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A Beginner's Guide to Resin
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A Beginner's Guide to Resin

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £30+
Time 1+ Days

Follow this step-by-step guide to create a long-lasting resin décor piece which is sure to impress all of your friends and family! The kitchen is the heart of every home, so why not make yours as cosy and beautiful as possible?

This project will show you various techniques and effects which you can achieve when using resin. Perfect for beginners and experienced crafters alike, this project is ideal to inspire you and to introduce you to a different approach when working with resin.

Project and instructions by Hobbycraft Artisan Rugile Eigerdaite.

Warning: You will need to work in a well-ventilated area while working with resin. You will also need to wear a respirator mask and wear disposable gloves.

***Please note: This is a decorative project and the completed chopping board SHOULD NOT be used for chopping or serving food on.***

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* A craft knife

Step 1

Make sure you wear gloves and a mask for safety measures. Cover the working surface with a plastic table cover, this will help to prevent any damage in case you have resin spill. Organise and prepare all the equipment you might need in front of you so you can see everything you have.

Have something underneath the cutting board to lift it from the table. Here I simply used two little sticks. This is a very important step because the resin is a runny medium, and during the drying process your project may get stuck to the table and get ruined.   

Use Frogtape to tape the back of the cutting board. You can either use a craft knife or scissors to cut off excess tape from the cutting board (including the hole of the board). Taping the back of the board will be extremely useful when your project is finished. It will help you to keep the back of the cutting board clean from resin during the whole process.

Prepare the table scatter diamonds in advance. I crushed the crystals with the hammer to make it look more realistic on the finished resin piece. Make sure you prepare of handful amount of the crystals.

Top Tip: When you’re crushing table scatter diamonds, make sure you do it outside on a clean and smooth surface, and cover them with a piece of fabric or cloth. This is optional, but I highly suggest taking it outside because during this process you might damage the surface you are working on.   

Step 2

For the preparation of resin mixture, use the measuring spoons supplied in the resin box kit to measure the right amount of resin and hardener. For this specific brand, it is recommended to use 2 parts of resin, which are in bottle A, to 1 part of hardener, which is in bottle B.

Pour 20ml of resin into one of the measuring cups and pour 10ml of hardener into the other. Take a clean paper cup, pour 20ml of resin into it and then pour the hardener on top of it. Mix it with the wooden craft stick for about 4-5 minutes. The mixing stage is very important, try not to whisk but rather mix gently and thoroughly. 

Prepare your glitter in a clean paper cup. Mix the white and gold glitter with the Brian Clegg gold and orange glitter together. Try to pour a similar amount of each glitter into the cup so that you have roughly ¼ of glitter in the cup. Pour the prepared resin on the glitter and mix.

You should end up with quite a thick mixture. Use a craft stick to help yourself when pouring the mixture onto the cutting board. Try to lay your resin across the cutting board.

Top Tip: With whatever resin you are working with, make sure you are reading and following the directions. The most common beginner’s mistake is not reading the instructions and not following the measurements. Every resin is different, and the instructions are there to help your project to succeed.

Step 3

You can use the same cup you used before to prepare more resin or take the new one. Pour 20ml of resin into one of the measuring cups and pour 10ml of hardener into the other. Take a paper cup, pour 20ml of resin into it, and then pour the hardener on top of it. Mix it with the wooden craft stick for about 4-5 minutes. The mixing stage is very important, so try not to whisk it, but instead mix gently and thoroughly.  

Take a new paper cup and pour all of your crushed crystals into it. Take your resin mixture and pour 2/3 of this mixture on the crystals and mix it using a craft stick. You should end up with quite thick mixture. With a help of a craft stick pour the mixture on the cutting board alongside the glitter.

Top Tip: Make sure you don’t leave the resin to sit in the cup too long after mixing it. When the resin and hardener are mixed and left for a longer period of time, it could start curing and eventually permanently cure in the cup.

Step 4

Take the rest of your resin mixture, pour some gold flakes into it, mix it, and pour it on the cutting board on the other side of the glitter. Then leave it to set and harden for 24 hours.

Top Tip: Make sure that your workplace is clean and won’t be disturbed while the resin is hardening for 24 hours. Don’t move the cutting board while the resin is hardening because it may disturb the resin or cause other imperfections in your project.

Step 5

After 24 hours, come back to your project. The resin should now be completely hardened.

Pour 20ml of resin into one of the measuring cups and pour 10ml of hardener into the other. Take a new paper cup, pour 20ml of resin into it and then pour the hardener on top of it. Mix it with the wooden craft stick for about 4-5 minutes. Split your mixture into the half between two clean cups. Open cobalt colour ink, take some ink with a pipette and put three to four drops into one of the cups, mix it with a craft stick until the colour is mixed in with a resin. Open blue colour ink, take some ink with a pipette and put three to four drops into the other resin cup and mix it. Put these cups aside because you will need them very soon.

Now prepare the ultramarine blue colour. Pour 20ml of resin into one of the measuring cups and pour 10ml of hardener into the other. Take a new paper cup, pour 20ml of resin into it and then pour the hardener on top of it. Mix it with the wooden craft stick for about 4-5 minutes. Open ultramarine blue ink, take a pipette and put three to four drops into the resin mixture and mix it.

Start pouring the cobalt mixture alongside the clear resin with gold flakes, as shown in the picture. Don’t pour all of the mixture, leave some for the other side of the board next to the crystals. Then, take some of the blue mixture and pour all of it alongside the cobalt blue, use a craft stick to connect them. Use the pictures for reference.

Then take the ultramarine blue mixture and fill in the rest of the corner. Make sure you don’t use all of it because you will need it for the other side of the cutting board.

Top Tip: You don’t need a thick layer of resin on the cutting board for this project. Due to this resin being very thin and runny, make sure you don’t overuse it, otherwise it will just run down to the table. Use a craft stick to help spread the resin.

Step 6

Take the rest of the cobalt mixture and pour it along the other side of the crystals. Then pour the rest of the ultramarine blue mixture to fill in the rest of the board. Use the pictures for a reference.

Step 7

Before the resin hardens, start to prepare a new resin mixture. Pour 20ml of resin into one of the measuring cups and pour 10ml of hardener into the other. Take a new paper cup, pour 20ml of resin into it and then pour the hardener on top of it. Mix it with the wooden craft stick for about 4-5 minutes. Split into half between two clean cups. Open a white colour ink, take some ink with a pipette, and put three to four drops into one of the cups, mixing it with a craft stick until the colour is mixed in with the resin. Take the white colour resin and pour it from the cup onto the board - using a craft stick to help divide the resin when you pour. Don’t use all of the white resin, keep a little bit for the last step.

Then take a heat gun and start moving it across the cutting board to form the pattern. The heat gun will help you to create beautiful and original patterns and to get rid of any unwanted bubbles in the resin. For this specific project, the heat gun will help to form an ocean waves kind of feeling image.

Step 8

Take the paper cup with the clear resin liquid and pour it alongside the bits of gold flakes. Then, pour some of the clear resin in between the white resin on the board, focussing on the parts which look like white blobs. Then, take the alcohol ink, and using the whole bottle, put a drop of blue in every place you poured clear resin. Use the photos for reference.

Take a heat gun and start working on the resin. Move the heat gun across the cutting board to form the pattern.

Next, use the rest of the white ink where you think you need to add a little bit of colour variation to your board.

Then, take a heat gun again and use it to form the resin into your desired position. In this case, we are going for a mysterious, wavy ocean feeling. Now leave everything to harden. I would recommend leaving it for 24 – 48 hours.

Step 9

When the resin is hardened, take a heat gun, and heat the back of the cutting board. The heat gun will help to loosen the glue in the tape, and it will be easier to peel it off. After you remove the tape, you can paint the back in a dark blue colour, but it is up to your preference whether to leave it plain or paint it.

Step 10

Your showstopping resin chopping board is now ready to display in your kitchen!

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