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Resin Tutorial!! IMG HEAVY!!!

Hello craftgrrls!!  I am back, but this time with a resin tutorial!  I know there are a lot of craftgrrls (and guys!!) who want to try resin but are scared, intimidated or whatever.  I love this stuff, its so versatile!!  I'd like you to take a jump with me......

First- I must edit to add some things.  Although this is a low odor project, it is not a 100% vapor free project.  Please make sure you have adequate ventilation by opening a window and pointing a fan towards it.  Also, if you can please invest in a vapor mask.  Not a particulate mask, a vapor mask.  This product is a skin irritant.  Please wear gloves!  Please be aware of kids, pets and other people in the house.  Please read the MSDS (material safety data sheet) enclosed inside the package.  DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN OR PETS GET INTO THIS PROJECT!!!!

2 craft sticks (aka popsicle sticks, and you'll only need two if your using Pearl-Ex, to use as a scoop)
2- 1 oz measuring cups
Glitter (I prefer Martha's brand, it sets up much better, trust me on this!!) or Pearl-ex Powders (they give off amazing colors!) or a resin dye.  They come in translucent and opaque.
1 package of 2 part epoxy resin.  I use Enviro Tex, its much harder and clearer than the other kind (I've used both) and cures much faster!!
Mold made for resin (they sell these online here www.kitkraft.biz/home.php)
A funny picture (if you are using a picture, I always wrap these in tape and make sure its sealed!), or flat letter beads (i love these!)
1 Pair nitrile (the purple or black ones, as they are pretty much impervious to chemicals) gloves to protect your hands...
A couple of sheets of newspaper for your area.

Assemble your materials:

Measuring cups and "craft sticks"

One of the types of molds..There's a whole lot of different types..

2 part epoxy resin...This is really easy to use..Hardly any smell and it gives you a longer working time than polyester resin.  You don't have to be super fast, but remember you have NO MORE than 20-25 minutes before it starts to cure....I've found this out..So make sure you have everything you need within a reasonable distance.

Glitter or Pearl-Ex powder

Flat round letter beads

Now pour equal amounts of resin and hardner into ONE measuring cup.  Start with 5mL of each so you have a total of 10mL.  It should look like this:

Now take one of those "craft sticks" and stir the hell out of it.  I mean, really really stir!!  It doesn't matter if it has bubbles, it sets up much faster and harder the more you stir it.  Scrape the sides of the cup too.  After stirring it looks like this:

Notice how its cloudy?  Keep stirring until it starts to become more clear.  Again, don't worry about the bubbles.

Now here comes in your SECOND measuring cup.  You need to pour the resin from the first cup into the second cup like this (sorry for the blurry pic!):

Keep stirring!!  More!  Now you'll notice that it is now VERY clear.

I use the "craft sticks" to kind of pick up the resin, or you can squeeze the sides of the cup together....This is where it tends to get messy....Put some of the resin into the molds. Fill the mold only 1/3 to 1/2 of the way depending on the depth of the mold.  You WILL be able to pour multiple molds from one small batch of resin..Remember, don't pour a mold full!!  Now you'll see bubbles in the resin.  What works to get rid of them is to GENTLY exhale on the resin (like you are fogging up a mirror or window).  You can also gently blow like you are blowing out a candle.

I know you can't see it, but there's really cured resin in there, lol.

REMEMBER!:  If you are using a mold, like above, you are working backwards and in layers!!!  You have to let this layer cure for a while (2 hours usually) until its TACKY or everything will sink to the front and your project is now dead. 

ETA: After you're resin has cured for at LEAST 2 hours, this is the point at which you will put in your trinketry.  You can use beads, paper (sealed remember!), stickers (sealed), keys, gears, miniatures.  Anything that will fit in that mold and not overflow it.  I just prefer beads.  So really, use your imagination!  You won't know if something works unless you try it!!  And don't be afraid to try something because of the price of the resin.  It's actually fairly cheap and it goes a long way....You can usually get quite a few pieces out of one bottle.

The little letter beads need to be put in right to left, and backwards so they come out right...Trial and error!  lol I messed up alot of cool resin being stupid and not paying attention! After I set the beads (I like to make sure the resin is tacky, so the beads sit better and the colored resin doesn't get underneath.  again, trial and error!), I pour my colored layer! Also, you see those little bubbles?  I don't sweat em.  They give the piece character.  If you're worried about them, you can dip your beads in clear resin (before you color it!) and then set them. 

This is a magnet from a mold.  the layer on top is the clear layer you just poured!! 

Remember that glitter?!  Here it is!! I add a good amount and stir pretty good.  Martha Stewart lives in my craft room apparently.  lol.

This is what the glittered resin now looks like in the mold. 

This is the Pearl-Ex colored resin...This stuff is so cool!

Now you wait!  This is the hardest part!!  I usually leave all my stuff in the molds for a MINIMUM of 24 hours from the last pour.  So if you pour things in stages like I do sometimes, I just leave it all in there until the most recent piece is cured.  If you pop them out too soon, they can bend etc.  Also, while you're curing, you can cover your molds with a glass baking dish or similar to keep dust and pet hair in the resin to a minimum.

Once the piece is cured fully, I use a two part epoxy glue and glue a magnet or aanraku silver plated bail to the back.

Thanks for reading my tut!  Please give me feedback and let me know how it was, if I need to change things or make them clearer!  I love teaching and I want to make sure everyone can understand.  Also, my next installment?!  Resin Bottlecap Magnets!!


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Sep. 17th, 2008 07:08 am (UTC)
This is great! Thank you so much for this. I have been wanting to make some resin rings for a long time, but have been very intimidated by it and you just fixed all of that.
Sep. 17th, 2008 07:19 am (UTC)
Cool! I'm glad I could help!! Tomorrow I'll type up the bottlecap tut, which would be similar to making rings!
(no subject) - notlostonme - Sep. 17th, 2008 07:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 17th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
I hope the mods will add this to the memories, it's great info =D
Sep. 17th, 2008 07:25 am (UTC)
I hope so too! Thanks for the compliment!
Sep. 17th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
I've been thinking about using resin to make drop spindle whorls, and pins. Mostly I've been trying to figure out finding room to do this!

Thanks for the tutorial! I'm going to bookmark it :)
Sep. 17th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
You actually don't need much room. I've been working off a bookshelf due to the fact my craft room is packed up...I hope to see what you make when you do try it out tho!
Sep. 17th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
You're a doll for doing this - thanks so much! I think your instructions were perfectly adequate, and I'm really considering giving it a try!

Is there any substance you've found you can colour the resin with, but so it is still translucent?
Sep. 17th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
I was poking around the link she provided, and on that site they offer some dyes that seem to be what you could look for (it's on the later pages of the site).
(no subject) - sparrows07 - Sep. 17th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 17th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
thank you for posting this! i've always wanted to try using resin molds to make pendants & such. i'm adding it to my memories ^^
Sep. 17th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!!
Sep. 17th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
Ooo, thanks! ^_^
*adds to memories*
Sep. 17th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!!
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Sep. 17th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! and it is simple!!
Sep. 17th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
Wait so.. when do you put the beads/picture in?? I don't get that part. Do you pour a layer, then put the picture and pour another layer?
Sep. 17th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - poisons_sanity - Sep. 17th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - o_deanna - Sep. 17th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - sparrows07 - Sep. 17th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 17th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
My only question is, what about a release agent? Do you need one? Or does the fact that you are using a special resin mold eliminate the need?

Other than that, very, very cool tutorial. It's a keeper!
Sep. 17th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
No, I do not use a release agent. I USED to....But I've noticed it clouds my resin and I like it clear. I've really not had any problems getting the pieces out after curing. Sometimes I bang the mold really hard on the edge of a table and that helps (no it doesn't hurt the resin lol)..
Sep. 17th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this! I'm just starting with more adventurous things after twenty odd years with paper and fabric ;), so this is a massive help! :D :D :D
Sep. 17th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
No problem!! I get comments all the time that people want to try it but they are scared...It's really very easy to work with...And like I said, if you're scared of getting it on you just wear gloves and old clothes...That seems to help!
Sep. 17th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this!

I've seen so many neat things made with resin, but wasn't sure I could figure out all the steps. I'll definitely be trying this out.
Sep. 17th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I'm glad I could help my fellow crafters out!
Sep. 17th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
I was wondering, is it horrible for the enviroment?
Sep. 17th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
You know, I have no idea.
Sep. 17th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
this is awesome!
i just bought a resin kit and i've been afraid to use it.
i want to make a necklace using my son's ashes.

my question is: can you pour resin into one half of a locket?
see, what i want to do is buy a locket, put his picture in one side, and his ashes in the other.
i'm also worried that the ashes may melt from the heat of the resin.
any ideas? or tips?
any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
Sep. 17th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
I don't think his ashes will melt, they are what's left after an intense fire. Even if they did, they would still be in the resin. sorry for your loss.
(no subject) - sparrows07 - Sep. 17th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Sep. 17th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Bwahaha!
Thanks!! I thought someone might get a kick out of that lol
Sep. 17th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this tut! *adds to memories*
Sep. 17th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
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