Top 10 tips for the resin beginner, shared by Kate Ledum
When I asked my resin friends, experts and resinistas for their advice for resin success, (which I shared last week in the post Seven experts share their advice for crafting with resin) resinista Kate Ledum didn’t stop with one tip. Kate was kind enough to share her top ten list of tips for success for the resin beginner.
1. Never be afraid to try something new. Think of what you’re doing as an experiment. Then, if it doesn’t turn out exactly as you planned, you might discover something new. It’s how I deal with my perfectionist anxiety.
2. Always wear gloves. Nitrile gloves are great. They’re durable yet thin enough you can feel what you’re doing, unlike a lot of plastic gloves like come in most of the resin kits or hair colouring kits.
3. Always cover your work surface. Wax paper works wonderfully for this.
4. Wear clothes that can be ruined. Resin drips will not come out of clothing.
5. If your crafting table sits over nice carpet, put down a drop cloth wider than the area you’re working in.
6. Mix SLOWLY and scrape the sides and bottom of your cup often. Here’s how you can mix resin and hardener in five easy steps.
7. Cure your resin in a location that’s level.
8. Avoid touching your project until it’s cured. Look on the instructions that came with the resin kit to know when that will be.
9. Relax, you can fix most “boo-boos”.
10. Always keep in mind a piece of great advice from Bob Ross: “There are no mistakes, only happy little accidents.”
All great advice, that deserved its own post. 🙂 If you are interested in some of Kate’s other posts, be sure to check out her latest tutorial on How to make a resin coaster.
What other resin beginner advice has been helpful for you?
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