DIY epoxy resin jewellery – common mistakes that people make & useful tips on how to solve the problems
Epoxy resin is a very interesting material. Even though it’s not very pleasant to work with, it can give amazing possibilities. It requires lots of patience and precision when being used on small surfaces. Once you’ve figured out how to use it, you’ll love the things you can create with it!
Remember that not all kinds of epoxy resins are the same. I’ve seen a lot of different types before I found the perfect one. Types may vary depending on your country, but I recommend looking for the highest quality crystal clear resin for jewellery making purposes.
When covering big surfaces with epoxy resin, grams don’t really matter. When you work on small surfaces such as jewellery etc. each gram makes a difference! I know this may sound paradoxical, but the more hardener you add, the softer the surface is(!).
Silicone cups may be useful for mixing the epoxy resin with hardener. Silicone is one of not many materials that resin doesn’t stick to, so you can reuse it many times.
Stir the resin up!
My rule is: it’s better to stir the mixture for too long rather than for too short time.
Measure out as much resin and hardener as the manufacturer indicates. You can measure by weight or volume and the proportions are always indicated on the packaging. I used to do it by volume, but if you have a kitchen scale – just go for it. It’s more practical in my opinion.
Once you’ve mixed the liquids, keep on mixing the mixture for about a minute or two. Do it slowly. Why? I will explain a few lines below :)
Bubbles in my jewellery! Ouch!
Bubbles and resin aeration are the nightmare of many craftsmen. I think they are cute though! I really like these imperfect bubbles in my wooden and floral jewellery. However, if you don’t like them, there are several ways to remove them.
- Do not mix liquids too vigorously! Do it slowly!
- Buy a high quality resin.
- Do not pour all the resin at once. Do it layer by layer, allowing the previous layer to settle
- You can also pierce the larger bubbles with a needle :)
Why is the epoxy resin stinky?!
It’s simple: you’ve bought the wrong resin!
There’re plenty of different types of resin on the market. Make sure you buy the clearest and highest quality non-industrial resin.
Why do colours of fresh flowers fade away when covered with epoxy resin?
I always use pressed flowers and plants in my jewellery work, however, I’ve heard from my fellow craftsmen that some flowers lose their colour!
I’ve never experienced that to be honest. I guess there are some chemical reactions that we’re not aware of when it comes to fresh plants and thus the loss of colour.
Dry flowers keep shape, while fresh ones are quite elastic and not that easy to work with in this case.
I hope I’ve managed to explain some of the most common issues with resin. Looking forward to your feedback, questions and opinions. Maybe there’s something you’d like to add or ask about and it’s not mentioned in the article?
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