Adding trinkets to resin is an easy way to make your resin crafts special.
One of my favorites is adding a child’s drawing to jewelry. And then there was the time I added watch gears to resin dominoes. And who doesn’t love adding stickers to resin to make Kawaii resin charms.
Your possibilities are endless.
While there is so much you can add to resin, there are a few things you shouldn’t. Ever.
Here are five things you should never set in resin:
Fresh flowers will turn colors in resin. They can do anything from go clear to turn brown after putting them in resin. Believe me. I’ve tried it. You can see here what happened when I added fresh flowers to resin.
So what do you do instead? If you want to use flowers in resin, you must dry and preserve them first.
⭐️ BONUS: How to preserve flowers in resin.
Anything you might want to get back out later
While photos, mementos, and heirlooms look great when embedded in clear casting resin, think twice before putting them in your epoxy resin casting. Once you set something in resin, it will be almost impossible to get it back out of it. Especially without destroying your memento in the process.
What can you do instead? Make a copy of your item (especially easy in the case of photos, tickets, notes, etc.) and include that in your epoxy resin.
⭐️ BONUS: How to seal papers for resin.
Fresh food items with high water content, like fruit, will rot and turn disgusting in resin. You must dehydrate your food first. Even then, it’s challenging to make something beautiful. Food releases bubbles into your curing resin, making it hard to see what you’ve got in there.
Like when you put cookies in resin.
Create a food lookalike with clay, then set that in resin. Clay and resin go great together.
⭐️ BONUS: You can see what I mean here: How to make a resin and polymer clay ring.
Resin hates moisture. And if you’re using quick-curing resin, it bubbles up and makes a mess. (Yes, I’ve found that out the hard way, too.). It’s why the best way to color resin is using epoxy pigments designed for resin. Colors like acrylic paint or food coloring can cause your resin to cure bendy.
What if you want to change the viscosity of your resin?
You can add a solvent like alcohol or acetone to thin your epoxy.
⭐️ BONUS: Learn how to use those liquids to make cells in resin.
Bugs and other small specimens that aren’t entirely preserved
Like flowers and fruit, animal specimens will rot if you set them in resin before preserving them first.
How do you preserve them?
We have a great discussion about this topic in our forum that will inspire you to give this project a try. How to embed a spider in resin.
⭐️ BONUS: Here are 10 things to put in resin.
Frustrated with your resin results?
Tired of spending your energy on making something you wouldn’t show anyone? I get it. I felt the same way when I started creating with resin 16 years ago.
It’s why I wrote the ebook, Resin Fundamentals. I’ve taken my resin experiences and condensed them into an easy-to-follow PDF book for beginners to go from confused to confident with resin. It’s the book I wish I had when I started.
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