Epoxy Resin Ideas For Beginners To Try Out Now

Epoxy Resin Ideas For Beginners To Try Out Now

Starting a new hobby can bring you lots of other benefits. It can help you break routine, grow personally, relax after a long day at work, explore your creativity, increase your self-confidence, and even help you socialize. And who knows? One day, you may even turn your new hobby into a business. 

If you decided to give epoxy resin a try but don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered. Let’s explore some epoxy resin ideas for beginners together. Picking the right epoxy project to start with is really important for developing the necessary skills for this type of DIY. It’s best to start with less demanding projects and move up to more complex ones as you enhance your skills. 

If you have no clue regarding what you can create with epoxy, how to use it, what an epoxy kit contains, or how much time it usually takes to make an epoxy design, check out this article before getting started. 

Resin for beginners - the basics

The first step - and the key - to every successful DIY project is in the workspace. You need to work in a well-ventilated room at an optimal temperature. For tips on how to prepare the crafting area, read here.

Another crucial step to ensure the quality of your beginner resin crafts is mixing the epoxy resin and hardener correctly. Follow these three simple steps to get the perfect resin:

1. Heat resin prior to use.

Put both bottles in hot water for 30-35 minutes at a temperature of 122°F (50°C) BEFORE MIXING. This helps the resin mix nicely, and helps prevent air bubbles. After the contents of the bottle have warmed up completely, place them aside until they have returned to room temperature.

Warning: Handle hot water with caution. Do not bring water to a boil (100°C / 212°F).

2. Measure equal parts of RESIN and HARDENER in the graduated mixing cups. 

Thoroughly mix the two components with clean stir sticks until the mixture becomes transparent. Depending on the quantity you’re mixing, it can take between 3 and 7 minutes of continuous mixing without whipping.

3. Pour the composition into the desired shape or surface and let it dry for 24 hours.

The objects created with Roxy Epoxy resin need to sit for several hours in a dust-free space to cure properly. It can take up to 72 hours for the products to dry completely.

Now that we’re all set, let’s see what we can create.

 

Epoxy projects for beginners

Versatile and fun to work with, epoxy resin can be used for different types of arts and crafts projects such as jewelry, art pictures, decorative objects, timeless furniture, or even restored furniture. For starters, since we’re focusing on resin art for beginners, we will help you create small epoxy paintings, jewels, and keychains from scratch. 

Wall art

 

Create your own wall art and refresh the entire look of a room. Small paintings have such a big impact because they always find their place at home. 

What you need:

  • Roxy Epoxy 2Q kit (includes resin, hardener, gloves, wooden sticks, measuring cups) 
  • Canvas
  • Blow dryer
  • White acrylic paint

Step by step instructions:

  1. Pour the white acrylic paint into a plastic cup. The acrylic paint will add color to the epoxy resin.
  2. Mix the other colors in another plastic cup. Pour roughly 4 ounces in each small cup with acrylic paint. Then, mix the paint with the epoxy resin.
  3. Pour the white epoxy resin on top of the canvas to start the resin art project. Add the colors you wish
  4. Use a blow dryer, which moves the resin from the heat, to merge the different colors. This makes the colors blend together, creating an unique art effect.
  5. Apply 5 drops of silicone oil per 4 ounces of resin to disperse the cells. Use the blow dryer to work the resin into the other colors. You can also move the resin around by lifting the canvas and tilting the canvas in different angles.

Jewelry

Creating small pieces is a great way to build your skills and confidence for future bigger epoxy projects. Epoxy resin has a beautiful, crystal clear effect and is, therefore, ideal for crafting jewelry and accessories. 

What you need:

Step by step instructions:

  1. Start preparing the resin as directed in the section above. Be sure to cover your workspace with wax paper — resin does not wash off! 
  2. Get your fillers ready. Use your resin mold to organize your fillers. Cut down what you need to so that you can quickly put everything together once you pour the resin.
  3. Pour a layer of resin, then place your items in the mold and pour another layer over the fillers if you need to. 
  4. Let the project cure properly. It usually takes between 24-72 hours for the resin to dry completely. During this time, you shouldn’t touch or move the project as it can damage the surface. For more information on the epoxy resin curing process, read here.

For an additional wow factor, you can also incorporate materials such as flowers, pearls, or glitter particles in your jewelry. For more instructions on how to do so, read this article.

Keychains

Highly useful and available in an exciting range of models, keychains can remind you of a place you’ve visited or of a special someone.

What you need:

  • Roxy Epoxy 16oz kit (includes resin, hardener, gloves, wooden sticks, measuring cups)
  • Jewelry mold
  • Mica powder 
  • Small flowers - pressed & dried
  • Jump rings
  • Jewelry chain
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Key rings

Step by step instructions:

  1. Mix equal amounts of hardener and resin - as explained above. 
  2. For the next layer, mix an ounce total of Roxy Epoxy’s super clear resin.  Then, divide it into separate cups to color it. Add Mica powder colors of your choice and stir well.
  3. Pour the colored resin into your silicone mold cavities, filling it all the way to the top. Once your resin mold is full of resin, set it aside to cure. 
  4. To demold your DIY resin keychain project, peel the mold away from the resin charm while simultaneously pulling the charm. You will need to drill a hole in the charm. Start with a drill bit smaller than you think you need. Screw the pin stem into the hole. If you are worried the stem isn’t secure, you can add a dot of mixed resin to help secure it.

Can something go wrong?

Yes, even simple beginner resin projects can go wrong if you don’t follow the instructions accurately. Here are some tips on how to prevent and fix potential mess-ups.

Handmade resin jewelry may produce bubbles

During the mixing process of the resin with the hardener, you will produce bubbles. For the beginner or part-time hobbyist, you can get rid of bubbles by using a blow dryer, torch gun, or even a toothpick.

When in fluid state, resin products can harm

When working with epoxy resin, it is advisable to wear protective gear like gloves and a mask. Your work area should also be well ventilated and preferably in a separate room. Do not ingest. 

Embedded flowers in resin may turn yellow, lose color, and wither

If flowers are not treated properly before being embedded into the resin, they will slowly fade, and turn brown or yellow over time. To keep the flowers looking fresh, it is best to first dry them and then treat them with ultraviolet lacquer. This will maintain their shape and color.

Wrap up

To optimize results, follow technical instructions accordingly, but don’t forget to let your imagination run free. We promise you won’t ever get bored again! Creativity has no limits. And don’t worry if your results are not what you envisioned at first. Practice makes perfect!