Resin is an amazingly fun and versatile form of art. Many people are taking to this craft because it is fundamentally simple and easy to get started with. However, there are some great tools that will help you to get off to an even better start. Let’s take a look!
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This is one of the first tools you should purchase if you are going to be working with resin regularly. Some people are unaware that resin is toxic and the fumes are poisonous. Taking proper precaution is the best and safest way to to work with resin.
Hands down one of the most important resin tools you are going to want when getting started is gloves. When I started working with resin I underestimated the stickiness and didn’t use them. Resin is an absolute pain to wash off of your hands.
For that reason, I highly recommend blue Nitrile gloves. No matter how careful you are, you will probably get resin on your hands somehow. Be prepared with the proper gloves!
3. Popsicle Sticks
When it comes to stirring and mixing your resin I highly recommend a good quality popsicle stick. Make sure the stick isn’t wavy, but a simple straight popsicle stick. The main reason is because when mixing resin even missing a little bit on the side of your mixing container can cause your resin to not mix properly.
I’ve learned that when you think you’ve mixed the resin enough, mix it some more. Popsicle sticks make it so much easier to scrape the sides of the container and make sure that everything is mixed evenly. Recently I’ve been using reusable silicone popsicle sticks to reduce waste.
4. Heat Gun
This is an absolute necessity when it comes to working with resin. If you’ve ever made a piece of resin artwork you know that an unsightly bubble can ruin the entire piece. Or even hundreds of tiny bubbles. Using a heat gun briefly on your resin projects can reduce or eliminate the vast majority, if not all of the bubbles that occur.
If you want your resin projects to truly shine and look their best you are going to need to invest in a sander. If you will mainly be working on smaller projects I highly recommend a mini hand sander. It makes your works of art look so much more beautiful when the rough and sharp edges are gone.
Use proper safety precautions when operating a sander of course. Be sure to read the directions and follow instructions.
It Pays To Have The Right Tools For The Job
Having the right tools to work with resin will save you some heartache. All of these tools will have you best prepared for working with resin just like a professional in no time! Feel free to share your latest resin project by email. Send it directly to [email protected] and it may just get featured on the website in the future!