The possibilities with resin are endless. You can do so much with it and can be an excellent business! One of the most popular items you can do with resin is jewelry because it never gets out of style.
But before you mix your resin there, you have to read this first.
I know you get excited about the different jewelry you can do with it and sometimes the designs you’re thinking of can be a bit ambitious.
Resin making seems easy – you just pour your mixture and put in dried flowers, glitters, and stuff and you’re done. However, it’s not that simple.
Resin making can sometimes be frustrating even for the experienced ones. So, my advice is to begin with simple pieces.
Becoming an excellent resin crafter is possible, but it will not happen overnight. If you’re new to it or have tried but not that happy with the result, here are some resin jewelry making tips that will get you on track.
Make things with resin where you only have to think about measuring and mixing.
You can start with epoxy resin because it’s the easiest to work with. When it comes to mistakes, they are the most forgiving as well.
To start, you have to get the right resin supplies and equipment.
It is crucial that you accurately measure the resin before you mix it. You can use medicine cups, graduated containers, syringes, or graduated cups.
You also have to understand the resin you are using, because not all resins are the same. You have to be aware of how your resin is supposed to work, including your resin specifics – mixing ratio, cure time, pot time, minimum mixing amounts, and safety requirements.
Don’t forget the wax paper! It will be your best friend because resin crafting can be messy.
Be aware of what will happen when you add things to your resin
Although it’s exciting to add things to your resin, you have to exercise caution.
Something that is porous should be sealed first before adding it to the resin.
You can start with items that are non-porous such as beads, glitters, or other metals that you don’t have to seal. This will give you the opportunity to learn about the possible pitfalls like trying to place things without messing it up and trapping bubbles.
Once you’re good at adding non-porous items, you can then tempt your resin with a chance to go wrong. Resin and moisture don’t go well together so you have to learn what moisture such as colorants can do to the resin. You can also use paper and other inclusions that need sealing.
Working with resin molds
Pouring resin mixture into a mold needs an extra level of skill. You have to be sure you are using a resin mold and a mold release suitable for your resin. Silicone molds work great with resins.
Resin craft takes practice. Keep it simple in the beginning and move up from there. You’ll be surprised at how amazing you’ve become.