5 Tips for Beginning Resin Artists
We’ve all been there. Starting something new can be difficult. It’s not always the most cost-effective or speediest option to learn a new craft through trial and error. Resin is no exception to the rule. There are plenty of opportunities for the unwary artist to unknowingly slip up and end up with a tanked tumbler or a crappy coaster. Fortunately, Faux Rizzle is here for you to help you begin your journey from Resin Recruit to Resin Rambo with five helpful tips sure to help any beginner!
1. Always Follow Mixing Instructions
This is a big one. You might get your bottles of Part A and Part B and think to yourself, “Nothing to it but to do it! Let’s throw all this together and stir up some art!” This is an odd thing to think to yourself, and it’d be your best bet to pump your brakes before you unwittingly invite an early end to your earnest endeavors. Every resin has very particular mixing instructions, including Faux Rizzle, and it’s vitally important to follow those instructions! Slow your roll for long enough to read the mixing instructions – you’ll be glad you did!
2. Make Sure Your Mix Ratios Are On Point!
It can be so easy to just eyeball what looks like an equal part of A and B and go to town mixing it all up. As fun as it is to fly by the seat of your pants, sometimes a little bit of caution is your best friend. In this case, having product that’s not mixed on-ratio can lead to a final product with soft spots, or even one that stays tacky forever! You don’t want that, your project doesn’t want that, and we definitely don’t want that. Bring out your inner chemist and make sure you’re precisely measuring your product with a mixing container before you mix!
3. Clouds in the Sky Equal Rain; Clouds in Your Resin Equal Pain
As pretty as clouds can be in a summer sky, they can be an ugly addition to your resin. Believe it or not, cloudy resin is actually resin with so many microbubbles in it, it turns crystal clear resin into cloudy or milky looking resin – not the best look! Using best practice to avoid ending up with cloudy resin before you pour will save your neck again and again. When you receive your shipment of resin from Faux Rizzle, it can be tempting to tear that sucker open and get to pouring, but letting your new resin friends acclimate to the temperature of your house for a day or two will ensure any microbubbles shaken into the product during transit will vanish without a trace. When you go to mix up your Faux Rizzle, don’t let your excitement cloud your chances of victory – and your resin! Make sure you use slow, steady motions when stirring your resin – too quickly, and you can easily whip more microbubbles into the mixture! Follow this advice, and your resin will be as clear as crystal!
4. Your Resin Isn’t Sick, but You Should Still Take Its Temperature!
This is another pro tip most of the resin community either doesn’t know, or won’t share with you – temperature doesn’t just matter when it comes to resin, it matters a great deal. Making sure your resin, as well as the temperature of the surface you’re pouring over AND the temperature of the room you’re pouringin are at LEAST 75 degrees Fahrenheit is absolutely crucial. Not only will it ensure you have the appropriate working time with your product, it will avoid a soft or tacky result. It’s also important that your project is left in a room set to 75 degrees or higher for the first 48 hours. Faux Rizzle makes checking your temperatures even easier with our IR Thermometers – pick one up if you want to make absolutely sure your temperatures won’t lead you down the road to ruin! Again, if you follow this advice, you’ll end up with rock-hard resin that’s built to last!
5. The Color Conundrum – How Much Is Enough?
When working with resin, you’ll constantly be mixing up different amounts for different projects. Because of this, it can be difficult to know how much powder or pigment to use, and finding out you haven’t added enough after pouring your project can be devastating. Fortunately, we have an easy trickyou can use to make sure you’re always using enough color for your project – the stick block test! When mixing color into your resin, check the color against the stick you’re using to mix. If you can see your stick through the resin, you should add more color to the mix. If the color blocks through wherever your stick is covered with resin, you’re good to go!
And there you have it! If you keep these five tips in mind as you start out in the world of resinexpression, you’ll go from zero to hero in no time at all! Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone –Faux Rizzle is here to give you the guidance and assistance you need to make every project a success. Just give us a call at 800-628-2962, and our team of friendly technical support wizards will make sureyou have the tools – and knowledge – you need to succeed!