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Epoxy Resin Tips and Tricks

Epoxy Resin Tips and Tricks

Epoxy resin is used in so many ways. From tabletops to jewelry, it's something everyone can use to fit their craft! 

It takes practice and patience. Make sure to start small because it takes time to master resin crafting (for most people)

Here are some tips and tricks I've learned along the way! 

1. Prepping your workspace

Epoxy resin is sticky, and once hardened can make for difficult cleanup. Protect your surface with a silicone mat, wax paper, or contact paper. Work in a clean and well-ventilated area. Make sure the workspace is level for even curing. Use clean mixing cups every time you make a new batch.

2. Have a plan & measure correctly 

Once your resin is mixed, it starts curing. Most resins take about 30 minutes before it's not useable. 

Epoxy resins are thermoset plastics made by the reaction of two or more industrial chemical compounds, measuring correctly is important! Equal parts A & B, but look on the packaging for specific directions on how much and how long to mix! 

Apply the resin a little bit at a time. Depending on the resin, it can pour quickly. Pouring from a smaller cup is easier to control.

3. Mix slow & at room temperature 

Resin doesn't need to be beaten or whipped, mix slowly, and thoroughly. Even if it looks like its all mixed, mix some more, the more you mix the more your bubbles go away. 

Casting resin is a very heat-sensitive material. Therefore you should also keep an eye on the ambient temperature when mixing the resin.

Warm resin wets out better and cures faster. Avoid storing your epoxy and hardeners in very cold temperatures, this will change the viscosity of the resin.  Also, be aware that constant heating of the epoxy can cause condensation and/or contamination.

Epoxy resin should cure at room temperature, around 70°F.  Makes sure your resin doesn't cure too fast or too slow! 

4. Keep yourself safe

Resin is not your skin's friend, its a harsh chemical that needs to be protected from your body. Wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated area. 

5. Finishing Tips

Keep the flies or bugs from curing in your work by using a dust cover or a cardboard box.

Leave a bit of resin in the bottom of your pour cup. You can then check the resin in the cup to check to see if your resin is cured. This way you don’t have to disturb your project to see how it is curing.

heat gun is great for removing bubbles from your resin.

6. Buy the right molds 

There are many different types of forming molds out there. The best for epoxy resin are made from silicone or propylene! Food molds will leave a cloudy texture to the surface of project. 

Now that you're ready to start with epoxy resin, here is a link to where you can buy your first kit!

Grab your Resin Kit! 

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