I admit it. I’m a hoarder. I’ve held onto my epoxy resin mistakes for the past fifteen years. I just can’t bear throwing them in the trash.
And I’ve heard from others that I’m not the only one who keeps their resin screwups.
Guess what? Keeping your epoxy mistakes can be pretty useful from time to time. Here are a few ideas on what you can do with your resin projects you don’t want to keep:
1. Abuse some
When you’re selling resin jewelry and crafts, you’re working hard to make art that people will enjoy for years. But, you’ll be amazed by how people can abuse what they bought from you.
Use some of your mistakes and put them in bad situations to discover exactly what happens.
What’s a bad situation?
*Constant water exposure
Once you know what happens to what you make, you can give customers the best advice for caring for resin.
2. Use them as practice pieces
Want to try side drilling some charms to string together as a bracelet but don’t want to risk ruining your good work? Try techniques you’re learning on your epoxy mistakes.
3. Experiment with them
You know those times when your mind begins to wander about, “I wonder if I can do this with resin…”
Now’s the perfect time to try that with your mistakes.
4. Turn your epoxy mistakes into samples
Can’t remember what resin looks like when sanded to different degrees? You can sand your epoxy mistakes with varying grits of sandpaper and label which ones you used. You can look at your samples and know where you go with your project.
5. Save them for customer samples
Maybe the bangle bracelet you made has bubbles. But it doesn’t mean the customer can’t put it on to get an idea of what wearing the bracelet is like. These also work great for customers. Especially when you worry that they will get dirt and grease all over your jewelry.
Like at craft festivals that also sell carnival food.
6. Show them in your craft fair booth
People love to see you’re not perfect. It makes them appreciate the lengths you go to make a quality product.
Plus, it shows them that epoxy resin isn’t always as easy as it may look.
7. Save them for class examples
My mistakes work great when I’m teaching resin classes. I can show people what can happen without actually having to intentionally mess up a project.
8. Recycle them into a new project
Cured resin chips work great to color a new resin project. (And you can use resin cup skins for this too.)
Cut up your epoxy mistakes and mix them into resin. That’s how you can make something like these terrazzo earrings.
9. Inspiration and appreciation
It shows you how far you’ve come and how you’ve improved.
But I bet your trying to avoid epoxy resin mistakes, to begin with.
Am I right?
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