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Casting flowers in epoxy (bouquet)

You can easily immortalize your wedding bouquet, birthday flowers or funeral flowers in a beautiful way with epoxy resin. With this technique you can preserve flowers in epoxy resin .

Supplies

- Ultraepoxy casting resin
- UV Blocker
- Silicone mold standard (this holds 1500 ml of epoxy)
- Large dried flowers , small dried flowers or self-dried flowers
- Cups for mixing, stir sticks, gloves , masking tape, scales and scissors

Step 1: Preparation

You can choose a flower of your choice for your project. In this manual we explain in a few steps how to pour a bouquet into a large silicone epoxy mold .
Make sure your flowers are thoroughly dried.
There are many other ways to dry a flower. See: manual: dry flowers yourself .

Prepare your workspace. Gather all the flowers and plants you will use, the silicone epoxy mold, epoxy and the tools. Clean the silicone mold thoroughly again with a little alcohol and paper. You don't want any leftovers or dust in your final product.

Select the flowers that you want to use for casting in epoxy. Turn the mold over and start making a composition of what you want it to look like. We often choose thin leaves such as ferns for the first layer. Satisfied? Then turn the mold over again. Now the real work begins.

Step 2: Pouring the first layer

If you are going to cast flowers you should use a high quality epoxy casting resin that is suitable for these types of projects. Many artists but also hobbyists therefore choose the Ultra Epoxy . Are you going to cast transparently? Epoxy will yellow over time. To prevent this, add a little UV Blocker to your epoxy mixtures, so that your creation always remains nice and clear.



This mold is 5 cm deep and holds approximately 1500 grams (information is on the product page). For projects like this, pour approximately 0.5-1 cm per layer. We poured this example in 7 layers, in layers of approximately 200 ml. Mix the epoxy according to the instructions on the bottle. Pour a base of approximately 0.5-1 cm with Ultra Epoxy and place the first layer of flowers on top.

If necessary, trim flowers and leaves a little with scissors. After pouring, pop air bubbles with a heat tool . Be careful not to burn the flowers. Also do not touch the edges of the mold. Protect your artwork from dust by placing a plastic container or fly net over it and let it harden for 24 hours. After approximately 1 hour, perform an air bubble check and remove the last air bubbles.

Step 3: Apply the second layer

Now that you have poured a base you can really get creative! Be careful with the dried flowers, because they have become very fragile due to drying. Try to make a nice composition, so that it forms a nicely filled whole. Sometimes your plan changes as you arrange the flowers. But you don't have to fill up all the empty space, because you can admire this work of art from multiple angles.



Prepare another 200+ ml of epoxy and pour it very carefully in small amounts around the flowers. Pour very carefully over your flowers otherwise the composition may move. Make sure you have poured under, next to and in the flowers. You can help guide the epoxy a bit with the gloves you are wearing. Pop air bubbles with a heat tool . Please note: do not touch the edges of the mold. Cover and let harden for 24 hours. After about 1 hour another air bubble check.

Step 4: Apply the next layers

Pour the next layers of flowers and epoxy as in the steps above until the edge of the mold is filled. So you pour this into this mold in about 5-7 times with about 200 ml of epoxy per layer. If you were to pour it in one go, all the flowers would float to the top and you would have a lot of air bubbles in your work of art. In this step you really have to pay attention to the last air bubbles that are released from the flowers. Cover and let the layers harden for 24 hours each. After about 1 hour another air bubble check.

Step 5: Apply the final layer & demould

Prepare for the final layer before removing your beautiful work of art from the mold. Fill the mold to the top, so that all flowers are "under water". Pop air bubbles again with a heat tool . Cover and let this final layer harden for 24 hours. After about 1 hour, another air bubble check.

After the last long 24 hours, carefully remove that beautiful work of art from the mold. Just a moment of gratitude. Be proud and admire your work and patience!


Step 6: Finish & topcoat

This step is optional. Finally, for the best glossy result, you can pour a thin coating over your work of art.
Make sure your surface is completely level. Epoxy flows level, so you must always ensure that your table is level. Apply painter's tape neatly and tightly across the bottom of your artwork. We're going to pour epoxy over the top and this will go down the sides as well. This gives a glossy protective coating.
Place your artwork on an elevation (for example, 3 small containers spread across the bottom on which the artwork will stand.



Prepare 100+ ml of epoxy and very carefully pour it on top of your artwork. The epoxy will spread on its own. You can help with your gloves if necessary. Make sure that the epoxy is also evenly distributed over the edges. Pop the last air bubbles with a heat tool . Allow this final coating to harden for at least 72 hours. Don't touch it in the meantime.



More information?

Do you have questions about making art, jewelry or casting/coating floors or other objects? Several people work at itsOkay epoxy experts each with their own expertise. We are happy to help you.

Please contact the customer service from itsOkay or take a look at it Epoxy knowledge center .

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