Tag: techniques

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 »

10 pro tips for resin success before you ever mix the resin and hardener

resin mixing tips

Believe me when I tell you that how well your resin project turns out starts long before you ever open a bottle. You can avoid problems like sticky resin, resin bubbles and wasted supplies with a little bit of planning. These 10 tips for resin success will make sure you get the results you want… Read more »

How to paint on resin

painting on resin

by Lynette Olnhausen Resin can definitely be a bit tricky to paint and very different from painting on canvas or wood, as you will find that paint doesn’t cling to resin very well.  Here are some of my tips on how to paint on resin if you’d like to add some color to a resin… Read more »

12 reasons why your resin didn’t cure

twelve reasons why your resin did not cure

Why didn’t my resin cure properly? Originally published May 2012.  Updated September 2018. This is a problem that resin newbies and seasoned professionals alike run into from time to time. Here are a few trouble areas where you should evaluate in case you’re asking yourself, “Why is my resin sticky?” 1. How old is your… Read more »

How to color clear epoxy resin

coloring resin

How to color clear epoxy resin   Let’s talk a little about coloring your resin. There are a few things you can do and a few things you can’t do when it comes to coloring resin.  Knowing these guidelines will help ensure resin coloring success.  Then, once you get a handle on the rules of… Read more »