There are different types of resin that are used in different applications, but in most cases, your resin is mixed with a hardener to cure it. When using molds, silicone works best, because you don't have to coat the mold in any substance to keep the resin from sticking. Most resins harden completely within 24 hours. You'll want to wear gloves when working with resin because it can damage your skin. Also remember to work in a well-lit, well-ventilated area.
You'll want to keep an eye out for flaws like bubbles in your resin before it dries. These must be removed with a toothpick or needle, because nothing can be done about them once the resin is dry, so examine your projects closely.
Many unique products exist for resin crafters, so continue to experiment with different products and molds. You can even make your art glow in the dark, by adding powder to your resin as you're mixing it. The possibilities with resin art are endless, so get creative!
What special equipment do you need to make a resin cast?
Other than the resin itself, you will need catalyst/hardener, a respirator (resin can off-gas and become toxic), rubber gloves, newspapers to prevent spillage, hard soap, cooking spray, a dremel tool, a mixing cup and acrylic sealer (you can also use clear nail polish from your makeup supplies if you have it). You should work with resin in a well-ventilated area. You will also need resin molds if the project calls for them.
How do you get molds?
There are two ways. The easiest is to buy molds, which can be bought from our store. However, if you can't find the mold you want, you can make molds - you can use silicone rubber or plasticine with a layer of liquid latex on it. This is a little trickier, but you can do any design you want.
What color is the finished product?
Straight up resin pieces are clear in color - in order to get other colors, you will need to decorate or add to the product in some way.
How do you produce colored resin pieces?
The easiest way is to paint the resin, then add a second layer of acrylic sealer. Always wait until the piece is dry before painting. Acrylic resin should be sanded and trimmed before painting and painted with acrylic-based paint.
How else can you use resin?
You can use resin to form a layer on another object - resin table tops are waterproof and somewhat scratch resistant and you can use powders to make interesting colors. You can also put a layer of resin on a boring figurine or use it to make wall art. All kinds of things!