This post was originally published on April 20, 2021
The latest update to this post was made 8 months ago.
Starting Resin Art
Resin art has become very popular in the past year. It has been around for years and has increased in popularity and techniques as the year has progressed. Technique are shared on YouTube, blogs and other social media platforms. This gives new resin art participants a free space to go and learn…
I started my resin journey years ago and recently started more of the art aspect this past year as well. Letter keychains, bookmarks and drink coasters are fun to make. I even participated in a craft fair selling my art. People were very receptive and wanted to know how they were made. I shared how they were made and they still bought.
Resin is very dangerous to work with. Some sites, videos and “classes” forget to mention that you are working with a carcinogenic when in liquid form. A common practice of popping resin bubbles it to use a low heat gun or run a flame across the surface. This procedure also releases toxins. One thing any person should do is wear a good face respirator mask.
The resin I use is low odor, no VOCs and non- flammable. Yes, I pay a little more, but it is what I choose to use. I always use it in a ventilated area and I wear my mask and gloves. I have seen tutorial videos where the person is not wearing gloves. Once I see this, I move onto a different video. If that person cannot be safe, I cannot trust anything they are saying at all. This is my opinion only and my choice. There are some great beginner tutorial videos out there, so make sure you watch more than one.
The letter keychains are great to start with. It was relaxing and fun to be creative. When I assembled the keychain, the kit I had came with a hand twist drill and it was difficult for me to use. I found an electric mini hand drill that worked perfect. It is so quick and easy to use.
Getting your supplies together before you pour your first mold and viewing tutorial videos and even reading directions is always a good place to start.
Setting up an area to work is important. Once you pour a mold it must sit for 15-24 hours before you can unmold it. I have an old kitchen table set up in a room by a window. The window is opened and the ceiling fan on to ensure ventilation. Resin work area is covered with a silicon mat. This makes clean up very easy. Once I pour the mold it sits on the table until it is cured.
Remember to do your research before you begin any projects. Set up your work area and keep safety in mind. Start with easy projects first and don’t be afraid to experiment with colors, glitter and other additives.