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With this tutorial, I want to introduce you to Resin Epoxy Art. Before you can get started, you will learn what resin is and what you should pay attention to when working with epoxy resin. I will show you where you can get the materials you need and give you a step-by-step guide on how to create your first resin work. All the basics for a successful start in the casting resin technique are given in the following article.

 

 

 

What is Epoxy Resin?

Epoxy resins are a two-component system consisting of resin and hardener. By mixing the two components, a chemical reaction takes place so that the liquid resin gradually hardens to a solid plastic within hours.

The result is a high-gloss, clear surface. For the sake of simplicity, I will usually use the term “resin” instead of “epoxy resin”. Resin is not only used in industry and boat building, but also in art. Thus, besides kitchen counters, floors, tables, paintings, jewelry or sculptures can also be cast.

 

 

What is Resin Art?

With resin art, you can create works of art that enchant with their clarity, luminosity, brilliance and depth. Color pigments or other additives are added to the epoxyresin and you can create resin paintings or do resin castings – there are endless possibilities!

Different effects can be created by choosing the painting ground, the type of casting, the colors and the additives. Even experienced resin artists have never finished learning.

The trend to use resin in art comes from the USA, Canada and Australia. In Europe, the techniques are still little known.  If you like experimenting, you will love working with resin. Resin can also be used to finish drawings, photos and paintings (made of oil, acrylic, alcohol ink, watercolor, ink, mixed media, etc.) with a shine that can be created and also to protect them from UV light and mechanical influences. You can also use epoxy on wood, build your own epoxy river table or create your own geode art with it.

resin kunst

 

 

Supplies you need for Epoxy Resin Art

 

Best Resin Epoxy for Crafts

To create gorgeous resin paintings, you need a high-quality art resin. While art resin is a brand, this term is also widely used to describe a specific type of this material, which has high quality and is suitable to use for resin artworks. It should be crystal clear and include an UV-filter, so it doesn’t yellow too much over time and under sunlight exposure.

 

ProMarine Supplies ProArt Epoxy Resin

ProMarine’s ProArt Resin is made specifically to be used for art-related projects. You can protect all kinds of artwork, both fragile and robust, by coating it with the hard, crystal-clear finish of this resin. Use ProArt resin to make, secure, and protect art projects from drawings and paintings to woodwork and sculptures. This resin is best used on materials such as wood, metal, plastic, and canvas, and can be mixed with pigmented powders, dyes, and liquid tints to add a pop of color.

 

PROS

  • Affordable product of a high quality
  • The finish is completely solid, similar to a hard shell
  • Self-leveling resin with a very glossy finish
  • Releases air well, thus preventing bubbles
  • Lasting color
  • Strengthened against impact
  • Resistant to UV rays and water
  • Minimal odor
  • Easy mixing ratio of 1:1
  • Longer processing time to allow for more careful, precise work

 

Stone Coat Art Coat Ultra UV Protected Epoxy

Stone Coat Countertops has worked together with an epoxy resin artist so as to create an Art Coat product. This resin has been made specifically with artists in mind, creating a product that is easy to use with positive results. Apply your Art Coat as a clear protective layer, or mix it together with a color of your choice! Stone Coat Art Coat resin is compatible with many materials, such as resin colorants, metallic powders and pastes, acrylics, oils, tints, dyes, and many others.

STONE COAT Art Coat Epoxy, Ultra UV Protection, food safe

STONE COAT Art Coat Epoxy, Ultra UV Protection, food safe

  • Specifically designed for art projects, developed with professional artists
  • Heat resistant, scratch resistant, food safe, maximum UV resistant, water resistant
  • compatible with alcohol inks, acrylics, silicone oils, metallics, oil-based paint
  • Extended working time, easy to clean
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PROS

  • Easy to mix with a 1:1 ratio
  • This resin is crystal-clear and will not yellow
  • Non-toxic
  • Cheaper than other resin brands
  • Very little odor

CONS

  • Shorter processing time of 45 minutes, meaning that you will have less time to work with your resin
  • Thicker consistency, which can make it difficult to pour
  • Prone to bubbles, although these can be removed by exposing them to hot air

 

Dr. Crafty Clear Epoxy Resin Kit

This epoxy resin kit is ideal for beginners, as it comes with all of the tools and materials needed to get started! Dr. Crafty’s Clear Epoxy Resin kit is perfect to be used on various artworks and jewelry. This product is very easy and simple to use, so that anyone can begin working with epoxy resin to make their own pieces of art!

 

PROS

  • Can easily be used with all other marine grade epoxies
  • The marine epoxy is self-leveling, which is perfect for coating and laminating
  • The kit comes with epoxy and hardener pumps, providing exact amounts
  • Comprehensive kit that can be used on numerous repair or building ventures

CONS

  • Can’t really use the resin in cold weather conditions
  • Not suitable if you are looking for clear marine epoxy

 

 

What do you Need for Resin Art?

 

 

Properties and Applications of different Resin Products

For my resin paintings, I mainly use the two resin varieties MasterCast 1-2-1 from Eli-Chem Resins and ArtResin from the company of the same name. They are both available in Europe, high quality and certified as non-toxic. They contain no solvents, do not give off vapors and are odorless and non-flammable.

They protect your artwork from UV rays. In addition to MasterCast, Eli-Chem also offers other resin types with different viscosities. For certain applications, UltraCast and TotalCast Resin are better suited than MasterCast. TotalCast Resin is slightly more liquid and ideally suited for clear coatings or embedding and pouring liquids and has a short drying time (approx. three to four hours).

MasterCast on the other hand is better suited for coloring resin with color pigments and for fluid panting and has a longer drying time of about six to eight hours. MasterCast therefore also offers a slightly longer working time (service life of approx. 25 to 40 minutes). The time until the image is completely hardened is about three days with MasterCast.

The UltraCast resin is characterized by its very long processing time of up to 1.5 hours or drying time of 24 hours and is therefore particularly recommended for large-area work. However, it takes seven to ten days to achieve maximum curing properties and temperature resistance.

 

 

Which Painting Grounds are suitable for Resin Epoxy Art?

Suitable for resin art are painting surfaces made of wood, glass, metal, plexiglass, concrete and much more. Porous, absorbent surfaces are unsuitable. Canvases are not suitable because they would sag due to the weight of the resin and the resin would then converge in the centre of the depression. Furniture, floors and kitchen covers can be covered with the appropriate resin/epoxy resin.

 

 

Which Colors and Dyes are suitable for Resin Art?

There are now many suppliers of highly pigmented paints whose products are particularly suitable for use in resin. You can use color pigments in powder form, ResiTint colors (very color intensive, a few drops are enough), ink, alcohol ink, liquid acrylic paints and spray paints. There are no limits to your imagination. You should not add water to your paints, because water makes the resin milky and it no longer hardens completely. We have our own tutorial on how to color resin.

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Depending on the type of pigments used, you will get different results. There are also color pigments in powder form that are not suitable for resin. It is best to experiment with your colors on small painting surfaces before you dare to take on large Resin Art paintings. Some manufacturers keep lists of pigments that are suitable for coloring resin, such as Kremer. It is important that you stir the color into the resin thoroughly (but gently).

 

HEMWAY Pigment Powder in 14 colours

HEMWAY Pigment Powder in 14 colours

  • Hemway has one of the largest ranges of pigment powder dyes
  • You can simply mix this slowly into resin until the desired ratio is reached
  • Colorfast and lightfast, so your works will still shine brilliantly even after a long time
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How to Calculate the Amount of Resin you need

How much resin you need for your Epoxy Resin Art depends on the size of your painting surface and also on whether you want to cover the edges with resin or if you cover them with paint tape. To calculate the amount of resin you need, we have a resin epoxy calculator that will help you calculate the amount of resin you need to mix:

 

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A special Resin Art Technique – Cells in your Resin Epoxy Art

Cells can be produced by casting techniques like Dirty Pour, Air Swipe and many others. You can learn them in our separate blog about Fluid painting techniques.

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Cells can also be created by adding some isopropanol alcohol or a few drops of Resi-Blast. Alternatively, you can drop the Resi-Blast into your freshly poured resin. If you wait too long, the Resi-Blast will have no effect.

 

 

Achieve sparkling and glowing Effects in your Epoxy Painting

By adding glitter or decoration stones and crystals to your Resin Epoxy Art you can set beautiful accents. For example, you can cast the currently very trendy geodes. (By the way, there will be a blog post about geodes soon).

 

resin kunst

 

 

How do you prevent Resin from getting too hot?

Mix only as much resin as you really need. Use for resin, which you do not need immediately wide vessels. Especially metallic colors develop a lot of heat together with resin. The warmer the room temperature, the faster the resin starts to “boil”. If you notice that your resin is hard and very hot in the cup, you should pour it onto a foil. Because you can’t process it anyway and it can cool down again. On hot days I recommend that you do resin work in the morning or move it to the cool cellar.

 

 

What to do against Air Bubbles?

The formation of air bubbles in the resin cannot be avoided. If you stir yourcasting resin slowly and heat it up briefly in between, the bubbles should not be a problem. Heat will cause the bubbles to rise to the surface and burst. Heat the resin on a painting surface regularly with a heat gun or better still with a butane torch.

Keep the heat source about 4 inches away from your Epoxy Art and move the torch in fast movements over the painting. Otherwise the resin will start to boil and it will clump. If the resin is colored white, this can be seen by the fact that it turns yellow. If this happens to you, you have to remove the clumped resin from the surface and pour it again.

WAGNER SPRAYTECH Heat Gun

WAGNER SPRAYTECH Heat Gun

  • Two Temp Settings 750ᵒF & 1000ᵒF

  • Use the heat gun to remove air bubbles from your epoxy

  • You can also use the air flow to customize your artwork as long as the resin is flowing
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Resin Processing Time

The drying time depends on the room temperature and the type of resin used. When using MasterCast 1-2-1 at a room temperature of 22° Celcius you have about 25 to 40 minutes working time until the drying starts. With TotalCast from the same supplier this is 15 to 30 minutes, with UltraCast about 1.5 hours. ArtResin behaves similar to MasterCast 1-2-1.

 

 

Painting Composition

As with every painting, you should think about the composition of the epoxy painting beforehand. This is especially true for Resin Epoxy Art – once you have mixed the resin with the hardener, you only have a limited time to finish your resin painting.

 

 

How to make Resin Art – Tutorial for Creating your first Resin Painting

Once you are clear about the image design and color selection, you are ready to go for your first Resin Painting:

  • Ensure a clean, dust-free workplace in a well-ventilated room. Lay foils to protect your workplace and the floor. The material you need should be within easy reach.
  • Stick your painting ground on the reverse side with strong paint tape, so that resin drops on the underside of the wooden board can easily be removed the next day together with the tape. Some artists also stick the sides of the painting ground. Taping pages or not – this is of course a matter of taste, everyone should do it the way they like.
  • Place your painting base raised on your tabletop, e.g. on cups. If your painting base is directly on the tabletop, the reverse side will stick to the tabletop due to the resin flowing down.

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  • Use the level to make sure that your painting surface is horizontal on the worktop. Otherwise, the resin will melt and your beautiful motif will be invisible after a short time.
  • Use disposable nitrile gloves (no vinil or latex) and wear long-sleeved clothing.
  • Mix the required amount of resin and hardener in the correct ratio for 3 minutes. Both MasterCast 1-2-1 and ArtResin are mixed at a ratio of 1:1 based on volume (not weight). Use a plastic spatula for stirring. If the two components are mixed insufficiently, the mass remains sticky and does not harden completely.

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  • Now the fun begins: Color the resin in disposable cups with different colors. Be sparing with color, a few drops or a hint of pigments are usually enough. You can pour the resin cups individually on your painting ground or use one of the well-known pouring techniques. For example: Puddle Pour, Dirty Pour, Flip Cup, Swirl, Air Swipe etc.
  • You can also add some silicone oil or even better Resi-Blast to the color mixtures. Resi-Blast was specially developed for the Resin Epoxy Art of cell formation.
  • You can influence the course of the resin on your painting surface with a spatula, knife, foam roller, brush, silicone brush etc. as well as by tilting the painting surface.
  • Avoid air bubbles in the painting. If there are any, you can remove them by (very briefly!) using a butane torch or a hot air blow-dryer.

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  • If the casting resin starts to dry after a certain time (different from resin to resin, see above), the painting should not be changed. The resin then becomes very viscous and begins to pull threads like chewing gum. It then loses its most important property of self-leveling. Heating can delay the process, but only to a limited extent.
  • In order to avoid annoying foreign particles (dust, hair, mosquitoes) on the Resin Artwork, you should remove these if necessary with tweezers.

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  • When the image is finished and free of air bubbles and foreign particles, you should cover it to protect it from dust. For this, you can use a cardboard plate, which you place on four bottles, for example. A resin image is hard after about 24 hours, but still sensitive. Only after three days is it fully cured. The resin image should not be exposed to large temperature fluctuations during the drying time.
  • If necessary, you can apply further resin layers as soon as the Resin pour Art has dried (after approx. 5 hours).

Resin Epoxy Art

 

 

How to clean your Casting Tools?

With the finished Epoxy Painting your work is not done yet. Now it’s time to clean your painting equipment. If you still have resin left, you can use it either for small decoration objects such as Resin Coasters / Petri Dishes or for experiments. Place the empty resin cups on a plastic foil with the opening facing down. Excess resin runs out of the cups and can easily be separated from the cup the next day.

Wipe your spatula with vinegar or a cloth soaked in isopropanol. You should also wipe off the remaining sticky utensils such as hot-air dryers, butane torches, tweezers etc. with an alcohol cloth. Attention, disconnect electrical appliances from the power supply before use! Brushes and foam rollers, if you have used them, must, unfortunately, be disposed of. Do not leave wooden sticks in the resin, otherwise you will hardly be able to remove them from the surface the next day.

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How do you clean Sticky Hands?

You should clean sticky hands with vinegar and then clean them with soap and water. There are hand wash pastes with rubbing agents in the DIY store, which are very helpful. With alcohol you should clean your hands only if necessary since this dries out the skin. However, it is best anyway if your hands do not become sticky in the first place when wearing gloves. If possible, resin should not get on the skin as it can cause irritations.

 

 

What to do if your Resin Painting shows damaged Areas?

If your resin image has holes or dents after drying, you may not have used enough resin or too much resin may have run off the image. Dents may also form when using silicone oil or Resi-Blast. In this case, you have no choice but to carefully sand the painting surface with a fine grain and apply a new layer of resin. If you have used Resi-Blast or silicone oil in your Resin Art, clean the surface thoroughly with alcohol.

 

 

Casting further Resin Layers

About five hours after applying resin (if the resin is already a little hard but still sticks), you can apply another layer of resin. Several layers of resin on top of each other give the Resin Pour Art an exciting depth.

Alternatively, you can wait with another layer of resin until your Epoxy Art is fully cured (at least 24 hours, rather longer). Then, however, you should carefully roughen the Epoxy Resin Art with sandpaper so that the new resin can adhere well. Please use only fine grains.

After sanding, clean the painting thoroughly with water and possibly an alcohol cloth. Grinding should not be done in the same room as resin, otherwise there is a lot of dust in the air that can settle on the freshly cast painting surface.

 

 

Difficulties with Resin Epoxy Art

In addition to the many beautiful sides, Resin Epoxy Art also has some disadvantages compared to other techniques: If you dare to use epoxy resin, you must not have a penchant for cleanliness – because working with resin is a sticky business. This technique is also rather expensive. High-quality resin has its price.

epoxy resin

A resin Epoxy Painting is particularly exciting when several layers are cast on top of each other, so that the resin costs per painting are quite significant. In addition, for the sake of health, safety measures should be observed. The technique is not easy – but this increases the appeal of designing. If you have the technique under control, you will be rewarded with satisfaction and beautiful works.

 

 

Safety Measures when working with Resin

Resin is a viscous, sticky substance that hardens completely at room temperature in a given time. Therefore, you should take care to protect your furniture and clothing from resin stains. On the other hand, precautions must also be taken to protect your health. Even if you use a resin that has been certified as non-toxic and harmless, resin can cause skin irritation if it comes into contact with the skin.

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It is therefore important to wear disposable nitrile gloves and long-sleeved clothing. In addition, you should refrain from eating and drinking in the immediate vicinity of resin. Smoking should also be avoided, as epoxy resin is partly flammable. In addition, a respiratory protective mask is recommended when heating paint / synthetic resin, as this is not completely harmless.

 

Safety Works Multi-Purpose Respirator

Safety Works Multi-Purpose Respirator

  • As toxic fumes can be produced when processing resin, we recommend that you wear a respirator mask when processing resin in rooms.
  • Even though professional resin promises to be non-toxic, we believe that health comes first and you can eliminate any negative effect.
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Resin Art Ideas

While the term resin art is widely used to describe paintings made out of this material, there is so much you can do with it. Here are some resin art ideas you can do – check out our in-depth tutorials for these art projects:

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Bottom Line

As you can see, the creation of a resin Epoxy painting is quite time-consuming and requires a lot of preparation. But if you hold a successful resin Artwork in your hands, you will see: It was more than worth it!

For beginners, I can definitely recommend attending a resin course. There you will learn to understand the technique from the ground up – with all its peculiarities and precautions. You will be accompanied step by step through the individual phases: From preparation and design to cleaning and post-processing.

Have fun experimenting with resin!

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is Resin Art Expensive?

Yes, Resin Art can be quite an expensive hobby. That’s mainly because the Epoxy Resin can be costly if you create bigger Resin artworks. That’s why also buying Resin Art pieces can cost a good amount of money.

 

Why Resin Art is Bad?

Epoxy resin has many great properties, but at the same time, it’s also a downside: Technically you create art out of plastic, so it’s not the most environmentally friendly type of art. Also, as long as the resin is in its liquid form, it’s toxic and should be handled with care.

 

What is the Difference between Art Resin and Casting Resin?

The difference between Art Resin and Casting Resin is the purpose: Art Resin, which is more described as Coating Resin is for creating surfaces, is thicker and hardens faster. Casting Resin is for deeper pours, for example resin tables or molds.

 

 

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Patricia Jaggi

Although Patricia Jaggi has been enthusiastic about painting since her youth, she discovered her true passion a few years ago with Resin Epoxy Art. After studying economics, she worked as a business consultant and as a scientist, which left her little time for painting. After the birth of her children she allowed herself more freedom to be artistically active again. Today she works with various techniques in her studio in Basel – her great love, however, is resin art. She was fascinated by the luminosity of the paintings and their depth effect. It is her wish to arouse enthusiasm and positive feelings in the viewer through her paintings as well. Since Patricia wants to share her joy and her knowledge about resin art with others, she now also offers courses.

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If you’ve never tried crafting with epoxy resin before then, we’re very sorry indeed to tell you that you’ve been missing out on something interesting, versatile, and a whole lot of fun.

The Best Epoxy Resin

Epoxy resin is the clear hardening material that you’ve probably seen used in all different manners, but that many beginner crafting enthusiasts often feel intimidated by because it truly involves creating something solid and fully formed completely from scratch using liquids.

What is the best epoxy resin?

Although it’s not especially difficult to make most epoxy resin projects once you’ve had a little bit of practice, it can be a little bit tricky to get used to and also to shop for if you’re new to the technique. That’s partially why we’ve decided to collect a range of different high-quality epoxy resin bundles offered by various companies, brands, and sellers and gather them in one place for some simple comparing and contrasting.

Feel free to browse this list of nine great epoxy resin kits, bundles, and offers that we’ve studied the pros and cons of in hopes that it will help people choose the option that’s truly the best fit for them.

1. Skogfe epoxy resin coating kit

Skogfe epoxy resin coating kit

Unlike some more industrial-grade epoxy resin mixtures, this kit from Skogfe is specifically intended for hobby crafting, making it a friendlier choice for beginners. Where some brands are prone to yellowing with time, this one is formulated to remain “crystal clear.” It was also mixed with a slightly larger than the average working window in mind, giving you 40 minutes to mold or smooth rather than drying in you immediately and affecting your finished product. It’s also a particularly smooth formula that’s intended to dry level, smooth, and free of air bubbles, unlike some mixtures that require a large amount of manual smoothing.

This kit comes stocked with rubber gloves, wooden stir sticks, and little disposable cups for safe mixing, but once they’re used up, you’ll need to restock or find alternatives. The amount of epoxy resin provided isn’t necessarily equal to the number or size of containers you give for mixing, depending on what you’re making.

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2. Bloombee clear epoxy resin

Bloombee clear epoxy resin

Bloombee offers an epoxy resin that is bottled in a slightly larger quantity (which accounts for the slightly higher price, but in a reasonable way), but that is also formulated to dry with a particularly impressive high gloss finish. This makes it useful for making beautiful jewelry and decor pieces, but particularly effective as a finishing seal. Besides the stir sticks, which can easily be replaced with kids’ popsicle sticks, the bonus gloves and mixing beakers are reusable, which is eco-friendly.

While the reusability of the gloves and beakers is a green choice, it also means they require some extra care in use. You’ll want to rinse carefully and wash them rather quickly, or the epoxy resin will stick and won’t wash out past that small window before drying begins. Because the two components are chemicals, you’ll also want to keep them set aside separately, so they don’t get used for anything else; the residual epoxy inside could be harmful to the user or whatever they’re doing, and what they put inside could also interfere with your mixture the next time you use them for epoxy resin again.

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3. Colour Master mica powder epoxy resin dye

Colour master mic powder epoxy resin dye

We know that the point of this post is primarily to look at epoxy resin mixture options, but these offers from Color Master were simply too fun not to include. These brightly colored epoxy resin dyes are actually mica powder-based and also work well in nail art, soap making, and many other DIY realms. The pigments mix smoothly into epoxy resin and show well through its transparency when the mix has hardened.

While it’s great that you get such a wide range of colors since they’re sold in a bundle of 30, there will undoubtedly be a few pigments you’re not really a huge fan of and might not use, and there is no option for selecting specific colors and leaving others out.

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4. Dr Crafty crystal clear epoxy resin

Dr crafty crystal clear epoxy resin

If you’re already an avid epoxy resin crafter with a little more experience under your belt, but you’re looking for larger quantities that will give you a better bang for your buck than re-buying the smaller kits so often, we think you’ll do well with this one-gallon duo from Dr Crafty. They throw in reusable stir sticks and mixing beakers and provide you with precise amounts of their 1:1 ratio formula for easy use and precise mixing, preventing you from running out of one component before the other.

Rather than being self-leveling, however, this mix is geared more towards being very crystal clear. This is great, as are their tips about the benefits of using a heat fun on their product, but you will need to do that in order to get the mix to be 100% air bubble-free. The bundle is also much more expensive than what you’ve seen so far, which makes sense given the increase in quantity but will be a big consideration on some people’s budget.

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5. The Epoxy Resin Store premium quality clear epoxy resin

The epoxy resin store premium quality clear epoxy resin

If your DIY goals are a little larger and face potential wear and tear or weathering, then we think you’ll need a more industrial-grade product, like this offer from The Epoxy Resin Store. Their product is formulated with large quantity needs and big, practical projects like tabletop or floor sealing in mind (although it can also be used for making smaller trinkets). It’s hardy and resistant, and also not one for air bubbling badly. This mixture is also food safe, making it good for glossing tabletops.

Keep in mind that the fine print of this offer says that the quantity is one gallon total, between the two bottles, and not one gallon each. Your epoxy and your resin are each half a gallon, which is an important distinction to make, especially if you’re planning a large project like sealing a floor.

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6. Amazing Clear Cast alumilite clear coating and casting resin

Amazing clear cast alumilite clear coating and casting resin

Just in case you’re still looking for a product that’s small in quantity, friendly to beginners, and much more affordable, here’s a great kit from Amazing Clear Cast that’s geared once again towards smaller projects and hobby crafters rather than industrial use. Because this brand also sells molds in various sizes and level of detail, their epoxy resin is formulated specifically for strength even in small, delicate pieces, making it ideal for jewelry or model making because the little pieces are less likely to break when you remove the finished piece from the mold.

The quantity makes sense with the affordable price, but be aware that each bottle in this pack only contains eight fluid ounces, meaning you might be in need of replacements quite quickly if you try the technique out and turn out to be a total enthusiast.

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7. Dr Crafty full clear epoxy resin kit

Dr crafty full clear epoxy resin kit

Just in case you liked the sound of the product itself when we analyzed the previous Dr Crafty offer, but you’re just not in need of an entire gallon of epoxy resin just yet, here’s a slightly smaller bundle that will still give you quite a number of uses. In this kit, each bottle contains 14oz for a total of 32oz to use. You’ll also receive not only a packet of stir sticks and two mixing cups but a smoothing too that will help you get an even surface in your flat sealing projects.

Just like the first bundle from this brand that we showed you, the mixture isn’t necessarily the most air bubble-free, even though it dries wonderfully clear. Keep that in mind, as they do encourage you to use it in combination with a heat gun for really perfect results, and not everyone has one of those casually on hand!

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8. Art Resin one gallon epoxy resin

Art resin one gallon epoxy resin

If you’re primarily interested in purchasing epoxy resin so that you can create beautiful things with your kids (in a very supervised manner, of course), then we think you might get along best with this formula from Art Resin that’s specifically intended for artistic projects. The main draw here, besides that it’s not flammable (which is a feature most providers guarantee now), is that this mixture is actually also fume free, which is preferable if you’re working with kids around.

Now, you should understand that just because the mix is fume-free does not mean it won’t still have a rather strong smell. It simply means that working with this mix won’t cause you to feel lightheaded and won’t be harmful to your breathing like some industrial-grade epoxies can be. This one-gallon offer, like before, is also one gallon total, with each bottle containing half a gallon.

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9. HXDZFX epoxy resin coating with resin and hardener

Hxdzfx epoxy resin coaing with resin and hardener

If your plan is to use pigments and other color changes in your resin projects, then we think this mixture from HXDZFX might be right up your alley. Although it is guaranteed to dry crystal clear, this brand specifically tested their epoxy resin to ensure that it works with all kinds of pigments and colorants because they also sell a wide variety of these and wanted to confirm without a doubt that their whole line works in combination. This formula even works with glow-in-the-dark pigments! The color payoff and smooth blend-ability are just as effective whether you’re making tiny or larger projects with it.

This particular formula has been proven non-toxic, but don’t let that label fool you into thinking that you don’t have to wear gloves or take scent into account if you very smell sensitive. Epoxy resin still has a strong smell and will still likely irritate your skin, even when it’s in its safest to use form.

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Epoxy resin quick guide

What is epoxy resin?

Epoxy resin is a clear mixture of two curing products that work together to create a sort of liquid plastic that one can mold into myriad shapes or cover countless things like a protective layer over something else to seal or preserve it. When epoxy resin dries (which can take up to ten hours), it is quite hard and durable and usually clear or transparent.

The epoxy portion of the mix is a hardening agent that helps it dry, and the resin component is an adhesive that allows the mixture to stick smoothly to things.

How is epoxy resin used?

To use epoxy resin, you’ll combine the two components in order to get the benefits of each together and in action. Epoxy can be difficult to clean and sticks to things, so you want a clean workplace and disposable mixing tools, as well as protective gloves.

It doesn’t stick to everything, which is why it can be molded into independent shapes so well, but it sticks to most surfaces and materials. Epoxy projects are usually done using very smooth pouring or smoothing techniques.

What can you make with epoxy resin?

Epoxy resin doesn’t stick to silicone, so it’s often used to make smoothly transparent jewelry with colors or small decorative things suspended beautifully within it.

It’s also hard and durable once it’s dried, so it’s often used as a seal to protect surfaces of all kinds — from glittered coffee tumblers that you don’t want shedding sparkles, to countertops that you want to be nice and even but also easy to clean, to unique homemade floors and tabletops that you want to seal so that things like mosaic techniques aren’t damaged with wear.

What else can you use in epoxy resin projects?

People use epoxy resin in combination with all kinds of other crafting supplies.

  • You might create a mosaic from broken china, coins, or guitar picks and use epoxy to fill the uneven spaces between the pieces.
  • You might seal loose glitter, confetti, or printed photos in place on the surface of something to prevent peeling or shedding.
  • You might also suspend beads, real leaves, and flower petals or dyes and droplets of paint in epoxy resin in your jewelry-making endeavors for a unique, creative style.

Who should use epoxy resin?

Because epoxy resin involves corrosive ingredients that react to one another and adhere to so many things, it requires a certain level of care, patience, and skill. It is therefore not necessarily recommended for children unless you’re there to help them by mixing and pouring or smoothing it for them while they help you with the creative details of your project that come before and after those steps.

Safety at all times

While epoxy resin isn’t necessarily dangerous to use, it is something that requires a few protective measures. You should set down a protective paper or plastic cover on your tabletop before you start because epoxy resin will stick in the event of a spill and can’t be removed. The same goes for putting an apron or paint shirt over your clothing.

You’ll also want to wear rubber gloves while you work; epoxy resin can also stick your skin, and, particularly if your skin is sensitive, it can be very irritating and slightly corrosive. If you’re sensitive to smells, we’d also suggest wearing a crafting or carpentry mask, as it has quite a strong chemical smell.

Conclusion

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