We often get asked what can Craft Resin be used on, it is a very difficult answer to give because it can be used on many things and to create many different projects. The list below goes through some of the things that Craft Resin will stick to and what it won’t.
This list isn’t inclusive of every material it can stick to, we’d be here for months! But it’s a great place to start. If you’re unsure if it will stick to an item that’s not on this list, test it out, experiment with a small piece of the material and see if it does stick to it and what effect it has on the material if any.
Craft Resin’s epoxy resin will bond well to every medium, with the exception of wax paper and plastics including silicone (i.e. materials that repel water).
It can work extremely well on wood, photographs, inkjet prints, acrylic, oil paint that has completely dried, watercolour, spray paint, ink, paper collage, oil pastel, sculpture, flowers, rocks, and other found objects.
You may want to avoid pouring it over loose materials (this may include chalk pastels); anything that is not completely adhered to the surface of your work could potentially mix into the resin in its liquid form once it's poured and float around.
Some lower quality papers absorb resin rather than allowing it to sit on top, in which case a sealant should be used over the paper first to avoid seepage.
The best thing to do is experiment and have fun finding out what you love using it on.
Oil paintings and oily surfaces:
You can use Craft Resin’s epoxy resin over oil paint once it has dried thoroughly. It will fully bond to and seal in any dry oil painting. It can take a few weeks for oil paintings to fully dry.
You can resin over acrylics. Craft Resin’s epoxy resin will not act as a solvent on acrylic so long as the surface you are resining is dry. If you are curious or hesitant as to what the outcome will be, simply conduct a test on a practice surface first.
You can use Craft Resin’s epoxy resin over watercolours. Usually watercolour paper is very thick and high quality in order to be able to stand up to water which makes it the perfect paper to apply resin to. Some papers can absorb resin, but watercolour paper typically does not.
Craft Resin’s epoxy resin can be applied over dry spray paint.
You can use Craft Resin’s epoxy resin over inkjet prints. There are many different kinds and brands of ink and paper, all of which will behave slightly differently. Glossy printed paper tends to work better than matte paper in allowing the resin to sit on top of the print without absorbing in. Glossy prints done at your local print shop will typically work great with Craft Resin epoxy resin.
You can use Craft Resin epoxy resin over photographs for a finished, frameless modern look. Printing on glossy paper typically yields the best result.
Craft Resin’s epoxy resin will seal in all kinds of papers, including photo paper, tracing paper, linen paper, origami paper etc.
Resin isn’t like water—if you pour it on paper, it doesn’t necessarily soak into it provided you are using good quality paper. If you apply wet resin on dry paper, you will be able to touch the other side of the paper and it will be dry.
Low to medium quality papers can absorb the resin making colours appear darker, however this can be corrected by first applying a sealant such as Mod Podge before using Craft Resin’s epoxy resin.
Glossy paper works best for photos. If you are curious or hesitant as to what the outcome will be, simply conduct a test on a small piece of scrap paper first.
You can easily use Craft Resin’s epoxy resin over a puzzle. To do this, cut a piece of MDF board to the exact dimensions of your puzzle and adhere your puzzle to the board with white glue.
It's always best practice to pre-treat your puzzle with a sealant first, as the resin may soak into the paper and make it look darker, especially around the perimeter of each puzzle piece.
Measure, mix and apply Craft Resin’s epoxy resin. Often puzzles require 2 coats because air is released from between the pieces in the puzzle which tends to create pitting in the first layer. A second layer will take care of any surface imperfections. Always remember to sand in between layers to encourage proper adhesion.
Craft Resin's epoxy resin looks great over wood! It brings out the wood's natural colours and grain, protecting it for the longterm.
Always ensure your wood is thoroughly dried before applying Craft Resin and it's a good idea to seal it prior to resining to avoid off-gassing air bubbles.
To find out more about working with wood and epoxy resin, visit our blog on the subject.
Craft Resin’s epoxy resin will adhere to aluminium extremely well. It looks incredible!
You can Craft Resin’s epoxy resin over water-based or permanent marker once dry, however in most cases you will need to use a sealant such as Levelling Gel over the marker first to prevent bleeding and/or discolouration. Always test first before you pour Craft Resin over your masterpiece.
Be aware that chalk pastel is made up of loose particles that could mix with the resin. If you are applying a large quantity of resin, you may be able to tilt the surface (e.g. your canvas or board) in order to spread the resin around—much like batter in a cake pan—(instead of using a spreader) to help prevent unwanted mixing.
You can apply Craft Resin’s epoxy resin over sculptures and 3D objects by painting it on in thin coats with a disposable foam brush or applying with gloved hands.
Craft Resin’s epoxy resin can be used to create different jewellery pieces, for example, pendants, rings, earrings and bangles are all very popular jewellery makes that you can use Craft Resin to create.
You can apply Craft Resin’s epoxy resin as an adhesive for glass tiles and mosaics (i.e. like clear grout), and you can also pour it overtop of shard glass to make sure sharp edges are not exposed.
Organic material and natural objects:
Craft Resin’s epoxy resin can be used over organic material such as butterfly wings, rocks and leaves. The resin will seal it in, protecting it from the air and preserving its natural brilliant colour.
Be aware that resin can make some items look as they would when wet - test first so you know exactly what to expect.
Make sure natural items are thoroughly dried or they may rot under the resin. Some natural objects can off-gas trapped air into the resin in the form of bubbles - you may want to seal first as a precaution.
Choose items that are fairly flat so the resin is sure to cover them completely, or you may need to pour multiple coats to cover areas of high relief. Use caution when pouring and spreading over delicate areas of your artwork and be aware that the resin is thick and can be heavy if a large amount is used. Because of this, you may wish to apply the resin in thin layers.
If you’d like to know more about covering natural objects in resin, read our blog on the subject.
Craft Resin’s epoxy resin can be used over gold leaf.
Depending on how high the texture is, you may need to apply multiple coats if you want a perfectly flat resin surface on top. To apply multiple layers of resin, allow the first coat to thicken to a gel-like state (usually takes 3-5 hours), then pour a second coat overtop to cover any areas that are sticking up. Repeat as often as necessary, torching after each pour.
Craft Resin will make the fabric stiff and rock hard after it cures. Be advised that the resin will make the fabric look wet and may even make it look darker or alter its colour.
Try testing with water on the fabric first to give you an idea of what it will look like once resined. You can use Craft Resin on any fabric, but we always advise testing first so you know exactly what results to expect.
Craft Resin’s epoxy can be used over polymer clay to seal, strengthen and give your sculptural piece a beautiful glossy look. Apply a thin coat with a disposable foam brush, gloved hands or small objects may be dipped into a cup of Craft Resin.
Craft Resin’s epoxy resin works very well as a coaster protectant; the heat generated from the bottom of a hot mug will not damage the resin surface once fully cured.
However, hotter temperatures such as that produced from a frying pan or casserole dish straight from the oven are typically too hot and could cause irreparable damage to the resin surface so we do not recommend using Craft Resin’s epoxy resin for hot plates. It is recommended for use up to 200F/93C.
Read our Blog on creating Coasters.
Craft Resin’s epoxy resin will bond to ceramic material. For ceramic tiles, simply pour on and spread as usual. For ceramic sculpture, apply with a disposable foam brush in thin coats. For ceramic plate, simply wait until Craft Resin’s epoxy resin has fully cured before serving food on it.
Food to preserve it as a decoration:
You can use Craft Resin’s epoxy resin on food without it rotting, so long as you cover every square inch of the item to protect it from the air. Once resined, your food will look as fresh as the day it was resined (though it should not be eaten, obviously).
Craft Resin’s epoxy resin can be used to coat kitchen countertops, but keep in mind that Craft Resin was designed as a surface coating for artwork meant to be hung on the wall - it is considered scratch-resistant but not scratch-proof. You may want to add a polyurethane topcoat for an extra layer of protection against everyday wear and tear. Craft Resin’s epoxy resin is approved as food safe as a food contact surface.
Read our blog on creating countertops.
Craft Resin's epoxy resin is very durable once fully cured but as it was designed as a surface coating for artwork meant to be hung on the wall, it is considered scratch-resistant, not scratch-proof. A polyurethane sealant will help to protect your floor against inevitable wear and tear. It should be noted that Craft Resin’s epoxy resin may be slippery when wet as it is waterproof.
Craft Resin’s epoxy resin will work for relatively small casting projects such as pen blanks.
Coating fishing lures:
Craft Resin’s epoxy resin is very durable and waterproof. Once cured, the resin is inert and therefore does not pose a threat to aquatic life. Although it can be indented with a fingernail in the first few days after curing, it is not typically able to be indented after the first 72 hour window.
Craft Resin’s epoxy resin has been shown in third party tests to outperform other epoxy resins in terms of non-yellowing longevity, resulting in a realistic-looking lure that will last.
You can resin over a guitar. Work in multiple thin layers to avoid dripping. You may want to try hanging the guitar from a wire so that the drips gather at the bottom where you will drill in the strap peg.
What materials will Craft Resin NOT stick to?
Craft Resin’s epoxy resin does not adhere well to disposable plastic paint tarps, plastic sandwich/grocery bags, silicone molds, and the non-sticky side of shiny tape. Artists can use these properties to their advantage when creating their pieces (e.g. jewellery made from resin poured in silicone molds).
If the material you are looking for isn't on this list, it might not mean that you can't use resin on it, it might just mean you will need to be the one to experiment with it to see if it does.
Thats the best part to working with resin - getting to experiment and have a go with different projects and materials.