Friday, November 20, 2020

What Can You Colour Epoxy Resin With

If there's one thing Covid-19 has taught us, it's that we have to be patient with the mail service! If you've been sitting there waiting for a delivery of resin pigments and dyes to arrive, then this article is for you! I always recommend that you use colourants that were designed specifically for resin, especially when you're first starting out because resin pigments and dyes will always yield the most reliable results. But with extensive shipping delays, you'd never get that first resin jewellery project underway if you had to wait 10-12 weeks for your colours to arrive.  So rather than sitting around waiting for your supplies, why not get started straight away with this fun solution!  As I mentioned, resin dyes and pigments give the most reliable results, but there are some unexpected colourants that will also work. In fact, you probably have some of these items already lying at home! So let's take a look around the house to see if you've got any of these...
Friday, October 23, 2020

Epoxy Resin - Casting Resin vs Coating Resin

Have you ever poured epoxy resin onto a canvas only to have it all run off so that you are left with only a very thin coating?  Or have you poured your epoxy into a mould and found that it was full of bubbles that just wouldn't rise to the top? Then chances are, you were using an epoxy resin that wasn't designed for the project that you were making. Not only is there more than one type of resin, but there are several types of epoxy resin and they are all designed for different types of resin work! To keep it simple, let's look at two general categories of epoxy resin and why artists and crafters need to know the difference. When shopping for epoxy resin, you might notice that some epoxy resins are labelled EPOXY CASTING RESIN and some are called EPOXY COATING RESIN. Some other names for coating resin are bar and table top resin, pour-on resin, and artwork resin. So what's the difference and what does it really mean?  ...
Monday, September 28, 2020

How to avoid Sticky or Soft Resin

Have you ever had a piece of resin that didn’t cure properly and it feels sticky to the touch? Or is your cured resin soft and bendy? You know something’s gone majorly wrong, but you have no idea what it is or how to avoid it happening again. Well, don’t be too hard on yourself… it happens to the best of us at some point. It can easily happen if you get distracted. So let’s have a look at some of the many reasons why your resin stays sticky or doesn't harden properly. 1. Inaccurately Measuring Resin and Hardener The biggest culprit is usually off-ratio measuring. That sounds like a bit of a fancy term but what it really means is that the resin and hardener weren’t measured in the exact ratio that the manufacturer specified.   It’s important to measure the resin and hardener in the ratio recommended for your resin. Your resin kit will tell you if it’s a 1:1 or a 2:1 ratio (these are the two most common ratios for craft resins) and it will also say whether you shoul...
Friday, August 21, 2020

How to Care for Resin Moulds

Your resin moulds are quite an investment in your resin hobby so you want to make sure that they last a long time. After you've been resin crafting for a while, you'll start to get quite a collection of moulds. No matter what type of moulds you have, they won't last forever. But if you look after them, you'll get many, many casts from them.  So, let's break this down into the two main types of moulds you'll use with resin :    PLASTIC and SILICONE ,   and look at what the best practices are for caring for each type of mould . Plastic Resin Moulds Plastic resin moulds are inexpensive compared to silicone moulds but because they are vacuum formed, mould shapes are limited to simple shapes. Because the moulds don't have as much flexibility or stretch as silicone, they need to be wider at the top of the mould or straight-sided to remove resin from them. The plastic used in resin moulds is polypropylene. This is a type of plast...
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

How to Finish Resin Jewellery

If you've got the resin bug and have started making resin charms and cabochons, you no doubt want to turn them into head-turning pieces of jewellery that everyone swoons over. After all, you've spent time and money and poured not only the resin but your creative heart into these pieces, so you want them to look professional and have that exclusive designer look about them. Right? But you probably didn't give too much thought to how you'd assemble the charms once they cured and now you're asking yourself "How do I turn all these charms into jewellery?" Well, there are many ways to assemble your resin casts into jewellery and wearable accessories. You can get as creative as you like with your designs but before you can do that, you'll need some basic methods that will allow you to connect pieces together first.  Here's a few ideas that you can try: Glue on a flat pad components Drill a hole Embed a finding in the resin as it cures Wrap with a filigre...