Working with resin to make jewelry and craft projects is fun, but precautions are necessary. Here are one that I follow regularly when making resin jewelry in my studio.
Proper ventilation. Make sure there is fresh air entering a room when working with resin. Open a window or use a fan if necessary.
Wear disposable gloves. I prefer to use nitrile gloves since they are less likely to react with the resin. if you have super sensitive skin, you might consider coating your hands with a barrier cream first.
Wear protective clothing. Generally, I am only pouring very small batches of resin and don’t worry about this, but if I was mixing up gallons of product to use on a large scale product, this would be essential.
Designate items as resin only. Silicone baking molds can make great resin molds too, but once used for resin, they should not be used for food again. The same goes for mixing containers and utensils.
Wear a respirator. Some resins, including polyester and polyurethane, can be very dangerous. Wear a NIOSH approved respirator and make sure it fits properly.
Wear safety goggles. This is especially true if I’m working with a resin that I’m already wearing a respirator to work with or if I’m sanding resin where it puts lots of particles in the air.
Clean up spills immediately. While it’s inconvenient to stop in the middle of a project to clean up a resin spill, it’s better than getting some on yourself later or having an unknowing person get it on him or herself.
When sanding resin, wear a particle mask or respirator. For light sanding, a particle mask is probably sufficient, but if you’re using a belt sander, grinder or buffing wheel, a respirator may be more appropriate since the resin will be more aerosolized.
Exercise care with solvents. If cleaning up a resin spill on the skin, don’t use a ketone or chlorinated based product. This will only put the resin deeper into your skin. Use only soap and water.
What other precautions do you take in your resin jewelry studio?