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How to Make Resin for Beginners + Important Safety Protocols to Consider

Catalina Gutierrez of Red Violet Studio shares how to work with resin for beginners and important protocols to work with it safely.

colorful and sparkly resin circles

Today, I want to share with you a simple “how to make resin” for you to try at home. Please note, this is not a project to do with little kids, but rather ages 10 and up, with adult supervision. 

I’m so happy that over the past 8 months I finally allocated the time to explore and learn all about resin, because this medium is so versatile and fun.

What to Do with Resin Creations?

Resin creations are great gifts for kids! Letters are fun to press in playdough and use for all sorts of literacy acquiring skills. Kids can practice writing their names in a fun new way.

And resin gems, shapes and flowers make a super fun addition to sensory bins for kids. Or use them alone as the star of the show with kinetic sand or another sensory bin filler.

You can also make your own keychains, coasters, earrings and resin crystals. The possibilities are endless, once you start looking up molds on Amazon you will see the many options there are for creating with resin!

Resin letters_ Redviolet Studio

Safety Protocols for Working with Resin

The first thing you must know about resin is it’s a toxic material if not handled properly. People who work with it on a regular basis use respirator masks to protect themselves from toxic fumes and VOCs 

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In order to avoid this risk, I work only with ArtResin brand (one of the most popular brands of clear epoxy resin used worldwide). It is marketed as non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-flammable and it has no VOCs/ fumes produced.

ArtResin is more expensive than other brands, but it feels a bit safer to work with compared to the alternative options. And when I use ArtResin I still work in a very well-ventilated area with all windows open and the proper PPE.

Resin is super fun, but it also requires some skill. And for me, these skills came with the practice of doing it over and over again. I troubleshoot on the go with any problems that come up and learn new ways to experiment with the material in a safe way. 

I recommend taking it easy and starting small. But once you get the hang of it, you won’t be able to stop! (At least that is what happened to me!)

*Make sure to use the appropriate PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) for working with Resin/Epoxy as we are talking chemicals here. Keep in mind that even though some resins are safer than others, you can’t be too careful when working with this material and is better to be as protected as possible. PPE includes: nitrile gloves, protective clothing, respirator mask, safety goggles.

Resin for Beginners

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare the work station

    First and foremost you must make sure to work in a well-ventilated area with open doors and windows.  Cover your table with cardboard, Kraft paper or a plastic tablecloth. Keep in mind that anything used will have to be disposed afterwards as it will be ruined once it gets resin on it.

  2. Decorate your molds

    Start by decorating your molds with all of the goodies! You can add mini erasers, beads, sprinkles, flowers––pretty much anything as long as it fits in the mold––you‘re good to go! My kids love adding small LEGO pieces to their creations, and they do turn out quite fun! Once you have your molds ready, set them aside. removing shape from mold

  3. Measure the resin

    Next, measure the ArtResin. The amount you will mix depends on the molds you choose. I usually mix 500ml total, when making a complete big letter mold for example.  First, measure the resin by pouring it in a cup or plastic container and then measure the exact same amount of hardener and pour it into the same container.

    If your room temperature is cold (during winter time for example) you may want to give your resin a warm bath before pouring it to avoid the appearance of bubbles. *If this is the case, you may want to research a little more about how to give your resin a warm bath before pouring it. Materials for making resin

  4. Mix the resin

    Use a craft stick and start mixing the resin. Be sure not to lift the stick to prevent too many bubbles from forming.  Set a timer and mix for about 3-5 minutes or until the resin is completely clear with no streaks. Mix well, and be sure to mix the bottom and sides of the bowl too.

  5. Add color (optional)

    If you want to add color to your resin (versus using it clear), now is the time to tint it. You can separate the resin mix into different plastic/paper cups and use small craft sticks to mix tints into each one. Start with a few drops, mix well and if you would like a more intense color, then you can always add more. If you want to add glitter to it, do that now too.

    making resin

  6. Pour into molds

    Now pour the resin mix into the molds. Be very careful and do it slowly to prevent spills. Fill your molds all the way to the top. Do not move the molds after pouring the resin. 

    pouring resin into number mold

    Clean the edges of the molds with Q-tips or baby wipes.
    Resin in molds

    You will notice bubbles on the surface of the poured resin. Use a toothpick to pop them and if a torch is available, gently torch them (from a distance so you don’t ruin your molds).

  7. Let cure

    Once the resin is in the molds, let it cure for 24 hours and then gently remove from the mold.

    Sometimes resin creations will have sharp edges, If that’s the case, add a little water to the sandpaper and gently sand the edges of your pieces.

    Wash silicone molds afterwards with soap and warm water and let dry.

    orange resin number one

Your resin creations should be hard and sturdy. If not, chances are the measurements of resin and hardener was not exact or the mixing was not thorough. I had a few of these incidents where I ended up with soft and bendable resin creations and it can be really frustrating.

yellow resin letter X with toys inside

Now remember, resin requires time, dedication and lots of practice. But once you get it right, I guarantee you will want to keep creating with it! Please share and tag me with your creations! I can’t wait to see them!

using shapes with playdough

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Marleejean Johnson
    February 24, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    It looks fun and I appreciate the safety factor-definately! At $129 for .5 gal of each liquid, I WOULD do it for my children, as an artful mother. This is more difficult for a classroom situation, or even an “Art Club.” Have you done a cost analysis for a specific sized item?
    The molds, gloves, adornments…about how much of an investment is it for “each piece?” Say one 2″ letter per child? The $129 for resin and the rest will make _____ letters and cost it out. We have to do this for public and charter schools. Then the question if it is a craft or an artform…

    • Reply
      Rachel Withers
      March 2, 2021 at 1:46 pm

      This is definitely a hobby activity and one meant for tweens/teens or adults making for their own kids. We wouldn’t recommended this for a school art class or art group due to the required PPE… and it would be cost prohibitive as you mentioned. We include Catalina’s post in hopes that it helps spread the word on important safety protocols needed with this trending art hobby. Thanks for your comment as you raise an important question!

      Rachel, Editorial Manager for The Artful Parent

  • Reply
    Jessica Montoya
    February 27, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Spay your molds with a fine mist of rubbing alcohol before you fill them, and then again about 5 min after you fill them with resin. This will take care of the bubbles.

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