I started crafting with epoxy resin in 2006. And ignorance was not bliss. In fact, there were a few things I wish I had known upfront. It definitely would have saved me from calling the resin foul things like unibrow puff grizzle or squirmy skirt dollop. So if crafting with epoxy resin is something you want to try. (and I hope you still do). Here’s what you need to know first.
1. You’re not going to be good at crafting with epoxy resin right away.
It will take a few tries to get beyond the goopy, sticky resin mess stage. But…
Don’t be hard on yourself when this happens. When you think about it, this isn’t any different than anything else, right? We aren’t perfect drivers the first time behind the wheel or expert pastry chefs the first time we get in a kitchen.
So why expect crafting with epoxy for art to be any different? There are so many skills to learn and build upon.
And how do you do that?
I’ve got a resin road map for beginners to get you there.
2. Don’t blame it on the resin.
As hard as it is to hear this, the reason you have a resin disaster on your hands is almost always from operator error. Unfortunately, resin is not very forgiving of mistakes. I’ve learned the hard way that improper techniques can result in a mess.
3. Keep a journal.
Know that you WILL make mistakes. It’s easier to troubleshoot your resin problems if you know exactly what you did.
The easiest way to do that is to keep a resin journal. Write everything down, no matter how insignificant it might seem. Record things like:
- what epoxy resin you used
- how much you mixed of each part
- how you used it
- what you included in the resin
- your room temperature
- room humidity
If something goes wrong, you’ll be able to identify patterns. Plus, it’s easier for a resin expert to help you if you’ve got this information.
If you’re looking for resin help, look no further than your friends in the Resin Obsession forum. You’ll get help with your resin questions and connect with other artists.
4. Pick a crafting spot that can get messy.
It doesn’t matter how careful you are. You’ll get drips, ink stains, glue, and all kinds of glittery, cured resin stuck to your work area. Pick somewhere to craft where this isn’t a big deal (or have a creative answer for how those drips got on your kitchen counters).
5. Good lighting is essential.
You have got to see what you’re doing when creating with clear casting resin. Whether measuring or looking for bubbles, a bright light LED makes things much easier to see.
Crafting with epoxy resin should be fun and easy from the beginning.
It’s why I wrote the book, Resin Fundamentals. It has the resin essentials you need to know for crafting with epoxy like a pro. Buy the ebook now and get a download link in minutes.
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