I asked some of the best resin crafters I know for their advice on crafting with resin. Here’s what they had to say:
My best advice for people crafting with resin for the first time is not to be scared. First-timers have repeatedly told me that they bought a kit and were afraid to mix it.
Two essential primary techniques to getting resin right are:
1- Measure exact. As painful as it is to slow yourself down and get this right.
2-Mix well for one minute as if you are folding eggs. Then, 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 epoxy resin pour. You really can not go wrong at this point. Have fun and embed anything that you want.
— Susan Lenart Kazmer, mixed media artist
If you’re using paper or something else that can absorb liquid, seal it before putting it into the resin. Seal it with at least two or more coats of glue.
— 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 the resin and hardener in two separate cups. Use a permanent marker to mark the right amount on each cup (especially important when using a 2:1 ratio resin). 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) to re-use the cups with my resin crafting 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 cure properly, so it’s so important not to let that get to you.
— Jasmine Moore, Resin Obsession resinista
Resin is a versatile medium for creating jewellery, sculpture, artwork, and more. Make sure you measure the resin and hardener out carefully (according to the manufacturer’s instructions), as this is where most mistakes are made. There are loads of handy tips and resin 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!
— Kate Battes, Resin8
Don’t give up! It may be tricky at first with some disasters, but it’s worth figuring out because resin has many possibilities.
— Zell Lee, resinista, jewelry 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 nighttime pour. About 45 minutes before I call it a night, I mix and pour my resin. Then I babysit it for resin bubbles for about 30 minutes and head straight to bed. Then, 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. Also, I often bump the jewelry 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.
And if you have a cat, cover your curing pieces with a plastic 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 resin projects, I couldn’t remember what I had done to either have the outstanding results or resounding failures.
— Katherine Swift, author, resin jewelry artist, and owner of Resin Obsession
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