So you’re ready to try crafting with resin. And you aren’t sure if you’re heart is skipping a beat because you’re excited or nervous. Well resin beginners, here are my best tips for you to fast track you through the newbie phase.
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 that you can feel what you’re doing, unlike many plastic gloves that come in most resin kits or hair coloring kits.
3. Always cover your work surface.
Wax paper works wonderfully for this. And here are some other surfaces resin won’t stick to.
4. Wear clothes that can be ruined.
Resin drips will not come out of clothing.
5. Protect your work area.
If your crafting table sits over a nice carpet, put down a drop cloth wider than your work area.
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.
💡 Pro tip: If you only remember one of the resin tips for beginners on this list, this one is it. Undermixed resin is what makes sticky spots.
7. Cure your resin in a location that’s level.
This means from all angles.
8. Avoid touching your epoxy resin until it’s cured.
Look at the instructions with the resin kit to know when that happens.
9. Relax, you can fix most “boo-boos.”
And if you can’t, here’s what else you can do with your resin mistakes.
10. Enjoy the learning process.
Always keep in mind a piece of great advice from Bob Ross: “There are no mistakes, only happy little accidents.”
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