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If you are a resin artist looking for some resin art supplies, or you are someone who is interested in starting resin art, you have come to the right place.
There is so much to learn about resin art before jumping right into it, and we are going to talk all about the resin art supplies that you really need to have on hand for any project, the resin art supplies that you might want to consider having on hand and just some fun resin art supplies.
When you start to put a list together of everything you need for creating resin art, here are some resin art supplies to consider:
We are going to go through each resin art supply listed above and share the best finds that you will want to have on hand for each item, depending on the resin project you want to try to take on.
When working with resin, the most important items you can purchase are the proper safety gear pieces for working with resin. We highly recommend purchasing nitrile gloves for working with resin (latex gloves will not protect your skin from resin) and an N95 equivalent mask with organic vapor filters.
Here is the respirator mask that we use when working with resin and it is the one that we recommend:
This mask is from Parcil Safety located in the United States and comes with a 1 year factory warranty when purchased directly from Parcil.
To start a resin project or when purchasing resin art supplies, you are going to need some resin. There are so many brands of resin out there, so it really depends on which project you are going to try.
For resin pours, think pouring, geode resin art or for pouring into small molds, we like to recommend ArtResin. ArtResin is a 1:1 mixing resin and is easy to work with, and we like that you can purchase it right off of Amazon.
ArtResin can be used for:
It is a non-toxic resin that has no odor and dries crystal clear. It is the one brand of resin we always have on hand here at DIY Craft Club because we find it so versatile.
There are a few different types of resin we recommend for making tumblers, and these are all found on Amazon. They include:
KSResin was created with the resin artist in mind. It claims that it dries "water clear" and many tumbler artists agree with that statement. It is a super UV-resistant epoxy resin meaning that it doesn't yellow right away when left out in the sun, so go ahead and pour your white tumblers. KSResin says they have "the best UV-resistance in the industry"
We like to recommend ArtResin for jewelry making, especially if you are just getting started. Many resin artists start with an epoxy resin for making jewelry and then end up switching to a UV resin for its quick dry and curing time. In this case we recommend Limino UV Resin from Amazon.
Keep in mind if you are going to start using UV resin for your resin art, you are going to need to cure it with a UV lamp.
There are so many things you can use to add color to resin.
Resin colorants can include:
Let's talk a bit more about each resin colorant art supply.
Our all time favorite colorant to use with resin is mica powder, and there are a few things to know if you plan on using mica powder for your resin art.
Mica stone can be found all over the world, but the largest deposits of mica are found in India. The problem with mica stone, is that in many areas where it is sourced from, child labor is used to mine it. So when you are looking to buy mica powder for your project, make sure that it is ethically sourced and is certified that it is sourced from child labor-free facilities.
This is why we like to purchase our mica powder directly from Arteza.
Arteza offers ethically-sourced mica powder that is cosmetic grade, so you could use these in other products as well such as soap.
Arteza sells individual bottles of mica, or your choice of mica powder sets. When using mica in resin, you really don't need very much at all. So we recommend the set of 60 mica powders from Arteza. You get more colors than the 35 powder set because the bottles are half the size (5g vs. 10g bottles that come in their set of 35). This of course is up to you though.
You can use acrylic paint to add color to your resin, and like mica powder, a bit goes a long way. Be sure to use no more than 10% colorant to resin. Adding more than this much will chemically alter the composition of the resin, creating unintentional variances in flow and cure. Also be sure to mix it slowly in to avoid causing more bubbles than necessary.
Check out this Golden Acrylic variety pack from Amazon, it is a pack of ten and includes the colors that are most popular among artists such as Yellow Oxide, Burnt Sienna and Phthalo Blue.
Alcohol Ink will add beautiful color to your resin, and there are many ways to play with alcohol ink and resin. You can mix it in with your resin, you can add alcohol ink to your surface and resin over the top of it, or come up with your own technique. Just know though, that alcohol ink can fade over time with resin and needs to be protected with a UV protectant. Many artists swear by Krylon's UV Resistant Clear coating, which can be found on Amazon here
Our favorite alcohol ink to use in resin is the Ranger Inks by Tim Holtz, which you can buy from Scrapbook.com right here.
Paint pens are often used when adding details and embellishments onto your finished resin art projects. They are particularly useful in drawing in agate and geode lines in geode resin art.
We have researched and collected some key points to help you purchase the best paint markers for your geode projects. There's a huge difference between quality paint markers and cheap markers. You might think you are saving money, but in the long run, the cheap markers don't hold up to regular use on resin. Especially when you are going over the rocks, gems and glass parts. So invest in a good set from a reputable company.
Here are our top two choices of paint pens for your resin art supplies:
We like this particular set because it comes with six pens for resin art so if you are making several different pieces or are experimenting, you will always have some spares on hand. Nothing like running out of a white pen when you need it!
These paint pens are a favorite among many resin artists are are definitly a resin art supply that you want to have on hand.
The opaque felt tip markers can write on resin very easily and this particular set comes with some beautiful metallics among other gorgeous colors. The full color pigment ink in these paint pens is non-toxic, light-fast and waterproof. If you are looking for a paint marker with bright and bold colors, you will love this set for your resin art supplies must-haves.
This set is water-based so be sure to do a test before adding resin over the top of these paint pens to make sure that the resin you are using won't cause them to run. But for finishing work as the last step, they write on nice and smooth.
Glitter is a really fun way to add sparkle, color and shine to any resin piece you are working on, regardless of what your project is.
There are so many different kinds of glitter to add to your resin art, here are a few of our favorites:
These neon and holographic glitter shaker jars are an absolutely must-have set to have on hand for creating various looks for your resin art.
This glitter set is certified as non-toxic from Arteza.
The set of 54 glitter shakers from Arteza comes with a gorgeous variety of different holographic colors. You get glow in the dark shades. Their neons are UV-reactive which means they will react to a range of ultra violet lights creating a glowing, bright effect on your tumbler. How cool is that!?
This glitter shaker set by Arteza is very often purchased and used for glitter tumblers. It's also nice being able to buy all of your glitter needs from the same supplier so the shakers all match, it makes for easy storage.
Iridescent glitter can add a very whimsical, sparkling effect to your resin art.
There are so many iridescent glitters to choose from for resin art, it depends on the look you are going for. Many have an underling tone of blue or pink, so sorrt through them and see which ones you like.
If you are looking to make a fantasy tumbler, a unicorn or fairy-inspired tumbler or something that is just beautiful and whimsical, these glitters come in super gorgeous colors that are quite light-catching and reflective and are great to have on hand.
Here are some more questions people are asking about resin art supplies:
The general supplies you need for resin art include the resin itself, resin safety gear such as a proper respirator for resin and nitrile gloves, a heat gun to get bubbles out and cups and sticks for mixing and colorants/inclusions like mica, acrylic paint, glitter, alcohol ink...etc. The more specific supplies will depend on what you are making; ex: molds for jewelry or coasters, wood canvas for pours or geode resin art, or whatever else you may need for your specific project.
Resin art can be an expensive hobby to take up basically due to the cost primarily of the resin itself. Many resin artists go through many brands to find one they like, and then opt to buy the largest containers of that resin to save money. The other resin supplies you will need will be a one time upfront cost for your resin respirator, your heat gun and your molds.
The best, and most important place to start learning about resin for beginners is by looking into resin safety and then watching YouTube videos and reading tutorials or buying a resin e-book. After that, beginner resin artists need to find what they are interested in making and buy those supplies (ie: molds) and then find the colors they are wanting and buy the colorants (ie: mica powders) and then get the heat gun to get rid of bubbles. Lastly is purchasing the resin for the project.
There are so many brands of resin out there, that it all depends on what you looking for. If you are making a large mold like a pyramid or a resin table, you might opt for a deep casting resin. If you are doing a tumbler or jewelry you might want to look for an art resin.
You will need to get your bubbles out of your resin somehow and the best way to do this is with a heat gun. Once your resin s poured, a heat gun can be turned on and you will actually see the bubbles coming to the surface of your resin and popping. This prevents bubbles for being present in your resin once it cures.
A UV light is required only for UV resin. If you are using a 2 part epoxy resin, it will cure on its own over time and does not need a UV light.
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