In todays blog, we will be showing you how you get started with Craft Resin's epoxy resin, what are the very first steps you need to take in order to get the perfect results straight off the starting block!
Then we'll start tackling some of the techniques, starting with how to pour.
Let's get started, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, go...
Warm up the resin - To warm the resin you can submerge it into a bowl full of warm, not hot, water. Or place it a couple feet from a heater on low for a couple minutes.
Measure equally and accurately by volume, not weight - Adding too much of either the resin or the hardener will alter the chemical reaction and your resin will not cure properly.
Stir your equally measured amounts of resin and hardener together for at least 3 minutes - Not stirring properly will result in a sticky resin that will never cure.
Scrape the bottom and sides of your mixing vessel as you stir to ensure the entire mixture catalyses and that there is no remaining unmixed resin or hardener stuck to the sides that may prevent a proper cure.
If bubbles appear, don’t worry—you can take care of them after pouring (we'll cover this issue in the next guide).
When you pour the resin out of the mixing vessel, avoid scraping the sides in case there is any unmixed resin or hardener stuck to the sides - if this gets mixed into your catalysed resin, you may end up with soft sticky spots in your cured resin.
How to pour:
Follow a few easy steps for a perfect, thick, glossy, professional looking epoxy resin finish! After making sure your piece is clean, dry and level, thoroughly mix equal parts resin and hardener. Pour the resin over your work, spread as desired, torch out bubbles, cover and let it dry overnight! It really is as easy as that, but read on for some more helpful tips on how to pour and spread Craft Resin!
1 - Pouring: Once you've prepped your artwork, carefully measured and mixed your resin and hardener, go ahead and pour your Craft Resin over your artwork. If you want to coat the entire piece, start by pouring in the centre of your work. Use a spreader to guide the resin where you want it to go. Craft Resin will naturally self-level to 1/4", but you can spread it around into place using a flat semi-strong object, like our reusable jagged spreaders. They're the perfect thing to spread the Craft Resin evenly and efficiently! Or, use a disposable foam brush if you only want to embellish specific areas of your piece!
TIP: You'll have about 45 minutes to spread it before it starts to cure and gets too thick to work with.
2 - Edges: Edges can be dealt with in several different ways ( read our blog on 5 Different Ways To Finish The Edges Of Your Artwork on our website). Most people like to tape off the underside of the piece and allow the resin to drip over the sides, spreading it smooth with a brush or a gloved finger.
TIP: Drips can be wiped away with a gloved finger while they’re still wet. Taping the underside is a great way to catch drips - once the resin is dry, peel off the tape and the drips right along with it! If you don't tape and end up with drips that dry, they can easily be sanded off.
3 - Some artists like to let the Craft Resin sit domed neatly on top of their piece. Doming means that you nudge the resin just to the edge without going over the sides.
TIP: You can tape off the sides as an extra insurance policy when you first start doming, but once you get the hang of it, you don't need to tape at all! Craft Resin's thick texture allows it to sit where you want it to!
4 - After you've poured and spread your Craft Resin, you’ll notice bubbles will begin to rise to the surface. Many of these will pop on their own, but we will be discussing bubbles and how to get rid of them in our next blog so stay tuned.
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