This weeks addiction: Resin!

What is Resin? What do you use it for? How do you use it? What can you put in it?

 

There are two types of resin- natural  and synthetic. Natural resin is a type of sticky goo that plants secrete. Synthetic is…. you guessed it! Synthetic Resin is man made.

 

Resin is used for various amount of things. You can make jewelry, ornaments, paper weights. It can be used to put a nice glossy cover on paintings or photographs. Sometimes the resin itself it the art!

 

When you buy resin from your local hardware store or you nearest craft store, you will need to buy a few things. 

  • Resin (clear!)
  • Catalyst (hardener)
  • measuring cups (disposable)
  • silicon or plastic mold
  • Popsicle stick
  • charms
  • dyes or pigments 

Here is the tricky part. To make the resin you will need to add a catalyst: Another chemical that has a an affect on the resin. You MUST be precise! If too much catalyst is added the whole piece will over heat (the reactions between the chemicals) and burst! If little catalyst is added your piece will be forever sticky. When starting to work with resin finding a clear set of directions were hard so I will give you mine and I will make a video  to show you in person.

Mixing Resin and a Catalyst:

  1. Make sure you are outside if you bought resin that is in a metal can (some are odorless) My resin will get you messed up really fast if you are not in a well ventilated area. Go outside or have a fan and open all the windows
  2. For ever ounce of resin there are 10 drops of catalyst. Just to give you an idea 2 ounces of resin is 1/4 of a cup (remember 10p/oz-so in the 2oz case, you will add 20 drops)
  3. Pour your resin in a paper or plastic (not foam) cup. Pour from 6-10 inches above the cup and SLOWLY. You are trying to avoid making bubbles, so if the resin is dripping from a higher distance  it is more likely to condense into a nice steady stream that won’t form bubbles.
  4. Pour that resin in a different cup, using the Popsicle stick to scrape the excess into the different cup. Then add your hardener 10drops/per.oz. 
  5. This part requires patience-mixing. When mixing the hardener and the resin together you want to make sure you are mixing well and for the right time. Because the catalyst permanently makes the resin turn hard you are under a time constraint. Mix SLOWLY and thoroughly, scraping the bottom and the sides. (The hardener looks like clear oil and it leaves streaks make sure you are mixing until those streaks are gone.) You may add your pigment in now (the weird think about pigment is that it affects how much catalyst you can put in. Look for specific instructions.
  6. After 2-3 min of mixing, the resin starts to get thicker-this is when you pour the resin into your mold! Be careful and neat-you do not want this on your maple wood dinner table .
  7. When you are done pouring add your charms in! Quickly before it hardens.
  8. Place the mold in the sun with a plastic tupperware container over it (to block particles flying and drying onto the resin.
  9. Wait until it dries! This may take anywhere from 1-24 hours. *

 

*I did a piece today and when I was done making breakfast two of the pieces were rock solid. It’s obviously because I am in Texas and as the saying goes “everything is bigger in Texas”-they aren’t kidding you-the sun is even bigger in Texas

 

These are two of my first pieces-they are plain and not perfect. So cool thoughImageImage

 

What can you put in resin??

Resin is such a cool thing! You can put SO many things in it.

You can paint resin. This guy painted every little layer of resin that he did. the end result is a art piece that looks real!

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You can put beads:

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You can add plants like flowers, moss, grass ect:Image

You can add bugs to the resin too! They will stay perfectly preserved:Image

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