Casting with epoxy is a lot of fun. Until it isn’t. Despite your efforts, you’re not getting the effect you expected and you’ve got a mess on your hands. And you might be thinking, ‘Why does this work for other people but not for me?’
Here’s what I know from my 15 years of casting with epoxy.
Epoxy resin wants to make beautiful art. It’s our job to give it the loving, nurturing, mistake-free environment to let that happen.
Unless of course, you like learning the hard way.
In that case, here are 10 ways to mess up casting with epoxy.
Option 1: Measure your resin and hardener haphazardly.
Don’t worry about resin directions. It’s not like they’re precisely written to make sure your resin cures. So if a resin kit says measure 2 to 1 by volume, simply guess. And don’t use resin mixing cups, either. The lines on the cups to get accurate measurements are overrated anyway.
Or, you can learn how to measure and mix epoxy resin to avoid sticky, uncured resin.
Option 2: Mix your resin and hardener — good enough — together.
Or, you can know when you’re resin is fully mixed.
Option 3: Fail to learn the details about the resin you are using.
All resin details are the same. They all mix the same way. They all cure the same way. Whatever you did with the last resin you used totally works for this one too.
Or, you can learn details like mixing ratios, cure times and best uses in this resin buying guide.
Option 4: Give yourself too little time to work with epoxy.
You’ve got 30 minutes. That’s plenty of time to prep a resin mold, mix and color resin, add it to the mold, get out bubbles and clean up. And besides, you love that last-minute rush of resin curing in the mixing cup before you’ve used it all.
Option 5: Don’t get everything you need together until after mixing the resin.
Don’t try to plan ahead. Once you mix resin, you’ll remember everything you want to add to it. And besides, you can press that resin curing pause button, so you’ve still got all the pot time you need.
Option 6: Pick a project that is over your skill level.
It doesn’t matter that you’ve never tried casting with epoxy before. You’ll be a master from the beginning. Pick the craziest, most complicated, complex project you can think of. You’ll get it perfect the first time. Besides, you’ve got endless time and resources.
Or, you can learn what every resin beginner needs to know.
Option 7: Overlook other things that can impact your resin casting.
As long as the resin is right, nothing else matters. Don’t worry about room temperature. And having a level resin surface. Overrated! The resin will know it’s unlevel and fix itself of divots and fish eyes.
Or, you can make sure your room is the perfect warm hug your resin needs.
Option 8: Choose any resin for your project.
All resins are the same. If you don’t believe me, ask anyone at the big box crafting store. They’ll tell you that any resin works for casting. (and then ask what casting with epoxy means)
Or, you can arm yourself with the knowledge of how to choose the best epoxy for your project.
Option 9: Add anything you want to color resin.
Resin doesn’t care what you add to it. It cures no matter what! And it will look the same regardless of what you add to it. Resin is pretty easy like that.
Or, you can learn how to color epoxy so it looks its best.
Option 10: When something goes wrong, blame it on the resin.
Operator error never happens when casting with epoxy. That’s why you can’t find resin troubleshooting articles. Nothing ever goes wrong.
Or, you can learn about the five things you need to know before crafting with epoxy.
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