Resin Art is the Newest TikTok Trend
Ashley Jobrien - December 4, 2021

Changes

By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

Homemade resin products have recently gone viral on TikTok, with tags like #resinbusiness and #resinartist surpassing hundreds of millions of views. The surplus of videos shows people pouring liquid resin in assorted colors into molds to create different shapes such as pyramids, trays, or coasters. The artists often add other decorative items such as glitter, flowers, or anything to personalize their art, before showing off their finished product on the famous video-based social networking service. Following up on the resin trend’s rise in fame, a following backlash against the DIY art and craft has made another hashtag go viral, #antiresin.

 

 

One of the main concerns of resin that users found is its potential environmental impact. Although the hardened resin contains fewer levels of toxicity than the material would when uncured, most resins contain a lot of chemicals that are harmful to the environment. The chemicals can especially cause problems if they get into water pipes from a user’s sink. In order to harden the epoxy resin and take it out of its liquid, more dangerous state, artists need to build a mini chemical lab to undergo the curing process. This process brings up the second concern for resin art as liquid epoxy resin can burn the skin, and if users are not extra careful, skin irritation or even allergic reactions can occur. Some creators have expressed their safety concern for working with resin by posting videos exposing the terrible reactions that can occur and warning others.

 

If you want to try this fun craft for yourself, but are less experienced with mixing chemical substances or have any environmental concerns, do not worry. Instead of using epoxy resin, there are alternative versions that are bio-based, non-toxic, and are more sustainable. Currently, the #bioresin hashtag has over two million views and is slowly catching up to #epoxyresin. With a variety of resin types now on the table, creators can still participate in the creative trend by choosing alternative ingredients and mixing up the famous recipe to be safer and less stressful!