Start Epoxy Crafting with 5 Easy Resin Projects

Have you been wondering what all the excitement is about with epoxy crafting and art these days? This is the perfect time to join WoodWorkers Guild of America and TotalBoat Ambassador, Jess Crow from Crow Creek Designs for five days of introductory projects that use epoxy resin! Epoxy can be used for more than just boats; You can create a beautiful accent to many of your home and woodworking projects if you know how to use it correctly. Jess and WWGOA created five simple and unique epoxy crafting projects to get you started, plus a handy video to get you ready that highlights the ways our same boat-ready TotalBoat resins can be used for crafting and woodworking.
Sign up today! Projects will start on April 6th!

If you’re not familiar with Woodworkers Guild of America,  this is a great time to dive into their website and YouTube Channel and learn from some of the best woodworkers out there. WWGOA partners with top makers and woodworkers to give you tips and tricks from those with experience. They have dropped their paywall that normally charged for this access, so go now and sign up for WWGOA and follow along with these 5 exciting resin projects!


To get you started, enjoy this resin primer video with Jess and George from WWGOA.


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15 responses to “Start Epoxy Crafting with 5 Easy Resin Projects

  1. Nice video however what about casting resins? Many woodwork furniture projects will require CLEAR deep pour resin.

    1. There is a ‘SIGN-UP – CLICK HERE’ just above the ‘5 things you need to know’ video above. Once you do, it says projects start April 6th.

  2. I finish out my hollow forms (vases) sometimes with milk paint and sometimes with acrylic paint. I then do about 5-6 applications of Spar Varnish applying while the lathe rotation is at it’s lowest speed so the product will not slump. I get pretty good results for that “glass” like finish but a lot of work.
    Do you have a resin product you would recommend to apply to a non flat surface like a vase and still give it a “glass” like finish?.

    1. YES! Makerpoxy or Table Top Epoxy are glossy and would do a great job. you can brush it on and it is glass-like when cured and super clear.

  3. It is important to be mindful of ambient temperature- the temperature of the space you are working in – and the surface or substrate temperature- the temperature of your workpiece.
    Resins are bound by temperature “rules” – the warmer it is – the less viscous they become …..BUT – the warmer they are- the FASTER they cure. It is really a balancing act.

    Specifically- it is nice to work with a warm sun at your back. It also warms the substrate. BUT – because your workpiece is warming, it is also expanding as are the gases bound in the wood grain. If you have warmed your workpiece outside – o yourself a favor – take it INDOORS and allow it to start cooling. This way the said gases will be contracting and will pull your nicely warmed resin into the wood pores. You should not see ANY bubbles as a result! Ignore this advice and you will get a honeycomb!

    So, once you have achieved initial “set” – the resins have crosslinked and are thumbnail hard – it is safe to raise the temperature which really helps final crosslinking and aids in achieving the hard finish you want. This called “post-curing” in the industry.

    It is amazing that such a “runny” material can harden so well! Have fun. You will continue to have increasing fun if you understand that some of these resins are nasty. ALWAYS WEAR PPE! This includes goggles or safety glasses at the very least. You’d be surprised how readily low viscosity resin can splash and end up in weird places. Having your eyelids glued together is not having fun!

    1. What is the thickness limits for your Clear resins? I want to create forms around a live edge board and create total thickness or 2” How many lifts if not able to cast 2” at one time?

      1. TotalBoat has Thick Set Epoxy that can be poured up to 2 inches and more in certain places and temps. The size of the area, and temp as Clifford wrote below, are all very important steps to succeeding. Many find the step pouring to be easier and faster, though. You don’t have to cover your work for 48 hours or more and can pour several layers in one day. You can pour another layer on resin once it is in the gel state – which is typically only a few hours after a pour – not days as is the case with slower curing epoxy like Thick Set.

  4. I am a novice so please bear with me. I have 2 questions. First, will the Makerpoxy adhere to the top of a serving tray that has white marker board as the flat surface surrounded by finished poplar (oil based). And second, can I tint it to an opaque finish using a different color? Thanks.

  5. I would like to use epoxy to fill and decorate some worm holes and other imperfections on wood bowl turnings. What products should I use and how do I create dams so that the epoxy doesn’t run out over the rest of the bowl.

  6. I’m making a serving board off a live end wood 1-1/2″ thick. I’m filling with objects, so it will need to be laid in 2-3 layers minimum. Would the high performance or deep pour be best to use? Or is there a better option?

  7. Has anyone used the total oat crystal clear for casting jewelry pieces or in free form art ? I’m looking for an economical epoxy resin to use in my jewelry and partially set freeform artwork. Also anyone with experience in coloring this stuff? If so what worked best for you?

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