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Tips for working with resin

Struggling with resin? Check out these tips to help your pieces come out perfectly!
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RESIN SAFETY TIPS 

  • Wear gloves and safety goggles, and work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Wear a dust mask when drilling cured resin pieces.
  • Familiarize yourself with these instructions as well as the manufacturer’s instructions before starting the project. 

WARMING UP (TO) RESIN 

  • Make sure your resin and hardener are at 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit when you mix them. Cold resin will dry cloudy or bubbly. 
  • Warm the bottles by placing them in cups of warm (not hot) water for a few minutes. Never microwave the bottles.
  • To get rid of bubbles, use a propane torch or exhale over them with a straw. (It’s the carbon dioxide, not the heat, that gets rid of the bubbles.)
    Cure at 70 to 85 degrees.
  • You may be tempted to touch the resin while it’s curing. Don’t — your fingerprints will leave marks.
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MAKING MOLDS 

  • We used Live Saver candies to make these molds, but you can use all sorts of things! Choose the least flawed pieces of candy (or any clean, interesting item like a button or small toy) to use in your molds. Any chips or bulges in the candy will transfer into the mold.
  • Use clean, dry molds. Water residue can make your pieces cloudy.
  • You can also place your molds on a Silpat baking mat instead of waxed paper.
  • If you’re making multiples of the same piece, make several molds. Otherwise, you’ll need to wait while each piece cures before pouring another.
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COLOR NOTES

  •  Use transparent liquid colorants for a clear, glasslike look. The more you add, however, the darker and more opaque the color will appear.
  • To make pastels, add white.
  • Blend a color with white and a bit of black for a marbled effect.
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TROUBLESHOOTING 

  • If your finished pieces have soft spots, unfortunately, they can’t be salvaged. Soft, tacky areas are the result of improper measuring or mixing of the resin.
  • Bubbles can be the result of mistakes in different stages of the project. Make sure to measure precisely, stir slowly (don’t whip), and pour carefully. Finally, cure the piece at a warm temperature. This bubbly Life Saver (enlarged to show detail) was my first piece. It looks nothing like its real-life counterpart!
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