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How to start crafting with epoxy resin
Resin can be turned into cubed art, photo art, jewelry, frames, cutting boards, coasters, and keychains. And this is just the beginning. As individuals perfect their techniques, there’s no limit to the possibilities of working with resin.

Crafts that require the usage of epoxy resin have exploded in popularity in recent years thanks in part to the relative ease of using this material. Epoxy resin is not a new material, but it has made a resurgence in recent years and might be worthy of investigation by creative individuals who have yet to use it.

What is epoxy resin?

Individuals who like science and chemistry are bound to enjoy working with resin. That’s because resin is a two-part liquid that must be mixed together, resulting in a chemical reaction that produces heat. Over time, the finished product hardens into a solid, clear surface. Typically, the liquids are mixed at a one-to-one ratio. Epoxy resin crafts are very strong, waterproof and some are food-safe, according to the Mod Podge Rocks blog.

Choosing the right resin

Resin comes in different viscosities. Thinner resins (low viscosity) have a longer cure time, so there will be a longer wait to unmold crafts. However, a low viscosity resin is best for crafts that require intricate detail. Thicker resins (high viscosity) will cure faster and are better for casting into large, deep spheres. There also are special heat-resistant resins that will take even longer to cure, but are worth the time when making projects that will come in contact with hot items, such as coasters.

Although epoxy resin can be used for many projects, polyester or polyurethane resins also will create a glass-like finish, says Gathered, a crafting resource. UV resin can be cured under a UV lamp and is ideal for smaller projects.

Yellowing and color

Some resins will yellow with time, especially when using them in clear form. It is important to select a resin that specifically says it is resistant to yellowing.

Resin dyes can be found in transparent or opaque pigments and give the resin color. It can be fun to experiment with mixing custom colors.

Perfecting resin will take time

There is a learning curve to working with resin, so beginners should not be too hard on themselves if their initial projects do not turn out perfect. Typically, a poor result comes down to user error and not an inferior project.

Tips to working with resin

It’s important when working with resin to pick a crafting area that can get messy, as resin is a liquid and glitter or other materials may be mixed into the resin. Choose a spot that is safe and cover the work surface. In addition, choose a spot in a low humidity environment and a workspace that has a warm, consistent temperature.

Good lighting also is essential. If overhead lighting is poor, invest in a bright task light that will be in the crafting area.

Some epoxy resins can smell, so people are urged to work in a well-ventilated area and to avoid directly breathing in any resin fumes.