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What is Resin Art? Learn About This Versatile Medium

Epoxy Resin Art

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Renowned for both its experimental nature and ethereal aesthetic, resin is proving particularly popular among today's top creatives. While the compound—which can be cultivated naturally or synthetically created—has traditionally been used in polishes and varnishes, many contemporary artists and designers are finding new and inventive ways to incorporate the malleable material into their practice. Lustrous like glass but compositionally similar to plastic, resin effortlessly pairs form with functionality, resulting in an endless amount of artistic possibilities.

Here, we will learn more about this versatile medium and how you can start creating resin art, yourself. Additionally, we will take a look at an eclectic selection of resin art, from spectacular sculptural works and three-dimensional “paintings” made on unconventional canvases to twinkling jewelry and avant-garde furniture. Dazzling and diverse, this collection of crystalline art showcases the versatility and beauty of the remarkable material.

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What is Resin?

Resin, or epoxy resin, is a synthetic material that can be combined with other objects to create many different types of art. The type of resin that is used in art usually begins as a viscous substance and is then cured into a rigid form. While it is a liquid resin, it can be manipulated by adding ingredients and other materials, and once it is fully cured, it is extremely durable and can withstand extreme temperatures.

Typically, it is a “thermosetting plastic” that is mixed in a ratio two parts—a methyl methacrylate liquid has a catalyst added to it which causes it to set into a transparent form. For this reason, it's sometimes referred to as AB resin.

UV resin is also a popular type of material to use for smaller objects. Unlike AB resin, this form of it is solar activated; just put it in the sun or under a UV light and it will cure in just minutes.

Resin can be removed using chemical solvents like IPA, or isopropyl alcohol.

Epoxy Resin Art

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Resin Art Supplies

Resin is rarely used by itself. In art, it typically has components added like pigment powder to create a colorful hue, or it's used to encase objects such as dried leaves, flowers, sand, or small charms. Here are the general supplies you'll need to get started (although your tools might change based on your project):

  • Epoxy or Casting Resin — There are different types of resin available on the market, but you’ll want to look for one that that has “epoxy” or “casting resin” on the label. They will come in packs of two; one will be a catalyst that creates the chemical reaction to harden the resin. (Try these highly rated resins that are geared towards artists: Art ‘N Glow’s Clear Casting and Coating Epoxy ResinArtResin’s Clear Epoxy Resin; and Clear Castin Resin with Catalyst)
  • UV Resin — If you're interested in using solar-activated resin, crafters swear by DecorRom's non-toxic formula.
  • Epoxy Resin Pigment — Want to add some color to your creations? DecorRom sells a set of 23 color pigments that are made for different types of epoxy resin.
  • Disposable Cups — You will have to mix your two-part resin together, and you will want to do so in a disposable container. This set of clear plastic cups has graduated markings on the side.
  • Wood Sticks — Mixing epoxy resin is a science. You’ll also want a set of wood sticks for stirring.
  • Disposable Gloves — Again, since you’re dealing with chemicals, you’ll want to protect yourself the best you can. Invest in a pair of latex gloves to keep your hands safe.

 

How to Make Epoxy Resin Art and Jewelry

Epoxy Resin Art

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If you’re just beginning to make your own resin art, it’s best to start on a small scale. Jewelry, for instance, is something that’s easy to manage while still having a lot of creative possibilities. You can use different shapes of pendants, insert dried flowers or charms, and infuse them with a variety of colors.

Don’t know where to start? Check out these helpful YouTube tutorials that show you how to make your own resin art and jewelry with easy-to-follow instructions. You'll want to make sure you have a good work surface before you get started.

 

Top Tips and Tricks to Create Resin Art for Beginners

Artist Sheri Vegas offers some of her top tips for anyone wanting to make resin art; it's a great video if you're a complete beginner because it introduces you to the very basic techniques and materials needed.

 

Dried Flowers in Resin by Garden Answers

This DIY shows how to incorporate dried flowers into a half circle mold to create your own paper-weight or art object.

 

DIY Aquarium by jedrek29t

In this tutorial, maker jedrek29t shows the meticulous steps he took to create a dazzling aquarium scene from resin.

 

How to Make 12 Resin Rings by NerdEcrafter

Making resin rings is easier than you think. NerdEcrafter shares how to create 12 different rings using the same process.

 

Resin Pendant Jewelry Tutorial by Keepsake Crafts

Sandy Huntress of Keepsake Crafts demonstrates how to use UV Resin to create pendants with preserved flowers in them.

 

How to Make a Secret Wood Pendant Necklace by Ben's Worx

In this six-minute video, Ben's Worx shares how to make a pendant using resin and wood.

 

21 Clay and Resin DIYs by 5-Minute Crafts

Once you've got some experience using resin, get more inspiration for creative products when you watch this video. It demonstrates a step-by-step process but doesn't offer a detailed explanation of each action taken.

 

Create a Resin Geode by Taryn TrueArt

Learn how to incorporate glitter and pigments into one stunning geode resin.

 

Fairy Pendants Made From Dried Plants and Epoxy Resin by Maria Aprelskaya

Here's another video to save once you've gotten more comfortable with making your own resin jewelry. The compilation offers great inspiration by doesn't articulate any steps taken. Instead, it simply shows you Aprelskaya's process.

 

Resin Art Books

If you prefer a source you can refer back to at your own pace, then consider picking up one of these books on resin art. Some of these texts will provide great insight into starting resin jewelry, while others elaborate on essential techniques. There are also guides on how to do woodturning with epoxy resin.

 

 

 

Examples of Resin Jewelry

 

Dreamy Landscape Pendants by Wood All Good

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: Wood All Good

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: Wood All Good

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: Wood All Good

 

Year-Round Rings by Secret Wood

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: Secret Wood

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: Secret Wood

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: Secret Wood

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: Secret Wood

 

Shoreline Necklaces by Britta Boeckmann

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: Britta Boeckmann

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: Britta Boeckmann

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: Britta Boeckmann

 

Fine Art Bangles by PAGANE Uniques

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: PAGANE Uniques

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: PAGANE Uniques

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: PAGANE Uniques

 

Glistening Gold-Flecked Bands by Daimblond

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: Daimblond

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: Daimblond

 

Crescent Moon Medallions by Luna Flora Designs

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: Luna Flora Designs

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: Luna Flora Designs

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: Luna Flora Designs

 

Mermaid Tail Necklaces by L'Atelier de Lizzie

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: L'Atelier de Lizzie

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: L'Atelier de Lizzie

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: L'Atelier de Lizzie

 

Space-y Statement Pieces by I Sew Cute

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: I Sew Cute

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: I Sew Cute

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: I Sew Cute

 

“Fiery” Necklaces by ArtbyAelia

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: ArtbyAelia

Resin Art Resin Jewelry

Photo: ArtbyAelia

 

Examples of Resin Furniture

 

Oceanic Tables by Alexandre Chapelin of LA TABLE

Resin Art Resin Furniture

Photo: Alexandre Chapelin

Resin Art Resin Furniture

Photo: Alexandre Chapelin

Resin Art Resin Furniture

Photo: Alexandre Chapelin

 

Salvaged Stools by Hattern

Resin Art Resin Furniture

Photo: Hattern

Resin Art Resin Furniture

Photo: Hattern

 

Swirling Dining Room Table by Bich Nguyen

Resin Art Resin Furniture

Photo: Bich Nguyen

Resin Art Resin Furniture

Photo: Bich Nguyen

 

Kintsugi With a Twist by Tatiane Freitas

Resin Art Resin Furniture

Photo: Tatiane Freitas

Resin Art Resin Furniture

Photo: Tatiane Freitas

Resin Art Resin Furniture

Photo: Tatiane Freitas

 

Rocket Coffee Table by Stelios Mousarris

Resin Art Resin Furniture

Photo: Stelios Mousarris

Resin Art Resin Furniture

Photo: Stelios Mousarris

 

Natural Wood Lamps by Iluka London

Resin Art Resin Furniture

Photo: Iluka London

Resin Art Resin Furniture

Photo: Iluka London

Resin Art Resin Furniture

Photo: Iluka London

 

Examples of Resin Sculpture

 

Worlds Within Whales by Isana Yamada

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Isana Yamada

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Isana Yamada

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Isana Yamada

 

Enchanting Mushrooms by Yukio Takano

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Yukio Takano

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Yukio Takano

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Yukio Takano

 

Splashing Sculptures by Annaluigia Boeretto

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Annaluigia Boeretto

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Annaluigia Boeretto

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Annaluigia Boeretto

 

Sculpted Vibrations by Loris Cecchini

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Loris Cecchini

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Loris Cecchini

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Loris Cecchini

 

Enlightening Book Wheels by Jonathan Whitfill

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Jonathan Whitfill

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Jonathan Whitfill

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Jonathan Whitfill

 

Lava Block by Deranged Donkey

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Deranged Donkey

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Deranged Donkey

 

Dragon Eyes by Stefano Prina

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Stefano Prina

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Stefano Prina

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Stefano Prina

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Stefano Prina

 

Gravity-Defying Flowers by Oodesign

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Oodesign

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Oodesign

Resin Art Resin Sculpture

Photo: Oodesign

 

Examples of Resin Painting

 

Psychedelic Panels by Bruce Riley

Resin Art Resin Painting

Photo: Bruce Riley

Resin Art Resin Painting

Photo: Bruce Riley

Resin Art Resin Painting

Photo: Bruce Riley

 

Goldfish Bowls by Riusuke Fukahori

Resin Art Resin Painting

Photo: Riusuke Fukahori

Resin Art Resin Painting

Photo: Riusuke Fukahori

Resin Art Resin Painting

Photo: Riusuke Fukahori

 

Dazzling Dragons by Lillian Lee

Resin Art Resin Painting

Photo: Lillian Lee

Resin Art Resin Painting

Photo: Lillian Lee

Resin Art Resin Painting

Photo: Lillian Lee

 

Female Portraits by Jessica Dunegan

Resin Art Resin Painting

Photo: Jessica Dunegan

Resin Art Resin Painting

Photo: Jessica Dunegan

Resin Art Resin Painting

Photo: Jessica Dunegan

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Does resin break easily?

Once the resin is fully cured, it should be highly durable and can withstand extreme temperatures, and does not rust or corrode.

What is resin artwork?

Resin artwork is jewelry, sculpture, furniture, and paintings made with epoxy or casting resin.

 

This article has been edited and updated.

 

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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