Resin is a polymer that’s used to bond two surfaces together. It’s often used in jewelry, but it can also be used to bind a variety of materials, including glass and metal.
You can use resin as an adhesive or create decorative beads. As with many other arts and crafts hobbies, the possibilities are endless when it comes to resin art!
Before you start working with resin for the first time, it helps if you understand what it does and how you can use it in your projects.
We’ve put together this beginner’s guide so that you’ll know what tools you need and how best to set up your workspace before getting started on your first project.
How do I get started on resin?
For beginners, it is best to start with a class. The majority of the time, this will be a one-day class where you will learn how to use resin and get an understanding of what’s involved in the process.
You’ll also be able to see a variety of different resins being made and learn from other people who are already doing it.
You can also learn about resin online by watching videos or reading books or magazines that focus on the topic. This can be helpful if you want more information than what you would get in a one-day class, but make sure that whatever sources you choose have good reviews from people who have actually used them before so that everything is accurate for your situation.
Experimenting with different materials and techniques is also another way for beginners to try making their own resin pieces at home without having any experience beforehand!
What do you need for resin art beginners?
To start making resin art, you’ll need:
- Resin. It comes in a variety of forms, including powder and liquid. Some resins are pre-mixed with hardener so that they are set within 30 minutes or so. Others require you to mix the two together yourself before applying them. You can buy resin at most craft stores or online; some brands include Varathane® (which is good for beginners), PlastiDip®, and Rust-Oleum® products like Fusion Universal Clear Coat or Fusion Crystal Clear Coat™ (a high-gloss finish).
- Gloves—resin can irritate the skin, even more so when it’s still wet because the fumes can be strong enough to cause headaches! So make sure you wear gloves while handling any amount of uncured epoxy resin—it should say on the packaging whether it contains solvents or not (if not stated then assume it does). Also, make sure your workspace is well ventilated as well as protected from any direct sunlight hitting the surface where you’re working since UV light will damage both cured and uncured epoxy products alike!
- Paintbrushes: You’ll need these to apply paint after mixing/blending colors together via the airbrush method described below under the “how do I use resin?” section below.”
What resin should beginners use?
Beginners should start with epoxy resin. Epoxy resin is a two-part liquid that can be mixed together and poured into a mold (you’ll need to buy the mold separately). When the resin has cured, it will be thick, strong, and hard.
It will also be clear so you can see any detail in your artwork or project. Some people think that epoxy resins are too thick for jewelry making, but this isn’t true. You can use these resins for all kinds of jewelry-making projects including pendants, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.
It’s important to choose the right type of casting resin for your needs as well as how much experience you have with working with other types of materials like plastics or clay which make up 99% of those products available online today!
For example: If you’re looking forward to using some form of glasswork techniques such as dichroic glass pieces then investing in an easy-to-use system such as “Easy Cast 4” might save time later down road when completing those projects faster than ever before possible before now!!
How do you use resin step by step?
To make a resin piece you’ll need:
- Resin and hardener. You can buy them at your local craft store or online, but if you’re just getting started, it’s best to use the smaller bottles of resin that come in kits. These will have enough for one or two pieces, plus all the tools and accessories that come with them.
- Molds, cups, or other containers to hold the resin while it cures (this is how you tell whether something is cured). You can get these just about anywhere—I’ve seen them at dollar stores!
- Tools such as spoons or scrapers for mixing up the mixture and removing bubbles from your piece once poured into its mold (or cup). These are also super cheap; I bought mine at my local dollar store!
Once you’ve mixed all of these ingredients together according to their instructions (and any additives like glitter or mercury glass), pour into a mold or cup and let sit for 4-5 minutes until fully leveled out before removing any bubbles using either an electric toothbrush/air compressor combo toolkit (if using cups) OR by using pressure from another part of yourself such as a finger dipped in soapy water applied gently against areas where bubbles may be forming (if using molds). Leave alone until fully cured before moving onto the second layer if necessary.
Can u put fresh flowers in resin?
No, do not use fresh flowers or plants in resin. They will rot, and the resin will not cure. Dried flowers and silk flowers are better choices.
You should use caution when working with any kind of epoxy resin, including Polyester Resin (Epoxy) from Plaid Enterprises Inc. Wear gloves, mask, and eye protection as well as work in a well-ventilated area.
Do you need a heat gun for resin?
You don’t need a heat gun, but they can be useful if you’re working with large projects. A heat gun is an air-heating device that can be used to accelerate the curing process of resin and plastics.
The tool helps maintain a steady temperature while curing, which means that you won’t have to wait hours for your project to dry completely.
When it comes to choosing the best heat gun for resins, consider the material’s thickness (thicker pieces require more time and power), how long you plan on using it (the higher voltage models may be worth considering), and whether or not you’ll be using any other accessories like nonstick mats or molds (if so, then these should also be considered).
Can resin be painted?
Can resin be painted? Absolutely! Acrylic paints are a great choice, as they don’t have a water base, so they won’t react with the resin. You can even paint over cured resin if you want to create a piece that has multiple layers.
You can use any type of paintbrush or spray paint to apply your color in thin coats—this will ensure that the color doesn’t sink into the top layer of resin and cause it to crack when it dries.
Do you need a UV light for resin?
UV light is not required to cure resin. As a matter of fact, it can actually hinder the curing process and make your life harder.
The thing about UV lights (also called “black lights”) is that they will help speed up the curing process. How much? It depends on how bright your lamp is and how much time you spend under it, but if you’re using a full-spectrum bulb with a metal shield (like this one), it’ll definitely reduce the amount of time you need to let your resin cure.
As for whether or not you should get one: If something doesn’t require UV light to be cured, why would I use it?
Summing up, if you want to store your resin, you should do the following:
- Store it in a cool dark area
- Store it in a fridge if possible
- Use an airtight container and keep away from extreme heat