Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Why Resin Yellows and What You Can Do to Avoid It

If you've been working with resin for a while, you might have noticed some of your earliest pieces just don't seem to have the clarity of your most recent pieces... they seem to be slightly discoloured or they've taken on a yellowish tinge. As disappointing as it is, this is actually a normal phenomenon.  It's a fact that all resins will yellow... eventually!  For some resins, that can be as little as a few months. For other resins, it can be a number of years.  You may have seen resin kits where one part of the resin looks slightly yellow. The yellowing usually occurs in the hardener side first, due to the amines that are present. Without getting too technical, when they're exposed to oxygen (like when you open and close the bottle), they oxidise, or turn brown. That's why RESIN HAS A SHORT SHELF LIFE. But just because your resin hardener has yellowed , doesn't mean you have to discard it...
Monday, February 14, 2022

Resin Mistakes that Beginners Make

When you first start out with resin, you're bound to make rookie mistakes .  Resin is more TECHNICAL than most crafts you've tried and there's a lot to remember, so don't be too hard on yourself... everyone was a beginner once - even the experts! There's a whole lot more to working with resin successfully than just mixing the resin and hardener together and pouring it. And it's often the basic things that trip beginners up.  Here are 5 common mistakes I see beginners make all the time. The good news is that if you pay attention to these, you're much more likely to be successful with resin. 1. Not Reading the Instructions Now that you've discovered resin and the incredible things you can make with it, you're keen to create your first resin project. The prospect of making really cool things is exciting and you're anxious to get started! So, you've got your resin, some moulds (or a surface to pour the resin on), you have colours, glitters, po...