It doesn’t take much to fall in love with resin art – the magical pools of colours that seem to move with life on a coffee table or the fascinating suspended objects in resin structures are enough to make you want to try your hand at the art, too. And what’s more, a lot of innovation in resin art is being generated right here in Australia! So it’s likely you went right ahead and bought a list of epoxy resin art supplies you thought you might need. But like any art, it’s necessary to understand your tools and what they do to know how to use them best. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of tools you’re likely to encounter in your resin art journey and how they will contribute to the final piece.
A base for your art
Your base can be anything from a piece of wood, tile or even a canvas. If you’re planning to use wood, you’ve probably seen resin artists use spray paint on the wood before pouring resin on it. Spraying paint on the wood helps prime the wood to remove any texture so that the colours stand out against the wood.
These moulds, typically made of silicone, help hold the resin as it hardens into the shape of the mould. You will need moulds if you use the resin casting technique, such as when you make pieces of jewellery or resin sculptures.
Disposable plastic cups
These plastic cups are what you’ll be using to mix your resin in and thoroughly incorporate any pigments you’re adding to your resin mixture. You can also use plastic cups to pour coloured resin onto your base using various pouring techniques to create different effects on your piece.
Resin is, visually, a transparent material, so to play with different hues on your piece, you’ll need to add colouring pigments to your resin mixture. And a lot of the beauty of resin art comes from the colours, so make sure you include pigments in your list of epoxy resin art supplies! These pigments come in both liquid and powder forms, and they each have their pros and cons, so think about what will best suit what you have in mind for your resin art.
Ice cream sticks
Ice cream sticks come in handy when mixing the resin and hardener and incorporating colours into your resin mixture.
Heat gun or a butane torch
Nobody likes having a crowd of bubbles distracting from their artwork, and this is where the step of torching the resin piece is helpful. Torching your resin artwork can remove bubbles and help you achieve a smooth, clear resin surface.
And, of course, we can’t leave the most important tools you’ll need: the safety equipment!
Resin can be a real big pain to remove if it gets on your skin, so it is essential to wear gloves when you work with resin.
Safety eye goggles
Resin in your eye is something you certainly do not want to deal with. And while as a beginner, getting resin in your eyes is not very likely to happen, it’s always a good idea to stay safe while doing what you love.
Resin art involves working with chemicals, and inhaling fumes released by resin can be bad for you. Make sure to check whether the safety data sheet of the resin you use specifies that a respirator is necessary when working with the product. Opt for a resin brand that doesn’t require you to use a respirator when working with it.