Originally written November 2011. Updated April 2019.
Clear Casting Resin
Resin jewelry making often uses clear casting resin. Resin is a liquid plastic which hardens after a chemical reaction. Heat is generated when the hardener is mixed with the base resin in the case of two-part resin kits. The heat causes the liquid material to harden. There are several clear casting resin categories: epoxy resin, polyurethane resin and polyester resin.
Characteristics of clear casting resin
These resins have a high gloss finish, water-clear clarity (although some may cure with an amber tint), hard finish and resistance to moisture, but UV light resistance can vary. For resin jewelry making, a resin containing extra UV additives to prolong the time until yellowing occurs is the ideal choice.
Clear casting resin applications
The clarity of this resin makes it ideal for making water reproductions in railroad and gaming scenery. Clear casting resins can make car lenses for automotive restorations. One of its most popular purposes is making resin jewelry embedded with found or personal items.
With the look of glass, it can simulate stained glass windows, whether clear or colored. This resin preserves pictures, found objects or other small collage pieces. Because of this, artists can make one-of-a-kind jewelry by layering the resin with other elements to create a three-dimensional effect.
The resin can be colored with resin colors to transform the water-clear resin from clear all the way to opaque, allowing artists to create nearly any look imaginable. Jewelry artists can create resin gems with a transparent or translucent clarity. Some even apply tinted resin to metal just like paint.
While in the past resin jewelry has often been linked to poor quality mass productions, that is not the case today. Artists and designers often use resin in jewelry designs sold to galleries and high end stores, because resin jewelry has a wide range of appeal. Resin jewelry can be colorful and whimsical. Resin plays an important part in making unique mixed media pieces.
Need a clear casting resin for your project?
The Resin Obsession super clear resin is a crystal clear casting resin that works great for jewelry and small crafting projects. Because it mixes in a thin viscosity, it is easy for bubbles to escape. Vacuum or pressure casting is unnecessary. Achieving bubble free, crystal clear resin castings has never been this easy!
This resin is an excellent jewelry quality resin for molds and bezels to make exquisite jewelry. Here’s a recent review:
“It can be really difficult to find a good resin but this one is perfect. It is super clear and the bubbles weren’t difficult to remove. Love it.”
It cures hard enough that it can be polished with rotary tools and polishing compound. In addition, this resin has the brightness and shine of glass!
Here’s what another user had to say:
“I struggled a lot with different resins that either filled with bubbles or wouldn’t flow into smaller, narrow molds right. I really do genuinely like this resin, it doesn’t bother my head, it is very thin, it has a good work time, and I think I’ll keep buying more! The price is worth the save in headaches and getting clear resin pieces.”
It cures very hard, making it an ideal choice for resin jewelry projects. Even when cast thin, this resin is very durable.
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