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Epoxy casting resin - Practical manual

Epoxy is a durable and extremely strong material. The material adheres well to various surfaces and can withstand a blow. Epoxy is easy to use, even for the do-it-yourselfer. You can use epoxy for coating, casting, laminating, furniture and resin art. In this article we teach you everything about epoxy casting resin, the different types and how you can get started yourself.

What is epoxy casting resin?

Epoxy casting resin , also called resin, is a liquid resin that can be used for various applications. This fiber-strong plastic consists of two components that must be mixed together to harden into a rock-hard plastic. The casting resin is liquid during mixing and casting, after which it hardens. This curing can vary from fast to very slow, depending on the type of casting resin and the conditions.

Epoxy casting resin is composed of two carbon atoms and an oxygen atom, which makes the material moisture-repellent.

Applications of epoxy casting resin

Epoxy casting resin is used for many purposes. You can use epoxy, for example, to make resin art such as jewelry, figurines, or for pouring a wedding bouquet. Epoxy is also widely used for coating and casting floors and furniture. Popular applications include making epoxy tables and epoxy earrings . You have a lot of possibilities with epoxy. Need inspiration? On itsOkay you will find more than 100+ manuals packed with inspiration.

Which epoxy do I need?

There are different types of epoxy casting resin, each with their own properties.

  1. Ultra epoxy casting resin

    • The Ultra Epoxy can be handled after 12 hours
    • Completely cured within 2 days
    • Highest quality synthetic resin
    • Suitable for castings from 0.5 to 2.5 cm thick
    • Mixing ratio of 100:60
    • Universal epoxy for tables, resin art, jewelry, orgonites , furniture, table tops, paintings and other do-it-yourself projects.

  2. Epoxy casting resin 1:1

    • The epoxy casting resin 1:1 can be handled after 12 hours
    • Completely cured within 2 days
    • Good quality synthetic resin
    • Ideal for castings from 0.5 to 2.5 cm thick
    • Mixing ratio of 100:100
    • Universal epoxy for tables, resin art, jewelry, orgonites , furniture, table tops, paintings and other do-it-yourself projects.

  3. UV Resin

    • The UV Resin is a ready-made epoxy (do not mix)
    • Cure using UV light
    • Fully cured in just 5-10 minutes
    • Only suitable for small castings up to 0.5 cm thick such as jewelry and key rings. Also very suitable to use as a glossy finish and protective coating layer of art such as polymer clay.

Colors and effects

Epoxy casting resin can be colored with special color pigments . Make sure you use pigments specifically made for epoxy, as some pigments contain water or oil and do not mix well with epoxy. With the right pigments you can achieve fascinating color effects. Create full opaque colors with paste pigment or achieve beautiful results with shimmer with metallic pigments.

How do you use epoxy casting resin?

Pouring epoxy resin yourself is easy with the right preparation and materials. Follow these steps for a successful project:

  1. Preparation

    • Prepare all the materials you need. Such as a silicone mixing cup, stirring spatulas, protective surface and gloves.
    • Choose transparent silicone molds especially for epoxy. These are of better quality. You don't want your creation to stick to the mold or to have to throw the mold away after one use.

  2. To pour

    • Always wear gloves when working with epoxy and protect your surface with, for example, a silicone mat or garbage bag.
    • Mix the desired amount of epoxy with the hardener according to the instructions on the product packaging. Let the epoxy mixture sit for a few minutes to pop any air bubbles.
    • Carefully pour the first layer of epoxy into the mold or apply the first coating layer with a roller. Pop any air bubbles with the Bubble Blaster . Allow the layer to harden for 12-24 hours before pouring a second layer. Usually two layers are sufficient, but three layers are also possible.

  3. Finish off

    • Allow your project to harden completely. This takes an average of 12-24 hours depending on the type of epoxy you use.

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