Making epoxy tumblers is a fun way to make money being creative. Or if you don't want to make it as a business, it's a great way to make personalized gifts for people for the holidays and such!
So where do you even begin? My advice.... YOU TUBE. Youtube is a key tool to learning all about basic tumbler making. Starting out can take a small fortune to get everything you need. Watching other creators make tumblers will allow for you to understand what goes into it as well as the process.
I watched hundreds of videos on tumblers before I began purchasing supplies.
Visit my YouTube Channel here (& don't forget to subscribe!): https://www.youtube.com/c/BAMFCustomCreations
Holli Mostella has a TON of very helpful beginner videos on tumblers
You can find her channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/HolliMostella
You can find her website here: https://hollimostella.com/
Other tumbler makers on youtube i recommend to watch:
Jessica Flynn - https://www.youtube.com/c/FlynnSistersBoutique
Rebecca Escott - https://www.youtube.com/c/CreativeVinylDesignsByRebeccaEscott
Jennifer Maker - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAaLvz5xOyGDQ5Kun16D7zw
MissKissKreations - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY5ZWVhMFXjfNnKFWAKJVxg
Alrighty.... now that you've watched ALL the videos - I am sure you are feeling overwhelmed. I get it, I was there. Where do i get supplies? What should i try first?
Some of the most important supplies you'll need are the following:
Blank Stainless Steel Tumblers
Proper PPE (gloves, mask & eye-ware)
TS4000 Torch & Camping Gas
120-220 grit Sanding Blocks
These are great items for basic designs. If you want to start doing more designs you'll want to add some of the following:
Dispersion Colors from CCDIY
Intense Colors from CCDIY
A lot of these items you can get off of amazon or your local walmart and hardware store. For specific items, you'll want quality, in my opinion.
For my recommendations on glitter and epoxy, visit this blog, some even contain discount codes! https://bamfcustomcreations.com/blogs/for-the-makers/products-i-use-love-recommend-for-other-makers
For your turner, I highly recommend Deno's Tumbler Turners! They have extremely high quality, amazing customer service and are very cost effective.
Visit their Facebook page to order a turner here: https://www.facebook.com/Denostumblerturners
After you get your supplies together you're going to need to make sure you are in a well-ventilated area as epoxy can be toxic. Everyone has different reactions to epoxy, since everyone's body is different. It is recommended that you use proper PPE with any chemical.
There are alternatives to epoxy, like Crystalac and Britetone, but I do not have any personal experience with these and cannot provide you any information.
Now to decide what design you should do. In my experience I believe that single color glitter cups are the easiest to begin with.
A few things to remember when you are just starting out:
1. Be patient. You may not get it right away, but practice makes perfect. You are going to make mistakes, and that's ok, mistakes are important as long as you learn from them.
2. You will watch everyone do the same designs 100 different ways. There are always different methods and people will always have different preferences. Try different ways, but always do what works best for YOU. Practicing allows for you to find how you like to do things, and what is easiest for you.
3. Take your time. If you find yourself getting frustrated or overwhelmed, take a step back. Breathe. Relax, Come back to it once you have a clear mind.
4. Continue to learn and grow. There will always be new designs and methods, you will never be an expert, no one is, but what makes a good creator is someone willing to continue to learn and perfect their craft.
5. The last thing I want to say, is please, do not, start selling any type of items, until you are 100% comfortable with the end product. Selling any type of item, including tumblers, before your ready can start your business off on the wrong foot. Make sure you have practiced plenty before you begin opening up orders.