Are you wondering what the best gold is best to use for epoxy resin and geode resin art?
We have been testing and playing around with different brands and types of gold colorant ideas for resin art and geode resin art projects. Even as I'm writing this article I have several different types of gold supplies and paints sitting here on my desk that I grabbed out of our stash to play around with today because I'm obsessed with finding the very best gold colors to stir and mix into my epoxy resin.
The other day, I was making a small geode resin piece and had incorporated 5 different types of gold! Since I create epoxy resin art pieces quite often, I've been on the lookout for the very best gold colors, glitters and micas to use for my epoxy resin projects, especially for geodes. There are so many choices of gold colorants out there and also different techniques to incorporate the gold colorants and pigments into the epoxy resin. And in the pieces and projects I have created, I’ve discovered many ways to incorporate the many types of gold colorants into the resin.
If you are wondering what kind of gold colorants are best to add to epoxy resin, here is DIY Craft Club's official list: Resin gold additives: micro gold glitter, chunky gold glitter, holographic gold glitter, nail gold glitter, gold makeup, super fine glitter, mica powders, acrylic paint, and more. We'll go through all of these resin gold colorants together below.
*This piece was made in our DIY Craft Club studio with 5 different gold colorants.
There are many techniques that you can try when incorporating gold into your resin projects. You can mix the gold into the resin or make gold swirls. Another way I love to incorporate gold into the epoxy is to mix it right into the cups, pour a layer and then when that is still setting, pour another layer right beside it and use a blow dryer to slightly mix the two. You won’t believe the effects this gets! It’s so pretty. The possibilities are endless here.
Choosing the right gold can be tricky, there are many shades and opacity to choose from. So you might want more of a true gold, or you might need a gold that's more light in color. There's shimmery gold, flat gold, metallic gold. So we will go through this list below to help you out with choosing the right gold.
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Also, you might want to make a swatch of your favorite gold colorants. We had a chance to review ArtResin and we made a swatch of their colorants so that when we are making tutorials, we can easily see at a glance what the colors are going to look like. You can do the same thing too with your favorite gold colors.
If you are going for gold, you have come to the right place! Here are our top picks to get your epoxy resin crafts golden.
Karizma Gold Glitter
This is a chunky gold spectrum of gold stars, speckles, hexagons, and dust all incorporated into one. A couple of ways to use this particular gold is to mix it into the clear stage of your resin and then pour, or you can sprinkle it right onto the resin and some of the heavier pieces will sink down while other bits will stay at the top and that gives a really pretty layered effect.
Craft And Party
This 1lb bottle is one of those staples when it comes to using gold glitter in your geode resin art and epoxy resin crafts. This gold glitter can be used by pouring it into your epoxy before pouring or you can sprinkle it on here and there for extra touches. It's light but some specs will start to sink into the resin so just be aware of that.
Mehron Gold Metallic Powder
This is a tried and true gold for epoxy art. This gold powder is ultra fine and evenly blended so it will mix into the epoxy very nicely. This gold powder is formulated to add dynamic shiny accents so you can use this by mixing it right into the resin before you pour. Another way that I tried this powder is by brushing it onto the epoxy after it was cured and then I went ahead and poured on another clear layer and that gives an effect like it was suspended and I really love that look! A little goes a long way so use just a bit and mix that in before deciding if you need more. It's very bold.
Eye Candy Mica Powder
This mica powder is ultra fine (200-700 microns in size) so when you mix it into the resin, it will give your pours kind of like a pearlescent golden shine. A little goes a long way so just use a bit and mix it in and then add more if you want a stronger golden color.
Golden Fluid Iridescent Gold
I've been using Golden fluid acrylics for over 10 years for artwork but did you know you can also use it for epoxy resin? I tried it out on a jewelry box that I was making and it turned out just lovely. I stirred it into the epoxy while it was still in the cup but I didn't stir it all in completely. This left some clear sections that when poured give a really lovely effect. If you try it, be aware that some of the streaks won't be completely dissolved into the resin and you may need a clear top coat of resin after the paint is dry. But you can also stir it in completely. This kind of gold isn't sparkly so it would look great right beside sparkle section to give you more of a contrast in your piece. Another way you can use this is to pour a white layer, let it dry and then paint or splatter this paint, let it dry again and then pour on a clear coat of epoxy resin.
Jacquard True Gold
This is another gold that has a deep rich color. This is a highly pigmented gold paint that is designed to cover up dark backgrounds so if you are going to use this with black colored epoxy resin, you might like this a lot. This paint gives a beautiful gold sheen and the light catches it in the most perfect way. I think you will love the whole creative process when you are working with this gold paint.
Krylon Gold Leafing Pen
My personal favorite of all time. The Krylon gold leafing pen. I use this for drawing lines onto geode resin artwork and it just gives it that finishing touch that brings everything together. It has a chisel tip so it's really easy to use. I have used this on so many projects and you can have a closer look at it in our review of this gold leafing pen right here.
Bememo Imitation Gold Leaf Sheets
This set comes with 100 gold leafing sheets and they are extremely thin so you can either break them up super easily and mix it into the epoxy resin or you can glue the gold sheets onto your art surface and play with different designs and then pour the resin on top.
Genuine Gold Leafing Sheets by Blattgold
Some of you reading this might only want to use real gold sheets in your geode resin or epoxy resin pieces. I've used real gold before in my geode resin art pieces and I use that as part of my marketing. Plus when you use real gold, you can get better prices if you are selling your creations. It can be pricey, so play around with the imitation gold first to get your techniques perfect before using the real gold.
Telosma Glue Gun Wax Sticks
Glue sticks are helpful if you are pouring different shades of gold or other colors that you don't want mixed together on your piece. You can make a well with these gold colored glue sticks and that will keep your sections separated. We have written a super helpful article on some of our best tips when working with epoxy resin. Check out the article here.
Zoya Pixie Dust
I can't even tell you how many times nail polish has saved the day! Use this for little touch-ups that always seem to be needed here and there. You can use nail polish on top of crushed rocks or anything else you want to make gold.
Mallofusa Golden Frenzy
We were testing out different ways to get a golden shimmer effect that was really subtle and the only way we got perfect results was with eye shadow powder. What we did was scrape off a bit into the epoxy and lightly stirred it in. Then we poured it onto clear sections as well as epoxy that was colored white and the effects were stunning. If you want the colors to slightly blend together, you can use a blow dryer or heat gun to blow it around on your surface. Have fun with this!
I could not believe the result when we tried this gold fireglass out on some small test projects. It shines on and on in the most perfect way. If you are looking to get an extremely bright color throughout your epoxy resin art or geode resin art, then I hope you try this out.
These gold acrylic ice rocks are perfect for embedding into your geode pours or gluing directly onto your surface. The unique shapes will give your geode resin art a pretty gold reflective surface because they are well polished.
We are sharing our latest geode resin art tutorial. We have been so busy making instructional videos and tutorials for everyone who wants to start making geode resin art, or looking for some new geode techniques and ideas. We have quite a lot of articles about how to use resin and some great tips and tricks to help you get your resin pieces to be top quality!
You can read up on all of the DIY resin articles in the DIY Craft Club Resin section. There's a very important safety article there too. You will notice the pink gloves we are wearing in this tutorial. We talk all about which gloves to wear in our resin safety article, so be sure to have a read over to know about which safety gear you should consider wearing.
We have really been enjoying working with resin and we have an easy geode resin art tutorial for you to try.
When you are making geode resin pieces, be prepared by gathering all of your materials and getting everything organized on your table. This is really helpful because you don't want to be opening drawers looking for things, you'll get resin everywhere. So set everything up before you start like we did in the video below. Also, browse through photos of actual geodes so you can understand how they look in nature.
Visit our Geode | Crystals | Agate Pinterest Board to see really good photos of actual geodes for inspiration.
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Here's the finished geode resin art piece that you will be making in this DIY tutorial. Pretty isn't it? :)
Step 1 - Prepare A Drawing
Make a sketch of how you want your geode resin piece to look like. Figure out the colors and where you want the stones, crystals, glitter, etc. Then when you are ready to pour, you kind of have a plan. For those who are visual learners, this will be super helpful for a quick reference guide.
Step 2 - Prepare Your Surface
In this geode resin art tutorial, we are using an 8x10 wooden artboard. First, prime the board using a pearl-colored acrylic paint. Give the artboard two coats and let it dry in between coats. If you use a soft brush, you won't get any brush lines. Once that is dry, then go to the next step.
Step 3 - Tape The Panel
Tape the sides and the back of the panel. This is going to stop the resin from getting onto the sides of your piece and catch any resin drips. You will take the tape off later after it is set, but before it hardens completely. There are techniques that let the resin go down the sides but for this tutorial, we will be taping the sides and the bottom of the panel.
Step 4 - Start Placing Your Geode Parts
Now you will glue down your geode elements. In this tutorial, we used crushed glass stones and white rocks. You can get really creative here and if you need some more ideas on what you can use for your piece, here's an article we wrote on the many things you can use for sparkle and gemstones for your geode resin art. You can use Mod Podge to glue these down (will dry clear) or you can use resin for this too. Once everything is dry, go to the next step. We also took a walk around Michaels and made a video on our YouTube channel of supplies you can use for your geode pieces from there. Check it out here.
Step 5 - Mix Up The Resin
Time to start mixing up the resin! For this 8x10 piece, we mixed up 4oz of resin. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the resin that you are using so that you mix up the right ratio of hardener to resin. They are not all the same. We used ArtResin for this and it's a ratio 1:1.
Step 6 - Separate The Resin For Your Colors
In this geode resin tutorial, there are three colors. Pink, Silver, and White. Plus a bit extra for the glitter parts. Separate the resin into three reusable silicone cups. And then you can start to add in your tints and colorants, no more than 10% colorant to resin ratio. With the epoxy resin brand that we are using, there is about a 45-minute window to work with before it starts to cure so there is no rush.
Step 7 - Pour On The Resin
Now you can pour the resin onto your piece according to your sketch. Have fun with this part mixing your colors and designs. For this we poured the white resin on first, then went ahead and mixed up the pink and poured that layer, and then finally mixed the silver and poured that on. After that was completed, we added glitter here and there as you will see in the video tutorial below. You can use a heat gun to pop any bubbles and move the resin around creating more unique lines and designs.
Step 8 - Draw Geode Lines
When the piece has been sitting for about 5 hours you can draw on realistic geode lines. Using a paint pen is best for that. We used a Sharpie oil-based paint pen for our geode lines.
Step 9. Remove The Tape
Remove all of the tape before the resin hardens completely. Be careful that you don't touch the resin surface or you will get fingerprints on there. Check the instruction manual to see how long it takes for your resin to be completely cured and you are done! Yay!
SUPPLIES WE USED FOR THIS TUTORIAL
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ArtResin (Resin, ResinTints) Amazon
Golden Fluid Pearl Paint Amazon
Framar Gloves Amazon
Silicone Mixing Cups DIY Craft Club
8x10 Art Panels Amazon
Zap Heat Gun Amazon
Soft Brushes Diy Craft Club
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