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The Best Way To Cure Multiple Pieces Of Resin Art

Posted on 26 Nov 15:18
An empty plastic tote or cardboard box is a great way of protecting a piece of resin art as it cures. But what if you regularly resin multiple pieces and find you're short on space? We've got the ultimate space saving storage solution for you - a commercial baker's rack with a zip-up liner. It protects resin art from dust while it dries, keeps your work organized and offers ample storage without taking up valuable studio space.

Here what we love most about our favorite baker's rack:




Why Is A Baker's Rack The Best Storage Solution For Resin Art?


Mobile: We use a commercial sheet pan rack here at ArtResin. It's made of aluminum and mounted on swivel casters, making it lightweight and easy to maneuver around the studio.

baker's pan rack comes on wheels and is easy to maneuver


Space Saving Storage:
Baker's Pan Racks typically come in full or half size heights. Ours is a full size rack and holds up to 20 sheet pan sized trays.

a baker's rack is a great for storing resin art while it cures


Removable Trays:
Resin your artwork right on the tray and store it in the rack to cure. Our trays are fiberglass so resin drips will peel off the next day or even better, line the tray with plastic or parchment paper for easy clean up. The trays are 18 x 26" (the same size as a standard sheet pan) and will comfortably hold a 16 x 20" panel.

baker's rack fiberglass tray for resin art curing


Adjustable Height:
the the trays are stackable so you can easily adjust the height to accommodate taller pieces of art.

adjustable height for trays 

Protects Wet Resin From Dust:
 the vinyl zip up liner protects wet resin art from dust while it cures. 

zip up liner protects resin art from dust


Where Can I Buy A Commercial Baker's Rack?


Commercial sheet pan racks, trays and zip up covers can be bought new at restaurant supply stores, but check out online marketplaces such as Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist or Ebay for used equipment at discounted prices.

Have you found a convenient way to store multiple pieces of resin art?
Let us know in the comments below - we'd love to hear!

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Stop Wasting Your Resin

Posted on 16 Nov 16:26

What can you do with leftover resin? From time to time, you may have a little extra resin left in your mixing cup after you’ve poured. 

The last thing you want to do is waste it, so we're sharing our top 10 ideas for putting leftover resin, resin skins, and cured resin to good use so you never have to throw it away again.

We’re going to show you how to re-purpose clear resin, tinted resin, resin that’s too thick to pour, and even cured resin scraps to make brand new pieces of art.

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@sophielevacart Is Our Instagram Winner!

Posted on 15 Nov 13:43
Congratulations to @sophielevacart, our latest Instagram winner! Sophie Levac is an artist based in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec who, after a 10 year hiatus from art, had her creative passion reignited by the discovery of acrylic fluid pour paintings.
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Why Do ArtResin Bottles Come With Red Caps?

Posted on 10 Nov 16:21
ArtResin puts red caps in the bottles to help minimize leaks during shipping. Once you open the bottles, go ahead and remove those red stoppers and throw them away. 
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Can You Embed Leaves In Resin?

Posted on 8 Nov 14:23

Yes, ArtResin is the perfect way to preserve leaves.

In this how-to video, Joanne walks us through a fun (and functional) fall craft: napkin holders made out of embedded leaves in epoxy resin so that you can bring the beautiful fall colors to your Thanksgiving table. 

Watch the video below:

 

How To Preserve Leaves In Resin

 
Supplies:

Steps:

1. Prepare The Leaves

Ensure the leaves are completely dry before embedding them in resin: moisture may cause them to decompose once covered in resin. Once the leaves are dry, test to see whether they need to be sealed: if a little drop of water creates a dark spot on the leaf, you may want to seal the leaves to prevent the resin from absorbing. Choose a non-yellowing sealant that dries clear. 

 

2. Prepare The Resin

Working in a well-ventilated area and wearing gloves, prepare the resin according to the label instructions. You'll have about 45 minutes of working time before the resin gets too thick to work with.

3. Pour The Resin

Pour a shallow base layer of resin into the coaster mold - use a heat gun or a very quick pass with a torch to eliminate any bubbles.  Allow the resin to sit in the molds to thicken up for at least 20 minutes to prevent the leaf from sinking down to the bottom of the mold.

4. Place The Leaves In Resin

Place the leaf into the mold, using a toothpick to submerge it in the resin, including any tips that may want to stick out.  Pour the second coat of resin over top to cover the leaf. Quickly pass a heat gun or torch over top to pop any bubbles. Look at the piece under a light and remove any stray bits of dust with a toothpick.

5. Cover your Resin Art

Cover your piece with a dust cover and let it sit for 24 hrs until it’s dry to the touch. After 24 hours, you can remove from the mold. The piece will be bendy at this point, but allow the pieces to fully cure, laying flat.  Depending on the thickness of your coaster, a full cure may take from 3 days to a week or longer.



Do You Have To Dry Leaves Before Putting In Resin?


Yes, leaves need to be thoroughly dried before they are embedded in resin or they may rot.


How To Dry Leaves For Preserving In Resin


There are several ways to dry leaves before you resin. No matter which method you choose, ensure you leave plenty of space around each leaf so that they dry evenly. Don't use leaves that are bent, bruised or torn or the resin may bleed into the leaf at these points and cause dark, wet spots.

  • Air dry: 
    This is the easiest method but it can take week for leaves to dry completely. You may lose the leaf's color and the edges may curl.  

  • Pressing in a book:
    Simply place leaves in between paper or paper towel to absorb moisture and place in a heavy book for one to two weeks until thoroughly dry. This method works well to keep leaves flat, but the color can lose its vibrancy.

  • Using a microwave flower press:
    Microwave presses are made of two wood, plastic or terracotta plates with cloth and wool pads in the center to absorb moisture. It takes literally minutes in a microwave and preserves color very well. 

  • Using a dehydrator:
    You can dehydrate leaves in a food dehydrator.  This method takes only a couple of hours but may dull the color and cause the edges on thin leaves to curl. 

  • Drying in silica gel:
    Silica gel absorbs moisture and is great for drying leaves. This method takes up to a week - it preserves color beautifully and allows you to dry thicker leaves without flattening them. Silica gel can be found at most craft stores.

 


Do I Need To Seal My Leaves Before I Resin Them?


In most cases you don't need to seal your leaves before embedding them in ArtResin. There are some situations, however, when sealing first is a good idea: 

  • sealing over thin leaves which may absorb the resin and cause dark spots.
  • sealing over loose pieces that may float away in the resin.
  • sealing over leaves that may release trapped air and create bubbles.

Use a spray sealant that dries clear and is clearly marked as being non-yellowing. If in doubt, it never hurts to use a sealant first, but we always recommend doing a test first before you resin your final project. 



Will Leaves Stay Green In Resin?


While it's impossible to keep leaves looking as colorful as the day you collected them, there are a few things you can do to help resined leaves preserve their color:

  • dry your leaves with silica gel to remove moisture without compromising color.
  • keep your resined piece out of direct sunlight - the UV rays can cause the color to fade.
  • be aware that different types of leaves may preserve their color more than others - some leaves are more delicate and some colors may be more prone to fading. 



Can You Put Fresh Flowers In Resin?


Yes, fresh flowers look beautiful embedded in resin. Much like leaves, some steps can be taken to help preserve a flower's color:

  • some varieties of flowers are more delicate and prone to fading than others.
  • the drying method can impact how saturated the color is before the piece is even resined - we recommend using silica gel to dry flowers to help preserve their color before embedding them in resin.
  • exposure to UV light can cause color to fade so keep your resined piece out of direct sunlight.
  • as always, test first to see if a sealant is required. 


What do YOU love about fall? 

Sweater weather? 
The changing colors of the leaves? 
Thanksgiving dinner?
Pumpkin Spice Everything? 

Check out our massive FAQ for tips and techniques on working with epoxy resin.

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Is Epoxy Resin Waterproof?

Posted on 5 Nov 10:11

Yes, ArtResin epoxy resin is a waterproof, permanent application that seals in whatever it is poured over top of. As long as you seal every square inch, your piece will be protected from water.  

What Are The Benefits Of Using Waterproof Epoxy Resin?

One of ArtResin's many benefits is its versatility, making it a valuable solution for many different applications. Its gloss makes artwork look beautiful, enhancing color and adding depth and dimension. It can be used to create craft and DIY projects. It adheres extremely well to many substrates, providing a hard, protective layer that is waterproof, non-corrosive and chemical resistant. ArtResin makes an excellent adhesive for household repairs both indoors and out, producing a waterproof, permanent bond with no shrinkage.  


How Is 2 Part Epoxy Resin Waterproof?

Epoxy resin is made of up two parts: resin and hardener. A chemical reaction occurs when the resin and hardener are mixed together, taking it from a liquid to a hard, plastic, solid. Once cured, ArtResin epoxy resin is permanent, weather resistant and waterproof as long as the entire surface is coated.


What Materials Does Epoxy Sealant Make Waterproof?

ArtResin epoxy resin forms a waterproof, protective layer over wood, metal, glass, canvas, plaster, photos, paper, paintings, sculpture, rocks, dried flowers and so many other objects. Resin bonds well to many different mediums, with the exception of most plastics.


Is Clear Epoxy Resin Waterproof Outdoors?

Once cured, ArtResin is fully waterproof, but be aware that putting clear resin outside in an environment full of UV rays may cause it to yellow prematurely.


Is Wood Epoxy Resin Waterproof?

When epoxy resin is applied to wood, it becomes waterproof once cured. Although ArtResin epoxy resin has been formulated with a bit of flexibility to prevent brittleness, the wood itself can crack due to expansion and contraction caused by fluctuating temperatures. The stress from a wood crack may be enough to damage the resin coating. To avoid this, it's best to protect any wood pieces coated in ArtResin from freezing.


Is Epoxy Resin Waterproof When Used As A Glue?

ArtResin epoxy resin makes an extremely strong, waterproof glue: it is durable, non-corrosive, and shows excellent chemical resistance. Because ArtResin does not contain any non-reactive diluents or fillers, it will not shrink as it cures. To use epoxy resin as a glue, mix and stir as usual and apply with a brush as necessary.



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@laurieborggreve Is Our Instagram Winner!

Posted on 26 Oct 11:55
Congratulations to @laurieborggreve, our latest Instagram winner! Laurie Borggreve is an artist based in Minneapolis, MN who combines various mediums to achieve a 3D, sculptural look to her work. Laurie was recently selected to create Constellation: a large-scale, permanent ceiling installation for the City of Minneapolis.


Are you a self-taught artist or did you study?
"I'm a little bit of both. I have always loved making art and grew up drawing, painting, and working with clay. I studied design, art history, and studio arts at the University of Minnesota and then worked as a graphic designer and art director for many years."



Are you a full time artist? 
"For 20 years, I worked [full time] and painted on the side. I liked the idea of painting, and it taught me a lot about mixing colors, but I wanted to do something more sculptural. Six years ago, I decided to retire from design and began working full-time as an artist and experimenting with three-dimensional mediums.


What's your preferred medium? 
"I have worked with just about every medium out there: paint, wood, resin, metal, leather, plastic, glass, fabric, paper, clay, etc. I like combining mediums to achieve the look I envision.


"I'm drawn to epoxy resin because I can manipulate the color, translucency, shape, texture, and finish to a high degree. The finished product is waterproof, lightweight, non-toxic, and resilient. I think I use resin in a less traditional way. I love to experiment with different methods and see what the possibilities are. Some of my best ideas have come from mistakes!"



What was it about resin art that attracted you? 

"I discovered resin three years ago when The City of Minneapolis selected me to create a permanent large-scale ceiling installation. I needed a highly customizable, non-VOC medium that could stand the test of time. ArtResin was a perfect fit and allowed me to make larger pieces than I had previously been making. Before finding ArtResin, I worked with adhesive mixtures to create delicate small-scale work, but that had several limitations. Now, I feel like the sky's the limit with ArtResin."

 
What does your process look like?
"My process for public art, commissions, and my own pieces are relatively different. Sometimes it's free-flowing, and other times it's quite structured and premeditated. I usually start with a color scheme and a feeling. I've been experimenting with making my own silicone molds, but most of the time, I pour the resin on silicone sheets and form them by hand in their soft-cure stage. After the sculptures are hard cured, I drill, sandblast, carve or finish them in various other ways. The best thing about working with ArtResin is that there are so many possibilities!"
When did you start on Constellation and what was your inspiration?
"The design phase of Constellation began in 2019. I've always been mesmerized by the Milky Way and felt that a constellation theme would be an excellent connection to the people working on the floor where the artwork resides. I was inspired by their diverse communities and departments and how they all work together to achieve a common goal of making Minneapolis a better, safer city."

Photo credit: Corey Gaffer Photography

What do you hope the viewer gets out of the Constellation installation?
"Each of the 1000+ sculptures is visually unique, yet they all work together to form one complete artwork. The idea that we can celebrate our differences and individuality and still work towards a common goal is something I hope viewers will get out of Constellation. The 4-minute looping light program is also a really cool experience. I combined three kinds of lightbulbs, uplighting and LED downlighting, to create different visual effects. One of which is mini light bulbs that illuminate independently to form the big and little dipper. (Fun side note: All the sculptures hang from neodymium magnets attached to custom metal panels.)"


Where can we find your artwork? 
"Constellation is on the 5th floor of the New Public Service Building in downtown Minneapolis and is open to the public. I exhibit and have work in public and private spaces across the U.S., but Instagram is my favorite way to keep people up-to-date on my latest shows and projects."

Photo credit: Corey Gaffer Photography


To see more of Laurie's work:
Visit her website: https://lborggreve.com

Follow her on Instagram: @laurieborggreve


Congratulations on your win, Laurie!


To celebrate our amazing resin artists, every month we send out a 
32 oz kit to a couple of folks who have tagged us on Instagram—and then we share their work with the world! 



Don't forget, tag YOUR ArtResin work with @art_resin on Instagram, and YOU could be our next winner!!


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How To Resin A Bracelet

Posted on 19 Oct 12:06

Learn how to create your own copper cuff bracelet, hand painted with alcohol ink and sealed with a thin coat of epoxy resin. Artist Sue Board prefers working with copper blanks because they're malleable to bend into a cuff shape. A base coat of white, glossy primer provides the same effect as yupo paper, allowing the alcohol ink to maintain its bright color. ArtResin's crystal clear finish brings the jewelry to life, providing a shiny, protective coating. The result is a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art with an intense depth of color and a look reminiscent of stained glass.  

In 4 steps, Sue walks us through the supplies you'll need, with step-by-step video instructions on how to create your own hand painted, copper cuff resin bracelet.

Let's get started!


 

Materials

4 steps
30 mins (plus cure time)

  • copper cuff blanks (available online or at craft stores)
  • white, glossy spray primer for metal
  • alcohol ink in 2-3 colors that blend well together
  • a fine tip paintbrush
  • paint pots with caps for holding the ink (available online or at craft stores)
  • canvas board
  • painter's tape
  • ink cleaner in a small plastic cup
  • ArtResin (each bracelet requires 1/4 fl oz. mixed resin)
  • disposable gloves
  • plastic cups for measuring and mixing
  • stir stick
  • torch
  • plastic container to use as a dust cover
  • bracelet bender

materials to make hand painted resin copper cuff bracelet

Step 1 - Assemble Your Materials

Prime the copper blanks using a white spray primer that will adhere to metal. Use a smooth, glossy primer that replicates the smooth, glossy surface of yupo paper. Allow to dry thoroughly, for at least 3 hours, to prevent any chance of the alcohol ink from absorbing into the primer.

copper cuff bracelets epoxy resin alcohol ink
prime copper cuffs with white primer for metal

Place a piece of painter's tape, sticky side up, onto the canvas board. Tape down both ends with painter's tape.

make a sticky board with painters tape for holding bracelet in place

Mount the cuff onto the sticky painter's tape to hold it in place while you paint.

mount metal cuff to sticky board for painting
mount copper cuff to sticky board to hold it in place

Pour a little of each of your alcohol ink colors into small, lidded paint pots. These make an ideal place to store your alcohol ink while you work. Not only can you create your own custom blends right in the pot, but they are air tight and will prevent the alcohol ink from drying out - if it does evaporate, you can simply add a little more ink to re-animate it. 

💡TIP:  When making custom color blends, take note of how many drops of each color you add so it’s easy to reproduce.

paint pots for alcohol ink painting

Keep a small cup of ink cleaner close by while you work. Clean your brush often, not only between ink colors but every time you load your brush up with ink. Since the alcohol evaporates so quickly, the ink can get thick and pasty in the brush. Keeping the brush clean will ensure your alcohol ink stays fluid. 

wash brushes often in ink cleaner when using alcohol ink

Step 2 - Paint Your Design

We're ready to paint! You can paint one or two bracelets at a time, painting each one in a pattern as simple or as detailed as you like. Repeating geometric shapes, such as circles, squares, or rectangles, is an easy and interesting pattern.
Sue's advice: 
Start with an idea in mind and let it unfold. Work with how you feel and how the colors are working together. Remember, it doesn’t need to be perfect. 

Starting with the darkest color you've chosen, apply a few circles or squares as your base layer. 
💡TIP:  avoid black ink as it has a tendency to overpower the other colors.

paint design on copper blanks using alcohol ink

paint geometric design on copper cuffs with alcohol ink

Repeat the pattern with successively lighter colors, following the shape of the circles and squares. As you paint, the colors will blend and if you choose your colors well, the results are beautiful.  

painting a geometric design onto a copper cuff bracelet with alcohol ink

painting alcohol ink on copper cuff bracelet

Repeat the pattern until you've filled the space. If you have any white showing, you can either blend and drag the colors beside the white area to fill it in or you can add a lighter color ink to cover it up. 

fill in white spaces with alcohol ink

Let the ink dry for 6-8 hours before you apply the resin.

alcohol ink on copper cuffs before applying epoxy resin

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What if you're not happy with your design?
 You can wipe it away and start again, but try to wipe it off in just one swipe or you may end up removing the primer.  Keep in mind you may still see the ink colors you've been using, so you may find you'll have to re-prime and start from scratch. Most often, it's easier to work with your mistakes. Sometimes it's best to leave the piece to dry, come back another time and re-work it: add more colors, take color away, or blend so that the lines aren’t as defined.
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Step 3 - Apply The Resin

Wearing gloves, measure equal amounts of resin and hardener in a plastic cup.

measuring artresin and hardener

Mix for 3 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom of the mixing cup as your stir.

stir art resin for 3 minutes

Pour a strip of resin down the middle of the cuff, using an old paintbrush to push the resin right out to the edges without going over the sides. Instantly, you'll see that the colors become brighter and more intense as soon as the resin is applied.

applying epoxy resin to copper cuff bracelet resin jewelry

Torch to remove any bubbles.

remove bubbles with a butane torch

Cover the with a dust cover and allow to cure for 12 hours, until the resin is dry to the touch but still has enough flexibility to bend the bracelet.
💡TIP: Leave the cup of leftover resin beside your project to test the resin cure rather than disturbing your work.

let resin cure under a dust cover


Step 4 - Bend Your Bracelet

Once the resin is dry to the touch, pop the semi cured bracelet off of the canvas board, inserting one end into the bracelet bender and carefully curving one side. 

bracelet bender

insert one end of copper blank into bracelet bender and curve

Turn the bracelet around and bend the other side. Handle the bracelet carefully as the resin is
 still soft and vulnerable to indenting.

insert other side into bracelet bender and curve
curve bracelet in bender

Allow to cure for another 12 hours. 
Once the bracelet has fully cured, clean up the edges with wire wool that may still have bits of ink or resin on them.

adjust size of copper bracelet to fit wrist

Adjust the size of the cuff to fit your wrist - a 1" gap is standard. ArtResin has been formulated with a bit of flexibility so you can adjust without fear of cracking the resin finish or causing any damage to the bracelet.

sue board sue b designs copper cuff bracelet resin alcohol ink

We hope you feel inspired to create a piece of hand painted resin jewelry of your own!  Please leave any questions or comments below.

To see more of Sue's work:
Visit her website: Sue B Designs
Follow her on Instagram: @suebdesigns_

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@em_a_art Is Our Instagram Winner!

Posted on 15 Oct 16:51
Congratulations to @em_a_artour latest Instagram winner! Emily Arenberg is an artist from Cape May County, New Jersey who creates beach inspired resin art.


Emily, who has been drawing for as long as she can remember, graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC with a BA in Studio Art, concentration in Painting, and an Art History minor.  

In college, Emily painted primarily in oils and watercolor but became obsesed with resin when she stumbled upon it 5 years ago: "I found this newer love for resin and was able to transition so easily. It has the rich properties and thickness of an oil paint but holds the fluidity of watercolors. [Resin] completely changed the direction of my art. I've always been inspired by nature and I was painting a lot of landscapes but resin has given me the ability to capture nature in a nonconventional way." 



Emily often incorporates locally sourced sea life into her work: "
paint on swordfish bills and local scallop shells, so whether my viewer sees a piece and is reminded of the first time they caught a swordfish or are brought to a memory at their favorite beach, my hope is to bring my viewer to a place they feel at peace."


Emily preps her piece, whether it's a wood surface or a swordfish bill, by sanding it smooth with fine grit sandpaper. Taping the back of the piece prevents resin or paint drips from getting on the underside of the painting.

If she's creating an ocean piece, she'll paint the design first in acrylic for placement. She typically tints her resin with a mixture of high flow acrylics and mica powder. She pours onto the surface, following the outline she painted with acrylics, torching out bubbles and using a heat gun on the white resin to create a wave effect.


Emily says she gets a sense of joy, freedom and purpose whenever she sits down to paint: "I love getting into a trance-like state where I feel like I’m almost a vessel. All anxieties or overthinking falls to the wayside and I just move in this energetically creative flow."


Emily sells her work on her website and Instagram page and at festivals and stores in New Jersey. "I'm soooo grateful to finally call myself a full time artist for almost a year now."

To see more of Emily's work:
Visit her website: www.emilyarenbergart.com

Follow her on Instagram: @em_a_art

Congratulations on your win, Emily!


To celebrate our amazing resin artists, every month we send out a 
32 oz kit to a couple of folks who have tagged us on Instagram—and then we share their work with the world! 



Don't forget, tag YOUR ArtResin work with @art_resin on Instagram, and YOU could be our next winner!!


ArtResin:  Made For Artists, By Artists.


 

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How To Clean Up Epoxy Resin

Posted on 5 Oct 20:30

Working with epoxy resin can be sticky.  A few simple steps before you start pouring will help to ensure your tools, work space, hands and clothes stay clean. We're sharing our top tips on:

  1. how to keep your clothes and hair clean
  2. how to protect your work surface
  3. how to clean your resin tools and mixing containers
  4. how to clean resin off of your skin
  5. how to remove resin drips from the back of your artwork
  6. how to clean up resin spills, both wet and cured
  7. how to properly dispose of leftover resin and resin bottles


Let's get started!

1. Keep Your Skin, Clothes & Hair Clean:

Resin is sticky so always wear gloves when you’re handling resin or resin bottles and when you're cleaning up. Gloves will protect your hands from a sticky mess and possible skin irritation. Have multiple pairs of gloves on hand and replace them often - clean gloves will prevent your work environment from getting covered in resin.

always wear gloves when handling resin

Protect your clothing by wearing an apron or old clothes while you work: resin is very difficult to remove from clothing, and this includes your footwear - wear a pair of disposable protectors or an old pair of shoes you don't mind getting resin drips on.
If you have long hair, throw it up in a ponytail to keep the resin out of your hair and your hair out of the resin.

wear an apron, gloves and put your hair up when you resin


2. Protect Your Work Surface


Protect your work surface from resin drips or spills with a plastic liner.
We like using a clear, smooth vinyl shower curtain because it’s inexpensive, sturdy and can be used over and over again. Plastic drop sheets or pieces of cardboard laid on the floor will protect against unwanted resin drips. It's a good idea to keep a roll of paper towel and alcohol in a spray bottle close by for cleaning up accidental spills.

line your work surface with plastic, a silicone mat or parchment

For smaller projects, kitchen parchment paper works very nicely. The next day, cured resin drips and tools peel off with ease.

parchment paper non-stick for small resin projects

resin peels off of parchment paper

3. Cleaning Up Tools


From stir sticks to spreaders to plastic drop sheets, 
we recommend using plastic tools when working with resin.
Epoxy resin doesn't adhere to plastic which makes clean up a breeze (and who doesn't like easy clean up?) It also means you can use your tools over and over again.


use plastic tool when you resin

You have two choices when it comes to cleaning off plastic resin tools: first, remove as much resin as you can with paper towel. 

wipe excess resin from mixing container with paper towel

Next, spritz wet tools with denatured alcohol to remove resin residue and wipe dry with paper towel. Repeat as often as necessary to remove all traces of resin. 

remove resin residue with alcohol and paper towel

When there is no more resin residue left, wash tools in hot soapy water and allow to dry thoroughly before using them again

wash resin tools in hot soapy water

let resin tools dry thoroughly

The second method is to lay the wet tools on plastic or parchment overnight and allow the resin to cure. The next day, the resin will peel right off. This is our favorite method here at ArtResin - it's the easiest and requires no paper towel.

cured resin peels off of plastic tools

resin peels easily off of plastic tools

💡TIP: Be aware that resin doesn’t peel off of all plastic equally. It's much easier to peel resin from polypropylene plastic (this is the clouded plastic that has a little bend to it - many re-usable food containers are made of #5 polypropylene). 

peeling resin out of measuring cup

peeling resin easily out of polypropylene

Plastics like acrylic will release the resin, but you may find some areas that stick and removing it take a little more effort.

resin doesn't peel well out of acrylic measuring cup

4. Cleaning Up Hands


The best way to keep your hands clean is to wear disposable gloves
, changing them out for a clean pair as often as needed. We like using nitrile gloves here at ArtResin - they're strong, offer excellent chemical resistance and don't have the allergenic compounds often associated with latex.

always wear gloves when handling resin

If you accidentally get resin on your skin, remove it immediately to prevent potential skin irritation. The best cleanser for removing resin from hands is one that contains an exfoliant. Orange hand cleaner from the hardware store works very nicely.  ⚠️ IMPORTANT: Never use a solvent such as acetone, alcohol, or even vinegar to clean your hands. It breaks down resin and allows it to be absorbed by your skin.


exfoliant hand cleaner to remove resin from hands


You can create your own scrub by combining a small amount of poppyseeds or coarse salt in your hands with some liquid dish soap
. Rub over your hands until all traces of resin are gone, then rinse under warm water.


salt scrub to remove resin

poppy seed scrub to remove resin from hands

5. Cleaning Up Cured Resin Drips


The best way to avoid unwanted drips on the back of your artwork is to tape off the bottom of your piece with good quality painter's tape. As gravity pulls the resin down the sides, drips will start to accumulate along the bottom. The tape will catch these drips and once the resin is dry to the touch, pull the tape off and the drips right along with it.

painters tape

peel off painters tape with resin drips

What happens if you want to get rid of drips and you haven't used tape?
At the 24 hour mark, the resin will be dry to the touch but still flexible and you'll be able to flick them off with a utility knife.
⚠️ Exercise caution using this method: always ensure the blade is pointed away from you; don't attempt to remove fully cured resin drips with a blade.

remove resin drips with utility knife

After the 24 hour mark, resin will start to harden up: use a heat gun to soften the resin, running a metal scraper along the perimeter to remove drips.

remove resin drips with heat gun and scraper

You can also use a sander or a Dremel tool to remove cured resin drips.
⚠️ IMPORTANT: always wear a mask while sanding resin to avoid breathing in sanding dust.


use a dremel to remove cured resin drips

6. Cleaning Up Spills


From time to time, accidents happen and you may need to clean up resin spills on the floor or your work surface.
It's much easier to remove resin while it's still wet. You can pour sand or kitty litter on spills, scraping up as much as possible, followed up with acetone or alcohol to break down any remaining residue.

how to clean spilled resin
pour kitty litter on resin spill to clean up
use kitty litter to clean up a resin spill

If the resin has already cured, your best bet is to use a heat gun to soften the resin while gently pulling it up with a scraping tool. You can also try soaking it with alcohol or acetone to break it down before scraping it up with a razor or scraping tool. 
⚠️ Be aware that either method may end up damaging the surface that the resin is stuck to.

use heat gun and scraper to remove cured resin spill from floor

8. Safe Disposal Of Resin Bottles


⚠️ PLEASE NOTE:  Don't ever pour leftover epoxy resin down the drain. 
If you have a small amount of leftover resin and hardener in your bottles, you have a few options.  If you plan to continue resining, you can drain the contents of the old bottles into newer bottles by either stacking the bottles on top of one another or by using a funnel. Once drained, the empty bottles can go into the recycling (check regulations with your local region.)


drain old bottle of resin into new bottle

drain old resin bottle into new resin bottle

draining resin with funnel into new bottle
drain resin into bottle with a funnel
recycle empty resin bottles

If you don't have a use for the leftover resin, please don’t dispose of it in its liquid state. Best bet is to cure the resin and hardener together and dispose of the solid resin in the trash. 


toss cured resin into the trash

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