How do I get rid of bubbles?
- One of the best ways to reduce bubbles from the beginning is by warming up your resin. To do so place your resin in hot water or simply place on a radiator for around 10 minutes. Resin only not the hardener!
- Store your resin in a warm spot in your house
- Stir slowly, using a folding motion when mixing the resin and hardener together
- Make sure to scrape all sides of the cup with the mixing stirrer to ensure thorough mixing
- Let your resin sit for 2 to 3 minutes before pouring. This will allow the majority of bubbles to float to the top and pop
- You can also use an alcohol spray of more than 91% to help pop the bubbles
- You can use a candle lighter to help remove bubbles, simply holding the flame near to the coaster will pop them away
- Use the large mouldd stirrer - this will reduce the bubbles and is reuseable!
How do I clean my silicone measuring pots to reuse them?
If you have left over resin in the bottom of your pot, grab one of the wooden lolly sticks provided and leave it in the pot to harden within.
You will then be able to gently pull out the lolly stick with the dried out resin attached. Make sure not to pull too hard as you don't want to break the stick.
What can I embed?
You are not limited to just adding colours and glitter. You can add almost anything; paper, plastic, fabric, metal, clay, wood, shells, coins, glass, bottle tops, corks, natural elements, glitters and powders. The list goes on!
What can I not embed?
Elements that contain moisture should be avoided, for example, fresh flowers and leaves. The water will react with the resin, turning the leaves and petals brown. Dried flowers and leaves work beautifully.
If you are thinking of embed within the resin, make sure that they are thoroughly dry.
How should I setup my workspace?
We recommend laying out a baking sheet or an a layer of plastic. This will allow you to simply peel off the resin once it has cured, making cleaning easy! You can then reuse the baking sheet for your next creation. Do not use this for baking after you have used it for resin.
When you leave the resin to cure, you need to leave them in the same place and not move them as you will risk spilling the resin within the mouldd. However, if you find that you will move the coasters, we recommend placing the mouldds on a tray (underneath the baking sheet) so that you can pick them all up together and reduce the risk of damaging your art!
If I spill any resin, how do I clean it up?
If in the instance you do get resin on your skin, we recommend having a pack of wipes handy to immediately grab to wipe the resin off. Then simply wash your skin with soap and water thoroughly to remove any residue.
How do I remove any sharp edges?
You can sand down your resin creation by using sand paper. Alternatively, if you would like a smoother top layer on your coaster, pour a second coat after the first layer has cured. This will also add an extra boost of shine to your coaster.
How long will my resin coaster take to cure/set?
Using resin at a low temperature means that is is more likely that the resin will take much longer to cure, or possibly even not at all. In the same vein, if the resin is too hot, it will cure substantially faster and therefore may result in a sub-standard cure. Our resin tends to be quite fast setting, taking around 24 hours - but can take up to 48 when cooler.
Make sure to cover your resin coasters when they are curing, so as to avoid any dust falling and setting in.
How do I store my resin?
Store the resin in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight. The resin has a three month shelf life from purchase.
How much hardener do I add to the resin?
Don't worry, we have done the maths for you! Add all of the hardener to the resin - this will be enough to fill all of the mouldds.