Today I’d like to talk about Resin. Resin is mega fun and I use it a lot.
However one thing I’ve learnt about Resin over the years is to not pay attention to the many, many, MANY guides about Resin that are out there. Cause most of them are actually made by people who want to sell their own brand of Resin and the products you need to work it.
Here are some of the things I’ve noticed that most of the “learn how to work with Resin guides” have in common.
- They make it look easy breezy
- They give you static time stamps on when to pour a second or third layer
- They tell you to use fire to get rid of the bubbles
What they’re not telling you are any of the following
- It is not easy breezy to work with Resin
- There are no general time stamps
- Removing air bubbles with fire may lead to unexpected and pricey results
Working with Resin is not all that easy.
So let’s start with number 1. Working with Resin is not all that easy. Things sink, things float. Learning which material work best in Resin is a learning process and full of trials and errors. Resin sticks to some things and to some things it won’t. Which can lead to unexpected results.
By doing many trials and errors you may or may not learn how to work it. But these trials are more than often quite expensive.
There is no such thing as a magic time stamp for layering.
Moving on to number 2. The magic time stamp. One of the fun things with working with Resin is you can build up layers. Some artists are truly amazing in building all kinds of landscapes using Resin.
But when yourself try to do it you soon realise it is not even close to being as easy breezy as it may seem. Most likely this is because you, just like me listened to the “so called” experts out there who for one make you believe there is like a magic time stamp to follow when pouring multiple layers.
But what they won’t tell you is all RESIN work different. Different brands work in different ways. And where one brand may be almost ready after less than 24h another may not even be close. Even in between products of a certain brand the time slots can vary, hugely. So why is that?
The simple and short answer to this is different Resins have different purposes. Not only that. What suites your needs may not suite my needs etc. Be prepared for trials and errors.
Fight bubbles with fire.
Finally number 3. The typical fight the air bubbles with fire. Stupid me truly believed this was true. Which also lead to my molds getting stuck in the Resin and irreversibly ruined for good. So why was that?
For one it comes down to the Resin. Cheap hobby Resin – and by cheap I am NOT talking about the actual price but the quality of the Resin.
This kind of hobby Resin is not only seriously over priced at most vendors but also more likely to have a short drying time. Which means it is quite thick in the first place.
Resin also generates heat when drying. The “cheap” fast drying Resin even more so. Which means when you place your precious cooking torch on top of your pour. You not only burn out the air bubbles but also boost the heat of your pour. And BAM you have burned your mold. When the mold is burned and stuck to your pour it is ruined.