I asked 6 of the best resin crafters I know, plus threw in a tip of my own, for their advice for crafting with resin. While the question was directed as help for beginners, perhaps even experienced resin crafters can see some ‘room for improvement’ when it comes to resin casting and crafting.
My best advice for people using resin for the first time is to not be scared. First-timers have over and over told me that they bought a kit and were afraid to mix it.
Two major important techniques to getting resin right is…
1- Measure exact. As painful as it is to slow yourself down and really get this right.
2-Mix well for one minute as if you are folding eggs. Scrape the spatula and the bottom of the cup to get it all mixed well.
That’s it! You are on your way to getting a perfect resin pour. You really can not go wrong at this point. Have fun and embed anything that you want.
— Susan Lenart Kazmer, developer and creative director of ICE Resin
If you’re using paper or something else that can absorb liquid, be sure to seal it before putting it into resin. Seal it with at least 2 or more coats of sealant.
— Kate ‘Rijacki’ Ledum, resinista and chief designer, Rijacki Design
Measure, measure, measure! Measure accurately, and then check again that you have the correct quantities. I find it helpful to measure out the resin and hardener in two separate cups. Use a permanent marker to mark the correct quantity on each cup (especially important when using a 2:1 ratio resin) and then get down to the cups at eye level to check you’ve measured accurately. I also like to mark those cups as R and H (Resin and Hardener) or A and B (or whatever the manufacturer has called the two separate components) so that I can re-use the cups throughout my resin session.
— Mylene Hillam, resinista, author, and jewelry designer, Mill Lane Studio
Never get discouraged, and always keep experimenting. There are 101 reasons why resin won’t cast properly, so it’s so important to not let that get to someone, and figuring out as much as you can allows mess ups and mistakes happen less, plus it’s just fun.
— Jasmine Moore, Resin Obsession resinista
Resin is a super versatile medium for creating jewellery, sculpture, artwork, and more. Make sure you measure the resin and hardener out carefully (according to the manufacturers instructions) as this is where most mistakes are made. There are loads of handy tips and tutorials online to guide you through the basics of using resin. Read the health & safety guidelines and above all don’t be scared of resin!
— Clare John and Kate Battes, jewelry designers, entrepreneurs, web developers, Resin8
Don’t give up! It may be tricky at first with some disasters but it’s worth figuring out because there are lots of possibilities with resin.
— Zell Lee, resinista, jewelry designer and mixed media artist, Asana Natural Arts
Consider pouring resin in the evening when crafting with resin. My best resin pours are usually easy to attribute to a night time pour. About 45 minutes before I am going to call it a night I mix and pour my resin. Then I babysit it for bubbles for about 30 minutes and head straight to bed. In the morning, I wake up to a nice piece well on the way to a finished cure.
When I pour resin during the day, I end up poking at it or trying to add last-minute inclusions. I often bump the bezels and there was the famous incident when my sleeve brushed across the table picking up 6-8 curing pieces. So, the less chance I have of disturbing the initial pour, the better things end up for me. Oh, and if you have a cat, do cover your curing pieces with a Tupperware type bowl…..
— Carmi Cimicata, jewelry artist, resin blogger, I Love Resin
Keep a journal of your resin activities. I found when I went to demold my first projects a few hours to days later, I couldn’t remember what I had done to either have the outstanding results or resounding failures.
— Katherine Swift, entrepreneur, author, resin jewelry artist, chief resinista, Resin Obsession
When I asked this question on our social media channels this week, I also got some great tips from our readers:
My 6 year old says, ‘Don’t drink it’. — Kathryn P. on Facebook
Wear an outfit that you don’t care about because if you spill resin on your clothes, mixed or not it’ll ruin your clothes!!! R.I.P. My favorite Hello kitty pajamas???? –– preciousartcreations on Instagram
Cover your working area because you will spill. — rubybijou on Instagram
Want more help crafting with resin?
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