Thing to remember when using resin for the first time or while your starting out.
First thing first. Resin is not all fun and games, its beautiful but its all a bunch of chemicals and its crazy toxic so think twice before you buy anything. Research and take notes on the youtube videos so you know what to do before you even buy anything
Resin is a corrosive so it will burn your skin off or do other bad things to it so always always where gloves to prevent it getting on your skin! Alcohol helps get resin off your hands and benches but only while it’s still wet/runny. It won’t come out of clothes so wear a things you don’t mind ruining.
Always wear a face mask it’s full of nasty chemicals that can cause cancers and all things evil so to help prevent the the chemicals getting into your body wear a mask from right before you open the resin to when you are leaving the room.
Make sure you use a well vented area! Lots of air flow and lights. If it’s outside make sure dogs and pets can’t get to it. It’s hella nasty chemicals while it’s wet so if your pet licks it or eat it will get sick or worse. It’s honestly not a medium to be joked around with especially while you’re a beginner!
Don’t let your kids in the room at all, if they need to be with you make sure they have a mask on and don’t touch anything you’re touching. You don’t want the chemicals on their skin at all. But if it’s a well ventilated area and your kid want to be like you making art let them just be smart about it.
Casting and Epoxy are the most common and are they only ones I’ve used; PLEASE RESEARCH before you buy anything. I could be completely wrong about everything so do a quick google before you buy anything.
Casting is great for deep pours like more than 3cm thick like those videos of people making river table they use Casting because it has a longer working time, its running and has less bubbles. Bubbles are your enemy with any resin but you don’t want big air pockets in your resin. Casting resin is a longer working time 10-30 minutes which means once to mix part A & B you have 28 minutes max to make the artwork before it goes gluggy and almost like porridge and after that 30 minutes you can’t touch it at all for 24 hrs. Its a runnier based resin so the table needs to be 100% level or it will slowly all run to one side and off the edges and its not a fun time. Casting is great for moulds and for pouring but its running so its as good for making art or platters as it just runs of the edges and its a sticky mess if you don’t know what you’re doing. Watch videos about casting resin before you buy anything.
Epoxy is what I use the most. Its great because its self levelling and is usually 100% food safe when dry (2-3 Days) all resins are different so check the instructions on the back an research the brands before buying them, Some resins aren’t food safe at all others aren’t light fast (light fast means it doesn’t fade fast or turn yellow over time) adding anything into the resin changes the chemical balance and make it not food safe. If you want to be sure its food safe (provided the resin brand is food safe) a clear thin coat of resin over the top. Epoxy resin is a shorter working time 5-15 minutes which means once to mix part A & B you have 15 minutes max to make the artwork before it goes gluggy and almost like porridge and after that 15 minutes you can’t touch it at all for 24 hrs. Its a little thicker based resin but its still rather runny so the table needs to be 100% level or it will slowly all run to one side and off the edges and its not a fun time
Take all of this into consideration and do your own research and watch some other YouTube videos and look into resin reviews. LOOK INTO EVERYTHING. don't take my word for this stuff. most of all HAVE FUN you will make some awesome stuff if you mix everything right and understand what resin is. Tag me @Brooke_goldie_artist on Instagram if you would like me to see it.
PLEASE take it seriously. Don’t let kids or dogs touch it can make them sick or worse. It can burn your skin off, cause cancers later on in life you don’t take its seriously now. Obviously I’m stressing the bad side of resins and it is beautiful and can make amazing stuff but honestly it is expensive and its not a fun time when you ruin something.