How to use epoxy resin in crafts

Written by ashley kurz
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Resin casting is a way to encase images and objects under a clear layer for jewellery, ornaments, photo displays and many other interesting uses. There are both epoxy and polyester types of resin that can be used for resin casting, but epoxy resin is one of the best for beginners, as it produces less harmful fumes and sets up more quickly than polyester resin. To begin using epoxy resin in crafts, you should learn how it can be used to encase objects and images.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Resin
  • Metal measuring spoons
  • Mixing cup
  • Plastic fork
  • Mold
  • Cooking spray
  • Objects or images to embed

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Read the directions on the packaging very carefully. Different brands of resin will have different directions, so it is important that you follow the directions.

  2. 2

    Measure the resin according to the instructions with your metal measuring spoons. Mix the resin in a disposable cup or plastic container with a plastic fork.

  3. 3

    Spray a mould with cooking spray so that it is easy to remove your resin after it has finished curing.

  4. 4

    Pour a small amount of resin into a plastic or latex mould (found at crafting stores) and allow it to cure according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  5. 5

    Place your object or image into the cured resin; then pour some more resin over top to encase it.

  6. 6

    Allow the second layer of resin to cure according to the manufacturer's instructions; then remove it from the mould.

Tips and warnings

  • Embed objects like silk flowers, marbles and even your favourite candy in a mould.
  • Perform this procedure in a well-ventilated area to reduce the fumes from mixing and setting the resin.

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