Basic Resin Tutorial
Getting started with resin crafting is easy following this very Basic Resin Tutorial. With only a few products needed to get started with, you can begin crafting unique and one of a kind jewelry designs to give as gifts for fiends and family or sell at craft shows or online marketplaces!
- Something to protect your work surface. Suggestions would include saran wrap, wax paper, or a flexible cutting mat. Don’t use newspaper or paper towels as the resin can seep through.
- Mold (Be sure to use Coupon Code TUTORIAL for 10% off your order!)
- Environmental Technology Casting’ Craft Resin
- Resin Dyes (Available in Opaque & Transparent)
- Disposable Cups
- Popsicle stick
- Environmental Technology Castin’ Craft Mold Release Conditioner
- Play Dough (optional, used to level your mold if necessary)
- Bowl or other cover (I saved a nice clam shell packaging)
- Environmental Technology Castin’ Craft Resin Craft Surface Coat Spray (optional)
Before getting started
- Lay out all your supplies you will need.
- Read all directions and make sure you understand the process and how to use the different products.
- There are many tutorials all across the internet on how to use resin; most offer great advice but some techniques can be disastrous or even dangerous. Always follow the manufacturer recommendations and cautions above all other advice. Product labels outrank what anyone else may tell you!
- These instructions are for the products listed, be sure to adjust steps accordingly based on the specific brand of product you’re using.
- Make sure your work space is well ventilated.
- Cover your work surface to protect it from spills. Such as wax paper or saran wrap – I like to use those cutting mats you can get from the dollar store that come two in a pack. They’re thin, lightweight, reusable and can be cleaned but are also disposable if they get too bad.
- Spray your mold with conditioner, let dry (Be sure to wash your hands!) repeat with a second coat (Wash your hands again)
- Once dry you can level your mold with Play Dough if it doesn’t sit flat.
- Pour the resin half into your measuring cup.
- Add the same ratio of hardener. You can certainly mix whatever amount of resin you like, just be sure to MEASURE VERY CAREFULLY, you want EQUAL parts of both.
- Mix for 2 minutes. This is important, your resin may not fully cure and the end piece may come out “soft” or “flexible” This will also make it difficult to demold.
- Add in any dye or colour you will be using and mix thoroughly.
- Pour slowly into your mold.
- Tip: Pour a small stream from a high angle and most of the bubbles will pop on their way down.
- If you have bubbles you can deaerate by taking a deep breath and slowly exhaling or “huffing” over the resin pieces.
- The bubbles will pop but not from heat or the force of the blow – it’s the Co2 in your breath that will drive them out.
- Be sure to move away before you inhale so you don’t breathe in the resin vapors!
- Some tutorials will tell you to use an embossing tool or heat gun for this step, but since you’re using a plastic mold the tool may generate too much heat and cause your mold to warp. Plastic is sensitive to extreme temperatures so using a heat tool is NOT recommended.
- The same goes for moving a lighter or match over your pieces – you may burn your resin, the mold, or your fingers!
- Cover with a bowl to prevent dust and hair from getting into your resin.
- Tip: I used the front part of a clam shell packaging – it’s big enough to put a couple molds underneath and it’s clear so I can be nosey without disturbing anything.
- Follow the directions for the resin you used to allow it to cure. Most resins will need a full 72 hours to cure before you attempt to demold them. The thinner your piece, the longer it will take. Be patient, rushing this step can ruin your piece.
- After you’re certain your mold is cured, gently twist to flex the plastic. If your piece is cured enough it should start to pop away from the sides. If your piece bends with the plastic and doesn’t “pop” it’s not cured yet. You should see the piece start to detach from the mold from the underside, depending on the mold your piece may stick to the details towards the center; just keep gently working it away from the mold.
- If you over poured you may have a thin edge on the backside of your piece. You can sand this way using fine sandpaper or a dremel tool. You only need a very fine grit to remove the edge, follow up with a polishing tip to bring back the shine.
- I recommend finishing your pieces with a top coat (not pictured) Castin Craft makes a resin spray that works wonders and fixes all kinds of imperfections but you could also use another layer of resin, Judkins Diamond Glaze, Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, or even a Thick Gloss.
If you have any problems or questions don’t be shy to leave a comment!
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Need More Supplies? Gotcha covered here!
Antique Silver Glue On Heart Bails (Pack of 10, 25, or 50)$1.95 – $5.95
Large Hand Drill Tool with 10 Interchangeable Bits For Drilling Resin Pieces in Jewelry Making$9.95
Mini Mixing Spoons for Resin Jewelry Making (Pack of 5, 12, or 25)$1.95 – $4.95
Pipette Eye Droppers for Resin Jewelry Making (Pack of 12, 25, 50, or 100)$0.99 – $4.95
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