I have been doing crafting as a hobby for as long as I can remember. This past year I picked up Resin art. It is rowing on me . Fast
Learning my way around
Learning my way around with the resin didn’t really take long. I watched lot of videos on You tube, Instagram , the usual. I also read some online tutorials. This made me more curious and it also made me go crazy in the craft store., Yes , I did over spend, just a little. But who can control themselves in the craft store, right? I wanted one of everything. I wanted molds for it all. Now I wanted to make jewelry, bowl, ashtrays, coasters, jewelry boxes, stash boxes. I started looking up molds . I found all kind of things. I really didn’t know that there were so many items you could make resin into, or out of.
Just like any other craft, like ceramics there is always more to learn than you realize. There will be so much you could purchase if you allow yourself to go crazy. Sometimes I do that. I have found that Dollar-Tree is a lifesaver. They have so many things for a dollar that you would pay so much more for in a store like Walmart or a craft store. So I know every area does not have access to the same stores, which is a bummer, but if a dollar tree is accessible for you. The craft section usually is well worth the walk through.
Working with resin can be messy as it gets sticky. I have found through ruining my dining room table- yeah oh well life - we have had a lot with that table so- soon we will replace - for now table cloth. But back to save your table- those silicone place-mats, awesome tools for resin work . I buy them. I ruin them - so I buy a lot. But still worth . I use for a work space, to move the products when I am done , then to cover so no dust gets on and then it also doesn’t stick to products. - multi purpose.
So many tips. I wish I would have picked up before, I even purchased the first bottles of Resin.
Live and learn(table) aside from the sticky that and learning how to make the products come out how you want, that will be the most difficult, in my opinion.
Learn about the temperatures, too hot or cold or humid could affect the way the resin comes out. I have had issues with sticky, never drying, too hard where it has cracked, too soft. So rather than trial and error. Learn about the temperature.
Bubbles, when you mix your resin, take your time. There is not reason to mix it roughly. Just mix it smoothly and it will blend together just fine. This will help have less bubbles to start with. Once your resin is all poured either use a hear tool or a lighter to get out the remaining bubbles. This will ensure a nice clear finish.
Be careful not to add to much color. Too much color will cause the resin to lose its 1:1 ratio and it could cause it to dry inconsistent. Not always, but it could, nothing worse than making a nice big Ashtray or Jewelry Box and one edge or corner sags.
Those are just a few things i picked up while I was learning my way around and I wish I would have learned them a bit quicker, especially the humidity thing, I live in Florida, during the rainy season, I like to keep the door open and listen to the rain. Nice for listening, really bad for an entire batch of earrings I made. Good thing they were earrings and not a table top . Ha . Glad for small things sometimes.
Letters Tiny Animals Jewelry pieces organized buckets
Resin Art is something that can be created big or small . Your imagination is key. It can be the smallest mold you would purchase in a craft store. Think of being in the kitchen and you are making candy. A candy mold of little roses, or a lollipop. These can be used. Now think bigger gummy bears, or bigger an ashtray.
When you are working with Resin, it has to dry(or cast) much like paint, if too thick it won’t dry properly. So I started small to learn and even now, when working with bigger projects I must remind myself that it has to dry in layers .
Now think even bigger a table top, a large piece of wood. The options can be endless. Resin/epoxy is actually the same thing. In crafting we use nontoxic resin clear . This works best. This casts clear, has less bubbles and likely won’t yellow over time. There are many tricks that can be used to work with your resin to help Get your desired consistency and always follow instructions to ensure you get the correct results.
I have found that and exact 1:1 ratio is usually best, however depends on the temperature of your home, and also if the mold is very deep I believe you would want more hardener.
Starting off with crafting Resin
When I first got introduced to resin for a crafting idea, it was presented to me as ashtrays. At first I thought what is the point. Then when I saw the ideas on Instagram and Pinterest. My mind busted wide open. I was completely taken by surprise. There is an entire industry devoted to ashtrays. This is not only a true statement but there is so much more. So I went a bought a couple molds and some resin and started learning. There is lots to learn and perhaps I’ll write some tutorials along the way. But I realized if I want to get good at detail I will have to start with the smaller pieces.
I went and purchased some small molds. There are a few different kind. I found the silicone ones work best. This way the come out of the mold with as little problems for you with your end products. This was found out through my trial and error. Save your self grief. They sell products. I don’t have extra cash laying around to waste. So I didn’t try them.
in the photos you can see I made some different shapes, letters, fins, and other designs for key chains, earrings, jewelry, or other accessories or toys. I have been working with the resin to get different hardness, for different products.
For small children I like to make letters for them to play with. Nice bright colors . They need to be hard enough for them not to chew on, yet not to hard, they would shatter if they fall on a hard floor. So crafting with resin is fun and can be a little tricky depending on what your end product will be.
Turning crafting from Hobby to Hustle
As I starting having fun with the resin Art. I started sharing the pieces I was making online. At first I just shared a few pieces with my sisters and a couple of friends. I really wasn’t trying to make any money or even thinking about it as a money making opportunity. It just kind of happened this way. The very first piece I made was a coaster. It was clear with dried flowers in it. I used the brightness colors I could find and I hoped for the best. My daughter who was much more experienced found it funny. She kept telling me to relax. Mom it will come out fine. She was right. When it hardened and it actually looked like a coaster. Felt like a coaster and it was pretty. I felt like bragging rights were in order. I grabbed my phone took a few pictures and sent to my squad , as they say these days.
‘I was super excited about the feed back. The next thing I knew , a buddy asked me to make him some ashtrays and bang. I was making some side cash.
I will admit , building an Etsy store. Instagram, Facebook. And other online business, attracting customers and building inventory is not always as easy as it sounds. I am happy to say that I do enjoy my arts and crafts one way or another.
I am going to write, I am going to have my social media’s, I am going to hustle my way into my lifestyle, so might as well have fun, make cool art, and always make pieces of art that not only can be customizable but can be fun and at times practicle.
Moons and suns wind chime letters coasters
Clear Nontoxic Resin
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