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For the resin obsessed - Packed full of ideas, stories, inspiration, customer interviews, recommendations and top tips from us and our merry band of Resin8ers!

If you’re new to our wonderful world of resin, then knowing which resin is right for your project can be a little confusing.  At Resin8, there is no ‘one size fits all’ – our resins are high quality and have been developed specifically for different projects, so we have put together a comprehensive guide, to help you get to know each of our resins, and when to use them.

Plus, all of our Resin8 colour choices work with all of our resins, so once you choose your resin, there will be no stopping you!

For full details on our resins, please click on the product links where you will also find detailed instructions, and a video on how to mix your resin and hardener.

COAT-IT

PERFECT FOR:

WORKING TIME: 15 to 20 minutes TOUCH DRY: 5 to 6 hours FULL CURE: 5 to 7 days RATIO: 1:1

This is the perfect resin for art work. With a one to one ratio, coat-it is a high quality resin, that allows you to pour perfectly every time, due to it’s thick consistency. This also makes it the perfect choice for jewellery, and works great with our jewellery moulds and bezels. coat-it has the shortest cure time of all of our resins, allowing you to see results faster so you can get stuck in to your next project.

FILL-IT

PERFECT FOR:

WORKING TIME: 3 to 4 hours TOUCH DRY:  3 to  4 days FULL CURE: 21 days RATIO 2:1

Fill-it is our go to resin for all of our deep casting projects – think river tables, spheres, pyramids and paperweights. With a two to one ratio, this resin is perfect for embedding dried flower heads into your moulds due to its thin consistency, and you will be left with beautifully clear resin. This resin has the longest cure time of all of our resins, giving you plenty of working time to add your colour and plan your creations. If you are using glitters, these will often sink in fill-it, and we would suggest allowing the resin to sit for a while to thicken, before mixing in.

We recommend if working deeper than 5cm, to add your resin in layers to avoid over heating. Once you have poured your first layer, allow the resin to become tacky. The time can vary for this, and can be up to around 6 hours, but will depend on the size of your piece, room temperature and any embellishments you are adding. This technique will help to merge the layers together reducing the visibility of the join line.

DOME-IT

PERFECT FOR:

WORKING TIME: 30 to 45 minutes TOUCH DRY: 24 hours FULL CURE: 7 days RATIO 2:1

If you are a jewellery resin artist, then this is the perfect resin to give your pieces a professional quality finish. With a two to one ratio, dome-it resin holds it shape, and adds a perfect dome to your jewellery piece, easily and without mess, and no need for sanding.

HEAT-RESISTANT

PERFECT FOR:

WORKING TIME: 90 minutes TOUCH DRY: 24 hours FULL CURE: 14 to 21 days RATIO: 2:1

Resin coasters are hugely popular, and if you’re more tea than cocktails, you will need the right resin for the job! And of course we have it – our heat-resistant resin will withstand temperatures of up to 90 degrees centigrade! Because this resin is thin, it is designed to be used in a mould,  just remember to add heat-resistant resin first (this will be the top of your finished piece) before finishing with coat-it, for a shallow coaster, or fill-it for a deep coaster.  You can of course use heat-resistant for the whole coaster, but if you want to add glitter or embellishments we advise coat-it because it is a thicker resin, and these may sink otherwise.

Now you know which resin you need for each of your projects, stock up with all your favourite coloursmoulds, and embellishments, and enjoy! For inspiration, check out our Instagram feed – and don’t forget to show us your fantastic creations – and tag us in your photos!

Our open backed bezels are hugely popular so we have put together this short tutorial showing each stage, for any beginners who are unsure how to use them.

Skill Level: Beginners

What you need:

Before you start make sure your work surface is fully protected, and remember to wear an apron and gloves while you work.

Step 1.

Stand your bottle of resin in some boiled water for up to 15 minutes (depending on the size of your bottle) before use. This helps the resin flow and aids bubble release.. The hardener does not need to be warmed.

Step 2.

While your resin is warming, secure the bezels on to the Dam Tape, sticky side up, making sure they are firmly pushed down and there are no gaps around the edge. We use masking tape to hold the Dam Tape in place.

Step 3.

Pour 10ml of resin in a measuring cup, and 5ml hardener into a separate measuring cup, and mix the two together for at least 3 minutes. This will give you enough resin to fill six bezels with the first layer. There is more information on mixing Fill-it here including a real-time  stirring video.

Step 4.

Rather than pouring the resin into the bezels, we use a wooden mixing stick to avoid overfilling, until the bottom of the bezel has been filled to the edges.

Step  5.

Now it’s time to add your embellishments until you are happy with your design.

Step 6.

Divide the remaining resin in to two mixing cups, and using a cocktail stick, add your chosen colours to each one. You will only need a tiny amount, and then add as much or as little as you want to the bezel. We have used the Turquoise Transparent Tint to add a hint of colour to the star, and a little of the Pearl Transparent Tint to the bottom to add interest.

Step 7.

Once you are finished, clean out the mixing cups with a kitchen towel and wet wipe. Leave your pieces to cure for at least 3 days in a warm, non-humid room.

Step 8.

Once your pieces are cured – then you need to add the final layer to seal your embellishments. Mix up your resin in the same way after warming the resin bottle first (see steps 1 and 3).  Add the resin mix, completely filling the bezel. Now leave for 3 weeks for your pieces to completely cure.

Step 9.

Once your pieces are completely cured, you are ready to remove your bezels from the Dam Tape. To remove the left over residue, we use our Destick-it and gently wipe away with kitchen roll.

Step 10.

Thread on your chain, we used 18 inch snake chains, and show off your beautiful necklace to family and friends.

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial – click here to watch the accompanying video our IGTV channel.

We are delighted to be welcoming Lana Nova to the blog this week, and we would like say a huge thank you to Lana for sharing her fabulous work with us!

Please tell us a little about your background.

Hi, I am Lana, owner of MINT&Feather. I am an Interior Designer and Resin Art is my latest addiction, I love different styles and designs.

How did you get into resin? How long have you been using resin?

I started few years ago using resin as a top coat for my mixed media artworks. I love the transformation that can turn an ordinary dull item into a work of art using only my hands and imagination.

Where do you make your creations – do you have a studio? Is this your full-time work?

I have a room in my apartment and this is my full-time work.

What inspires your work?

I have a lot of ideas in my head. Living in Wales by the sea opened my eyes to the issue of pollution and plastic in the water, which is harming wildlife and creating a huge problem for future generations.

The new direction of craft is a combination of new and pre-loved items with the modern style of new designs, creating a harmony of the warmth of the used, with a touch of contemporary materials.

What is your favourite Resin8 product? 

Opaque pigment pastes especially White and Turquoise, and Mica powder.

Where can we see more of your work?

Instagram and Facebook.

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We hope you have been inspired by Lana’s beautiful resin work, and are enjoying this series of Meet the Resin8er. If you would like to apply to be featured, please get in touch by emailing info@resin8.co.uk.

We are showcasing the work of some of our amazing customers that have inspired us, and have delved into their journey so far with resin. This week’s Resin8er is Gail Jones, and we would like say a huge thank you to Gail for sharing her fabulous work with us.

Please tell us a little about your background (a couple of paragraphs)

Ever since my childhood, I’d always been creative. I loved drawing, painting and making things. I was musical too and this was the main direction I focused on during school and college. I was brought up in Aberdeen but moved to London in my early 20’s. There my life took quite a different turn and I worked in the corporate sector for many years.

A move to Surrey and the birth of my daughter prompted me to start experimenting creatively again. This led me to starting my own bridal accessories business – Glass Oyster – which I ran for 12 years.

After a few other twists and turns I took a course in precious metal clay and started making silver jewellery pieces – which I absolutely love!

How did you get into resin? How long have you been using resin?

Before I did my jewellery course, I had been experimenting with resin using moulds to make some jewellery pieces for about a year. Then I had a light-bulb moment and thought the two could be combined and compliment each other nicely.

Where do you make your creations – do you have a studio? Is this your full-time work?

I used to have a studio in our house but my husband who runs his own business, gave up his premises during lock-down and now works from home. He has taken over my studio and I’ve been consigned to the kitchen table – for now!

I make part time at the moment as we have kids and my husband travels away a lot. So I try and fit it in around family life.

What inspires your work?

Textures! I’m a little bit obsessed with organic textures and shapes found in nature. They are definitely my biggest inspiration. I’m always on the look out for them. I make the textures in my pieces using simple clay tools or even everyday objects such as needles etc. I tend not to use molds or texture mats as I particularly love the process of adding the textures by hand. I’m also inspired by the work of people such as Fenella Elms www.fenellaelms.com and Rowan Mersh www.rowanmersh.com as their pieces are so full of movement with soft, flowing, organic shapes. They are inspirational!

What is your favourite Resin8 product? 

For me, it has to be the opaque colours and the wonderful array of mica powders and flakes which add such iridescence and depth to my pieces.

Do you sell your work? Where can we see your work – Instagram and/or Facebook? 

Currently, I don’t actively sell my work but I intend to. I only started designing my pieces earlier on this year and then with lock-down and now school holidays, progress has been slow! However I’m building up my collection and plan to launch properly later this year. You can see my work on Instagram and what I would say is; if there is a particular piece a customer would like to purchase, then they can direct message me and I’ll happily make to order.

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We hope you have been inspired by Gail’s stunning work!

If you would like to apply to be featured on our blog series, Meet the Resin8er, please get in touch by emailing info@resin8.co.uk.

We are welcoming the amazing Holly Freemantle to the blog this week, and we’re heading to the beach!

Please tell us a little about your background.

Hi I’m Holly, founder of Tides of Teal. I love to surf and create resin oceans!

As a trained Industrial Designer from Loughborough University, I have explored the world of design and making and found my passion in working with resin! Being the furthest point from the sea in every direction whilst at university, I spent summers working in Polzeath and teaching myself to surf to get my beach fix!

After university and saving hard, Dan and I went travelling and spent some time working in New Zealand. Travel is a big passion of ours and we are always saving for our next trip! On return to the UK, having always had a passion for crafting, I spent the next few years exploring different crafts at a hobby level, until discovering the joy of resin!

For now we’re back in Somerset (born and bred), and although it’s still a drive to the beach, the joy of making oceans in our home makes up for not having a sea view (the ultimate dream!).

How did you get into resin? How long have you been using resin?

Last year I saw an Instagram process video of an artist making waves from resin and I was instantly hooked!  I wanted to know how they achieved such gorgeous and realistic looking waves! So the research started and I bought my first small pots of resin around a year ago. I’ve been playing and experimenting ever since, keeping my Instagram up to date with my progress.

Where do you make your creations – do you have a studio? Is this your full-time work?

I’m slowing taking over the small attic in our house with my resin work! Although it’s also home to our wetsuits and other gear, I like to call it my attic studio!

I currently work full time as a designer, but I hope one day, with enough hard work and determination, my ambitions of doing this full time will be fulfilled!

What inspires your work?

Is it a bit too obvious if I say the ocean?! I draw a lot of inspiration from the sea. When I’m not making the ocean I like to be riding it! I think the joy of surfing and working with resin are similar. Both are free flowing, take time to master and have captured my heart!

What is your favourite Resin8 product? 

I am a big advocate of continuous improvement and have tried many different techniques to achieve the lovely lacing and cells that make resin waves. I have to say that my favourite and ‘go to’ white pigment is the Resin8 Opaque White. The cells are beautiful and I recommend this pigment to anyone wanting to make resin oceans!

Do you sell your work? Where can we see your work – Instagram and/or Facebook?

My work is available from my Etsy store: etsy.com/shop/TidesOfTeal

For behind the scenes and to get your hands on items before they make it to Etsy, head over to my Instagram or Facebook page.

Commissions welcome!

Website coming soon www.tidesofteal.com

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We hope you have been inspired by Holly’s beautiful beach inspired work!

If you would like to apply to be featured on our blog series, Meet the Resin8er, get in touch by emailing info@resin8.co.uk.

This week’s Resin8er is Andreea Dragne, and we would like say a huge thank you to Andreea for sharing her stunning work with us! If you would like to see more of Andreea’s beautiful resin art  she is exhibiting at the Gardens Galley in Cheltenham this weekend – more info about that here.

Please tell us a little about your background.

Hi. I’m Andreea and I’m a mixed media artist and jeweller. I was born in Romania, where I studied graphic art at “Nicolae Tonitza” College in Bucharest, where I developed an interest in the Abstract Expressionism movement.

I adopted Cheltenham as my hometown since 2014, where I started to develop my artistic career.

Mainly self-taught I strive to expand my skills & techniques which have enabled me to channel my creative passion.

I have recently attended a Masterclass in Electroforming in Florence. Also a Coloured Resin Jewellery Masterclass with Kathie Murphy in 2017.

How did you get into resin? How long have you been using resin? 

I started using epoxy resin in 2014, when I created my first jewellery collection, mainly for me. It was just a hobby back then.

I love to create unique and statement jewellery, combining resin, crystals and electroforming processes.

In the last three years, I have felt the need to grow and move a little bit further from jewellery to paintings and homeware. Due to the freedom of expression on a bigger scale, at the moment I am between these two categories.

Where do you make your creations – do you have a studio? Is this your full-time work?

Yes, I have a spare room in my flat which I turned it into a jewellery workshop, and a shared studio at Lansdown Art Studios in Cheltenham, for bigger projects like paintings or homeware. Yes, I know I’m really lucky. It is not my full-time job yet, but I aiming there.

What inspires your work? 

I have always been passionate about nature and I always take inspiration from beautiful places all over the world. But microorganisms, landscapes and aerial images of the Earth motivate me to experiment in an alchemic way.

What is your favourite Resin8 product? 

Hmm.. all of them!

But if I have to give you an answer, I’m using a lot the Fill-it epoxy resin for jewellery and the high viscosity Coat-it resin for paintings. I also love the wide range of the Mica powder, they’re perfect for any type of projects.

Do you sell your work? Where can we see your work?

https://www.instagram.com/verdebijoux

https://www.facebook.com/Verde-Bijoux-285351494960943

https://www.instagram.com/atelierbyverde

https://www.etsy.com/shop/verdebijoux

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We  hope you have been inspired by Andreea’s fantastic work and are enjoying this series of Meet the Resin8er.

If you would like to apply to be featured on our blog series, Meet the Resin8er, get in touch by emailing info@resin8.co.uk.

We are showcasing the work of some of our amazing customers that have inspired us, and have delved into their journey so far with resin. This week’s Resin8er is Claire Broome, and we would like say a huge thank you to Claire for sharing her fabulous work with us.

Please tell us a little about your background.

My name is Claire Broome and I live in Newcastle upon Tyne. I’ve always been crafty but once my children were older, I had more time on my hands and I decided to enrol on adult education workshops. I started with card-making and beginners jewellery, then a year long workshop in silversmithing. Realising there was nothing available in my area for me to further advance my skills, I enrolled on a year long Diploma in Creative Jewellery with the London School of Jewellery. This involved travelling weekly from Newcastle to London and back in one day, and ended with an exhibition of each students work.  Subsequently, I completed an intensive 3 day Art Clay Level 1 Diploma with Tracey Spurgin at Craftworx, which enables me to teach Beginners Silver clay workshops.

How did you get into resin? How long have you been using resin?

Resin was one of the mediums we used at the London School of Jewellery. I found I really enjoyed resin and feel so lucky to have had an amazing tutor, Natasha Lisa. I completed my course four years ago and since then offer workshops as I really enjoy passing on what I have been lucky to learn. Since lockdown I have enjoyed spending a lot more time making and selling resin pieces.

Where do you make your creations – do you have a studio? Is this your full-time work?

I am lucky to have a converted workshop in my house and this is my main work. In the past I have taught occasional workshops in external venues.

What inspires your work?

Anything to do with the beach! I love sea-glass and also love to work with sand and shells. I have recently made some beach themed resin pendants that I have combined with my handmade silver shells. I love the fact that resin can capture anything I find, either on the beach or in the wild. It’s also lovely to preserve mementos for other people.

What is your favourite Resin8 product?

It would have to be any of the sea themed products and my other favourite is the tiny fruit embellishments!

Do you sell your work? Where can we see your work?

I sell my work from my website www.todothandcrafted.comwww.Facebook.com/todotjewellery  and www.Instagram.com/todothandcrafted

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We  hope you have been inspired by Claire’s fantastic work and are enjoying this series of Meet the Resin8er.

If you would like to apply to be featured on our blog series, Meet the Resin8er, get in touch by emailing info@resin8.co.uk.

This week we are pleased to be introducing Claire Wyness, and we would like say a huge thank you to Claire for giving us an insight into her resin world, and showing us her stunning jewellery.

Please tell us a little about your background.

I don’t consider myself to be an artist but loved art at school, especially 3D work. I have lived in the Middle East for 30 years and was lucky enough to be taught pottery by a wonderful lady who re-inspired my love of creativity. I went through a phase of throwing a lot of pots, closely followed by a long phase of non-creativity.

How did you get into resin? How long have you been using resin?

After a long phase of not doing anything vaguely artistic,  I became fascinated with Pinterest images of resin jewellery about 3 years ago, and wondered if I could have a go at making something. Resin8 headquarters were quite close to where I was staying at the time and I couldn’t believe my luck that one of their workshops still had space for me to join at short notice!

I’m so glad I did. I was instantly hooked and have gone from strength to strength, learning loads along the way.

Where do you make your creations – do you have a studio? Is this your full-time work?

I have a spare bedroom which has slowly been taken over as a workroom. I’m lucky to have a large and very cluttered desk and lots of shelves and cupboards in which to store my ever-growing stash of glitter, sequins, shells, dried flowers, moulds, pigments etc etc.

I work mainly as a sports massage therapist and treat resin very much as a hobby to be done in my spare time. I have sold at local craft fairs and formed some wonderful friendships with other artists. I have a small following through Facebook and Instagram and custom-make pieces for people.

What inspires your work?

I started out by being heavily inspired by the Bougainvillea that thrives in the intense Middle Eastern heat. I couldn’t wait to try drying the vibrant pink and orange blossoms and incorporating them into bangles. I am also inspired by the sea and adore making jewellery, coasters and soap dishes utilising the greens and blues and glimmers of the ocean.

What is your favourite Resin8 product? 

My favourite Resin8 product would have to be Fill It epoxy resin for the beautiful clarity you get with it but I also love the heat resistant resin for coasters.

Where can we see your work?

All my work is posted on Facebook and Instagram

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We hope you have been inspired by Claire’s beautiful work and are enjoying this series of Meet the Resin8er. If you would like to apply to be featured on our blog series, Meet the Resin8er, get in touch by emailing info@resin8.co.uk.

We are delighted to be introducing Sarah Hoare as this week’s Resin8er, and we would like say a huge thank you to Sarah for sharing her fabulous work with us!

Please tell us a little about your background.

I’m Sarah and I’m a jeweller.  I accidentally moved to North Wales 8 years ago (I came for a weekend and never went back). I decided that I would go to university as a mature student to study applied art specialising in Jewellery/metalwork.

I started my jewellery business while studying for my BA (Hons) degree. My business name is inspired by my children, Bird is my daughters nickname and Monkey is my son (although another one has arrived since then)

How did you get into resin? How long have you been using resin?

I started using resin when I was doing my degree 7 years ago. I love adding colour into my metalwork and resin works perfectly for this.

Where do you make your creations – do you have a studio? Is this your full-time work?

I work from my kitchen workshop, I have a small space in the corner and do all of my soldering next to the sink. I also teach jewellery evening classes twice a week at the university (although this is on hold at the moment for obvious reasons)

What inspires your work? 

I have always been inspired by nature, the countryside and the world around me especially living in beautiful Wales. I’m very interested in the Language of Flowers, every flower has a meaning, for example a Bluebell means Thank you and a Red rose means Love. I love working with bright colours to make stand out pieces and enjoy working with clients to create bespoke pieces.

What is your favourite Resin8 product?

The product I use most is Coat It resin. My favourite product is the mica powders, the beautiful colours they create are so pretty. I must admit I’m a bit addicted to them.

Do you sell your work? Where can we see your work – Instagram and/or Facebook? 

I sell my work via my website, on Folksy and The British Craft House.

ou can find me on Facebook and Instagram and the following websites:

https://folksy.com/shops/Birdandmonkey

https://thebritishcrafthouse.co.uk/shop/bird-and-monkey/

https://birdandmonkey.co.

http://birdandmonkey.co.uk/

This week’s Resin8er is the amazing artist, Amanda Linde and we would like say a huge thank you to Amanda for sharing her stunning work with us!

Please tell us a little about your background.

Both of my parents have studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, so I grew up with and around design, art and architecture. Fresh out of school at 18 I applied to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art and this summer I graduated with a Masters in Women’s Wear. I create large textile sculptures that works both on and off the body.

How did you get into resin? How long have you been using resin? 

Three years ago I was asked to participate in a show in Copenhagen, and I had this vision of a large clay sculpture that had to be cast in resin. I spent six months just to find the right resin, technique and colours. While testing, my mother fell in love with my small square samples, and asked if I could start casting samples into a bracelet shape instead, so she could wear them. And that was how my business started.

Where do you make your creations – do you have a studio? Is this your full-time work?

In my studio in Copenhagen Denmark. And yes, its my full-time work. I feel very lucky!

What inspires your work?

My studio is in the same building as my mother and fathers studio. I feel very lucky to work with them every day, they are the best to bounce ideas, visions and techniques with. My brother is studying art at Reitveld in Amsterdam and my sister in just applying to art school. Being around my family is truly my greatest inspiration. We all master different skills and crafts, watching every one of my family member creating and picking their brain is pure joy!

What is your favourite Resin8 product? 

I’ve been working with Resin8 1 to 1 coat it for a few years now, and it is by far my favourite resin to work with! I’ve just started casting flowers with this resin. It’s a very

Do you sell your work? Where can we see your work? 

Yes, at my webshop: www.amandalinde.com or my instagram.

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We hope you have been inspired by Amanda’s beautiful work and are enjoying this series of Meet the Resin8er. Look out for next week’s blog, when we will be introducing Sarah Hoare.

versatile resin, and I recommend it to everyone who is getting into the resin world. And of course I have to mention: THE OPAQUE PIGMENTS!!!! I love them!

This week’s Resin8er is Lisanne Rose and we would like say a huge thank you to Lisanne for sharing her fabulous work with us.

Please tell us a little about your background.

I come from a large family with three siblings and a mixed heritage/nationality background, which I feel always plays into every aspect of my life. As a family we have all been musical,  artistic and creative in so many ways. I have always been artistic mainly with drawing and illustration since I was very little and loved animation but instead I got a BA in Advertising and Marketing from the university of Hull. I wanted to go to art school or study something creative, however my mother (who went to art school) wouldn’t let me choose that path as she said it was very hard to earn a living as an artist.

After university I worked part time, which turned into full time retail work while still trying to work on my illustration etc. I was living in central London with my two best friends and over 3 years we became sick of our jobs. We all decided to quit and go travelling to South America for 7 months which was one of the most amazing and magical times of my life. Exploring and backpacking with my best friends while illustrating on the go.

That was back in 2015 and when we all came back I moved home with my parents. While home I worked a lot more seriously on my artwork trying to use social media way more and tried to sell some pieces online (this didn’t go so well). I launched a website to sell prints and stickers and pieces (again didn’t go so well). I had a few commissions here and there mostly from people I knew. I had an Etsy shop I  had already created  when I was living with my friends but didn’t sell anything.

Suddenly in November 2017 my father passed away which stopped everything. My creativity stopped. I barely created anything and posted on Instagram maybe once a month or less. I participated in a social media event called ‘inktober’ where you create an I drawing a day for the month of October and my focus was flowers and botanicals, which made me focus a lot more on floral pieces. Around a year later in December 2018 I saw an episode of Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas on TV where they used resin and flowers, and there was a spark of wanting to try that. I have spells where I take a break (when I shouldn’t) and then loose my want to create in one medium and switch to another like music or painting. It’s usually when I don’t have that special magic feeling with one and so turn to something else. Which is what happened when I discovered resin.

I’m lucky that I can turn from making music to botanical art to sometimes digital art and now with resin. Sometimes I think I’d go crazy if I didn’t have at least one of these outlets to pour my creativity into which is probably like most artists.

How did you get into resin? How long have you been using resin?

I got into resin after watching a Kirstie’s handmade Christmas episode in December 2018 and they made a bangle out of rose petals and resin and they were the most beautiful pieces I had ever seen. My brother had worked a bit with resin so I ordered basic supplies from amazon and a few moulds and we gave it a go! They came out pretty well and I was so surprised. I gave them away as gifts that Christmas and haven’t been able to stop with floral and resin ever since.

Where do you make your creations – do you have a studio? Is this your full-time work?

I work mainly in my garage, it is fully ventilated which is very important when it comes to resin and there are no windows so when I’ve finished pouring they can cure in the dark. And as I don’t go in there besides working, no dust gets disturbed to fly in my pours. This is my full time job and has taken about two years to get to this point of having consistent sales and having a decent following on Instagram, where I get most of my custom orders. I also make a few silicone mould pieces for resin crafting.

What inspires your work?

Mostly nature inspires my work. I have a decent sized garden and the seasons and colour palettes available through flowers will usually determine what I might make. I have a large storage of dried/pressed flowers and look at them as if they were my paints for a canvas. As well as this I often think, what would I want to have and to keep, and then try to set out to make it.

What is your favourite Resin8 product? 

My favourite is probably resin8 Fill-it. When I first discovered resin8 I tried coat-it which I adored as it is touch dry within maybe 4-5 hours. This really sped up how much I made, but maybe a year later or so I tried the Fill-it and couldn’t believe how fluid and water like the consistency was, this made it amazing to get into tiny crevices in moulds. Also because it takes longer to cure it massively helps get rid of any little bubbles. It cures so crystal clear and magical.

Do you sell your work? Where can we see your work?

I sell my work mainly on Etsy and some custom orders through Instagram when people direct message me. Instagram is where you can mainly find a large amount of my work as it is my main social channel and following and as it’s image based it’s the most ideal for reaching the right audience.

We hope you are enjoying this series, and have been inspired Lisanne’s beautiful work this week.

Don’t miss next week, when we will be introducing Amanda Johanne Linde.

This week’s Resin8er is Julian Szmania and we would like say a huge thank you to Julian for sharing his amazing work with us.

Please tell us a little about your background.

My Name is Julian Szmania, I am 34 years old and I am living in Aachen / Germany. I got my certificate of apprenticeship as a carpenter in 2012.

How did you get into resin? How long have you been using resin?

I started to play around with resin in 2017 and built some river-tables just for fun.  When many of my friends and family told me that they thought I could sell this table, I started a small business.

Where do you make your creations – do you have a studio?

 I have rented a workshop where I can create my river-tables.

What inspires your work?

I get inspired from the beautiful nature around my hometown but also from the beautiful national parks of the USA where I have some relatives.

What is your favourite Resin8 product? 

I totally love your colour pigments. One of my favourites is Kingfisher’

Do you sell your work? Where can we see your work?

I sell my work using Facebook and my Instagram Account, and on my website.

We hope you have been inspired by Julian’s amazing work and are enjoying this series of Meet the Resin8er. Look out for next week’s blog, when we will be introducing Lisanne Rose.

This week’s Resin8er is Rebecca Kent and we would like say a huge thank you to Rebecca for sharing her amazing work with us.

Please tell us a little about your background.

I think for as long as I can remember I’ve been interested in art and creating, I studied all art related subjects through school and college, from Photography and 3D Design, to Fine Art and Art History, art’s always been that one constant passion of mine. I’ve had so many different art styles over the years, trying to find a style that works for me, I used to work in only black and white at one point which seems absolutely alien to me now, as colour has become such a huge part of my artwork!

Once I finished my Art Foundation course in 2014, I could either go to University and study Fine Art further or I could try to make it as a working artist and I decided to just go for it and start creating work to sell. I posted my art on various social media and sold it on different selling platforms, I took part in local art festivals, fairs and open houses which have all been fantastic experiences, but it’s been a slow process and not an easy one as I’m sure every artist can relate! But I wouldn’t trade that process for anything.

How did you get into resin? How long have you been using resin?

I first got into resin about 5 years ago after seeing some artists I followed on Instagram use it to coat their acrylic fluid paintings which is what I was doing at the time, just using fluid acrylic and pouring onto a canvas. As soon I saw the amazing glossy finish you get from resin I was completely obsessed and wanted to try it so I bought a small resin kit on amazon and coated one of my acrylic pieces with it and I just loved it from then on and have been experimenting with it ever since!

Where do you make your creations – do you have a studio? Is this your full-time work?

I make my art at home, I have a great little room where I can work which I love and am very thankful for. It’s not my full time job anymore, It was for a long time but after a while I found that I was putting too much pressure on myself to make each piece perfect in order to sell it and unfortunately that really took a toll on my mental health, so now I work full time for Pets Corner which I love, and I work on all my art projects during days off and down time, and it’s made creating so much more enjoyable and therapeutic for me, it’s really ignited my love of art and using resin again!

What inspires your work?

I live on the coast and I love the ocean, it’s always been a huge inspiration for me all the different blues, and how it can be calm one second and then rough and turbulent the next! A lot of my work is seascape based and using resin has been a really amazing and effective way of recreating that! I also I find myself being inspired by all kinds of nature, after a trip to Iceland in 2018 I really fell in love with it there, all the different greens and yellows, dark greys and icy blues and the more subtle colours in the landscape, and so my work lately has been moving in that direction which I’m really enjoying.

Whats your favourite Resin8 product?

I really love using the Dreamy Aquamarine mica powder, its such a beautiful and unique colour, but I would say my absolute favourite Resin8 products are the transparent tints, particularly turquoise it’s in almost all of my pieces, I can’t stop using it!

Do you sell your work? Where can we see your work?

I sell my pieces on Etsy, my shop is called ResinByRebecca, and I post all of my work and my creative processes on my Instagram, also called ResinByRebecca.

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We hope you have been inspired by Rebecca’s beautiful work and are enjoying this series of Meet the Resin8er. Look out for next week’s blog, when we will be introducing Julian Szmania.

This week we delighted to be introducing Ruby Marr, and we would like say a huge thank you to Ruby for sharing her amazing work with us.

Please tell us a little about your background.

I come from a family of artists. My brother was an art teacher and is an amazing sculptor. My cousin is in the USA and is one of the finest artists I have ever known. Creative genes run through our veins. Most of my family have an artistic streak in one way or another.

When I left school, I sought a place at Glasgow School of Art, but sadly, back then, funds could not be procured for me to go (such was life in Urban city in the 70s). I was 29 before I took some formal training in Graphic Design at Glasgow College of Building and Printing.

In 1996, my husband and I were starting a smoked salmon company (now in its 24th year). I had a small illustrations company which specialised in illustrated baby gifts. I had a lucrative contract for calligraphy which funded our life in the early days of our smokehouse.

It was always “the deal” that later in life I could take a back seat from our very successful food and tourism business and return to my world of art.

And here I am now – fulfilling “the dream”.

How did you get into resin?

Over the years I kept “my hands in” by painting mainly in oils and acrylics. I liked to paint in mono tones, and often would create modern landscapes with shades and hues of only one colour.

In the 90s, I used to “marble” mdf furniture with enamel paints, oils and turpentine. I guess that was the first “cellular” art. I always had a fascination for chemical reactions in art.

Epoxy came to me first of all using as a coating for my acrylic work.

I was in a gallery when I came across an artist who had dripped clear resin through a beautiful landscape. I loved it – and decided I would expand my knowledge of resin, and develop my love for this incredible medium.

I have found resin an incredible journey. Over the last five years the quality of resin has come on in leaps and bounds. The pot time of resin has increased, allowing the artist to achieve results which formerly would just never have been possible.

I like to work with two resins. Sometimes I want a slower curing resin to allow me time to really work with the painting. Other times, I want something to cure quickly and, for that reason, I work with both resins to get the best results.

Where do you make your creations – do you have a studio?

Physically, my art is huge. The smallest pieces I ever do are around 3ft x 2ft. But most works are a minimum of five feet wide. I have done everything from single pieces to six piece works spanning 21 feet. I therefore need and have a purpose-built studio which allows me to different working surfaces and space. I like the safety of my studio. Using heat guns and blow torches required some diligent risk assessment – and I have fire blankets and extinguishers ready at hand!

I am still a key business partner in our food production company, but the art now is my main role. I have turned our former café and deli into a small “eco-friendly smokehouse snack shack and art gallery”. It is set in beautiful castle grounds and is a great tourist attraction. What was once the café, is now a small gallery featuring my own work, and that of other local artists.

I love the tranquility of our region of Galloway in Scotland. With its rugged coasts and wild forests, it is a beautiful region for creativity. We have both an “Art Town” and a “Book Town” nearby.

What inspires your work?

The Ocean – and in particular the Cayman Islands. My daughter moved there over thirteen years ago. My works are so focused and inspired by these beautiful islands that she and I have now established “Art by Ruby Marr Cayman Ltd”. Cayman is made up of three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. I have spent many years visiting, and to island hop, one travels by a small plane from island to island. These journeys are my inspiration. I study the reefs, the coasts and everything in between. The people are wonderful, their kindness and hospitality is incredible. I know Cayman is my heart – and therefore I spend my life painting and emulating the passion I feel in my visits. I have learned to Scuba dive – and that opens up a whole new world underwater.

I think it’s very reflective in all of my work. Occasionally I am asked to do bespoke pieces which might feature an accent colour, but for the most part, I work in the aquamarines and vivid cobalts and turquoises of the Caribbean.

I push myself constantly. I layer my work and often a piece will have six or seven layers of pigmented resin. I fire glass chunks, and like to add different materials and textures to my works. I might capture an image on camera as I fly overhead, and then, go back to the studio trying to figure out how best I can reflect that image in my work.

For sure it is a wonderful source of inspiration.

What is your favourite Resin8 product?

Resin8 stock my two favourite resins. I cannot say one is more favoured than the other as both have important roles in my work. For me, with work going out to homes in Cayman, UV protection and being heat resistant is vital.

I have a couple of favourite pigments – I think the quality of Resin8’s opaque pigments is superb. A very little goes a long way for sure.

I have to say though, it’s the team at Resin8 that make it so special. The service and friendly support is second to none. They just do a fantastic job and my business always feels appreciated.

Do you sell your work? Where can we see your work?

My work is sold via the galleries in Cayman but I take orders and commissions for work worldwide. My Facebook and Instagram and website is ‘Art by Ruby Marr’. For commissioned works I will ask a series of questions to establish the client’s desires. If I cannot personally visit to consult, I will ask for space – and if possible photos/videos of the space where the art is to be hung. Sometimes clients will give me swatches of tile and soft furnishings so that I can colour co-ordinate.

My work has found its way into beautiful yachts and hotel interiors as well as houses which are like something straight out of “Grand Designs”. Word of mouth and reputation is everything. I get a lot of referrals and that is just wonderful.

I keep a small stock myself at the Marrbury Smokehouse Gallery and in our store in Cayman. If there is one thing I have learned it’s never to second guess which piece someone will fall in love with. The art I believe – always finds the heart.

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We hope you have been inspired by Ruby’s amazing work and are enjoying this series of Meet the Resin8er. Look out for next week’s blog, when we will be introducing Rebecca Kent.

This week we delighted to be introducing Caroline Parrott, and we would like say a huge thank you to Caroline for sharing her beautiful work with us. 

Tell us a little about your background:

I used to work for a big publishing company, but 14 years ago I decided to give it up and go to University with the aim of becoming a designer maker. I studied for 3 years and achieved a first class honours degree in applied art and design in 2010 specialising in metal particularly working with anodised aluminium, which I hand dye and print to make a range of jewellery and small scale sculpture.

I juggled building up my creative business alongside working as an Arts Education Manager at a Contemporary Craft Venue in Dorset, where I worked alongside other designer makers who had their studios within the old Mill building that is the home of the venue. 3 years ago I decided to become a full time maker at the Mill and give up my job, I now share a beautiful little studio there with silver jeweller Wendy Nutt.

How did you get into resin and how long have you been using resin?

I began working with resin to create a budget jewellery range for when I do shows and also utilise the images I take of the dye on the surface of the aluminium. When I’m dyeing in my shed at home nobody can see the beautiful colours that mix on the surface of the aluminium before they take to the pores and the excess is washed off. So I began to photograph this process and wanted to find a way to create with these images – setting them in resin seemed to be a great way to utilise them and they’ve been really popular.

As I got the hang of the process I then teamed up with one of my fellow onsite makers at Walford Mill, Debby Kirby – Debby is a silk weaver and we decided to collaborate with her silk weaving off cuts and resin to create a unique range of jewellery that’s proved really popular from the start.

Where do you make your creations, do you have a studio, and is this your full-time work?

I work in a combination of my shed in my garden in Dorset and at my Studio at Walford Mill Crafts. I share my studio, which alongside being a workspace also acts as a shop, with my good friend Wendy Nutt; we are open 6 days a week and do 3 each, this works well as we both have sheds in our gardens where we do all the messy stuff – for me that is dyeing mainly, but also using some of my bigger machinery to make jewellery.

Our beautiful little studio, Nutty Parrott Studios, is based at Walford Mill in Wimborne, Dorset. Situated in one of the out-buildings, on the bank of the Millstream, we can see water out of our window, along with an abundance of wildlife; we are very lucky.

What inspires your work?

The county that I live in, it’s countryside and coast, and the contented life I have made for myself. From working for over 8 years in a large open-plan office sitting in front of a computer on both day and night shifts, I never get tired of the life I now have, I have worked hard to get where I am but I feel immensely lucky that I am here. I find inspiration everywhere and I’m always thinking about new designs, on walks around my village and even in bed! The colours I dye are very much influenced by the seasons, for instance with all the sun we’ve been having at the moment, the colours I’m working with are so bright; hot pinks, yellows and lime greens!

What is your favourite resin8 product?

I mainly use the pendant settings from resin8 and their 2:1 resin to make jewellery. But I have experimented more recently using the casting resin to create Christmas decorations and other bits. There’s so much more I have yet to play with available on the resin8 website I know I’ve only just scratched the surface of what I could do.

Do you sell your work and where can we see your work?

I sell my work in various shops and galleries around the country, including for the National Trust in Dorset – these are listed on the shop page of my website I also sell via my Etsy store and have FacebookTwitter and Instagram. I also take commissions.

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We hope you are enjoying our new series Meet the Resin8er and have been inspired by Carolines work – don’t miss next weeks when we will be introducing Ruby Marr.

Welcome Resin8ers to our brand new series in which we hope to inspire and motivate during these extraordinary times. We will be celebrating some fantastic resin artists who are adapting and continuing to create while staying at home.

With millions of people now looking to the creative industries – either to learn something new, return to a once loved craft, or looking for a way to unwind – we are hoping to help you keep busy, keep minds occupied, and ultimately, keep creative. In this series we are showcasing the work of some of our amazing customers that have inspired us, and through a ‘virtual interview’ we have delved into their journey so far with resin – enjoy!

To kick things off this week, we have the absolute pleasure of introducing Claire Edwards. We would like to say a huge thank you to Claire for sharing her incredible work with us – to check out more of her work, and to read her interview click here.

Tell us about your background:

Embroidery and design is really my third career and not something that I could ever have envisaged getting into. I had no idea that I had any creative abilities and to be honest it wasn’t something that was ever encouraged in me at school. I joined the RAF at 17 as a Telecommunications Operator and enjoyed 10 years working around the world before leaving to have my children. Whilst living in Germany, I started volunteering with Home-Start, providing support to Forces families with children under 5. This was the start of my second career, as on returning to the UK, I then worked for the children’s charity Barnardo’s, supporting Children and Families with complex needs.

Unfortunately, I fell ill and after several failed attempts to return and not knowing what was wrong, I had to leave my role. I’m not used to doing nothing so taught myself how to crochet and draw and the day before the deadline for university applications, I applied. Staffordshire University offered me a place and I graduated in 2017 with a First Class BA(Hons) in Textile Surfaces. I received my diagnosis during my degree – Rheumatoid Arthritis, an auto-immune disease that attacks the joints, so although I have already got damage to my hands, embroidering and keeping my hands working really helps.

How did you get into resin, and how long have you been using resin?

I’ve been using resin for about 2 years now after briefly exploring unconventional materials within my degree. I knew that after I graduated I hadn’t finished learning so enrolled on a Masters Degree course to explore materials further. Although the focus of my MA is Embroidery, I knew that I wanted resin to feature quite heavily. I began experimenting with encasing small embroideries in resin to see how the materials reacted before moving on to larger pieces.

Where do you make your creations – do you have a studio?

I mostly work in my little studio at the end of my kitchen, although I am lucky that I can use the workshop facilities at University when I need them. I only get to work on my creations on a part-time basis as I am also a full-time carer.

What inspires your work?

So many different things inspire me – my initial thought of working with resin was about contemporary ways to preserve embroidery and I researched the historical context of encasing and wrapping such as reliquaries and Victorian cabinets of curiosity.

Nature also plays a big part in my work. I’m very much drawn to the sea so I learnt to scuba dive a couple of years ago. I was devastated to see the damage that is being done to our oceans, so much of my work now is inspired by coral reefs and its destruction through global warming and plastic pollution.

What is your favourite Resin8 product?

Now that’s a difficult one to answer as there are so many. I love the moulds as they form the basis of my initial designs – for example, the tiles were drawn as 9 squares to fit the cube moulds then the embroidery was built around that.

Resi-crete – amazing

Mica powder and glow in the dark powders

Resin8 fill-it epoxy resin – I have to be careful with some of the materials that I am encasing as they can melt and discolour so I find that the slow cure is perfect.

Do you sell your work and where can we see your work?

I don’t sell my work currently but once I finish my MA I’ll start developing products to sell

I use both Instagram and Facebook to connect with others.

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We hope you have been inspired by Claire’s amazing work and have enjoyed our first week of Meet the Resin8er. Look out for next week’s blog, when we will be introducing Caroline Parrott.

Here at Resin8 we are conscious of the environment in everything that we do. As retailers of a plastic product we are even more aware of the need to reduce our impact on the environment. That’s why we thought it might be helpful to explain a little more about why we use the packaging that we do, and what we are doing to improve further.

LOOSE FILL PACKAGING

The term “loose fill” refers to a packaging material that fills a void left once an item has been packed. We use a selection of loose fill packing material.

All left over paper, that doesn’t have confidential information on, is shredded and used as parcel packing. We are in discussions with a number of local businesses to give us their paper for shredding which we will collect ourselves. How to recycle it? Use it again, add it to your compost mixed in with vegetable peelings, use it as pet bedding or even in your cat litter tray. Many councils in the UK don’t like to recycle shredded paper as the small nature of it means that it can cause problems with their machinery, so instead they ask you to bag it and take it to your local Household Recycling Centre.

When we receive items from manufacturers we ALWAYS re-use the loose fill. So your parcel may include “plastic” packing peanuts or bubble wrap but rest assured, these have been re-used and are not bought in by us. How to recycle it? Please re-use where you can.

We use Eco Flo fully biodegradeable packing peanuts and have done for a number of years. Eco Flo peanuts are made, in Cardiff, from GM-free starch and are 100% biodegradable. Unlike other loose fills on the market, Eco Flo is compostable (EN13432) and independently proven to offer better all round protection than polystyrene loose fill. What’s even better is that starch is an annually renewable resource, not a depleting resource like petro-chemical based polystyrene. How to recycle it? It is suitable for your compost bin! It will dissolve in water which eliminates the problem of littering. Or make flowers out of it, like Sarah did, one of our customers.

CARDBOARD BOXES

We re-use cardboard boxes where we can, which is why the box your order arrives in might not always look tip-top. However, the volume of orders we now process means that we have to buy in new cardboard boxes to send your products out in.

We have spent a long time sourcing our cardboard box manufacturer, Belmont Packaging. This company are based in Wigan and are female-led (just like us). Belmont are an environmentally-aware FSC® certified manufacturer who have taken steps to reduce their impact on the environment by installing solar panels to generate their own electricity, installing a state of the art energy efficient compressor, having motion sensor lighting to save energy and best of all, collating and baling their own waste which they then sell back to the corrugated board supplier so it can be turned into more sheeting for more boxes.

We are looking into paper tape instead of plastic tape and will report back once we have found something suitable!

GRIP SEAL POLYTHENE BAGS

The big one! Hands up – we use a lot of HDPE grip seal plastic bags.

The big issue for us is that there is no environmentally friendly alternative. The “seal” part of the bag is non-recyclable so even if the bag were made of recyclable plastic, the seal could not be recycled, thereby meaning the entire bag would still go into landfill.

The grip seal is important for liquid product transportation. Epoxy resin and hardener are chemicals – they must not be allowed to spill, leak or come into contact with human skin, animals, etc. Royal Mail’s “Prohibited and Restricted Items” guidance states that “Environmentally hazardous substances packaging guidelines: Pack in a leak proof or sift proof inner and protect by cushioning material in rigid outer packaging.” This means that we cannot use a biodegradable plastic bag that doesn’t have a “seal”. Biodegradable grip seal bags do not yet exist.

If one item were to leak, it would spill over all of the other products in the parcel, hence meaning we need to re-send product to you which not only costs us money but it means more miles in the post van, hence more emissions. Mica is notorious for leaking – such a fine powder is difficult to keep in one place!

What are we going to do to reduce plastic bags used for liquid transportation? We will stop double-bagging. We are also investigating biodegradable plastic bags (see more below) but at this stage have not found one that will contain a spilt liquid without falling apart.

What are we going to do to reduce plastic bags used for non-liquid transportation? We are now using paper bags where possible. Paper is NOT better for the environment (see our research below) but it’s all about perceptions and currently, the general public’s perception is that paper bags are better for the environment than plastic.

How to recycle grip seal bags? These bags are designed to be used multiple times. When containers get reused, less waste ends up in landfills and less manufacturing energy is expended. That’s good news all around. Many supermarkets will now accept grip seal bags as part of their carrier bag recycling.

PLASTIC BOTTLES & TUBS

Our resin bottles are made from HDPE (high density polyethylene), which, coincidentally, is also resin!  HDPE is used for milk bottles, shampoo bottles, detergent bottles… the list goes on. Because of its popularity it is widely recycled, with 92% of councils collecting used HDPE bottles for recycling. Epoxy resin and hardener must be filled in HDPE as it is the only plastic that will not react with the chemicals contained in resin.

How to recycle your used Resin8 bottles? Containers should be emptied as much as possible (i.e. the product used) and taken to a local recycling centre. They will usually have a special waste collection point that deals with hazardous liquids like paints, etc.

RESEARCH

You’re not going to like reading this… Paper bags are NOT better for the environment than polythene bags.

Paper bags do have some positives however – they can be composted at home and are highly recyclable.

So, paper bags are not the answer.

By re-using and then recycling our polythene (HDPE) packaging – rather than just disposing of it after a single use – we can all help to reduce waste and save on raw materials, thereby cutting greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to a greener, cleaner planet.

For those who wish to see the stats and want our statement backed up, please visit these links:

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A BIODEGRADEABLE, LEAKPROOF PLASTIC BAG?

Currently no. However we are encouraged by recent tests that we’ve carried out on Natureflex bags. These bags are 100% biodegradeable and can be heat-sealed (to contain liquid hopefully). We have some of these bags on test in our studio to see how resin and pigments react to the plastic and we will report back soon!

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