Adding Lights Into Resin Creations

Adding Lights Into Resin Creations

Jul 07, 2024

Resin art has taken the crafting world by storm, and for good reason. The ability to capture objects, colours, and even light within a crystal-clear medium is truly captivating. But what if you could take your creations further and add a touch of illumination? By incorporating lights into your resin projects, you can open up a new world of artistic possibilities. This blog delves into the exciting world of illuminated resin art, providing a comprehensive guide for beginners and experienced crafters alike. To learn more about such techniques, enrol in a resin art workshop

Reasons to Light Up Your Resin Creations:

  • Magic and Ambiance:  Imagine a crystal-clear resin coaster glowing from within or a mesmerising wall hanging that seems to come alive with internal light. Lights add a touch of magic and intrigue to your artwork, transforming them into captivating centrepieces.
  • Highlight Details and Colors: The strategic placement of lights can dramatically enhance the beauty of your resin creations. By illuminating specific elements within the resin, you can draw the viewer's eye to intricate details or make colours pop with added vibrancy.
  • Nighttime Appeal: Resin art with integrated lights looks better during the day. When the sun sets, your creations come alive, adding an enchanting glow to any room. This is especially perfect for nightlights, wall art, or decorative pieces designed to be displayed in dimly lit areas.
  • Endless Creative Possibilities:  Lights open the door to a world of creative exploration. You can play with different light colours, adjust their intensity, and even incorporate them into themed pieces. Imagine a starry night sky captured within a resin pendant or a miniature underwater scene illuminated by soft blue lights.
  • Enhanced Use of Other Embellishments:  Adding lights to your resin creations can elevate the impact of other embellishments like glitter, dried flowers, or pigments. The light reflects and intensifies these elements, creating a captivating interplay of colour and texture.

Shedding Light on the Best Lights for Resin

Before diving in, it's crucial to choose the right light source. Here's why LEDs reign supreme:

  • Cool Operation: Unlike traditional incandescent bulbs, LEDs emit minimal heat. This is essential because heat can alter the curing process of the resin, leading to warping or softening.
  • Versatility Galore: LEDs come in various sizes, colours, and brightness levels. You can find options perfect for subtle accents or dramatic illumination.
  • Easy on the Wallet: LEDs are generally affordable, permitting you to experiment without hurting your bank balance.

Pro Tip: When selecting LEDs, consider their voltage and ensure you have a compatible power source (batteries or a power adapter) to bring your creation to life.

Setting the Stage: Essential Materials and Tools

Now that you've got your light source sorted gather the necessary supplies:

  • High-Quality Resin: Opt for a clear or slightly tinted resin to allow the light to shine through effectively.
  • Silicone Moulds: Choose moulds that can withstand the curing heat of the resin and have a smooth, glossy finish for optimal light transmission.
  • LED Lights: As discussed, LEDs are your best bet.
  • Wires and Connectors: Depending on your project's design, you might need to connect multiple LEDs.
  • Safety Gear: Always wear gloves, eye protection, and a respirator when working with resin.
  • Mixing Containers and Stir Sticks:  For mixing and pouring the resin.
  • Optional Extras:  Alcohol inks, glitter, dried flowers - anything that complements your design and the light effects.

Illuminating Your Vision: Step-by-Step Guide

With your materials prepped, it's time to unleash your creativity! Here's a breakdown of the process:

Safety First: As always, prioritise safety when working with resin. Ensure proper ventilation and wear gloves and protective gear.

  1. Plan and Design: Sketch or visualise your project. Consider the LED placement for the desired lighting effect.
  2. Prep the Mould: Apply a thin coating of mould release to ensure easy removal of the cured resin.
  3. LED Prep:  If you need to connect multiple LEDs, solder or use specialised connectors following the manufacturer's instructions. Ensure the connections are well insulated to prevent short circuits.
  4. Light Placement: Carefully position the LEDs within the mould according to your design. Secure them in place with masking tape or a small amount of UV resin (if using).
  5. Mix the Resin: Following the manufacturer's instructions, mix the resin and hardener in the accurate ratios.
  6. Colouring and Embellishments (Optional): If desired, add alcohol inks, glitter, or other embellishments to the mixed resin, considering that too much colour might block the light.
  7. Pouring Magic: Slowly pour the resin into the mould, avoiding trapping air bubbles. Use a toothpick or heat gun to remove any bubbles that surface gently.
  8. Curing Time: The resin can cure completely according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Resist the urge to peek or move the mould during this time.
  9. Demolding and Testing: Once cured, gently remove your creation from the mould. Connect the LEDs to the power source and witness your illuminated masterpiece come to life!

Bright Ideas: Design Inspiration and Troubleshooting Tips

  • Night Lights: Create enchanting night lights by embedding LEDs within geometric shapes or casting them around miniature houses or figurines.
  • Glowing Coasters:  Add a touch of whimsy to your coasters by incorporating LEDs and tiny seashells or pebbles.
  • Galaxy Art: Mimic the Milky Way by swirling tinted resin with white alcohol ink and strategically placing LEDs to create a starry nightscape.

Troubleshooting Tips

  • Lights Don't Turn On: Double-check your connections! Ensure the lights are properly attached to the power source and the batteries (if applicable) are fresh.
  • Uneven Lighting: This might be due to the placement of the lights within the resin. Try adjusting the lights' position if possible for a more even glow.
  • Light Leaks: If the light is seeping out from unintended areas, it could be due to gaps around the lights or the mould itself. Use a small amount of UV resin to seal leaks before pouring your main resin mixture.

Additional Tips for Luminous Success

  • Experiment with Color: Coloured LED lights can add a new dimension to your artwork. Play around with different colours to achieve the desired effect.
  • Think Outside the Box: Don't limit yourself to just lights! Consider incorporating tiny fairy lights or electroluminescent (EL) wire for a more diffused glow.
  • Power Up Your Options: Various power source options for your LED lights exist. Battery-operated LEDs are great for portability, while USB-powered lights offer a continuous power supply.


By following these tips and letting your imagination flow, you can transform your resin designs into stunning, bright works of art. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't be scared to experiment and enjoy the procedure! Contact Us to know more or visit Arts Shala’s website.
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