Before you begin, make sure to READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.
This product is for children AGES 8+ AND ONLY WITH ADULT SUPERVISION/
Adult Supervision Required: Resin crafts are fun to do but require adult
supervision and assistance.
- Safety is the most important thing when working with resin craft kits.
- Please read all warnings, cautions and instructions before starting.
- Wear protective gloves and eyewear. Make sure your workspace is clean and dry before beginning. Mix and Measure carefully and follow all instructions provided.
- Your Resin Craft Art Kit comes with everything you need to ensure a safe and fun activity. Planning your craft activity will ensure you get the best results.
- Go to www.plbfun.com/resin for ideas, tips, and product video tutorials.
First aid information
- Do not swallow or inhale. Keep away from eyes and mouth.
- Keep out of reach of small children.
- In case of skin contact, rinse thoroughly with water. Consult a physician.
- In case of eye contact, ﬂush eyes with lots of water. Consult a physician.
Some general tips for a great craft outcome
1. Read and Follow Directions
While it is fun and exciting to get started on your resin craft kit, it is also super important to get the right mixing ratio, mixed well, and the right cure
times. Read all the included instructions, and the craft kit speciﬁc instructions thoroughly for best results.
2. Setup a Great Workspace
A ﬂat, sturdy table with plenty of workspace is ideal. Lay out all the parts of your craft kit before you start. Make sure the glitter pots are accessible,
and the mold to be used is clean of dust and debris, and ready to be used.
3. Open a window
Use in a well-ventilated area, even though it is safe to use indoors. (The resin has no VOC’s and is safe for household use.) Resin Crafts are BPA Free.
4. Cover your workspace!
Make sure to cover your work area with a protective cloth or paper to protect the surface from any resin spills. Resin is really sticky until it cures and can make a mess. A protective table cover is highly recommended.
5. Measure Accurately
The resin used in our craft kits is to be used on a 1:1 ratio. This means even amounts of the resin (part A) and hardener (part B). Any deviation from that exact ratio will affect the quality of your resin craft.
a. To measure accurately, make sure you are at eye level with the markings on the measuring cups. Looking from above will distort your perception of the marks.
6. Mix Well. Really, Really Well!
For the resin to cure properly, you need equal amount of resin (part A) and hardener (part B), and they must be extremely well mixed with the included
stir sticks. If they are not well mixed, it can result in soft spots on your craft.
a. To ensure a great mix, stir for at least 3-4 minutes, making sure to scrape the edges of the containers really well with the included stir stick.
7. Have Fun!
Read the instructions, plan out what you want the craft to look like, then enjoy, while following the instructions. Resin is a really fun craft activity, and the results are really something to be proud of. It’s a ton of fun.
8. ADULT PARTICIPATION / SUPERVISION
- Parents, you need to do this with your child. This is an adult participation, rather than adult supervision, activity.
- Have some fun with your child. This is not a craft for a child to do alone.
Plan Your Design
- Planning what you want to do ahead of time will ensure the best results.
- Once you mix the resin (part A) and the hardener (part B), the mix will immediately start to cure (harden).
- We recommend you ﬁnish your pour within 5 minutes of mixing the resin. That is enough time to mix the resin, add in any glitter, mix again, and pour into the mold.
- Use a sturdy, ﬂat surface to work on.
- Lay out the resin containers, glitter containers, stir sticks, molds and anything else you may need for your project, especially the safety gear (gloves and goggles)
- Which glitter are you going to add to the mix? How much? (It’s easier to add a little, then add more – can’t take it away once added in)
- Line everything up in the order you’ll need it. It’ll make the craft creation process go smoother.
- Start the mixing process.
- Once you ﬁnish mixing and adding glitter, pour immediately into the mold.
One Pour or Multiple?
Are you doing a single mix pour, or are you going for a multi-color, multi-layer look? Knowing ahead of time will help you prepare.
TIP: Some kits can be done in a single pour (smaller items), but bigger items should be done in multiple small pours (as a large quantity of mixed resin gets quite hot while curing) – See kit speciﬁc instructions at end of this booklet.
If you’re doing a single pour, you’ll need to mix the resin needed all at once. If you’re going for a multi-layered look, then you need to mix just a portion of the resin needed for the ﬁrst layer of the design.
For example, if a project requires 40mL of resin mix in total:
- Mix 20mL of resin (part A) and 20mL of hardener (part B).
- Pour the resin into the mold and wait 12 hours to cure before removing from mold.
- First layer: 10mL of resin (part A) and 10mL of hardener (part B).
- Pour the ﬁrst layer and wait 3 hours before the next layer.
- Second layer: 10mL of resin (part A) and 10mL of hardener (part B).
- The layers can have different ratios, and glitter add-ons, so long as the total resin quantity adds up to the total needed for the mold.
- Once all the layers are poured, wait 12 hours to cure before removing from mold.
TIP: If you’re doing more than two layers, just split up the resin mix total accordingly, and wait 3 hours between pours (don’t mix the second batch of resin until you’re ready to pour it).
Mixing the Resin
Step 1: Measure
- With gloves and goggles on, measure equal amounts of resin (part A) and hardener (part B) using an included measuring cup, then pour that resin and hardener into a mixing cup, making sure to scrape the edges of the measuring cups with a stir stick. If your kit doesn’t include measuring cups (some don’t), you can pour the resin (part A) in ﬁrst, then add an equal amount of hardener (part B) second, then stir.
- You can determine the amount of resin needed for a pour based on the craft project you’re doing, and the number of layers. There are details in the craft kit speciﬁc instructions at the end of this booklet for exact amounts to use for best results.
TIP: Mix a little more than you think you’ll need so that the project can be completed quickly, and you don’t have to mix a second batch (unless doing a multi-layer style project).
Step 2: Mix
- Once you’ve poured in equal parts of resin (part A) and hardener (part B) into a mixing cup, make sure to stir really well for about 3 minutes using one of the included stir sticks.
- It will initially turn cloudy when you ﬁrst start to stir, then will go clear again once fully mixed.
- Use the stick to scrape the sides of the container to really mix the material really well (any unmixed material can result in sticky spots that won’t cure and harden).
- Once it is well mixed, the mixture will start curing right away.
- You will want to work quickly to add in the glitter into the mix and pour the resin mix into the mold. As it thickens it get stickier and more difﬁcult to pour.
- You want to ﬁnish your pour within 5 minutes from this point.
Step 3: Add glitter and Mix Some More
- Once the mixture is well stirred, you can gently add in your choice of glitter color, a little bit at a time until you have the desired look, and stir well again to get the glitter well mixed into the resin before pouring.
Step 4: Pour
TIP: Pour immediately right after mixing well and adding glitter for best results.
- Make sure that the mold you’re going to pour into is clean and level before pouring in the resin, and in a place where it can stay for the next 2-3 hours at least without being moved.
- As you pour the resin into the mold, it will start to level itself out.
- Use the stir stick to scrape off the resin from the container and spread it into the mold.
TIP: When pouring, ﬁll right up to the very brim of the mold, almost as if it’s about to overﬂow.
- You want a little dome to form at the top of the mold.
- Resin shrinks a little when it cures, and overﬁlling like this will prevent sharp edges from forming – although if they do, we include a smoothing ﬁle to buff them out.
- Once the resin is completely poured into the mold, tap the mold gently to release any air bubbles that may have formed, and you are ready for the ﬁnal step: waiting.
Step 5: Wait
- Your resin craft needs to sit for several hours in a dust-free place while it cures.
- After 2-3 hours, it will still be a little tacky. This is the perfect time to do a second color pour if you’re doing a multi-layered color pour.
- After 12 hours it will be dry to the touch and can be removed from the mold at this point.
- After 24 hours, it will be pretty much fully cured and ready to enjoy.
Removing the Craft from its Mold
- Removing the created craft from the silicone mold can be a little tricky, especially for the more intricate molds. This is something best done by an adult.
- The silicone mold is quite ﬂexible and pliable, so don’t be afraid to work it to peel it away from the craft inside.
- Some molds will release easier than others. Try twisting and ﬂexing the mold to separate it from the resin and it will come free.
- For tips and tricks on releasing the crafts from their molds, check out our tutorial video section on www.plbfun.com/resin
Finish the Project
- If there are any sharp edges, use the included smoothing ﬁle to buff them out (like ﬁling your nails).
Some More Tips!
The resin mix can get quite sticky. It’s always best to wear protective gloves when mixing and pouring resin. They’re included in your kit.
Also make sure your workspace is protected with a disposable tablecloth or paper (layers of newspaper or empty cardboard box are perfect options).
Cleaning resin off your skin / hands
If you get some resin on your hands or skin, here are two ways to get it off:
- An alcohol-based hand sanitizer is good for getting resin off your hands if you accidently get some on them. Rub the sanitizer all over the affected area and the resin will break down. The follow up with washing with soap and water. Repeat as needed.
- Another way to get resin off your hands is to pour a little baking soda right into your hand (no water!) and add some dish soap onto the baking soda. Scrub your hands together over a sink for a bit, and rinse. Repeat if necessary.
- Finish off by washing with soap and water.
Don’t touch your face
- While your working on your craft, don’t touch your face or hair.
- Your gloves can be sticky with resin and it’s best to avoid touching any unnecessary areas while working.
- If you get resin in your eyes, ﬂush immediately with a lot of water for several minutes. Consult a physician.
Do Not Ingest
- Resin (in liquid form or ﬁnished) is not for eating or putting in your mouth or body.
- That’s the technical term to say the resin mix warms up when you mix the resin with the hardener. That’s how it cures and hardens.
- When you mix in small quantities, you won’t notice it too much. When you mix a bigger quantity, like what you’ll need for a layer on the large unicorn horn craft kit, you’ll notice it warming up a bit while it cures. This is normal. It will cool down as it cures.
WARNING: Use only the molds provided with your kit and mix only the quantities indicated.
WARNING: Do not try to do a single pour on a large mold. It will get quite hot. Follow the instructions indicated in this booklet and for the speciﬁc kit you’re working with.