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How to prep and mix two-part resin

Here is how to prep and mix two-part resin! I have a lot of resin projects, and here a basic how-to of tips and tricks for a successful outcome.

Supplies for prepping and mixing epoxy resin:

There are several brands to use. I’ve been using products from Let’s Resin!

Here’s a step-by-step guide for prepping and mixing two-part resin:

Two-part resin kit (resin and hardener)
– Mixing cups
– Stir sticks
– Silicone measuring cups
– Protective gloves
– Safety goggles
– Dust mask or respirator (if working in a non-ventilated area)
– Plastic or silicone work surface
– Paper towels or wipes

Directions:

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Prepare Your Work Area:
– Ensure you have a clean, dust-free workspace.
– Cover your work surface with plastic or silicone to protect it from spills.
– Work in a well-ventilated area or use a dust mask or respirator to avoid inhaling fumes. Maybe even work in the garage, because the odar lingers while curing!

Read the Instructions
– Read the manufacturer’s instructions that come with your resin kit. Different brands may have slightly different ratios and instructions.

Measure the Resin and Hardener
– Measure the required amounts of resin and hardener as per the instructions. Typically, the ratio is 1:1 or 2:1 by volume.
– Use separate, clean measuring cups for each component to ensure accurate measurement.

Pour into Mixing Cup
– Pour the measured resin and hardener into a mixing cup. Start with the resin first, then add the hardener.

Mix Thoroughly!
– Use a stir stick to mix the resin and hardener together.
– Stir slowly and consistently to avoid introducing bubbles.
– Scrape the sides and bottom of the cup to ensure all components are mixed thoroughly.
– Mix for at least 2-3 minutes or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Part Two!

Allow for Resting Time
– Some resins may require a short resting time after mixing to allow bubbles to rise to the surface. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.

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Removing Bubbles

-Blow through a straw or use a heat gun and gently blow over the bubbles so they pop.

Use the Resin
– Pour the mixed resin into your mold or onto your project surface.
– Use tools to spread and manipulate the resin as needed.

Curing
– Allow the resin to cure as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This can range from several hours to a few days.
– Avoid disturbing the project while the resin is curing to prevent imperfections. Cure inside so bugs don’t land on your fabulous project!

Clean Up
– Clean your tools and work area before the resin hardens. You can use nail polish remover to clean up any small spills.
– Use paper towels or wipes to clean up spills immediately.
– Dispose of any waste material according to local regulations.

Safety Precautions
– Always wear gloves and safety goggles to protect your skin and eyes.
– Avoid inhaling fumes, especially in poorly ventilated areas.

Ways to use epoxy resin

  • Coat a table top
  • Coat jewelry pieces
  • Affix earring findings
  • Coat pictures
  • Seal polymer clay

I hope these tips helped you!

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