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Let's pick up where we left off last week as you have guessed by the title of this blog today I'm going to be going over the materials needed for Resin Art. I have a sneaky freebie Worksheet for you at the end, so keep reading!
Measuring Resin by Weight or Volume
In my previous blog post I mentioned I'll be explaining this in detail, so when it comes to measuring Epoxy I'm sure you've noticed some Artists go all out and pour directly into their plastic cups while others whip out a kitchen scale. Here's the deal, depending on how the Resin has been formulated you will have to follow either-or, to make sure you're doing it the right way check the Website you've purchased from for more details.
Oh, the projects I could've saved if I knew any better, measuring your Resin the right way is essential. There's spooky stuff that can happen if you don't, I've had so many projects cure perfectly and then some of them end up mysteriously rubbery and I could never figure out why it kept happening until one day I realised this.
Materials needed for Resin Art
You've got your Resin (Psst! If you don't know which Resin to buy check my previous blog post click here) and you don't know where to begin. Here's what you need to get started -
- Mixing Sticks - Wooden Popsicle Sticks or Plastic Sticks
Mixing sticks are the best way to stir and incorporate your Resin as well as to pick your pigments from their bottles and mix them into the Resin.
- Mixing Cups - Plastic Containers, Plastic Measuring Jugs or Paper Cups lined with a plastic inner lining
When you're picking out a plastic cup or jug look for ones with a thick wall, no flimsy business will work here. You can also reuse plastic yoghurt containers! Clean them out well because the last thing you want any 3-day old yoghurt in your Resin eww! This is a fantastic way to repurpose and reuse what you have around.
- Base or Mould
What do you want to make? Depending on what your project is you're going to need a base to pour on like Wood, Birchwood, MDF, Glass. Pick a base that's compatible with Resin, since it's a type of plastic it will peel off a plastic base.
Moulds are the best way to create a variety of products, and for a beginner, I'd highly recommend pouring into a mould as your first project. Silicone moulds work the best with Resin.
- Pigments or Powders
The best way to colour Epoxy Resin is by using pigments or powders. For a colourful outcome, you can pick between Resin Pigments, Alcohol Inks or Resin Dyes. In love with the beautiful metallic Resin Geode lines? You can achieve those by mixing in Mica Powders with your Resin. If you love glittery things and are a magpie like me, you can also mix in gold, silver or rose gold leaf as well as all sorts of glitters (ooo... shiny!)
I have used and collected quite a few pigments and powders over time and if you'd like me to share my collection and tell you what I think about them let me know
- Safety Gear
Like I mentioned in my previous blog because Resin is a chemical it's important to take the right precautions while working with it. We don't want to inhale any nasty fumes! Always wear a face respirator and nitrile-free gloves. Here's what I use - Amazon Storefront
- Weighing Scale
If you're using the kind of Resin that needs to be weighed a kitchen scale is an inexpensive and perfect fit. My scale has seen better days so you'd rather learn from my mistakes and cover it with cling wrap before you begin using it.
- Additional Materials
Hello butterfingers, well I'm just talking to myself now but my number 1 studio must-have has got to be 99% Isopropyl Alcohol. I don't know how by somehow I manage to get Resin and the pigments on the floor, my clothes, every plug point that exists. Let's not get into what my chair looks like my friends who come over won't even sit on it. The best way to get Resin or any pigments off your surfaces is to immediately is to wipe it off with Isopropyl Alcohol. If it gets on a surface that has some kind of a coating or paints on it use a baby wipe instead because the Isopropyl can affect the finish.
Tip: While using wooden popsicle sticks and paper cups always lay them on a plastic surface when the Resin is completely cured just reuse it again! I have cups and sticks that I have been using for months now.
Resin Art Worksheet