So you’ve decided to give resin a try. Awesome. You’re in for a fun way to make art, crafts, and jewelry–even if you’re one of the many resin beginners that come here.
But you know what makes me sick?
Besides gas station sushi 🤢
When amazing creatives like you get dragged down with resin details.
Especially when they’re inaccurate, misleading, or don’t tell the full story.
I’m guessing this isn’t the first page you’ve read today about how to make resin crafts.
I’ve been a resin artist for more than 17 years, and I’m not going to lie to you. Many days, especially in the beginning, are hard. Like ugly cry hard.
When I started crafting with epoxy, I had to figure it all out myself. And made of ton of mistakes in the process.
So the first thing you should know:
The overwhelm or hesitancy you’re feeling right now is not unexpected.
It’s normal not to want to
*squander your time
*waste your money
*create something ugly
That’s why I’m guessing you’re searching for a resin for beginners. Because you want to get your resin project right the first time.
And you’re not wrong for searching for that. But…
That’s NOT what you need.
More on that in a minute…
The second thing you should know:
I’ve lived all the resin stuff.
And I’m not some rando using AI to write about resin because I’ve been hired to do it. Besides, many of those people know nothing about the topic. I know because they plagiarize this article all. the. time.
And if that’s not enough for you, I’ve got resin drips on my countertops to prove my love and commitment to the stuff. 😆
Yes, I want you to buy resin supplies at Resin Obsession, but I do have a conscience. I’m going to give you the best freakin’ resin advice I have. Then, you can decide if we’re a good fit for each other.
Ready to press the easy button?
Good. Here are the steps you need to take.
Misconception 1: Any resin works to make any project.
NOT, buying a ‘resin for beginners,’ then trying to make it fit your project.
After you’ve got your project, answer this question:
Are you using the resin as a coating or to fill a space?
Whoa, this is a lot of questions. Like, I didn’t know there was going to be a test.
No test. But…
I see a lot of resin beginners buy resin before they ever know what they’re going to make. And then they wonder why they have
*Bubbles (which should be #21 on this list)
*Fish eyes, divots, and dimples
*Uncured, sticky resin
You don’t need to buy a resin for beginners. You do need to buy the right resin for what you want to make. Being a resin beginner is irrelevant.
You need to know whether you need the resin to coat a surface or fill a space. Because…
Resin for coatings is not the same as resin for filling.
So, if you want a shiny, glossy finish on
Then you want to use a resin for coating, also known as doming resins. You’ll get that beautiful, glass-like finish that covers evenly.
If you want crystal-clear
Then you want a casting resin. They’re able to cure bubble-free and durable.
The good news is that Resin Obsession sells both epoxy types.
I’ve got more resin reading for you beginners if you want extra credit points for that non-existent test:
By the way, getting the right resin for your project is 90% of making something beautiful.
Misconception 2: Where you use resin isn’t important
Working with resin can be messy. (Or, in my case, will be messy.)
You need to protect your area to ensure the resin doesn’t ruin your desk or table. You can use a silicone baking mat as a protector or tape a garbage bag to your table.
⭐️ BONUS: If you don’t have either of those items, here are surfaces resin won’t stick to.
Misconception 3: Resin safety is overrated.
Resin kits are chemicals. You should treat them with care and respect. (Much like a Nirvanna CD from 1992) Wear safety gloves and work in a well-ventilated work area.
Now I can’t make you do anything. I fail at getting three teenage boys to pick up their dirty socks.
So instead, go into it with the ‘safety third’ mantra from this guy.
SPOILER: It explains that we can’t expect every possible outcome. Beginners need to do what they think is best for keeping themselves safe when crafting with resin.
Misconception 4: Besides resin, it doesn’t really matter what else you use.
Besides resin, you’ll need measuring cups, mixing utensils, and safety gloves. You’ll probably want resin colors and resin molds for your beginner project.
And these are supplies designed to be used with resin. Because you can’t use any mold with resin.
And the cool thing is that the Resin Obsession store only sells the supplies I use. So if you need help with those supplies, you can rest easy knowing I’ve got first-hand experience using them.
Misconception 5: Mix the resin, then figure it out.
Plan your project steps before you start. Once you mix the resin, you only have a limited time to use it. You don’t want to waste precious time figuring out the details of your resin project (which is a common challenge for beginners).
⭐️ BONUS: If you’re stuck for ideas, here are 15 easy crafts perfect for resin beginners.
Misconception 6: All resins mix the same.
Carefully measure and thoroughly mix your resin. Then, use your resin right away. You only have a limited time to use it once it’s mixed.
How do you know how long you have to use it after mixing?
That number should be included with your resin kit instructions. (You’ll see it called the open time, pot time, or working time.)
⭐️ BONUS: We’ve got those details for you in our resin buying guide.
But wait, there’s more! (in the buying guide, that is) You’ll get all kinds of cool stuff, like whether the resin is a casting or doming resin, making it easy for you to buy the right one.
⭐️ BONUS: If you’re a visual learner, here are five easy steps to measuring and mixing epoxy resin. The article has pictures and videos.
And still no test. However, I’m happy to give you credit from Resin University. 😉
Misconception 7: Nothing bad will happen to your resin after you leave it.
Cover it with a large container to keep dust and hair from the resin while it cures. It helps if the container is see-through so you remember why it’s on your table. (If you can barely remember what you had for lunch today.)
Leave it for the cure time (also in that FREE resin buying guide that I wrote especially for beginners to get you on the right track).
Misconception 8: You don’t need to do anything to your resin after it dries.
Once your resin dries, put on the final touches. You may need to add jewelry findings to make resin charms wearable or sand off sharp resin edges. With resin art projects, you may need to remove drips from the back of your artwork surface.
And the most important step. Marvel in your creativity.
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