Working with epoxy resin is all the rage these days, and with a market expected to grow to 10.3 billion by 2027, you may be wondering how you can get on board.
Although there are several steps to follow when making your epoxy resin art, the process is simpler than you may think!
Continue reading to learn everything you need to know to get started making your one of kind epoxy resin creations.
What Is Epoxy Resin?
When you buy epoxy resin, you’ll be getting two products instead of one! That’s because epoxy resin comes in two components that need to be mixed together.
One of the parts that you will get is a liquid resin. The second part is a hardener. When these two parts are mixed together, a chemical reaction occurs, resulting in a transparent, hard end product.
Buying Epoxy Resin
Buying epoxy resin is easier than you think! You’ll find epoxy resin for sale at your local craft stores and online.
If you are looking for a higher quality epoxy resin, online should be your first go-to, as it's here you will find a better quality product.
Like most things, you’ll get what you pay for when you buy epoxy resin. There are inexpensive options that you can buy, but it’s worth it to spend a little more to make sure you are getting an epoxy resin that will set correctly and without any unfavorable yellowish tints. This is especially important if you are planning to sell your final products.
Types of Epoxy Resins
Viscosity is a term to describe the thickness of something. When you are getting started with epoxy resin, you will find that it comes in low and high viscosity forms. Each form of epoxy resin has different uses depending on the type of art that you are creating.
Low viscosity epoxy resin is a casting resin, which means it is used for any project that uses molds and in things like epoxy resin jewelry. This type of epoxy is much thinner and therefore dries at a much slower rate. If you are a beginner, low viscosity resin is the way to go because you have more time to work with it.
Higher viscosity resin is known as a laminating resin and is a thicker epoxy resin. This type of resin is thicker and is used to coat objects and is usually used on things like tabletops. Because of its viscosity, this resin is a bit more tricky to work with.
You may want to read our article on choosing epoxy resin for your project!
Supplies Needed to Use Epoxy Resin
Now that you know about resin, it is time to gather the supplies you need to get started on your first epoxy resin project:
- Epoxy Resin like our 1 Gallon Epoxy Resin Kit
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring cup
- A source of heat (heat gun, blow dryer, or butane torch all work great)
- Wax paper or silicone mat for your workspace
- Silicone molds
- Craft sticks
- Any additional things you want to add to your project
Because you are working with chemicals, it’s important to keep yourself safe. Before you start, make sure you are wearing a long sleeve shirt to keep your arms safe. Eye protection and a mask are also helpful to keep your face protected during the process.
The Basic Steps for Using Epoxy Resin
The first thing you will need to do is make sure you have all of your supplies close by. Being organized will help make this process go much more smoothly.
Gather the silicone molds that you will be using. You will be filling up these molds with the epoxy resin to make your creation.
Using the measuring cup, measure the epoxy resin according to the directions and put it into the mixing bowl. Typically, you will mix two parts resin to one part hardener, but make sure to read the package carefully so that you are mixing the epoxy resin correctly.
Mix the two epoxy resin components for at least three minutes. If you are wanting to add color, glitter, or other powders to your resin, you would add it after you are done mixing your epoxy resin. Make sure to mix your epoxy resin again thoroughly after you add your add-ins.
Once your epoxy resin is mixed, let the mixture rest for at least a minute.
Pour the resin into the mold and use your heat source to remove any bubbles. Check back in a few minutes to make sure there haven’t been any bubbles that have escaped.
Allow your new art to fully cure using the time listed in the directions.
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Final Helpful Tips
You will have on average about twenty minutes to work with your resin before it gets too hard to do so. During this time, you can add anything you can think of to make your epoxy resin art your own!
Epoxy resin is completely waterproof once it is fully cured, which makes it a great option for many different types of projects. It can also withstand some heat, but not an extreme amount.
You should not take the mold off of your project until you have hit the 24-hour mark or you could risk damaging the final product. Your art won’t be fully cured for about a week.
You’ll Soon Be On Your Way to Beautiful Epoxy Resin Art
Epoxy resin artwork can take your crafting to the next level. This form of art is easy as long as you take your time and follow the steps.
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Before you know it, you’ll be making beautiful epoxy resin artwork to call your very own.