What safety precautions should I take?
Craft Resin is considered a non-hazardous material and is non-toxic when used as directed, however there are some common sense safety precautions that every user should follow:
1 - Wear gloves. Epoxy resin is very sticky in its liquid form, so gloves will protect the user from a mess, as well as skin irritation.
2 - Clean skin promptly with soap and water if it does come in contact with the product.
3 - If the product somehow comes in contact with your eyes, flush with water repeatedly and do not rub. Promptly seek medical attention.
4 - Work in a well ventilated area. Wear a respirator. We cannot advise you on what respirator to purchase, you will need to speak to a safety company who supply respirators to find this information.
Craft Resin has been evaluated as safe for home use.
Not only do some epoxy resins have harmful effects on your artwork but they have harmful effects on your health too. Why? It comes back to the ingredients. Because the raw materials used to manufacture epoxy resin are expensive, many companies add cheap fillers to stretch these ingredients out and drive the cost down. These cheap (and sometimes toxic) additives are non-reactive, meaning that while every other ingredient reacts with one another when the resin catalyzes, these fillers have nowhere to go ... nowhere, that is, except into the air in the form of noxious fumes and VOCs that are nasty for your respiratory system, nasty for your health and nasty for your kids, pets and anyone else you share your workspace with.
Our goal was to make an epoxy resin that was safe for artists to use at home or in the studio.
A note about Alcohol Ink:
Craft Resin does not contain solvents, but artists often add solvents as in the case of alcohol ink. Alcohol ink art is colourful and stunning and for the most part, using it to create resin jewellery, petri dishes, or covering alcohol ink on yupo paper with Craft Resin is absolutely fine! Be aware, however, that adding large amounts of alcohol ink to resin can compromise Craft Resin's non-toxicity and non-flammability.
Where should I resin my project?
Use Craft Resin epoxy resin in a dust-free, well-ventilated space. Craft Resin has no fumes or VOCs, so whether you use it indoors or outdoors is entirely up to you, but ensure you're working in a clean environment or you'll risk getting dust particles in your wet resin.
Warm and dry conditions are best when when working with Craft Resin. The ideal working temperature is 75-85F or 24-30C with 50% humidity, but you can work with anything below 80%.
Like most chemicals, all epoxy resins generally have some kind of odor. This odor can range from discreet and harmless, to powerful and noxious. Often these overpowering unpleasant smells are indicative of health hazards, and common sense should tell the user to take caution around products emitting such bad smells.
Craft Resin produces a low odour that some customers describe as "actually kind of pleasant", "kind of like asian fruit", and "barely noticeable". It is important to note that what customers are smelling are not fumes.
Further safety information can be found on our website in our Safety Data Sheet. When speaking to the safety company about respirators you may need this information:
The information in this blog refers to the epoxy resin products that Craft Resin supply, other brands will have their own safety guidance. Please check with them if you use any other brands resin.