The struggle is real, even for experienced resin artists and crafters. We have our challenges when it comes to casting resin. I recently asked a few of my resin friends what some of their biggest resin challenges are, despite their years of experience. Here’s what they had to say:
Like all of us, air bubbles! Even if you have the best resin and a bubble-free casting, air bubbles can pop out from an embedded object like a flower or plant. Controlling these air bubbles needs patience. Checking your casting many times before pouring into your mold could help 🙂
–Tania Padovan, mold maker, House of Molds
One of the biggest challenges I have working with resin is the time and space commitment that it takes to dry and cure my jewelry creations. I really enjoy creating on my kitchen table at home, away from the day-to-day business of running Nunn Design. Although I am certain that I could find a solution to create someplace else, my creative muse works best at the kitchen table. I also like that I am creating in a way that many of my customers create. Not everyone has the luxury of having a studio or an extra bedroom as a designated space for his or her art.
Over the years, I have become creative in my resin production process to work around these restrictions. One example is always working on glossy card stock so that the curing resin pieces can be easily moved around without disturbing them. I have designated cookie sheets that I place all my glossy cards onto, making it easy for me to transfer all of my curing pieces to another room if need be.
And I never start the resin mixing and pouring process when my kids are about to get off the school bus (well, I shouldn’t say never…there is a reason why I never do it ANYMORE!).
–Becky Nunn, founder and CEO, Nunn Design
My biggest challenge is being impatient. I can walk away from a project to let it cure, but it takes a lot of effort for me to patiently mix resin as long as is required. Five more minutes of mixing can feel like a lifetime, especially when it’s your second or third batch!!!
–Mona Schmitt, resin and mixed media crafter, CraftKlatch
I really struggle with cat hair from my studio kitty. She has a double coat and moults all year long. Even when she hasn’t been in the studio all day, there will be stray hairs floating in the air and I swear that they’re attracted to uncured resin!
–Mylene Hilliam, jewelry designer, resin crafter, Mill Lane Studio
One of the biggest challenges I have when working on Resin projects is perception. When I have an idea and want to work on it often I procrastinate, thinking that working with resin takes all this time. Once I get going on it I realize that it just takes a few minutes to mix and pour. The key is to have the product easy to access, with everything l need ready to go. When I am organized I am much more likely to play!
–Karen Bearse, paper crafter, mixed media artist, Karen Bearse Designs
Casting without bubbles – although we have resin that is amazing for casting it is still really difficult to avoid microbubbles, especially when embedding flowers and leaves in something like a bangle. The tiny bubbles cling to the edges of the flower and can be a real pain, if not impossible, to remove!
–Kate Battes and Clare John, resin artists and supply store, Resin8 UK
One of my biggest challenges with resin continues to be the “overpour.” Usually, I am too quick to pour the resin into a shallow bezel and once it starts to start to spill over the edge, the wicking effect makes it difficult to stop it. No matter how much you wipe the are and move the bezel, it still spills over.
The best way to handle the overpour is to just leave it. I move any other projects away from it and let my project get to a soft cure state. At about 12 hours, you can cut away the excess resin and even peel if off most metals.
–Carmi Cimicata, resin crafts and jewelry blogger, I Love Resin
I personally love a quick and easy craft. While resin is fairly easy to work with, it is not quick! I find that I am impatient when working with the product which leads to issues. I don’t get the mix right or I touch it before it is set! Patience….I must learn more patience!
–Angie Holden, crafter and lifestyle blogger, The Country Chic Cottage
One of many challenges is one I am facing today. I had plans to work with resin today, all prepped and ready to go! However, Mother Nature had other plans. It is a little cool and raining here today. Even with my dehumidifier, I am not going to be able to get to 50% humidity. I will have to choose a different task today!
–Marty Sanchez, Technician/Customer Service specialist, Environmental Technology
One of my biggest challenges with working with clear resin is having the patience to let it cure! Having to wait for clear resin to cure used to drive me crazy, especially because I normally don’t like to add just one layer of resin, but multiple. Nowadays, I have multiple projects going on at one time which allows me to concentrate on something else while I wait. In truth, even if I had to stare at a wall and wait for clear resin to cure, I would do it, because only resin gives my work the finished, polished look I’m after.
–Cat Kerr, resin, paper and mixed media artist, www.catkerr.com
The biggest challenge I have with resin is doing too much variety in one pour. I pile up projects and stuff I want to resin and then try and do them all in one pour i.e. a clear coat on something I am sealing, an open bezel with colour, a picture with sparkles, etc. The problem with this is that there is inevitably cross over of stuff, like an unwanted sparkle in my painting, colour in my bezel, etc.
Also, in using the same resin for each of these projects I may not be using the right resin for the right project. For example, if you want a doming effect you cannot cut corners. If you want a super shiny finish the best resin is Super Clear Resin Obsession Resin. I need to focus my work on similar items/projects and pour more often!
–Penny Reid, resin crafter and Resin Obsession resinista
I hate sanding or having to fill voids in my castings. I always try to overfill a bit knowing the resin will shrink as it cures. It always takes me a few times to get to know a mold on knowing how much resin to pour to get it to demold as perfect as possible.
–Katherine Swift, CEO and creative director, Resin Obsession
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