DIY CRAFT GUIDE

Getting started wtih UV Resin

Welcome to the captivating world of UV resin! Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, this guide will take you on a delightful journey of creating stunning resin masterpieces. UV resin is a fantastic medium that cures under ultraviolet light, allowing you to craft various objects with ease. So, let's embark on this creative adventure together and uncover the wonders of UV resin!

Let's Get Started!

With this Essential Tools and Materials list!

UV Resin: Opt for a high-quality UV resin designed for crafts. Try out MakerFlo's newly released UV Resin Craft Formula

Ultraviolet Light Source: A UV lamp or flashlight is essential to cure the resin. (24-36 Watts for our UV Resin) We recommend this UV Flashlight.

Mixing Containers: Use silicone cups or other non-stick containers to prepare and mix the resin.

Stirring Tools: Plastic or silicone stirrers work well to mix resin and additives.

Pigments and Dyes: Add a splash of color to your creations with resin-safe pigments and dyes. (But nothing too opaque)

Molds and Bezels: Choose from an array of silicone molds and bezels to shape your resin.

Optional Add-ons: Glitters, sequins, dried flowers, and charms can add a touch of magic to your resin projects.

Cleanliness and PPE

Safety First

Cleanliness and PPE

Safety First

  • Safety First: Everyoneโ€™s level of tolerance to UVย  Resin isย  different so we always recommend using PPE.
  • UV resin can cause skin and eye irritation, so wear protective gloves and goggles.
  • Work in a Ventilated Area: To minimize resin fumes, choose a well-ventilated workspace or use a respirator mask.
  • Read the Instructions: Familiarize yourself with the manufacturer's instructions for the specific UV resin you're using.
  • Ensure your workspace is clean and dust-free to prevent imperfections.

Adding Color or Decorative Additions

Adding Color or Decorative Additions

You can add UV resin-safe pigments, dyes (drop by drop to achieve your desired color), glitter, gold flake or other accessories.

When adding colors or pigments, be sure to leave some fluidity in the resin to allow the UV light to penetrate and cure your project.ย ย 

We would recommend adding these into your resin in aย  silicone bowl to ensure itโ€™s properly mixed and to distribute the color evenly.

Application of UV Resin

Application of UV Resin

  • Molds: Select a clear silicone mold that isย  designed for use with UV Resin and that matches your design vision. Pour the mixed resin into the mold.
  • Bezel Magic: If using bezels, pour the resin directly into the bezel and let your creativity flow by adding decorative elements.
  • Bubble Troubles? Remove air bubbles by letting theย  resin sit in your designated application for 1-2 minutes, orโ€ฆ you can use a heat gun or small torch

Pro tip, you can use a warming tray for your UV resin or soak your UV resin bottle in hot water to help pop any bubbles before even starting to craft with it! Just be careful not to get water in your project.

Cure Time!

Cure Time!

It's time to cure your resin masterpiece and watch the magic happen:

UV Exposure: Place your resin creation under a UV lamp or flashlight to cure. Follow the resin manufacturer's instructions for the recommended curing time.

Rotate and Check: Rotate your piece periodically to ensure even curing and check for any imperfections. Typically we would recommend curing the front and the back of the piece.

Finishing Touches: Once fully cured, remove your creation from the mold or bezel and trim any excess resin. Sand, polish, and apply a resin-specific sealer if desired.

Thatโ€™s it! ย 

Thatโ€™s it! ย 

Congratulations on completing your UV resin adventure! Now that you've mastered the basics, let your imagination soar and create awe-inspiring jewelry, keychains, and decorative items. Remember, practice makes