Resin seems to be a popular material in the crafting, jewelry, and artistic community. In order to make sure your creations are safe for yourself, your family and friends, and the environment, it is important to know what materials are commonly used in resin casting.
What is the safest resin to use?
A number of resins can be used for home jewelry-making without requiring a lot of specialized equipment, but none are quite as easy to use as Alumilite Clear.
Alumilite Clear is specifically formulated for hobbyists and doesn’t require you to wear special protective equipment like gloves or a mask. You can even use it in your kitchen!
It is important to note that although Alumilite may not need special protective gear, it should not be ingested or come into contact with skin.
Fumes should also be avoided whenever possible. If you plan on working with more dangerous resin forms and chemicals, it is important to consult with your doctor first; many of them can cause harm if touched by skin or inhaled.
Is there non toxic resin?
From what we can tell, the question of whether resin is toxic is a matter of perspective. To find the answer, you need to define the context in which the question is posed.
If you are asking if resin will harm your skin if you touch it, then yes—epoxy resins are generally considered non-toxic for reasonably safe handling with bare hands.
Similarly, some epoxy resins such as UVPoxy and EcoPoxy are low odor and are considered non-toxic when inhaled in small amounts during normal use.
But this doesn’t mean that all epoxies are non-toxic or safe to breathe in copious amounts; many do contain chemicals that can be harmful if too much is inhaled on a daily basis over long periods of time.
Which is the safest resin?
- Epoxy resin: Epoxy resins are widely used in the composites industry as adhesives and coatings, due to their superior strength and excellent chemical resistance. They have incredible moisture resistance and can be highly resistant to UV rays when cured with the appropriate catalyst (co-reactant). However, styrene evaporates from epoxies at a fairly high rate, causing damage to the liver and kidneys if it is inhaled over an extended period of time. Some epoxy resins hardeners may also contain heavy metals that could be harmful if ingested or inhaled over an extended period of time.
- Polyester resin: Polyester resin is used for making fiberglass products such as boats and bathtubs, but can also be found in some varnishes. It has low toxicity when cured, but the vapors during curing can cause headaches, nausea, throat irritation, coughing, or dizziness if you inhale them directly or don’t adequately ventilate your work area while working with it.
What is a safe alternative to resin?
There are many alternatives to resin that you may use to create beautiful and unique pieces!
It is important to be familiar with the material I am going to talk about below and how they work. They are not all made equal, they have different properties, uses, and safety precautions.
Below we will go through each material in depth so you can make an educated decision on which would be best for your specific project!
Is all resin toxic?
Resin casting is a fun and inexpensive hobby for people who like to make unique jewelry, figurines, and all kinds of other accessories. However, many people are concerned about whether resin is safe.
The short answer is that most types of resin are very safe to use in your projects. For example, epoxy resins are often recommended for beginners to work with since they do not create harmful fumes when being cured.
However, there are some types of resin that should be used with more caution than others. If you have never worked with resin before it’s important to understand the potential dangers associated with using it as well as how to protect yourself while working.
Is non-toxic epoxy resin safe?
Unfortunately, nontoxic epoxy resins are not safe to use. The creativity of resin artists has many possibilities and applications.
However, you should be aware that the chemicals in epoxy resins can cause health problems if proper handling is not done.
There aren’t any resins that are completely safe to breathe or touch in an extended way. To be clear, there are no nontoxic resins! Even a resin labeled as “nontoxic” or “food-safe” should still be used with care and proper safety equipment: gloves, a mask, and ventilation.
You should always keep these items in your craft area so they’re available when you need them.
Is resin cancerous?
There are many ways you can get exposed to the harmful chemical in your resin. The most obvious is breathing it—and that’s where a good mask comes in handy.
You’ll also want to be careful of your skin. When working with resin, you’ll need to clean your tools, but that doesn’t mean you have to wash them immediately after every project.
Instead, keep them on a wet rag and leave it on for at least 30 minutes—that should remove any resin that might be leftover from previous projects.
You should also wash often when working with resin (and other chemicals). Take a shower or bath before starting and stay away from the perfume counter for at least two weeks after using essential oils or resins, as they’re known to contain hazardous levels of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and phthalates.
How toxic is resin?
Resin can be toxic or non-toxic depending on the ingredients. Each product has a health and safety data sheet (HSDS) listing your specific resin’s toxicity, however, this is often confused with epoxy and many of the two-part casting resins are mistakenly listed as epoxy. Epoxy can be toxic, but resin does not have to be.
Resin is not safe for humans (adults or children), animals, or the environment. Despite all of this safety information, I still chose to use resin because it’s the thinnest clear coat available and I wanted to protect my craft projects.
Using it only occasionally and with extreme care for my health and surroundings, I think resin can be used safely.
If you do decide to use resin in your crafts, please follow all safety precautions listed on your product label!