Tag: techniques

Can you drill holes in resin? – How to drill holes in resin

After creating your resin charms, you may be wondering, can you drill holes in resin? The answer is an emphatic YES! Here’s how to drill resin charms to make them into wearable jewelry: Step 1 Make sure your resin is fully cured. You cannot drill uncured or partially cured resin. Besides being messy, soft or… Read more »

How to polish resin – different ways of polishing resin

resin polishing options

After completing your resin project, you may decide you want a shinier finish. Here are a few key steps on how to polish resin. Determine how hard has your resin cured. Not all resins can take heat and friction well. Some will make crumbs and can even melt. So how do you know how hard… Read more »

10 ways how to save money when using resin – Resin money saving tips

resin money saving tips

Yes, you are reading that correctly. A company that is selling resin products is going to share with you how to save money when using resin. See, when I’m not a resin retailer, I am a resin artist. (and a thrifty one at that). Saving money on resin and resin supplies is something I do… Read more »

Surfaces resin won’t stick to – what surfaces will resin not adhere to

what surfaces will resin not adhere to

Resin makes a great glue but sometimes you need surfaces resin won’t stick to.  That information is not only helpful in knowing what makes a good resin art and crafting surface but knowing a little bit about what resin doesn’t stick to is useful in getting resin to do some neat things. Mold release.  We… Read more »

How can I get a matte or satin finish on resin jewelry and art?

matte or satin finish on resin

Sometimes when you are casting, you may want to get a matte or satin finish on resin. How do you do that? Epoxy resin cures with a shiny or glossy finish, especially on surfaces that are exposed to air during curing, but there are a few ways to get a matte or satin finish on… Read more »

10 reasons why your resin casting is a disaster and how to avoid them

resin casting disasters

How to avoid resin casting disasters Originally written February 2016.  Updated April 2019. Resin casting is a lot of fun.  I love the versatility of embedding objects in resin along with making it any resin color I want.  Unfortunately, it isn’t always as easy as it looks and can cause frustration for even the most… Read more »

How to measure and mix epoxy resin and hardener in five easy steps

How to mix resin

Epoxy resin comes as a two part system:  the Part A resin and the Part B hardener (also known as a catalyst).  Knowing how to measure and mix epoxy resin and hardener is important to making sure your resin cures as expected!  Here are the steps to make sure you have resin curing success every… Read more »

What temperature should I mix resin? What is the best resin temperature?

resin mixing temperature

What is the best temperature for working with resin? Originally written March 2013.  Updated March 2019 Did you know that your resin mixing temperature is essential for making sure your resin cures?  Making sure your resin and working area are the ideal temperatures will make sure your resin not only fully cures, but cures crystal… Read more »

How to sand resin smooth: get a smooth surface on resin art and jewelry

sanding resin smooth

Sometimes when you are making resin jewelry or painting with resin, you may find you have an uneven surface, scratches or ‘gaps’ in your resin surface (otherwise known as ‘fish eyes’). The good news is that resin can be sanded to get a smooth surface. Here are my tips on how to sand resin smooth…. Read more »

How much resin do I need?

How much resin do I need?

How much resin should I mix for a project? Originally published October 2014.  Updated February 2019. When it comes to making things with resin, one of the tricky parts is knowing how much mixed resin you’re going to need. It’s important to make sure you have enough, but of course, you don’t want to waste… Read more »