I was challenged to make something from some epoxy resin, supplied by ArtResin, which thrilled me, but it scared me too! What would I make? Would it work??
It's here! Eeeek, I hope I can do this. 2nd photo shows gloves and mask. Art Resin does not give off too many fumes, but I wore the mask because I always do. And of course, I always wear gloves, I'm such a messy worker!
A week after I received the ArtResin Epoxy Resin I decided to make a trinket dish. I had to stop procrastinating!
I decided that blue and green tones with a splash of glitter would look good. Art Resin has a 1:1 mixing ratio. I knew that my homemade mould took around 135mls, so I poured 70mls of Part A and 70mls of Part B, in separate cups. I then poured both parts into a larger cup, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom well to get all the resin and hardener out. I then stirred carefully with a wide paddlepop stick. I didn't stir too fast, as I wanted to minimise the chance of too many bubbles. Art Resin Epoxy Resin has a very decent working time of 45 minutes, so there was no need to frantically mix and pour. I mixed for around 3 minutes, and again, scraped the sides and bottom of the cup so no mixture was left unblended. The mixture should be clear with no streaks visible when it has been blended properly. There will be a few bubbles, but they generally self-pop, or you can get rid of them later. If you mix too hard and fast, you will have heaps more bubbles though.
One cup has faded markings, so I made sure the resin was at exactly the same level as the other cup.
The 2nd photo shows the 2 parts before the mixing begins. The 3rd photo shows the mixture after 3 minutes - there are no streaks.
The next step was to pour the mixture into 5 different clean cups, as I had 5 different pigments to use. I poured about the same amount for each of the coloured pigments, Ice Green, Emerald Green and Turquoise, and a slightly lesser amount for the green glitter and the Titanium White. I decided I didn't like the stark white, so I added a bit of Aqua to make it a softer shade. Each pigment and glitter was mixed in well, so that no streaks or blobs were left. The exception was the white with aqua - I purposely left it with a few aqua streaks.
You can see in the above photo that bubbles are minimal. The larger cups are cloudy, but that's the cup, not the resin.
All the pigments have been mixed, but I've left the white and aqua a little bit streaky.
Now the fun bit! Because I wanted the trinket bowl to have a glittery edge I poured it first, and mainly around the edges of the mould so the resin would flow down to the bottom of the mould, which will be the top rim of the bowl. After that, I poured each colour in random order, a bit at a time.
Glitter goes first, then pour randomly till mould is full.
Once the mould was full, and all the resin used, I hit it with the heat gun a couple times to get rid of any bubbles that may not have popped themselves. I just waved the heat gun over the top, and didn't get too close. Too much heat can harm your mould, so be careful.
A blast with the heat gun to get rid of stubborn bubbles! And the lid goes on....see you tomorrow...
Then, it was all about the waiting! Oh and cleaning the cups which is certainly not my favourite part!
Next day, around 24 hours after I'd covered the mould and left it to cure, it was time to de-mould. This is an easy mould to extract the piece from, as it is shallow and has a wide base.
The resin has worked its magic and this is how it looks when it's cured.
The above photos show extracting the resin dish from the mould.
Look at all the glitter! The back is not bad either!
I'm very happy with the way my trinket bowl turned out. The edge is rimmed in the beautiful green and gold glitter and there are also bits and pieces of glitter throughout. It has a gorgeous gloss and has cured really hard.
The bottom is just a pretty as the top of the bowl, although the rim of the base will need to be sanded. This will be easy with some wet/dry sandpaper.
This is how I will use my trinket bowl. Alternatively, I could use it to serve chocolates or biscuits, as ArtResin is certified Food Safe for cold food service.
For any questions you may have regarding Art Resin, go to the ArtResin FAQ Page.
I feel very privileged to have been given the chance to participate in this challenge. In honour of this invitation, I will be custom making any trinket dish of this design for only $20. If you would like to take up this offer, please email us to discuss your colour requirements.