Stuck resin getting you down?
Then you’re going to love today’s Video Friday!
Joanne has not 1 …
not 2 …
but 3 tips for you …
plus a bonus tip!
So, to avoid resin stuck in silicone molds, the following may help:
Remove the resin at the 24 hr mark, when it’s dry to the touch but still soft and pliable and has some give.
ALL SILICONE MOLDS WILL EVENTUALLY BREAK DOWN … however, try to use a silicone mold designed for casting as they are stronger and last longer ( you can find these online ) Silicone molds designed for baking will work, but keep in mind they will break down faster.
If your resin mold is stuck, try this simple trick to help release it.
Pour freshly boiled water ( that has been allowed to cool for a few minutes ) into a dish and let your mold sit in it. Take care not to splash water on the surface of your resin. Let it sit for 10, 15, 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of your piece. The water will soften the resin enough to release it from the mold.
Keep in mind, that if your silicone mold has started to break down, you may still get bits of it stuck to the edges of your piece. These can easily be sanded off.
Also keep in mind that if your mold is too far gone, this technique may not work, but it’s definitely worth a shot!
A few of our viewers suggested the opposite end of the spectrum is equally successfully … allowing the resin and silicone mold to freeze will allow you to unmold it. Seemed to work! But again, the same thing applies … it may leave a little silicone residue on the resin that you can sand off, and if your mold is too far gone, even this may not be enough to save it ☹️
Hope this this saves a petri dish or two out there!!
Do you have a resin tip to share with the world?
Let us know – we just might share your tip on an upcoming episode of Video Friday!