down any rough or uneven edges.

⭐️ BONUS: How to sand resin

adding e6000 glue to a heart charm

Finish your resin charms as desired. Gluing magnets to the back with E6000 means you can put them on your refrigerator.

 

heart charms made with resin

Pat yourself on the back. You just learned the resin casting basics without spending hours on TikTok.

Want to see how to do this? Learn basic resin casting techniques in this short video:




Want to learn more about basic resin casting? Then you will want to get your copy of Resin Fundamentals.  I wrote this book with the resin beginner in mind. It will take you from confused to confident with resin in only a couple of hours. Buy the ebook now and get a download link to your email in minutes.

 

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Like this post? You may be interested in  The Simple Steps To Casting Resin In Silicone Molds

13 thoughts on “Basic Tips To Learn Resin Casting Quickly And Easily

  1. I AM TRYING TO PUT RESIN ON A NARROW CROSS TO USE OUTSIDE. BUT WHEN I USED THE POURING METHOD IT DOESN’T WORK. HOW CAN I USE A PAINT BRUSH TO DO 1 SIDE AT A TIME?

    1. You will need to place it horizontal, then dome the resin on one side. Allow it to cure, then flip it over and repeat.

  2. Hi, dis product are not easy to get in my country. So difficult any supplier shop here kindly help plz. I’m in Nigeria.

  3. This article would be a lot more helpful if it included all pertinent information instead of including several separate links. Just include the information

  4. I am an author…. and I am wanting to create “interesting” elements to help promote my books at signings…
    I thought about learning this resin crafting….

    So as a GREENER THAN GREEN beginner…. ( I haven’t purchased anything yet) I need to learn from the bottom !

    I have placed moulds I like in my cart, along with tiny items to place INSIDE the moulds…..

    What do I need to do to accomplish what I see in my head !!! As the finished product ??

    I have enclosed me email, easier for your replies !!
    Thanks

    Debbi

    1. Hi Debbi, welcome to the world of resin. You are going to love it! I’ve got a couple of books to get you started!
      Resin Fundamentals teaches you the basics of resin, regardless of what you are going to make. You can buy it in our store here: https://shop.resinobsession.com/collections/books/products/resin-jewelry-fundamentals-ebook
      If you want to focus more on jewelry and crafts, my Resin Jewelry Making book is a better fit. It also includes information on how to use molds to make specific projects. You can buy it here: https://shop.resinobsession.com/collections/books/products/resin-jewelry-making

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