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What Is The Best Surface To Do Resin Craft On?


A lot of time, silicone molds have been the norm in creating resin art. Silicone mold has the versatility and flexibility to make intricate and beautiful resin art pieces. However, we can also use other materials as molds for resin.

You can certainly use other materials as a substitute for silicone molds. Metal, plastic, and wood molds can be used as alternatives to resin mold. The choice of mold depends on your level of skill as well as the availability of the mold alternative. Each material has pros and cons, which will be elaborated on below.

In our detailed explanation below, we use easily accessible materials you can find in your home or purchase.

Plastic and silicone are often compared as they have similar properties. Both materials have the same transparency, flexibility, and water resistance.

The manufacturing process of both materials is very different. Plastic is entirely artificial with resources from Crude oil. Silicone synthetic rubber is distinctly different from plastic but shares the same practicality.

However, one clear distinction between silicone from plastic is that silicone has a higher resistance and long-lasting properties than plastic.

How do you use plastic molds for resin:

Plastic baking molds are readability available and can be purchased from your local stores or amazon. Plastic molds can be of different shapes and designs. 

You can use more intricate plastic mold designs, but I recommend starting with a simpler design for a beginner.

Once you have selected the plastic mold design, ensure that the mold is clean from any debris or dirt. The mold needs to be dry before applying the release agent. The release agent allows for ease when the time comes to de-mold the resin art.

Mix the resin solution per the manufacturer’s instructions as you let the release agent dry. Thoroughly mix the solution to remove any air bubbles.

Pour the resin liquid gently. The goal is to start filling the base of the mold first and filling the mold to the top.

Allow for the mold to cure. Once the resin is fully cured, it’s time to demold the resin art. Be careful when extracting the resin art from plastic. The process can be challenging due to the inherent difficulty of plastic mold can deform when extracting the resin.

Advantages of using plastic molds:

Plastic molds are inexpensive and are usually less expensive than silicone molds. Plastic molds tend to be brittle and break easily. Even with the breakage, plastic molds are relatively easy to replace.

Plastic does not react with resin. Resin doesn’t stick to plastic.

Plastic molds have come in a variety of shapes and designs. You can purchase different designs and test your skill depending on the design you want to create.

Disadvantages of Plastic molds.

Plastic molds are known for lasting only a short time compared to silicone and metal molds. They quickly lose their shape and details when used for a long time.

Plastic molds are not able to survive in high temperatures. Plastic molds start deforming with temperatures above 150 degrees Fahrenheit. You can not clean the plastic molds in hot water as they will begin to melt.

When the resin has cured in the plastic mold, demolding your project can be difficult. A sufficient release agent is needed to ease the removal process. You run the danger of deforming the plastic mold when you remove the resin from the mold.

Making resin art using metal molds: Can we cast resin molds using metal? The answer is yes. The process is more straightforward if you already have a metal casting that you would like to produce a resin art piece.

Resin art can be made with homemade metal baking tools like Cookie cutters. The shape of the metal cookie cutter can produce multiple resin star-shaped resin art for you to hand out as a Christmas gift. With a variety of shapes and sizes of metal baking molds. You can create a varied amount of resin projects.

How to make resin art using metal molds:

The first step is to find the desired metal pattern that you would like to make your resin shape. We can use a cookie cutter shaped like a star.

Metal patterns with simple shapes are easier to make compared to intricate ones. For a beginner, use one form before progressing into multiple profiles in one metal shape.

The next step is creating the mold. Lay the cookie cutter on a non-porous surface. This surface can be on a metal tray that is larger enough to hold the cookie cutter.

When you lay your cookie cutter on the tray, you will notice the cookie is not full flash on the surface. This will be an issue when you pour your resin on your mold.

A simple solution for this problem is using a silly patty. The silly patty holds the cookie tray in place, preventing the resin from sipping. Another great benefit of the silly patty is that it doesn’t react with the resin.

Ensure to cover all bottom edges of the cookie cutter evenly. The silly pattern must provide a tight seal around the cookie cutter.

Apply the release agent as desired on the inside part of the cookie cutter. The release agent will allow for ease in removing the resin from the cookie cutter mold. Mix the resin solution per the manufacturer’s instructions as you let the release agent dry. Thoroughly mix the solution to remove any air bubbles.

Pour the resin liquid gently. The goal is to start filling the base of the mold first and filling the mold to the top.

Allow for the mold to cure. The tray holding the cookie tray must be on a level surface to prevent uneven drying and deforming once fully dry. The optimal temperature for curing is 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once the resin is fully cured, it’s time to demold the resin art. The top part of the resin art can have a cleaner finish than the bottom. This can be resolved by sanding and adding a clear polish.

Advantages of using metal molds.

Readability available – The availability of metal molds at home is an excellent tool for beginners looking to test their skills in making resin art. You can purchase different shapes to try out your skills in producing an art piece you desire to create.

Durability: Metal is known to last a long time. Having to reuse the same metal mold over and over with not having the shape be deformed is a great trait. The same mold can be reused without worrying about the resin reacting to the metal surface.

Disadvantages of using metal molds.

Hard to Manufacture: Making very detailed mold requires specialized tools to create the desired shape. Creating intricate patterns and contours from plain metal requires technical skill and tools.

How to make resin art using wood molds:

I’m sure you have seen a fair share of resin tables with outstanding luminosity and depth. Most resin tables are river tables with stunning colors and illusion, which is a great conversation piece.

Creating these epoxy tables requires more than your woodworking skills but also an understanding how epoxy resin and wood react.

Working with resin in woodworking have different application. Resin can be applied in woodworking to repair cracks. Reclaiming old wood that has experienced weathering can be restored by using resin. The resin poured into the cavities and cracks can reinforce the wood and provide an excellent aesthetic look.

Another application for resin on wood is providing a clear finish and polish. Once the wood surface is sanded down. The epoxy resin can be smeared on the top to give a clear finish.

Wood has a porous surface. It is recommended to apply is sealer before applying the epoxy resin finish.

How to create resin art with wood.

Making resin coasters is a typical project for beginners looking to start making resin art. Incorporating wood into the resin does give the resin a touch of sophistication.

Here are the materials needed to create the resin coaster.

Wood

Epoxy Resin

Silicone Coaster mold

Clamp

Wood Sander

The wood used in creating the resin coaster must be the same level as the silicone coaster in which it will be placed. The wood cannot be bigger than the container it’s set in. You can certainly have a smaller piece of wood in the container.

You can have the wood cut and trimmed to fit the dimension of the silicone mold.

With a clamp, you can secure the mold in place. An alternative to the clamp is a paper clamp that is large enough to securely hold the wood and silicone mold.

Mix the resin in the container. You can mix the resin per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Begin pouring the resin into the mold. Make sure that the resin covers the whole silicone mold. Wait to pour the mold too quickly to prevent bubbles from forming.

Allow for the resin to cure. Once the resin has cured, demold the art project.

The next step is to sand the resin art. You will notice that the edge of the coaster can be sharp. Sanding the rough edges will allow for a smooth finish.

After sanding is complete, apply a clear finish.

Advantages of Resin with Wood.

Having resin and wood combined makes beautiful artwork. Your imagination can run wild with the different possibilities of art creations.

Both resin and wood have similar temperatures. This allows for both materials to expand and contract at the same rate.

Disadvantages of using wood with resin.

The process of creating wood and resin needs to be deliberate and followed diligently. Correcting a mistake once the epoxy resin has been poured is very hard.

There is a high chance of bubbles forming when wood and resin are combined. Pre-treating and sealing the wood is recommended before adding the resin.

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Ginny Orenge

Hi, my name is Ginny, home and garden decor ideas is a family business specializing in inspiring you in getting in making your own craft at home. I have also loved creating my own art at home. I hope to share my tips in creating both home and garden decorations that you can be proud off.

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