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Can You Be Allergic to Epoxy/Resin?

Just like any chemical used for cleaning, medication, makeup or even for art, you can have an allergic reaction to epoxy.  Epoxy is formulated with raw ingredients that have a chemical reaction when mixed so that curing can occur. This means that an epoxy allergy usually does not depend on the epoxy brand.  If you’re allergic to one epoxy, you are most likely allergic to all epoxy found on the market today. Epoxy allergy symptoms come in various forms.  Most visible symptoms are skin inflammation, including redness and irritation, to varying degrees.  Swelling and blisters are also symptoms. However, a person who is allergic to epoxy may not know until the symptoms appear.  Some people will have visible signs immediately. For others, it may take a while for them to appear. Regardless of whether the reactions occur immediately or not, people who are allergic to epoxy should stop using it [...]

By |November 20th, 2019|0 Comments

How to Make a Resin Ring

  A flower resin ring is so easy to make. Get your friends together and have fun making this project. Here are the supplies that you need: Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin Measuring cups Small silicone flower mold Dry pigment of your choice Stir sticks Nitrile gloves Sky Blue - Dispersion Color 2oz Soft paintbrush Glue on ring finding (band) E-6000 Permanent craft adhesive Step 1 Using a paintbrush, brush the dry pigment onto the silicon inside of the mold. The powder is fine so be careful not to inhale it. Step 2 Measure equal parts of Artist Resin and hardener. Mix thoroughly for at least 3 minutes. Step 3 Add a drop or two of Sky Blue - Dispersion Color to the resin. Mix well. Step 4 Hold the stir stick over the mold, and then slowly pour resin onto the stick. Let the stick guide the resin into [...]

By |November 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Why Is My Resin Sticky?

Doing art projects with resin can be very fun.  Resin makes your paintings, artwork or even your own photograph look like it has life.  It’s glass-like finish will take your artwork to the next level. However, dealing with resin can also be very tricky.  You need to be patient because it will take some time before you master it.  Artist Resin is an epoxy resin that is user-friendly.  But, applying and mixing Artist Resin should be done the right way from the beginning to the end.  Why? Because resin can be sticky when the steps are not followed properly.  If you can find sticky and soft areas on your resin application, it means that your resin did not cure properly.  Sticky resin is a big “no” it will stay tacky even after a few days, and could destroy your artwork. To avoid sticky resin, here’s what you can do: First, [...]

By |November 15th, 2019|0 Comments

How To Make Your Resin Project A Success

How To Make Your Resin Project A Success - Most Common Art Resin Mistakes Resin casting is a lot of fun. Its versatility gives you room to be as creative as you can. However, using it is not easy, especially for beginners. Here are some common mistakes that you can avoid on your next project:   Not measuring the resin and hardener accurately It is very important to measure the resin and hardener accurately. To get the exact amount, use measuring cups with graduated lines, spoons, and other measuring tools. Trusting your personal judgment as to how much you need will not do you any favors. Use measuring tools to get the right amount for the project at all times.    Not mixing the resin and hardener properly Proper mixing of resin and hardener is important to prevent bubble formation and achieve the expected hardness and curing time. When you [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|0 Comments

How to Measure and Mix Epoxy Resin

Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin comes in two parts: the Part A resin and Part B hardener.  Here are some tips on mixing resin: Step 1: Read the label carefully. Our Artist Resin and Culture Cast require 1:1 ratio of Part A and Part B.  (If you're using Hard Cast the ratio is 2:1) Today we're discussing the 1:1 ratio. Let's say you need 40 ml for your project, you will measure out 20 ml of Part A and 20 ml of Part B.  Step 2 Accuracy is the key when it comes to measuring Parts A and B.  Make sure your measuring cups are clearly marked. You can’t have more of one part than the other. If you do, the finished product and the curing time will be adversely affected and the resin won’t cure as expected. It might not cure at all and you'll need to redo your [...]

By |November 11th, 2019|0 Comments

What Torch Does Counter Culture DIY Recommend and Why?

Using the right torch is very important because it makes the procedure easier and gives you the best result. The reason we torch our resin project is to get rid of those bubbles. Many of our artists want to know which torch is very effective for our Artist Resin. To answer this concern, here is the torch that Counter Culture DIY recommends: Bernozomatic TS400 and Camping Gas. So why do we recommend these items in particular? This torch is pressure regulated so it can be used inverted.  It ignites with the touch a button and goes off when you release it, or if you happen to drop it.  It has a "continuous flame lock" feature for when you're doing larger pieces. It also has a lifetime warranty.   Our resin is heat resistant to 500°. In order to penetrate the surface quickly, you need short bursts of high heat.  Propane burns [...]

By |November 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Understanding Resin

Most artists want resin for their projects. To be effective, the resin must be water-clear, UV resistant, heat resistant and be VOC free for your safety.  What is resin by the way? Technically, a resin is a liquid plastic which hardens after a chemical reaction. Heat is produced when the resin is mixed with the hardener, which is why we have two-part resin kit. The heat causes the liquid part to harden.  Qualities of a Good Clear Resin Different brands of resin produce different results. Look for a resin that gives a high gloss quality, with superior clarity, hard finish, and resistant to heat and UV light.  Resin Applications Because of its glass-like finish, resin can simulate stained glass windows, whether clear or colored.  Coating pictures, memoirs, souvenirs, paintings or any other significant objects with resin a way to preserve their beauty. For aesthetic purposes, many artists use it to [...]

By |November 6th, 2019|0 Comments

How to Make a Cuff Bracelet with Artist Resin

Supply list: Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin Marmalade - Intense Color Silicone Mat (with a raised design) Sculpting Clay Basic clay tools Craft heat tool Metal cuff bracelet blank Resin measuring cups Pipettes Stir sticks Wet/dry sandpaper: 180 grit and 400 grit Elastic bands Packing tape/Painters tape Ruler Utility knife Gloves   Step 1 Place the silicon mat on the working surface. Put a piece of tape from top to bottom, and then place another one 2 inches from the first piece. If you want narrower bangle, place the tape closer together. Step 2 Measure 2 ½ ml of each part of Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin in one cup. Mix thoroughly for about 3 minutes. Step 3 Put the resin into a pipette and drop it into the design of the silicone mat while avoiding the tape. Repeat these steps until you have a length that will fit your [...]

By |November 4th, 2019|0 Comments

How to Make a Mandala Pendant Using Artist Resin

I love wearing pendants with transparencies. But I realized that they only glow when they are facing against the light and on light-colored clothing. Because of this, I used gold, silver and rose gold leaf so that the art in the pendant will become noticeable at any angle. Here are the steps: Step 1 Arrange 1-inch wood tiles in preparation for the gold, silver and rose leaf. If you have scrabble tiles, those will do too. Step 2 Add a thin layer of adhesive glue to each of the wood tiles. Let the glue cure for 10-20 minutes. Once tacky, place the leaf over the wood tiles and press firmly. Take out the excess leafing. Let the leafing to dry (normally takes 12 hours). Step 3 Find Mandala images online. Mine are 1-inch square images I purchased from Etsy. I printed them on transparency film. Cut them out using scissors. [...]

By |November 1st, 2019|0 Comments

How to Resin Jewelry: Tips & Tricks

Choose your resin.  We recommend Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin for pours of 1/4" or less.  You can pour in layers if it's needed.  Our resin is VOC free and has no harmful airborne chemicals.  It is highly UV resistant so your projects will stay looking new.   Understand how the resin works.  Read the directions and check out our Facebook group - Counter Culture DIY Artist Support. Then try Instagram & Youtube for tutorials on jewelry making.   Equip yourself with the right tools. You need supplies for measuring, mixing, pouring, and cleaning the resin.  Also jewelry findings, silicone molds, needle nose pliers and a small hand drill.   You can also use your own artwork done on Yupo paper or something similar, just make sure it's stiff enough to hold the weight of the resin.  Cut out shapes and seal both sides with our Quick Coat. Dome the [...]

By |October 28th, 2019|0 Comments

How to Properly Mix Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin

Get the scoop on the best technique for mixing our Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin.  One of the most often asked questions we get is “How do I mix Artist Resin properly?” Mixing our Artist Resin involves simple steps that even newbie users can easily follow.  The first step is to measure an equal amount of Part A and Part B into a cup.  First pour Part B then Part A.  Part B is thinner than Part A and we don’t want Part A which is thicker, to stick to the bottom of the cup so we pour in Part B first. Now use a stirrer to mix the resin.  Mix the resin by making a figure 8 or letter S while keeping the stirrer on the floor of the container, alternate that with scraping the sides of the cup.  We recommend that you work in an area with a room temperature ranging from 70°F to [...]

By |October 25th, 2019|0 Comments

How To Use Mica Powder in Epoxy Resin

A resin art can give you more versatility if you will use colors, glitter, and mica powder. These three ingredients add complexity and depth to the artwork. In addition, adding any of these three in between the layers create a clear boundary mark which helps in making sanding off the topcoat easier. It is always a great idea to add color to a clear epoxy to achieve the desired effect. In this blog, I will give you tips on how to use Counter Culture DIY Mica Powder in epoxy resin. Mica powder is a soft, lightweight, and smooth powder that works best for projects that need a great level of precision. It has a very small size which makes it very smooth. Mica powder is ideal for creating projects that require a metallic look because it keeps its shimmer and shine feature after the epoxy hardens. Now, add a pinch [...]

By |October 23rd, 2019|0 Comments