You’ve probably seen those videos on social media: a maker pours swirls of rippling resin and glitter into a mold, and you cannot help but be mesmerised by the dyes and inclusions some creative people are putting into these things. Resin art has grown increasingly over the past few years, and the processes have skyrocketed in popularity especially during the pandemic as new people have become inspired to take up the hobby for their own.
What is resin? Modern resin, or epoxy resin comes in a two-part solution which makers mix together and let harden into any number of things. It is often used to preserve things and can be used creatively in many forms. It can be poured, turned on a lathe, and even carved and polished into many stunning forms. In the dice maker community, Resin is often used as a material of choice due to how versatile it is, and how it holds glitter and other inclusions, such as gold and holographic foil, flowers, and even ashes.
So, how does one take care of those pretty resin dice, or resin in general?
It is generally advised to treat your resin dice with a little extra care, just like precious stones to keep it lasting as long as possible.
Avoid storing your resin dice in the sun or nearby any sources of UV rays. This can cause your dice to discolor. Also avoid excess heat as it can potentially melt the resin, depending on what type of resin it is, as well as harsh chemicals or fragrances. Those can also have a potential chance to discolor your dice.
As resin is also a bit softer and more porous than regular plastic, it is also recommended to store it away from sharp things, such as sharp-edged or metal dice. I’ve had to resort to storing my resin dice in separate bags so they stay as smooth and polished as the day I got them.