You’ve got your Jesmonite liquid and powder and you’re armed with your pigments and sealer, ready to make some magic. So, what tools do you need? Let’s be honest, using your cereal bowl to mix your Jesmonite isn’t ideal so we’ve compiled a list of five fantastic tools that will help you out, so you don’t need to root through your cupboards to find something that’ll work!
Although Jesmonite is one of the safest resins you can use, it’s always a good idea to protect your hands when working with any kind of resin or cement. Not only will gloves offer a layer of protection from any spills, they’ll also mean you won’t have to wash your hands as often, which can lead to dryness. Luckily, we’ve got a latex option and a nitrile option of disposable gloves, so you can choose the right ones for you.
As we mentioned, you don’t want to be using your everyday household items to mix your Jesmonite which is why we offer mixing buckets, so you can keep these just for crafting. They’re also much kinder to the environment than using disposable plastic cups because you can wash and reuse them again and again. Choose the 2.5L buckets for smaller projects and the 10L buckets for larger projects and you’ll be on your way!
Silicone Mixing Sticks
Quite possibly the best invention ever to be created, our silicone mixing sticks are about to become your new best friend! If you’ve ever tried to clean a wooden mixing stick, you’ll know it’s almost impossible to wash all of the pigment off, and the moisture makes them soft and a little bit useless, condemning them to the bin. With the silicone mixing sticks, you can simply snap off your existing Jesmonite and use them again and again for the rest of time, saving you precious pennies along the way! You can also save your snapped Jesmonite and use them as terrazzo chips!
If you’re mixing large batches of Jesmonite at a time, or you find it hard to eliminate powder lumps, it’s a good idea to think about investing in a mixing blade. They’ll make mixing your Jesmonite so much easier, for a silky smooth, lump-free finish. Simply attach them to your standard drill and mix. Just don’t be fooled into thinking you’re baking a cake! You absolutely cannot bake and eat Jesmonite!
We’re not going to lie to you, Jesmonite can be messy. From drips of mixture to powder all over the table, there’s no trick to keeping everything clean when working with Jesmonite. You can however make cleaning up 1000x easier with Grimex Wipes! These industrial grade wipes are designed to cut right through oil, grease, ink, paint, silicone and resin on any surface, including your hands. They even contain Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to enrich your hands with moisture! Made from Polypropylene, Grimex Wipes can be recycled so you’ll end up with a super clean workstation and a clean conscience!
We’d love to see your workstation set up! Snap a pic and share it with us on Instagram using the hashtag #polysilmakers!