What are the different types of sin?

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When it comes to resin, there are so many options!  Im going to go through the possibilities here with a list of their pros and cons.

All resins are a two part system, consisting of the base resin and the hardener (or catalyst).  By themselves, they are inert compounds, but when mixed, a chemical reaction occurs where they cure.

Pot time:  amount of time you have to work with the resin before it starts to cure.

Demolding time:is the amount of time after which you can remove the cured resin from its mold.  The demolding time is important if you want to pop the resin jewelry out of its mold in order to reuse the mold again without waiting for the piece to completely cure.

Cure time:  amount of time it takes the resin to completely cure.  If your resin is still goopy or sticky after the cure time, its not going to get any better.

Cost:  low to mid range  (especially cheaper if you use a polyester resin marketed for a commercial industry such as boats and vessels)

Safety:  can be dangerous.  very noxious smell.  must wear a respirator and work with a hood or in a well ventilated area.

Pros:  Cures to a very hard finish which can be sanded and buffed to achieve a shiny, clear surface. If the surface becomes scratched, that same surface can be polished once again. Pieces made from polyester can be bonded with more polyester resin to create larger pieces.

Cons:  Not UV light resistant.  Will eventually yellow with time.  Because it does cure very hard, polyester resin projects may break if dropped on a hard surface.

Cure time:  hours to days  Demolding time may be shorter.

Cost:  mid to upper range.  Epoxies get more expensive the clearer you want your finished casting.

Safety:  safe. wear gloves, improve ventilation.  respirator not needed

Pros:  Widely available.  Best all purpose resin

Cons:  Cannot be buffed.  Must be finished with an additional layer of resin or a resin sealer spray to get a glossy finish.

Cost:  mid to upper range.  Polyurethanes also get more expensive with an increase in clarity and for water clear versions.

Safety:  may be dangerous.  Some polyurethanes must be used with a respirator and ventilation hood.

Pros:  Some come with a very quick cure time (under 1 hour)

Cons:  Very moisture sensitive.  May not cure well in humid climates.  Some color addtives do not also work well if they are not specifically designed for polyurethane resin (may attract moisture).

Cost: mid to upper range, especially for water clear silicone

Pros: The perfect material for making molds for casting the other three resins above

Cons: Rubbery finish. Not suitable for jewelry

I use epoxy for everything unless I am trying to cast something larger that I want to have a shiny gloss finish. In that case, I use polyester because I can polish it on my buffing wheel instead of using the gloss sealer spray or coating with another layer of resin. If I lived in a less humid environment (like the desert), I would definitely do more with polyurethane resin as I suspect I could work with it without needing a dehumidifier. The silicone is strictly for mold making.  (You can see oursilicone molds for resinin theresin molds category.)  So now that you know a little more about the resins you can use for making jewelry and other resin crafts, dont forget to read our article onhow to make resin jewelry. You can also find all of ourjewelry quality resin in our resin category.

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filed under:Resin Frequently Asked Questions

There are a couple of resin bead making discussions on the jewelry making forum. Go to the forum, then look under the link How can I.. Scroll down the page, there are at least two as of now.

I would like to make some beads from resin. Is this possible and if so, which resin is best and how do you drill it?

Is it possible to get transparent resin opaque if you use pigments? Or do you first have to dye it white and then add pigments? The reason Im asking is because I need to cast parts for a doll and Id rather use transparent epoxy since its (as I understand) less toxic. However, Im getting worried that I wont be able to get it opaque enough. I was planning to use your skin toned pigments. Do I need to change my plan?

You can use a dye with an opaque white resin, or use an opaque dye with a clear resin. Either should work just as well.

Hi! How would I achieve a matte finish? and what type of resin works good with this?

To achieve a matte finish, you will want to sand your resin with wet/dry sandpaper while underwater. (You dont want to breathe in the dust.) Continue to sand with higher grits of sandpaper until you get the desired finish. Any kind of resin will have a nice matte finish when done this way.

To achieve a matte finish, you will want to sand your resin with wet/dry sandpaper while underwater. (You dont want to breathe in the dust.) Continue to sand with higher grits of sandpaper until you get the desired finish. Any kind of resin will have a nice matte finish when done this way.

What kind of resin do I use to apply swarovski crystals on conchos?

I probably wouldnt use a resin at all but would use something like our E-6000 product. dries much faster than resin and you can dab on just a little bit rather than mixing a batch of resin.

Im trying to make marbles with clovers in them. I do not own a respirator and live in a small house so I cant use polyester resin, the marble must be polished to a very high shin but preferably without a spay finish, and i would prefer that it can survive being dropped, oh and i also live in a very humid area, But! i have a dehydrator if i put the resin, mold and all, in there do you think that will work? it can be set to a lot of different temps. 95 degrees to 195. with a fan on the items constantly. should i go with the Polyurethanes resin id like to go no higher than mid range price. if you could email me hat would be great because my computer is giving be trouble so i may not be able to see this site for a month or two

I am going to encase a WW 2 casing and the actual bullet for a veteran this is very special and I want to make sure I use the correct resin,he was thinking acrylic but I want clear resin and I have to put his on his dog tags so I will need a t ring to attach it to his dog tags need expert advice here please

@Linda, this article should help you decide what kind of resin you should use for your project:

@Desiree, a polyurethane (making sure you use that dehydrator/dehumidifier) would be my choice of resin in this case. I dont have a lot of experience with polyurethanes, but I think that would be the best choice. Please be sure to be safe as well. You may need to wear a respirator.

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What kind of resin used in the pics mentioned in the below link?

Unfortunately, I cant tell you just by looking at it.

Which resin is common to make pendants to embed objects? I would like to buy the resin from either Hobby Lobby or at Walmart if available. Secondly, could someone explain what Mod Podge is as it appears it can be used for many things..*confused*. Thank you!

Mod Podge is generally used in resin jewelry making to seal items before using in resin.

This article on our blog should help you choose a resin:

I am trying to make a bottle cap table. A lot of the articles day to use a resting, but never say what type or a recommended brand. Which resin would be best to use?

I would recommend the Envirotex lite for that project: works great in thin layers and is meant to be poured on.

Out off all that one would you say is the best to use for jewelry and general crafts?

It really depends on what youre trying to accomplish. If youre a beginner, start with an epoxy.

I am completely Fresher to resign jewelry making and i am very facinated to learn how to make can you please Help me where to start , hw to start , and other precoution to be taken while making resign jewelry.

I was surprised you didnt mention UV resin.

I would suggest starting with my Resin Jewelry Making book. can get a copy here on resinobsession and download it for immediate reading.

I want to put posts on my cabochon resins?Can i insert the post when its drying or do you suggest just waiting for it to dry then glueing posts with E6000?

@Cherry, I would recommending waiting until they cure then using e-6000

Hi, Im wanting to glue artificial plastic moss onto a plastic object then coat with a non glossy resin to seal and give durability. Can you recommend a type of resin that will brush on and serve this purpose easily ?

@Dave, Im afraid there isnt a good brush on resin. Its all meant to be poured.

I am new to resin and would like to encase smaller print/photos onto a table top roughly 20X36X4 having it clearly visible from both top and sides. What resin would best fit my need? Thanks for any input!

@John, I would suggest Envirotex Lite. Heres a reference

I imake paper quilling things. I wish not to use fevigums fivcols or lacquer or varnish cos i heard they do have some side effect.

I live in mumbai india and i have no idea where i can buy epoxy resins n am searching it for six onths.

Virgin resin user here Id like to pour clear resin over some DIY artwork I made on canvas. (Two 1620s and one much larger 5070). Any and all guidance appreciated! I live in San Francisco, which I suppose is humid, but not like what one would experience in Florida. Because Im prone to error and have no experience, Id prioritize ease of use over cost. Any thoughts on what product I should start with?

@Alexia, this video on our you tube channel should help:

@Amina, we ship resin to India, but it can sometimes take awhile.

Hello i live in England and I want to use resin to pour onto to canvas and coasters I Want a clear shiny result what one would you recommend. I am struggling to find at local stores.

@Saida, unfortunately, I dont have any recommendations for you. Envirotex Lite would be good for you to use, but I am unable to ship it to you in the UK.

@Jamie, I have never made any ear plugs, so Im afraid I cant offer you any advice.

I am going to make some ear plugs from silicone or polyurethane resin. Do you have any suggestions on how I can do this and what resin to use?

I need a product that is as light weight as possible for comfort in the ear.

Hi great website thanks. I have a very nice wooden tray I just purchased and would like to do the epoxy resin on the inside bottom of the tray and the 4 sides. how do I effectively do this b/c I am not able to just scrape it off? I will be using this outside and do not want water stains from glasses etc but dont want to place anything in the tray to take away from the appearance. please help!

@Kathie, I would suggest using the Alumilite Amazing Clear cast resin. each surface (you have five) one at a time, allowing each surface to cure before turning the tray to do the next one.

I want to make resin garden steps what resin would you recommend & where to buy?? Thanks

Hi Jan, Im curious as to why resin? In terms of durability, something like concrete may be preferable.

Brilliant post, really explains it all! I live in the UK and really want some resin spray but not sure where will post to UK. Any ideas?

Sadly, I dont. I get asked that a lot and havent found a good alternative for our international readers.

I have a friend trying to make beads with breast milk and resin. She made some beads and they quickly rotted or turned a nicotine color either because of the milk rotting or air exposure, any advice?

Hi Lisa, we have some discussions going on in our forum on this topic:

Hi Katherine, thank you for such a great site- I would like to make medium to large sized vases and small plant pots, what is the best resin to use?

Hi, Im new to this process and medium so I am yet to buy any materials including mouldy I nee. what I would like to achieve is something similar to the home ware pieces by

I am trying to inlay designs onto gourds. What resin would be best to use?

Here are a couple of blog posts that should help you make a decision:I realize after reading these you may have more questions. Feel free to read in our forum or start your own thread:

Do you have a book on this subject?B

What if you want to do a large surface? Say a counter or table top?

I like the Alumilite Amazing Clear cast resin.

I require a matte finish on my polyurethane resin potted in an aluminium profile kindly help

Go over it with a 400 to 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper after it has cured.

I purchased a box of Amazing Clear Cast to make some sea glass out of and Im kinda in a rush to get it done, so my question is can i use food coloring for the color in this stuff? Im hoping that i can use something that I have around the house for coloring. That or can i use candle or soap dye? TIA. Plus this is my first time using this product.

I have found that food coloring generally does not work well with resin. Here are some other ideas you can try:

How do you make resin that looks like plaster

The closest thing I can suggest is using some of our porcelain powder with your resin.

Hello, I just bought my first Bo staff from my dojo. All the Bo staffs look the same, except for the size, so we just all customize it. I was thinking about using glow-in-the dark resin and pour it into the shallow carvings for a cool look.

Keeping in mind this will be used for sparring, is there a resin type strong enough to withstand daily sparring sessions? Or should I look for another way to customize my Bo staff?

Also, if so, what kind of resin is acceptable to use?

What approximate size (length x width x depth) are the carvings? What is the staff made out of?

Im looking to use resin to coat artificial flower petals, could you please recommend a Resin? I do need them to be 3d and moulded into a shape, Im not sure if there is a resin that would be suitable for this?

Any of our doming resins should work for you. You can find out which ones are doming resins by the chart included with this blog post:

Which resin can I use as a substitute for nitrocellulose resin in shoe sole glue? I cant get nitrocellulose resin in the market

Im afraid Im not familiar with nitrocellulose resin and cannot make a recommendation for you.

what kind resin i use on my painting for clear warnish effect i live in india

I would suggest the MasterCast resin. You can find it here:

I am trying to make concrete jewelry as hoby. But I the thin details becomes very fragile. I try to mix the concrete with epoxy resin and it worked. Exept they dont look like att all like a concrete anymore. Do you have any suggestions how can I achieve to create objects by mixing resin and cement/concrete without losing the concrete effect? Is epoxy resin is the right kind?

I havent done a project like this, so I cant say whether or not mixing concrete and resin works well. Have you considered making the jewelry in concrete, then coating them with resin?

Thank you! I will try your tips, maybe it will solve the problem. 🙂

whats the right type of resin when I want to use it with my wood turnings ?

You need to use a polyurethane resin. It will withstand the heat and grinding of wood turning best.

which resin good for high temperature

What do you mean by high temperature?

my project was natural composites (Jute fiber) , but i didt find out the matrix for my project. which resin good for jute fiber

What are you trying to do with jute fibers and resin?

for finding mechanical, thermal properties and vibration analysis

I am from india and i need liquid diamonds resin will u ship

We dont sell a product called liquid diamonds resin.

I would like to make a beach scene on and Old window in a frame. I will be using shells and other materials I have found on the beach. What type of product would be used to pour once the items are glued on the window?

Hi Gail, we have a few discussions in our forum that should help you get started with this:

Epoxy safety warning: althought polyester has a really bad smell, your loungs can handle it and body disolves it in a short time. Story with the epoxy is very different it has no smell, but its fumes evaporate and chain with water in the air. With breathing it comes in to our lunges and because its cemical formula our body can not dissolve it. It stays in our loungs for a long time.

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