If you’ve been following our blogs, you heard us say how easy it is to use Artist Resin. While it’s true, the newbies are somehow exempted to the rule. Here are three issues that people encounter when they first try using resin, follow along so that you will know how to avoid them.
First, you need to know that our Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin comes in two bottles: a resin and a hardener. These two parts must be mixed together as directed to form a chemical reaction which causes the mixture to cure. Make sure that this mixture is not disrupted, or else the right curing will not take place, and the result is a big mess! Make sure not to do the following:
- Not Measuring Accurately
Artists Resin is combined in a 1:1 ratio. It is important to be exact when measuring both parts to come up with the desired mixture. If measuring is not done right, the mixture will not catalyze properly and will become sticky. Using a measuring cup is the best way to gauge the exact amount of resin and hardener.
- Not Mixing Properly
After measuring the right amount, it is crucial to mix both parts together thoroughly. This process is very important because if the two parts are not blended well enough, it will not cure properly. Mix the solution thoroughly for at least three to four minutes, scraping the sides and bottom of the cup, to ensure that everything is blended well.
- Adding More Hardener to Lessen the Curing Time
Normally, Artist Resin cures within 24 hours (depending on the thickness of the coating). For thick coating, it is advised not to touch the artwork for 72 hours. Sometimes, newbies want to speed up the curing by adding more hardener to the mixture. This is not advisable since anything more than the 1:1 ration can disrupt the curing process. If you want to make curing faster, you can increase the room temperature since heat can accelerate curing.
If you will follow these simple instructions, you will not be having any difficulty using and applying Artist Resin to your craft.
If, for some reasons, you still make any of these mistakes and you need to fix it, check out our article on how to apply a second coat of Artist Resin.