Epoxy resin is a great craft supply, allowing you to make virtually anything that you can imagine. Unfortunately, it’s not entirely safe. There are safety precautions you need to take when working with epoxy resin, especially if it’s your first time doing so, and protective supplies you need to use. Keep reading to learn why you need protective supplies to work with resin.
What Is Epoxy Resin?
Epoxy resin is a type of plastic that comes in two parts, the resin and the hardener. When these two parts are mixed together, they create a chemical reaction that causes the mixture to harden. This makes epoxy resin perfect for crafting because it can be molded into any shape you want and it dries clear so you can add any color you want without affecting the final product.
Epoxy resin is also strong and durable, making it ideal for creating jewelry, coasters, table tops, and other household items. It’s also heat resistant, so you don’t have to worry about putting hot cups or plates on your resin creations.
While the epoxy resin is great for crafting, it does have some drawbacks. The main one is that it’s toxic. The fumes from the resin can irritate your lungs and skin, and if you accidentally get some on your skin, it can cause a painful rash. It’s also flammable, so you need to be careful around open flames when working with it.
Despite these dangers, epoxy resin is a popular material for crafting because it’s so versatile. If you want to try your hand at making epoxy resin art, there are a few things you need to know about how to safely work with this material.
When working with epoxy resin, you need to take safety precautions because the chemicals in the resin can be harmful. It’s important to wear gloves and a mask when working with resin, to avoid coming into contact with the chemicals. You should also work in a well-ventilated area, as the fumes from the resin can be harmful.
In addition to taking safety precautions, you also need to use protective supplies when working with epoxy resin. One of the most important things you’ll need is a release agent. This will prevent the resin from sticking to your skin or clothes. You’ll also need something to mix the resin in, such as a plastic cup or bowl. And finally, you
When you watch videos on the internet of people making resin art, you probably only see their hands, not their faces, so you have no idea whether they’re wearing a respirator or not. But since epoxy resin releases toxic fumes as it cures and hardens, which it will start to do soon after pouring, a respirator is often required. Some types of resin don’t require that you use a respirator when you work with them, but wearing one is always a good idea.
Working in a well-ventilated space is also a good idea so that the fumes don’t get stuck and hurt a person or pet who isn’t wearing a respirator. They could also hurt you after you take the respirator off. Epoxy resin can take at least 24 hours to cure, possibly more depending on the size of your project, which means there’s plenty of time for your workspace to fill with toxic fumes. Good ventilation is necessary to avoid that.
You’ll need a lot of supplies when making resin art, including gloves to protect your hands. Resin is full of chemicals that can cause irritation if they come into contact with your skin and in some cases, the toxic fumes we mentioned above can also cause skin irritation. Wearing protective clothing such as gloves and long sleeves is an important part of safely creating the resin art you want to make. To avoid skin irritation while your project is curing, continue to wear protective gloves and clothing while you check on it in case it spills from the mold.
If epoxy resin does get on your skin somehow, you should immediately wash it off with hot soapy water until the area no longer feels sticky. If the area continues to feel sticky after a long wash, use a brush or similar device to scrub the area. Watch the area for a rash or other allergic response after you wash it, and seek medical attention if one occurs, especially if it’s painful.
Since the chemicals from the resin can easily get into the air while the resin is curing or when you’re sanding it after, you’ll probably need to wear safety goggles. You’ll also want to protect your work surface from this toxic material. Lay down plastic sheets, silicone mats, or some other protective barrier so your work surface doesn’t get anything spilled on it. If you do manage to spill epoxy resin on a work surface, quickly clean it with hot soapy water until it’s no longer sticky.
Cured resin can also be a fire hazard. If you’re working with cured resin, make sure to keep it away from any heat sources, such as candles, fires, or stoves. Cured resin can also be flammable if it’s in contact with certain chemicals. So if you’re going to be working with any chemicals, make sure the area is well ventilated and that you’re not near any open flames.
You need protective supplies to work with resin because it releases toxic fumes and contains skin irritants. It also poses a risk to your eyes and your work surface. While making epoxy resin art is a great pastime, you need to stay informed about how it can affect your health so you can protect yourself during the creative process.