Resin casting

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When it comes to resin casting, there are so many choices for a resin.  How do you know which resin is right for you?  Below is a link for an easy-to-follow chart on the specifics for resins available for purchase on Resin Obsession.There is no one size fits all resin!What may work for one project may be unsuitable for the next.

If your are new to resin casting, here are a few other things to familiarize yourself with before you get started:

1.  Resin has its own language.  Here is a link tocommon resin crafting terms.

2.  Resin casting requires a warm room.  Room temperatures in the 70 F range are ideal.

3.  Exact measuring and proper mixing are essential to resin casting success.

4.  Each resin has its own casting directions.  Follow them carefully.

5.  Dispose of mixed and unmixed resin properly.  Here are some tips onhow to dispose of resin.

Click here to get a downloadable PDF ofResin casting choices

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I am so addicted to creating with resin! Thanks so much for the download. Good to have whether youre a pro or just starting out. 🙂

Youre welcome. Happy to hear it helps.

Hi Miriam, there is a downloadable PDF at this blog post link that should help you with deciding on a resin: you have decided which resin you want to use, the resin and supplies are available on our store Prices are dependent on the exact items you want and the quantity desired.

Working with crystals and resin trying to get a clear product!

Did you have a specific question? Im here to help.

What product can you recommend for pouring over ceramic tiles that will be used for hotplates?

Hi Beth, we responded to your email you sent us earlier about this question.

I would like to use seaglass on windows. What would be my best choice of resin.

Any of our doming resins would work for this purpose. There is a PDF link in this article that shares which of our resins are doming:

Hi please be kind enough to tell me which resin

Is to be used for 1) coasters (hot and cold drinks), and also for a trivet. I see articles on making coasters but clearly they must be able to withstand the heat and the trivet, even hotter

For something to withstand extreme heat, I would recommend a polyester resin. We sell one here:

I have a piece of driftwood with a deep indentation. I want to use resin and suspend pieces of beach glass in it. I want the resin the be clear so that the glass colors show well. the indentation would hold approximately six to eight ounces. Would this work and what resin would you recommend? I read somewhere that resin shrinks. I would want to resin the stay in as this would be hung on a wall. Wow! That was a lot of info. I wont even mention the LED lights I was considering putting in the resin.

Yes, resin would work for this project. I would recommend any of the doming resins in this chart:

I keep trying to click on the link but it wont direct me to it. I have a similar project (wood filling) and have never worked with resin, but would absolutely love to get into it. Please help

Let me know if this link works for you:

Link is not working. I have done some resin work, but it dried foggy, not crystal clear, so curious about clarity

Which link are you having trouble with? We show they are both working. Do you have Adobe PDF reader installed on your computer?

How do you prevent fog? i want a clear piece

It sounds like you may have not mixed your resin long enough.

What is the best resin to use if I want to add to wood to turn

You will need to use a polyester or polyurethane resin. Both of those kinds can withstand the heat/friction of being worked on a lathe.

I want to decorate the back of a wood cutting board with dried flowers. Food and cutting would only be done on the opposite side of the board. Is there a resin I could coat with that is food safe and could withstand many washes with hot/warm water?

Hi Stephanie, I would recommend the Alumilite Amazing clear cast epoxy resin.

I would recommend a polyurethane resin. It wont shrink after curing and will polish well with implements.

but it gets damaged in the sunlight..? actually i want to make a table of a wood plank , i plan to fill the holes with epoxy mixed with glow powder and glow powder need UV light to chargecan you please help me out?

Hi Hamna, Im not clear. What exactly do you need help with?

Sorry I meant to write resin not epoxy.

Im looking for a resin to make natural flower jewelry. Ive tried some local products but they cause a lot of bubbles. And I bought Pebeos crystal clear resin. I loved it on casting process but when I used sandpaper and polishing after. It didnt response because its softness I suppose. I tried the same process applied in metal jewelry products on local brands and it worked very well. I will be very appreciated if you can suggest me a resin both non-bubble and suitable for jewelry leveller.

The best option I can ship to you is the TotalCast resin. You can purchase it here:

I am looking for a resin to mix with saw dust to make flexible, paintable furniture appliques, what would you suggest? I read an article that you may use a 50/50 mix of plastic resin and saw dust.

In my opinion, resin wont be a good fit for your project. It generally doesnt cure flexible and it isnt going to like the moisture in the sawdust.

Then what do you suggest, when I purchased furniture appliques, which are very expensive, they indicate it is a combination of resin and would filler, they are wonderful, paintable and flexible?

What is this? I didnt send this question !!

If you pour resin in thin layers, it will be flexible.

I want to cast, round clear knobs, 25 mm with a cloisonne pendant inside to be used as radio knobs in an automobile. UV would be an issue. Are molds available & resin type. Comments ??

We do have a ~ 25 mm mold available here: though, all resins are going to yellow with time, especially if there is UV light exposure. Will the resin be colored at all?

I would like to pour the first lower half colored & second half in clear with a suspended pendant. If successful, I will need a larger amount to do 50 knobs for my friends.

If the bottom half of your resin is colored, and it is colored something other than white, you should not notice much yellowing as your resin gets older. Where in the world are you located?

I would suggest the Resin Obsession super clear resin. It is designed for use in molds. If you are careful in mixing, bubbles are almost never a problem.

hello there! i am looking for the best possible resin for my needs. I am using it to coat wood pendants with paint and gemstones. they hang to dry. Looking for Hardness and clarity for my pieces! thanks for your suggestions

Any of the doming resins mentioned on the PDF in this blog post should work for your needs.

I was wondering why my rose turned brown in the resin. Im sad and upset because it was a rose from a funeral.

Hi Jenny, Im sorry to hear your rose did not turn out as expected. It sounds like you did not seal it first before adding it to resin. We have several articles on how to do that here:

What would happen if MasterCast resin was used for Jewellery please?

It would be fine. It mixes a little thick, however, which I think makes it unsuitable for molds. Thats why I dont generally recommend it for jewelry.

Thanks Katherine, I poured some of my left over MasterCast into moulds, theyve turned out ok, sharp edges but Ive sanded and polished with 2000,2500&3000 wet and dry paper and polished with my dremel, they look pretty good, very tactile.. You are right the resin can warp and go out of shape if you get it too warm whilst working it.

I was trying to find a way of offering tiny pieces of art and use up rather than waste left over resin, so thanks again for your time and advice ?

What you would recommend to seal a picture frame so I can create art work in a frame then pour resin over it? What about fast drying resin? Any options you can suggest?

I would suggest using the techniques I show on how to seal papers that I show in this video. Same concept applies.

Im trying to preserve a giant lemon that Ive brought back from holiday in Italy.

do you think that injecting it with resin would work, as opposed to casting in resin.

Id like to keep the fruit looking exactly as it is, rather than casting in a shape.

Unfortunately, I dont think that will work. Assuming the resin cures (which Im not sure it will), it wont do anything to keep the lemon from decaying.

Wonderful site! Very informative. I am new to resin crafting. I was wondering if you could recommend the best resin to use indoors. I tried Castin Craft but the smell was overwhelming. I would like to work inside the house. Thank you

I was using it to make a quarter sized pendant. Jewelry crafting

Were you using the Castin Craft epoxy resin or the polyester resin?

I was using the Castin Craft Clear Polyester Casting Resin

Oh yeah. That stuff stinks something awful!! Any of the epoxies we sell would be better. (Heck, most anything smells better than that resin.) Heres a link to the resins we sell. article on our blog also has a PDF that details the resins we sell too to help you make a decision.

Awesome!!! Thank you so very much for your help.

Hi Katherine i was wondering if you could help me please. Im looking for a food safe resin which Im going to add a food colourant to and use to fill cracks and knots in oak boards. I know that you recommend Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast Epoxy Resin but wanted to know if i could sand it once its set to get a smooth surface? Thank you

Yes, you can sand it, but you will need to end with a 1000 grit or higher sandpaper to make sure it is smooth. I do not, however, recommend food coloring to color resin. They generally have too much moisture and impact resin curing. We do have colorants designed specifically for resin here:

I need a food safe colourant and I dont think you have one do you?

No, there is no food safe colorant that I am aware of.

Hi Katherine, I would like to make a computer case for my macbook. I was thinking of adding maybe gems/shells to the outside of a snap on clear case. Would epoxy or resin be an appropriate product to ensure the decals would stay attached and wear resistant? Thanks!

Were you hoping to remove the case or would this be permanent?

I stumbled onto this site looking for a solution to application I have. I am an amateur wine maker and one of my pieces of equipment is a large press which has an aluminum base and a big threaded rod attached to it in the middle. The rod is prone to rust and I just dont like my wine touching aluminum. I have been laying thick plastic on the base and wrapping the lower end of the rod in plastic food wrap while pressing. But its messy. I need a product that I can basically paint on the aluminum base and onto the threaded rod (where it would be in contact with the wine), to seal it.

Do you have a food grade variation of your product that will adhere to aluminum and steel and not chip off? (I was initially looking for a fibreglass solution when I came across your resin product). Thanks

We do have a food safe resin here: resin is going to want to drip off, though, during the application process. You will need to rotate your item several times while it is curing to keep it from pooling and/or pulling away from the metal surface.

I want to try it in my toilet wall, vertial and horizontal, can I add acrylic tint to the resin and than pour it? What kind of resin should I use?

Is the wall already up or are you working with the wall horizontally to install in the bathroom once you are done?

I would love some feedback on a resin to use. I make soap dishes with pebbles set in them to a depth of approximately .25 inches. I have been using EasyCast clear epoxy resin, however, it is not necessarily ideal because I make a large number at one time (20). Ive had problems with sticky spots, likely from poor mixing due to trying to make too many at once. What other products might be suitable alternatives? I need something clear, strong and able to withstand moisture with a decent amount of work time. Thank you so much. Ive learned a lot here!

If you are happy with the EasyCast, why not mix smaller batches at once?

Ideally I would like to make 20 dishes at one time. With easy cast, Ive found that I can only make five dishes per batch. If I try to make more than that, I run the risk of sticky spots and those dishes cant be sold. It gets to be time-consuming to make four separate batches so that I can make a total of 20 dishes. If there was a product that was better suited for larger quantities that would save me some time.

Hi Peggy, Im afraid if you are running into sticky spots mixing large batches with EasyCast, the same is going to happen with other resins.

I am trying to make wire flowers, similar to what they are doing here:

Would any of your products work for this? Thank you!

Is this similar to what you want to make?

Not exactly. They dip the wire into resin and pull it back out to get a very thin, flexible, translucent layer of resin. Heres a picture of some petals that have been made this way:

Im just having trouble finding information on exactly what types of resin will and will not work for this. Thank you!

You can manipulate resin when its soft and dont necessarily need a wire frame to do it. This article will give you some ideas and product recommendations:

Thanks. I think Im not explaining very clearly. I really like these wire and resin flowers that I have seen various places around the internet, but I am just not sure which specific type of resin to use to get the same effect. The wire helps to create the shapes in advance of using the resin and is a pretty way to define the edges of each petal. I am just asking if you could look at the images Ive posted and let me know if there is a particular type of resin that would let me achieve a similar effect by dipping the wire into wet resin. Thank you.

You will definitely need a doming resin. We have several in our store here:

You bet. 🙂 Glad we could get this figured out!

Last question, I promise. Looking at the options you have for doming resins, it looks like the best two choices for my purposes are Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast resin, Castin Craft Easy Cast resin, and possibly Envirotex Jewelry resin. In a perfect world, I would like it to dry clear, stick to the wire, make thin sheets, be paintable afterwards with an airbrush, and be able to continue dipping flowers after mixing for as long as possible (I have a lot of flowers to make so being able to prep a big batch rather than making separate batches for each couple flowers will save time and money). Do you think one is better than the others? Thanks again!

Hmm. I would probably go with the Easy Cast because even when fully cured, it can be flexible, especially if thin. It will give you more options to bend your petals if you want to be able to do that.

Thank you so very much. You have been incredibly helpful and I really appreciate it!

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