What Resin I Use for Jewelry Making

A lot of people are interested in what I use for my jewelry, and in the past I’ve been nervous about giving away my suppliers—giving away too many secrets and hints and tips.

But lately, I’ve considered turning around my whole perspective for Heaven in a Rage and catering to the many, many makers who follow me.

However, I have to admit I was worried sharing my secrets would dilute my brand and allow people to copycat my designs.

But . . . I really enjoy teaching and sharing. After all, when I first began Heaven in a Rage I had hoped that it would one day be a community for makers. Maybe this is how I begin creating that community.

I want to change the focus so it doesn’t matter if anyone copies me. That’s their problem. I can continue creating unique designs only I can come up with, and with the focus being on classes and teaching my main concern won’t be selling my jewelry itself.

 

So if you’re wondering what resin I use and recommend for the jewelry I make, check out the 2 minute video below and underneath my video I go into even more detail on my story and the many reasons why I chose this brand over others.

(ArtResin didn’t pay me to make the video or write the post, they just sent me some resin to try out and I ended up really enjoying it and wanting to share my process and results with other makers and anyone who is interested in how my jewelry gets made.)

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At the beginning of this year, I had been working with resin jewelry for months and had fallen in love. But, I was really, really concerned about working with a chemical like epoxy resin. Specifically during its curing phase, when resin is drying and hardening—and when most resins are releasing VOCs, or fumes.

My family likes to live as cleanly as possible—we don’t use pesticides in our home and we choose soaps, cleaners, and shampoos as “clean” as we can manage (“clean” as in containing ingredients we’ve researched and come to trust).

Plus, we don’t like using a lot of scented products, and when we do we’re very picky. 

So, as you can imagine working with resin was compromising this commitment we have and our way of life. 

But I was so surprised by the amazing feedback I was getting on my resin jewelry—and experimenting with it was so fun. I’ve been a maker since I was a child. I might have been born that way.

Creating jewelry with resin was some of the work I’ve been most proud of in my decades of crafting, and people appreciated it more than anything I’d ever created before (besides some realistic pencil portraits I drew as a teenager).

I loved creating color combinations, having supplies arrive in the mail, trying out a new idea—everything about it. And the positive feedback was a strong bonus.

But . . . I was pretty sure I’d have to stop making resin jewelry altogether.

And it was crushing. I was so disappointed.

It was like the momentum had been building up in me just for it to result in a really anti-climactic let down.

I posted on Instagram that I would be at least taking a break, if not quitting completely. I told my followers the reason why, and I ended up being so, so glad that I talked openly about it.

A friend mentioned in the comments on my post (thanks @erinmcmom!) a friend of hers had developed a resin that didn’t release fumes, formulated to be a safer epoxy resin for artists to work with.

I was skeptical, and didn’t want to jump for joy quite yet.

I looked through their paperwork on the safety of their chemical, and went searching on the internet.

It took me a couple days of research and reading, but I finally decided it was the answer to my problem. Their resin is even certified safe for home use! Which, when I looked into it I couldn’t find another resin that could conform to the same ASTM. No solvents, no respirator needed—it all sounded really good.

So I found a studio to work in away from home, and I was back on track.


There’s so many different kinds and brands of resin out there, all great for different purposes. 

The resin I choose to use is best for my needs in making jewelry (I don’t use molds, for example), and fits in line with my personal commitment to maintain my own health as well as fitting in line with the Heaven in a Rage pillar belief of sustainability.

If you’re looking for a list of what resin to use in case-by-case basis, I’ll be writing one next week and you can join the HIAR Makers VIP list below to get notified when it comes out.

I choose ArtResin for several reasons:

1.       Non-yellowing – UVs can yellow resins over time, but ArtResin is proudly the most non-yellowing formula on the market, as you can see here. While resin is a sensitive medium regardless, I want the jewelry I make to last as long as possible.

2.       Flexible and forgiving – ArtResin is little bit more flexible than other resins I’ve used, which I find makes it more forgiving in its cured state and seems to be more scratch-resistant because of it. It is a subtle difference. This is also the reason why it's not the ideal resin for use in molds, but it serves perfectly when there's some stability for the form.

3.       Easy to mix – Resin comes in liquid form and needs a hardener to become solid. Different resins need different ratios of resin and hardener, but a simple 1:1 ratio simplifies things.

4.       Comes in an 8oz kit – Resin jewelry doesn’t require a lot of resin, so I don’t need gigantic containers. Some brands don’t come in small sizes.

5.       No VOCs in my lungs or the air – No fumes means it’s safer for me to work with, and there aren’t fumes being released into the air, which fits in line with the HIAR principle of sustainability.

Sustainability is a principle for Heaven for a Rage because it’s something important to me personally.

Growing up, I hated the fact I had to participate in society at all (going to the store, ordering stuff in the mail, throwing away anything) because I felt like I was contributing to the problem.

Honestly, I still feel that way, but I have to participate in society. I have to order things in the mail. I have to buy food from the grocery store. And until I remove myself completely and go live out in the woods, there’s no way to completely absolve my footprint, and I've come to realize I can’t drive myself crazy with it.

What I can do is my best. I can do my best to make sustainable choices as often as possible.

And I want that to be a pillar in the foundation of anything I create—I want to always keep in mind ways I can make something more sustainable and less damaging to the environment.

Regardless of whether you believe in global warming or not, none of us want to be consumed by the sheer amount of garbage we’re piling up. We enjoy nature, and we all want to continue enjoying it. Any step in the right direction is progress, and can get the ball moving.

So I really like not releasing fumes into the air while I’m working as well as how ArtResin is produced actually using solar and other renewable energies.

Now I can continue making my jewelry without worry or hesitation--and I can be confident in my own safety, too.


Are you a maker?

If you’re a maker and resin jewelry sounds kind of scary or intimidating to you, I’m creating a complete series of classes to distill all my knowledge on the subject and walk you through step-by-step how I create my own resin jewelry—from the design, to the suppliers, to the setup, to my specific techniques and lessons I’ve learned from trial and error.

I know you’re probably busy and don’t have time to waste testing out things on your own. I totally understand, and I’m going to make these classes as short, simple, and to-the-point as possible so you can learn to create beautiful, classy, professional-quality jewelry in your spare time (even if you don't have much!).

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To get you started, I've created a cheatsheet of 8 tools I've found to be critical to my process all assembled into a PDF (with pictures!) that you can get a free copy of below.