Anastasia Emmanouilidou

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  • 00:00: hello everyone today I will be showing you how to do a basic resin cast please check the description box for more detailed information and warnings and don't forget to like this video and subscribe to my channel to see more tutorials like this so let's get started here are the things you will need these are basics for resin casting but leave a comment below if you want me to do a more detail resin tutorial in the future please keep in mind that resin is a toxic material and you want to avoid breathing in the chemicals while mixing and you definitely don't want it touching your skin it is super important to wear a face mask and gloves while
  • 00:31: working with resin you can use whatever cups you want to mix your resin but if you want something that can be reused look for polypropylene resin will not stick to this type of plastic so when it cures you can bend the cup of it and it will pop right out you can tell they are polypropylene by the PP 5 on the bottom of the cup the pigments I used to color my resin are by cast and craft they have a good variety of colors and common translucent and opaque you can find them at craft stores and online you are also going to want some sandpaper I prefer the wet or dry because I can submerge my resin piece and minimize the amount of resin dust in
  • 01:01: the air while I sand but this is optional regular sandpaper works just fine if you want to make resin jewelry or keychains or even something like a belt a hand drill is a really good thing to have lying around this will allow you to drill a hole in the resin to put in a jump ring or a chain I use ez cast for my brand of choice simply because I can buy it by the gallon I promised my hardener is not that yellow my camera just warmed up the color really weirdly and lastly you're going to need molds these can be silicone molds like these cupcake trays or polypropylene plastic molds like these do not use plastic molds that aren't polypropylene or the
  • 01:33: resin will simply stick and never come out okay now that we're done with all of that lets get this tutorial started take three cups of your choice if it helps you remember mark and are on one and an H on the other and set the third aside take your sharpie and Mark where you want to fill your resin remember this is two-part epoxy resin and it calls for equal parts resin and hardener so you don't want to fill your whole cup with resin because it will overflow when you add the hardener I find it's better to work with small amounts of resin rather than mixing large batches I am sort of eyeballing this when you first start out
  • 02:04: it's a lot better to use medicine cups with measurement markings on them to make sure you get the same amount of both otherwise your resin may not cure properly once you've marked where you report on both cups it's time to get out your resin carefully pour the resin into the our cup and the hardener into the h cup I use a wet wipe to clean off the top of my resin bottle so it doesn't get sticky once that is done and you're satisfied that they're even it's time to pour them into the third cup take one popsicle stick and scrape all the resin out of the into the third cup it's important to get as much as you can out of the cup which is why you want to use
  • 02:35: stir sticks or popsicle sticks when you are done throw out both the cup and the stick grab your hardener cup and a new popsicle stick and dump it into the same cup again scrape every last drop and throw them both out now grab a third popsicle stick and we will begin mixing there are a few methods for mixing when in doubt go with your resins instructions I do not do the double pour method I simply mix my resin until there are no strings and it becomes clear if you are really afraid of bubbles you can then pour that resin into a brand new cup with a brand new stir stick and mix
  • 03:05: it again but I've never found that to be necessary your resin will become cloudy as you mix and there will most likely be lots of bubbles the slower you mix the less bubbles you'll have to pop later you usually don't need to mix for more than three minutes but go until your resin is completely clear the first mold I'm pouring into I'm just leaving the resin clear so you can see what it looks like cured for the second I'm pouring a very thin layer of clear resin into the bottom of the mold because I will be inserting a sticker as well as a second layer of raisin raisin of resin later if you find your mold is dusty or there's
  • 03:35: leftover glitter on it take some clear packing tape and tap it inside the mold this will pull out all the glitter and dirt I'm going to color my resin for this next batch you do not need a lot a little bit of stuff goes a very long way I'm also going to add some glitter to my resin before I pour it this glitter will sink to the bottom of the mold which is exactly what I want for this piece you will find micro bubbles in the surface of your resin this is where your lighter comes in gently run it over the resin surface and you will see the bubbles disappear be careful and do this quickly or you could burn the resin and the mold
  • 04:05: if fire intimidates you get a simple drinking straw and breathe into it and the heat from your breath will pop the bubbles as well after a few minutes you can insert your sticker I was a giant moron and put it in upside down at first so please pardon my struggle you want the sticker in facedown so that you are looking at the backside of it that way when you pop the mold the front of the sticker is visible on the front of the I typically slide it into the resin to avoid air bubbles being trapped around the sticker you'll notice the resin is still running when I stick my toothpick into it this means whatever glitter you put in now will sink to the bottom I
  • 04:36: wanted some heart flakes I sprinkled a few in now we're going to wait for the resin to become tacky to add another layer this takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour you can tell it's tacky when you stick your toothpick in and pull it up and there's a trail of resin stuck on the toothpick go ahead and take your glitter of choice and load it up making sure to cover every area so that there aren't any weird gaps when you're done cover it with a piece of paper or a cup to keep the dust out while it cures we are done with this piece until it is fully cured which is anywhere from 12 to 24 hours depending on the temperature of your room so it's been 24 hours and I'm now mixing up
  • 05:07: another batch of resin to do a second layer on my sticker piece I'm coloring this one a light pink by mixing white with a little bit of red pigment this layer can be thicker than the first layer or the same size it just depends on your preference pop the bubbles cover it and wait another 24 hours now I'm going to pop out the pieces I made yesterday this mold has a shiny finish so all these pieces have nice clear tops and won't need to be finished you'll also notice the back of these pieces look sort of rough this is where your sandpaper comes in I fill a small container with water and place my
  • 05:37: sandpaper directly into it then I take my resin piece and place the bottom of it against the sandpaper rub it around pulling it out to check for smoothness every few seconds there are a few ways of finishing your resin pieces if you're making gems you can opt for aluminum foil or silver origami paper to give your piece of Sheen I trace this with Sharpie so you could see but don't copy me because the Sharpie leaves marks on the resin piece you can also paint resin pieces with acrylic paint or nail polish on the front or the back for the clear piece I decided to experiment and make a
  • 06:07: galaxy with paint so started with a very light shimmery paint and slowly builds up my colors the pinks and blues and blacks and layers until I was happy with the result I didn't wait for the paint to dry between layers I just added wet layer on wet layer and let the whole thing dry when I was done it looks more like a cloudy sky than a galaxy but I still thought it was cool now let's pop out the piece with the sticker this mold is mapped so we will want a dome it to give it some shine
  • 06:37: again you can see on the back I burn the resin when I pop the bubbles but this is okay because I will be doing the back as well but first we need to sand down the rough edges I'm using a doming tray here but you can valence your resin piece over two cups or put it on a cooking sheet the reason you want the piece elevated is still over if you accidentally put too much resin on the top and it's those over the side it will pool and ruin the other side of your piece if it's resting on a doming tray the spillover will fall off and pool underneath the resin piece and it will be a lot easier to fix mix a small batch
  • 07:08: of clear resin for a very small amount directly onto the top of the resin piece I find toothpicks are really handy here for dragging the resin around the idea is to cover the entire top of the piece without spilling over it can be very tricky at first so be patient and practice it's a lot harder to dome the top in the back of resin pieces because the back has a natural dip from sitting in the mold practice with the back of your resin pieces first and then move on to the front pop any bubbles on the surface cover it with a cup and let it cure here i'm doming the back of one of the other
  • 07:38: pieces in red just to finish off the edges and make everything smooth if you're making gems that will have an aluminum backing or fabric there is no need to do this once your resin cures completely it should be hard to the touch and not bendy if you find your resin isn't curing properly please check the description of this video for some troubleshooting tips and that's it everyone give this video a thumbs up if it was helpful I wish you the best of luck with your future resin pieces see you next time Oh