Now you’ve learnt what resin is, the different types and what it can do in part 1 of our resin guide, it’s time to learn the essential tools needed when working with resin.
Whilst working with resin doesn’t require masses of expensive tools, you will need some specific equipment. Most items are available at a relatively small cost but others are simply household items which are easy to get hold of.
Miniature Mixing Cups, Pack of 10
Mixing cups are essential when working with resin and these mini pots are ideal for mixing up small amounts. Each colour needs to be mixed separately and containers need to be kept scrupulously clean.
Aqueous Cleaner 500ml
Use Aqueous cleaner to wipe up uncured resin and keep tools spotless.
Wooden Mixing Sticks, Pack of 100
Mixing sticks are another ‘must have’ item when working with resin, and you will find you get through a lot! Stock up with this pack of 100 which will see you through many projects.
Digital Table Top Scale
Weight ratios are vital when working with resin, so arm yourself with a set of digital scales to avoid any mishaps.
Beginners Resin Set
A starter kit will take the worry out of choosing both the resin and the hardener and provide you with the basics.
Micromesh Starter Kit
A great little set to gently clean up and smooth down any rough edges on resin castings. Always work from the lowest number grit to the highest.
|Resin Specific Equipment||No.||Everyday materials and tools||No.|
|Resin and hardener||860 031B||Wooden mixing sticks and cocktail sticks||860 132|
|Mica powder or colouring pigments (optional)||860 132N||Masking tape or blue tack|
|Plastic mixing pots||860 133||Barrier Cream|
|Digital Scales||999 88Y||Kitchen towel|
|Mask||998 067||Eye protection||999 244|
|Acrylic blocks||860 032L||Cotton Wool|
|Silicone Moulds (optional)||700 567||Aqueous Cleaner||860 032B|
|Ready-made, metal cabochon pendants (optional)||860 679||Abrasive polishing cream E.G. T Cut||999 MZ06|
|Wet/dry paper or micro-mesh cloths in a range of grades||999 DDA||Newspaper|
So now you’ve learnt more about resin and have the essential tools, how do you use it? Get closer to understanding how to make jewellery resin and other resin items in part 3 of our resin beginner’s guide or shop resin items