Believe it or not, I was once a beginner with resin. So I’m sure you figured that out before now. But, I tell you this because when I started with resin, whoa, I made some mistakes. And over the last 11 years of helping other with their resin projects, I see creatives making the same mistakes I did. I don’t want the excitement of your first resin project to turn into an ugly cry when you find a goopy, sticky, what did I do wrong, kinda mess. That’s why I’m sharing the five most common mistakes beginners make with resin.
Beginner mistake #1: You don’t read and follow the directions.
I get it. You want to get right to the fun stuff. You saw a friend craft with resin. Or you saw a video on youtube. Come on, how hard can this be?
Yeah, it can be that hard.
Stop and read the directions that come with your resin kit before you ever open the containers. For example
- Does your resin mix 1 to 1, 2 to 1, or something else?
- Should you mix by weight or by volume?
- How long does it take to cure?
Once you’ve read the directions, you need to follow them. Every resin has tailor-made instructions to ensure your resin cures.
Beginner mistake #2: Measuring willy-nilly
A capful of this. A spoonful of that. I mean, you have seen other people do it in their tutorials. So what’s the big deal?
Well, it isn’t a big deal if you don’t care about your resin curing every time.
You need to use measuring cups with lines to accurately measure your liquids.
And I know they can get expensive, but you can clean and reuse them.
Beginner mistake #3: Mixing quasi-completely
Of all the mistakes with resin, this is the one I see beginners make the most. You combine your parts and start mixing. After 30 seconds or so, you don’t see any more swirls, and everything looks uniform.
It’s mixed, right?
No, it isn’t. The resin along the side of the cup and mixing utensil isn’t mixed. You must scrape the sides and bottom of your cup and stirring stick at least three times while mixing.
⭐️ BONUS: This is how to mix resin in five easy steps.
Beginner mistake #4: Choosing the wrong resin for your project.
There is no one resin to rule them all. You need to do a little research before you buy resin.
Some are meant for coating surfaces. Some are meant for filling molds.
So how do you avoid this?
The easiest way is to get a copy of our resin buying guide. Plus, there’s a quiz on that page that makes it easy for you to know what resin you need to use.
Beginner mistake #5: Overestimating your abilities.
I love helping people with their projects. I share in their vision and excitement of creating something magnificent. That is until I get to the end of someone’s message when they reveal ‘and I’ve never done this before. Do you have any pointers?‘
Oh, dear. While some beginners are instant masters, for most, it takes time to develop skills.
What I’m trying to say here is to go easy. Start small. You can get this, but get good at the basics first. If you’re a resin beginner, here’s your beginner roadmap for resin success.
Wondering how you can avoid mistakes beginners make with resin?
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