One of the snappy things about resin (besides using it to make a candy necklace) is that it works for people in different ways. So over time, many of us have learned resin casting tricks to make things easier. Here’s what a few of my favorite resin artists shared are their favorite resin casting tricks.
Trick 1: Heat gun
My favorite trick is using a heat gun or embossing tool to pop bubbles in resin. It has saved me with so many projects.
-Jasmine Moore, resinista blogger at Resin Obsession
Trick 2: Use contact adhesive
Got a sizeable open-backed bezel that packing tape won’t cover? Try using contact adhesive instead. It has a bit more stick than packing tape, so you might find that some sticky residue is left behind. Here are three ways to make light work of cleaning it off:
* Place the item in the freezer for half an hour. This can help the tape release more quickly, leaving behind less gummy residue;
* Gently rub it off with methylated spirits (denatured alcohol); or
* Spray it with WD-40 lubricant and gently rub it with the pad of your finger. Clean up with a paper towel to remove any greasiness before washing it clean.
-Mylene Hillam, jewelry artist and resin blogger, Mill Lane Studio
Trick 3: Precision tips
My favorite trick (albeit a costly extra step) is mixing a batch of resin and then pouring it into a bottle with a yorker cap. The cap gives me much more control in putting resin where I want it without dealing with drips and overpours when using a cup and stick.
Trick 4: Cookie cutters
Using texture tiles and cookie cutters with Silly Putty is fun because it can be so unique.
-Kate Ledum, resinista at Resin Obsession, mixed media crafter and artist, Rijacki Design
Trick 5: Use powder
Baby powdering and warming the silicone rubber mold up before casting resin are by far my favorite tricks. The baby powder releases the surface tension of the silicone rubber, eliminating air bubbles, and the temperature helps the resin cure faster.
-Carol Wedlake, technical service, Alumilite
Trick 6: Don’t waste it
I set up more molds and projects than I need, as I hate to waste resin. So sometimes I get a little extra pair of earrings or a ring with my leftover resin.
-Linda Carmichael, resin jewelry artist, owner Make Me Mold Me
Trick 7: Clean up
Always have gel alcohol hand sanitizer and baby wipes when working with resin. It is the best stuff to help get resin off you or anything else you may accidentally get resin on. Easy trick but worth it.
-Ellen Anderson, resin artist, @EllenAndersonArt
Trick 8: Pour out extra resin
Our favourite trick is saving excess resin mix on an acrylic sheet to chop up and use in other pieces later.
-Kate Battes, resin artist and UK resin supplier, Resin8 UK
Trick 9: Get it warm
I think my best resin casting tricks is to warm it up, especially if you are in colder climates. Warm – not hot! It mixes better, and it keeps the bubbles down too.
-Mona Schmitt, resin and mixed media crafter, Craft Klatch
Trick 10: How to scrape off cured epoxy
Here’s how you get spilled epoxy resin off your glass tabletop. First, place boiling water on an old towel or rag and place it over the epoxy. Then, wait a few minutes and use a putty knife or another flat tool to get up under the epoxy and pop it off gently. This works like a charm. It needs to be a hard surface that water will not damage.
-Marty Sanchez, technical service specialist, ETI
Trick 11: Learn about soft cure time
Learn when the soft cure time of your resin happens. You can do much during this time should you have made a mistake. I found this out when I was doming resin and went back later to check my pieces. The resin was so syrupy that I couldn’t get the microbubbles to pop. So instead, I pushed them over the side of my piece. Once the resin had cured to where it was rubbery, I found out I could peel it right off! Now, when I drip resin over the sides of my bezels and such, I don’t panic. I set a timer to go back in so many hours and peel the resin off. Anytime I don’t have to sand off excess resin is a win.
-Katherine Swift, author, artist and creative director, Resin Obsession
Want to learn other resin casting tricks?
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