Basics of DIYing: Basic guide to using Epoxy Resin

Resin is all the rage right now and everyone’s ❤️ -ing it. You can use it for sealing, making jewelry, home projects and more. Here is a basic tutorial, with supplies, to make easy dried flower / herb resin magnets.

Supplies:

  1. Round magnets (available at all craft / home stores)
  2. Any silicone based mold
  3. Epoxy Resin (I use the EasyCast clear casting epoxy; https://www.michaels.com/easycast-clear-casting-epoxy/10408248.html)
  4. For Mixing: mixing cup, wood skewer for mixing, gloves, masking tape
  5. Dried flowers or herbs, any colorants, beads or other small charms you would like to add to your mold

Process:

  1. Gather all your supplies together in a well lit space.

2. Pour the epoxy + hardener in your mixing cup and gently mix with the wooden skewer (I’ve noticed that using a thinner mixing stick instead of a thick one, reduces bubble formation. I had no bubbles after mixing with the skewer).

3. Gently pour the resin, 1/4 full into the mold. For quick drying, you can use a lighter or fire starter (used to fire up grills) to gently run the flame over the top of the poured resin to remove any bubbles during pouring and to speed up the dry time. If not, let the mold stay undisturbed in sunlight for 12 – 14 hours.

4. After 24 hours, add a few dried flowers / herbs ( I used rosemary, lavender and calendula) to each mold and sprinkled glitter on top. Repeat steps 2 to 3. Keep adding more herbs or charms, as you like. Make sure they get submerged into the resin. Let the second layer cure for 24 hours. You can add a 3rd layer if you like or if you have extra space in your mold. If not, let the entire piece dry for 48 hours.

5. Gently push the mold out to release your piece. Sand both sides of the mold using sand paper. Attach the magnet to one side of the mold.

Tips:

  1. Adding Colors: I use acrylic paint or nail polish for my colors. They works just as well as the resin colorant available at stores. If making small-batch colored resin, I suggest mixing the color into the resin AFTER you pour it. This reduces bubbles.
  2. Always try to use the exact ratio of resin to hardener. Too much of one or the other can cause issues with curing and drying of your piece.
  3. Use a thin mixing tool to mix the hardener. This reduces the presence of bubbles.
  4. It is preferable to get close-backed bezels instead of open to avoid the sealing step.
  5. Working with resin can be messy. Cover your work area with newspaper to avoid marks.
  6. ALWAYS wear gloves when using resin.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Carol anne says:

    sounds cool! ❤

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    1. Thank you 🙂

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