Fewer things can be more rewarding than casting your own gems and baubles for wire wrapping, setting in chainmaille, or using in fairy house sculptures! If you are feeling intimidated by all the possibilities, you are not alone! Starting with a kit can really help you to take the first steps into this wonderful art form!
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Just Getting Started
When mixing resin, be sure to fully read and follow the instructions, as each resin can be a bit different. Art N Glow is our main go-to resin, but I really like art resin for filling molds when I am casting in layers, and I love Smooth-Cast for when I want to be able to unmold in just 10 minutes.
When shopping for molds I prefer flexible molds that don't require mold release, though it can extend the life of your molds to use mold release each time. I specifically look for molds that have a very smooth and shiny interior, as the mold texture translates onto the resin. Molds for soap, candy, and fondant can work wonderfully with resin, but keep an eye on that interior finish so you know what to expect :-)
Alcohol inks, glow powders, and pearl ex pigments are easy and color-fast ways of adding a lot of color and character to your resin pieces! Don't hesitate to experiment on small batches of resin to find your favorite additives: glitter, stones, dried flowers, other bits of resin, get crafty with it!
Tools and Other Materials
Pressure Pot: A pressure pot is an excellent way to get perfectly clear resin casts with no air bubbles. Its quite the investment, and standard pressure pots take a bit of modifying, but this tool takes your resin casting to the next level.
Check out this video to learn how to modify your pressure pot for use with resin!
Making your own Molds
We only do a bit of mold making, but it is a fascinating world and we are always seeking to learn more! Our go-to product for making our own molds is Oomoo 30