I started making things with resin in 2006. Looking back on my experiences working with epoxy, there were a few things I wish I had known upfront about making things with resin. I have no doubt it would have saved me some time and aggravation! Here is what I wish my fairy godmother would have told me:
1. You Are Not Going to Be Good at Working With Resin Right Away.
In fact, it is going to take a few weeks to months to get beyond the “I keep making a mess” stage. When you think about it, this really isn’t any different than anything else, right? We are not perfect drivers the first time behind the wheel, or expert pastry chefs the first time we get in a kitchen. So why did I expect working with epoxy to be any different? There are so many skills to learn and build upon that I failed to realize it wasn’t something I was going to get right in the beginning. I am glad, however, that I liked it enough that I kept playing with it and working with resin! Otherwise, I would have lost out on learning such a creative medium!
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2. Don’t blame it on the resin.
In other words, the reason something didn’t work is most likely my fault, i.e. operator error. Resin is not very forgiving of mistakes. While it may be tempting to blame mistakes on the resin itself, in my experience, it is almost always my fault. I have learned the hard way that improper or incomplete techniques (as insignificant as they seemed to me at the time) can result in a disaster.
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3. Keep a journal.
There were so many things that I tried doing, and I couldn’t remember what I had done later when I went to demold castings. AACK! I learned that when working with resin, writing everything down in a journal made it much less frustrating when I wanted to recreate (or not recreate!) something later. I found it was important to write down everything, no matter how insignificant it may seem at the time. Details about temperature, humidity, pot time, etc. were invaluable learning tools, in the beginning, to help me know where I went wrong when working with epoxy.
4. Pick Your Crafting Spot Carefully Because You and It Are Likely to Get Messy.
I thought I was careful, but somehow I managed to get drips, ink stains, glue, and all kinds of glittery, cured resin stuck to my crafting area. Make sure you pick somewhere to craft or paint where this isn’t a big deal (or least be creative with how you’re going to handle drips on your kitchen counters…)
5. Good lighting is essential
You have got to see what you’re doing when you’re working with epoxy! Whether it’s measuring or looking for bubbles, a good, bright light (I prefer LED) will make things so much easier.
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