Here are some common questions we've received on people new to Resin Art. We hope you find this post helpful!
Q: What is resin art?
A: Resin art is a form of creating art using 2-part epoxy resin, a clear, glossy material that can be poured into molds or onto surfaces and then hardens to a glass-like finish.
Q: How do I start with resin art?
A: Starting with resin art requires a few basic supplies: epoxy resin, mixing cups, large spoons or stirring sticks (don't use wood like popsicle sticks as they can create air bubbles), and a surface or mold to pour the resin into.
Q: What are silicone molds used for in resin art?
A: Silicone molds are used to give shape to the resin. We offer a variety of silicone molds in different shapes and sizes to suit your creative needs. If you're just starting out, we suggest you begin with smaller molds which require less resin so you can perfect your approach without using as much material.
Q: How do I use silicone craft mats in resin art?
A: Silicone craft mats are used as a protective surface for your workspace. LoliVefe craft mats are perfect for this application because they are non-stick, making it easy to clean up any spilled or dripped resin. (check out our cleaning videos for more detail on how to remove resin from your craft mat)
Q: What are the benefits of using high-quality molds?
A: Not all molds are created equal! Some molds look similar but may use less silicone or cheaper silicone which can cause your resin to stick and tear. High-quality molds are durable, flexible, and easy to demold. They can also withstand high temperatures and repeated use.
Q: Do I need to use heat with resin?
A: Heat helps to diffuse bubbles. Many people use a heat wand (different to a heat gun) and some use a torch (similar to what is used in making creme brûlée). Couple things to note -- never use alcohol (which is also used to diffuse bubbles) with heat! Alcohol is flammable and you should be VERY careful when using. Always have a fire extinguisher handy. Also, never get fire near the actual mold edges because that will cause the mold to fuse to the resin and tear when you demould. A heat want is better for getting bubbles out closer to the edge of the mold, but again, don't concentrate the heat on the mold itself or you could have issues. If you let your resin sit for five minutes before pouring it, a lot of the bubbles will come to the surface. Also, a thinner viscosity resin has less bubbles. If you are mixing your resin with mica powders, bubbles are less of an issue - it's only if you are pouring a more clear finish that you need to minimize the bubbles.
Q: How do I use squeeze bottles in resin art?
A: Squeeze bottles are really best for fluid art as once the resin dries you won't be able to get it out of the bottles.
Q: How do I use vinyl stickers in resin art?
A: Vinyl stickers are a great way to create designs, patters and scenes in resin art. For example, we sell sea creatures which many people buy to make ocean scenes using clear blue or teal resin that make the sharks, whales and other sea creatures pop. Pour a layer of resin first and let it cure. Once it has cured, put your stickers in place. Make sure there are no bubbles under the stickers. Then pour another layer of resin. You can repeat this process as many times as your molds will allow which can create a deep ocean appearance. Using smaller shapes on the bottom layers and then larger shapes at the top provides perspective as well.
Q: How do I use measuring cups in resin art?
A: Craft measuring cups are essential for ensuring accurate ratios of resin and hardener. This is crucial for the resin to cure properly. You should measure resin according to the manufacturers instructions but it is almost always based on volume and not weight.
Q: What are some safety precautions I should take when working with resin?
A: Always work in a well-ventilated area, wear protective gloves and eyewear, and avoid skin contact with the resin and hardener. Also, your craft space should always have a fire extinguisher no matter what!