The Craft I’m Scared of…

It’s true, there is a craft supply that scares me: Resin. I have read resign blogs, watched videos and read the instruction on the large bottle of resin I bought (BTW I bought the Polyester stuff which is more of a challenge than the typical 1:1 ratio epoxy stuff) and the more I read the more confused I got! There are so many variables for error with resin: The room temperature has to be above 70 degrees, my studio is unheated and I live in Maine (I’m sure I’ve whined about that before) so the only months my studio is warm enough is July – September if I am lucky. But the humidity needs to be low, well when it is warm enough the humidity is high. Also the amount of drops if hardener in the resin I bought varies with environmental conditions and thickness of cast piece. I could go out and buy the other kind of resin but it is too late to return what I have and I morally need to use it before I buy more. I only bought the big jug of resin because I had a coupon and no plan…damn those 50% off coupons LOL!

I decided to dive right in with the resin experimentation!

I decided to dive right in with the resin experimentation!

So made a plan. Step 1, Clean molds. Step 2 Spray with mold release and let dry. Step 3 collect papers I want to encase (they need 3 coats of mod-podge, even the paper edges need to be sealed, man this is getting to be more like cooking with each step, ugh, PS I totally skipped the mod-podge, I’m a rebel ha ha!) Step 4. Gather inclusions. Step 5. Cover work surface with a silicone mat and make sure I have a plastic frame use as a dust dome nearby,

So resin fumes are toxic as I understand (when did that ever stop me?) and I want to do this at the end of the day and preferably when my kids are not around but since I only have a warm enough studio in the summer I have to do it now. I am hoping the fumes do not travel from my cellar studio to the rest of the house. That would stink…no pun intended…OK pun intended! 😀

Also resin has a shelf life, It was expensive and I don’t want to waste it but I don’t want it to go bad while I think about what I want to do either. I love the look of resin jewelry, I hope I can make some good pieces.BTW before you judge me on the excessive amount of beer bottle caps I asked my niece to save me hers and she got friends to do the same, no intervention needed LOL! I’ll let you know how these pieces come out after they cure, wish me luck! So, are there any crafts you are afraid of? Til next time happy crafting!

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