Copy of BASIC RESIN TECHNIQUES
I'm so glad you're here!
Sometimes getting started is the hardest part, my goal is to thrill you with possibilities, and guide you to success.
If you are nervous or confused, start small and explore the many options as your comfort level grows. We are here to help as you master each technique, so feel free to reach out via email or chat if you get stuck.
Our Brilliant Resin Starter Kit is a class in a box, a great way to dabble with each technique so you can figure out which you like best, and every project in our INFO+HOW-TO's section includes a shopping list to make it easy.
How Resin Works
Brilliant Resin is a 2-part pure epoxy resin that's perfectly suited for making jewelry and crafts. It's the safest you'll find, and it's super versatile! This one product can cast, dome, layer, topcoat, and work in bezels!
Just blend Part A and B together and it turns from liquid to solid on its own in just 12 hours.
Which resin is right for my project?
Each type of resin was formulated to do a particular job. For example, if you want to coat a bartop, you need a resin that flows (has low surface tension), and is super durable when cured. This product will most likely need to be mixed in a large batch to cure properly, and will discolor over time.
On the other hand, to make jewelry or a hair clip, you'll want resin that can be mixed in a very small batch, that has high surface tension for doming, and which can retain a level of flexibility even when cured, so it won't crack or shatter if bent or dropped. Low bubbling and safe to use are also things to look for.
Beware of cheap options, picking the right resin for the project you have in mind will save both time and money.
Brilliant Resin proprietary epoxy:
The safest epoxy you'll find
Developed for jewelry making and small crafts
Versatile, can create large and small pieces by casting, doming, working in bezels, and as a coating, and layers seamlessly
An amazing adhesive
Color stable without sacrificing safety
Low odor with no VOC's
Not a marine pollutant
Tips for Success
Temperature in your workspace - If it's under 72F, Part A will can thicken, which makes it harder for bubbles to rise and pop. Warm your Part A before blending with Part B, following label directions. Warming Part A will make it thinner so it blends more completely, and bubbles can escape more easily.
Thorough Mixing - Over the years I've found it's best to blend your mix completely for 2-1/2 minutes, using the Mixing Wand to scrape the sides and bottom of your mixing cup. Let your mix rest in the cup for 5 minutes before using. If you are doming or working in bezels that require thinner pours, you can wait 10-15 minutes before pouring for better control.
2:1 Mix Ratio - Every molecule of Part B will bond with 2 molecules of Part A. Think of this as a dance, any unblended A or B will rise to the top if it doesn't have a partner. Problems happen when mixing is incomplete or off-ratio.
Bubble Trouble - Some bubbles are made while mixing, others come from stuff you put in your resin. Warming your Part A will greatly reduce bubbles, as will using our Special Photo Papers for Resin for any photos you embed, and sealing porous elements before embedding. After pouring allow bubbles to rise and pop on their own for 10-15 minutes, pop those, then use your Mixing Wand or a heat gun on a low setting to get rid of any stubborn ones. DO NOT use a flame as it may cause your resin to stick to your molds. Remember, using Alcohol Inks can make your project flammable.
Colorants - Make sure you're using a colorant that's safe and compatible with epoxy resin, otherwise it can affect both the cure and the look of your pieces. Here's a link to a bunch of beautiful options. Choose whichever gives you the look you're going for, or combine them! Do not mix anything water based into your resin.
CASTING (making shapes in molds)
Casting is pouring resin into a some sort of cavity you intend to remove it from when cured. Resin molds can be made of different types of plastic, or from silicone. The finish you get is determined by the surface of the mold.
Here's a basic how-to video:
DOMING (using surface tension)
Here is a Doming How-To Video:
If you're doming larger pieces, especially with the Clear Photo Film, you should stabilize them by adding a stiff paper like cardstock to the back before adding resin. This will keep your pieces from curling up as they set. You can use a few small pieces of double-stick tape to attach them. Here's an example:
Little Windows Brilliant Resin layers beautifully and seamlessly. You can pour thin or thick layers. Allow your resin to set up 3-6 hours between layers, depending on the weight of what you're adding to the next layer. Example: if adding heavy metal charms to the layer, let previous layer set up for about 6 hours so the charm doesn't push down into the layer below. If adding lightweight elements, 3 hours should be fine.
Here's a basic How-To Video for Layering:
EMBEDDING (putting stuff in resin)
Things that contain moisture should be avoided, for example, fresh flowers and leaves. The water will react with the resin, turning the leaves and petals brown. Dried flowers and leaves work beautifully.
Then there are some things that just don't look so great - iridescent feathers will lose their shine, locks of hair may clump together and look like a claw.
Here's a basic video on embedding a bunch of different elements in resin:
RESIN in BEZELS
(new projects added below :)
We get a lot of questions about working with resin in bezels (a container or frame), so this is an extensive video that covers working in closed-back bezels, open-back bezels, and also mounting resin pieces in bezels. Lots of great info, enjoy!
Click to watch this how-to video:
Here are some of the projects created in this video, I only mixed 2 tablespoon-sized batches to make all of these!
Embed a magnet!
These inexpensive sports charms make great team gifts
Gorgeous possibilities with open-backed bezels
Have fun with bits and pieces!
Let light reflect off the metal with Clear Photo Film:
A layer of glitter under the photo really helps it pop!
Layer glitter, sticker, and a rhinestone for sparkly dimension:
Bezels, bracelets, necklaces, basic findings
Stickers, glitter and candy sprinkles can be found a your local craft shop
More bezel options can be found at your local bead store
Charms and other embedments - use broken jewelry, shop flea markets and yard sales
Variety of materials, shapes and sizes can be used.
DOMING-UP (doming on top of a cast piece)
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When casting resin in molds there will be a dip in the top of your pieces. You can trim this down using scissors. For a more rounded finish, add another layer of resin on top. Little Windows brilliant resin bonds seamlessly to itself, layer after layer, thick or thin.
Here's the fabulous how-to video!