What makes ArtResin safe to use?
- Watch the video: How Can You Tell if Your Epoxy Resin is Safe?
- ArtResin has been certified by the American Society for Testing and Materials to be non-toxic when used as directed (conforms to ASTM D4236). ArtResin is formulated using the highest quality materials. ArtResin produces no VOCs or fumes and is non-flammable. It is a clean system, meaning there are no solvents or non-reactive diluents—everything in it reacts so nothing is free to become airborne. It is therefore classified as a non-hazardous material and is shippable by air. Many curatives have a powerful odor, however ArtResin has only a low odor and is applicator friendly.
Does yellowing occur?
- Watch the video: Non-Yellowing Epoxy Resin Testing
- ArtResin is derived from museum conservation-grade materials to ensure its water-clear clarity is preserved for decades. Many resins contain a UV stabilizer to help delay the epoxy's natural yellowing process, however this alone is not enough to prevent yellowing from happening. ArtResin contains both a UV stabilizer as well as an advanced additive called HALS (hindered amine light stabilizer) that interrupts the yellowing process before it can begin. So ArtResin stays clear both in the bottle and once cured.
- Read the blogs:
YOU ASKED: How is Our New ArtResin Formula Better in Terms of Yellowing?
Anti-Yellowing Epoxy Resin. Yes, it's Possible.
What is HALS and UV stabilization?
- Watch the video: coming soon
- Epoxy resin is prone to yellowing and other degradation from UV light, so HALS and UV stabilizers are used to help mediate these effects. A UV stabilizer works to protect against gloss loss, cracking, chalking and de-lamination, and to some extent yellowing. A UV stabilizer merely delays yellowing in resins, so ArtResin has HALS added for extremely efficient long term yellowing protection.
- Read the blog: Why Do Some Brands of Epoxy Resin Turn Yellow?
Is ArtResin food safe?
- Yes once ArtResin is cured it becomes safe as per FDA 21CFR177.2280 (safe for incidental food contact). You can check out the ArtResin SDS for further details. Here is the exact FDA link:
- Yes once ArtResin is cured it becomes safe as per FDA 21CFR177.2280 (safe for incidental food contact). You can check out the ArtResin SDS for further details. Here is the exact FDA link:
What kind of coverage can I expect?
- Watch the video: What Kind of Coverage Can I Expect with Art Resin?
- The Art Resin 2 gal Professional Kit consists of 1 gallon resin + 1 gallon hardener and covers about 64 square feet (e.g. an 8' x 8' piece). The ArtResin 1 gal Studio Kit is a half gallon of resin + half gallon of hardener and covers about 32 square feet (e.g. a 4' x 8' piece). The ArtResin Starter Kit is 32 oz and covers about 8 square feet (e.g. a 4' x 2' piece). Each layer is about 1/8" thick. If you want your resin to look thicker, you will need more to cover the same surface area. Multiple coats can be applied as long as you lightly sand in between coats.
What is the shelf life of ArtResin?
- ArtResin will stay fresh for about 6 months in an opened bottle, or 1 year unopened.
Can I do a second coat?
- Watch the video: Applying a Second Coat of ArtResin
- Watch the video: Can I Work in Layers with ArtResin?
- Yes, you can do a second coat of ArtResin. You may choose to do this for instance if the first coat wasn't poured thick enough to cover areas of high relief, if you wish to fix or repair the first coat, or if you simply like the look of a thicker coat. To apply a second layer, you will prepare and apply the resin exactly the same way as the first, however you must lightly sand the first layer in between to provide some tooth so the second layer can adhere properly. Sanding will cause the first layer to look scuffed until you pour the second coat on. Then the scuff marks will become invisible. Always wait until the first layer is dry before adding another.
What safety precautions should I take when using ArtResin?
- Watch the video: What Safety Precautions Should I Take When Using ArtResin?
- Although ArtResin is considered a non-hazardous material and is non-toxic when used as directed, there are some common sense safety precautions that every user should follow:
- Wear gloves. ArtResin is sticky in its liquid form, so gloves will protect the user from a mess, as well as skin irritation. Clean skin promptly with soap and water if it does come in contact with ArtResin.
- If ArtResin somehow comes in contact with your eyes, flush with water repeatedly and do not rub. Promptly seek medical attention.
- Work in a well ventilated area. Wear a respirator if ventilation is poor.
- For detailed health information, please see the ArtResin SDS.
- ArtResin conforms to ASTM D4236, meaning it is certified as safe for home use.
Why use a torch with ArtResin?
- Watch the video: Why Use a Torch with ArtResin?
- Watch the video: Using a Torch with ArtResin (Before and After)
- Torches (e.g. butane-filled kitchen flambé torch or a propane-filled blow torch) work extremely well to eliminate bubbles because they produce a flame which can easily be controlled and directed at an area of bubbles. When the resin is heated, it thins which enables it to de-gas more easily. Heat guns can also work, however they are harder to direct heat to where you want it to go. An added benefit of the flame is that it will burn off tiny dust particles that may have landed in the resin. Of course, common sense and caution should be used when operating any torch or heat gun.
Can ArtResin be tinted?
- Watch the video: Pigment vs. Dye
- Yes, ArtResin can be tinted with pigment, dye, acrylic or ink, although dye can fade over time. Simply drop color into the mixture while stirring for an all over saturated color, or drop it in clear spread out resin and watch its cool effects. We'll be offering our own line of resin tint in the coming months... watch for it!
What can/can't I use Art Resin on?
- Watch the video: What Can I Use ArtResin On?
- Watch the video: Is There Anything That ArtResin is Not Compatible With?
- ArtResin will bond well to every medium, with the exception of wax paper and some plastics including silicone (i.e. materials that repel water). ArtResin works extremely well on wood, glossy photographs, inkjet prints, acrylic, oil paint that has completely dried, watercolor, spraypaint, encaustic, raw canvas, ink, paper collage, oil pastel, cardboard, sculpture, silicone molds, leaves, rocks, and other found objects. You may want to avoid pouring ArtResin over loose materials (this may include chalk pastels); anything that is not completely adhered to the surface of your work could potentially mix into the resin in its liquid form once it's poured and float around. Some lower quality papers absorb resin rather than allowing it to sit on top. The best thing to do is experiment and have fun!
Can I use ArtResin over oil paintings and oily surfaces?
- Watch the video: Using ArtResin over Oil Paint and Other Media
- Yes, you can use ArtResin over oil paint once it has dried thoroughly. ArtResin will fully bond and seal in any dry oil painting.
Can I use ArtResin over inkjet prints?
- Watch the video: Using ArtResin over Inkjet Prints
- Yes, you can use ArtResin over inkjet prints. There are many different kinds and brands of ink and paper, all of which will behave slightly differently. Glossy printed paper tends to work better than matte paper in allowing the resin to sit on top of the print without absorbing. Glossy prints done at your local Walmart will work great with ArtResin.
Can I use ArtResin over paper or printed photographs?
- Watch the video: Using ArtResin over an Instagram Photo
- Watch the video: Using ArtResin over Stationery
- Watch the video: Is a Sealant Necessary when Using ArtResin over Paper?
- Yes. Resining will seal in all kinds of papers, including photo paper, tracing paper, linen paper, origami paper, etc. Resin isn’t like water—if you pour it on paper, it doesn’t soak into it, provided you are using a decent quality paper. If you apply wet resin on dry paper, you will be able to touch the other side of the paper and it will be dry. Lower quality papers can absorb the resin, making colors darker. Glossy paper works best for photos. If you are curious or hesitant as to what the outcome will be, simply conduct a test on a small piece of scrap paper first.
Can I use ArtResin over acrylic paint?
- Watch the video: Using ArtResin on an Acrylic Painting
- Yes, you can resin over acrylics. ArtResin epoxy resin will NOT act as a solvent on acrylic, so long as the surface you are resining is dry. If you are curious or hesitant as to what the outcome will be, simply conduct a test on a practice surface first.
Can I use ArtResin on a puzzle?
- Watch the video: Using ArtResin on a Puzzle
- Watch the video: Mounting and Using ArtResin on a Large Puzzle
- Yes, you can easily use ArtResin over a puzzle. Cut a piece of MDF board to the exact dimensions of your puzzle and adhere your puzzle to the board with a line of wood glue around the perimeter. Then apply the ArtResin. Often puzzles require 2 coats because air is released from between the pieces in the puzzle which tends to create pitting in the first layer. A second layer will take care of any surface imperfections. Always remember to sand in between layers. Resin on puzzles works best when the puzzle is created on glossy material as some customers have commented that the resin soaked into the paper making it look darker. If this is a concern, you may want to pre-treat your puzzle with a spray varnish or avoid using resin on your puzzle.
Can I use ArtResin over wood?
- Watch the video: Using ArtResin over Various Kinds of Wood Yes, ArtResin looks great over wood. It brings out the wood's natural colors and grain. It also seals it and protects it, making for a great surface to serve food and drinks from, for example.
Can I use ArtResin over watercolor?
- Watch the video: Using ArtResin over Watercolor Yes, you can use ArtResin over watercolor. Usually watercolor is very thick and high quality to stand up to water, so it is the perfect paper to apply resin to. Some papers can absorb resin, but watercolor paper typically does not.
Can I use ArtResin over marker?
- Yes, you can resin over water-based or permanent marker once dry.
Can I use ArtResin over chalk pastels?
- Yes, but be aware that chalk pastel is made up of loose particles that could mix with the resin. If you are applying a large quantity of resin, you may be able to tilt the surface (e.g. your canvas or board) in order to spread the resin around—much like batter in a cake pan—(instead of using a spreader) to help prevent unwanted mixing.
Can I use ArtResin over sculpture?
- Watch the video: Using ArtResin Over Sculpture and 3D objects
- Yes, you can apply ArtResin to sculpture and 3D objects by painting it on in thin coats with a disposable foam brush.
Can I use ArtResin over textured artwork?
- Watch the video: Using ArtResin Over Textured Pieces
- Yes. Depending on how high the texture is, you may need to apply multiple coats if you want a perfectly flat resin surface on top. To apply multiple layers of resin, first allow the first coat to dry, then sand down the pieces that are sticking up. The sanded areas will no longer be glossy—that is, until you resin your next layer, when it will be clear and glossy again.
What is the difference between ArtResin and varnish?
- Watch the video: ArtResin vs. varnish
- ArtResin is much thicker than varnish (about 1/8" thick vs. paper thin). ArtResin is poured on like clear honey and spread out, whereas varnish is typically painted or rolled on. ArtResin is protected against the aging (i.e. yellowing) effects of UV light, whereas varnishes are not.
What is the difference between ArtResin and Mod Podge?
- Watch the video: ArtResin vs. Mod Podge
- ArtResin is much thicker than Mod Podge. ArtResin is poured on like clear honey and spread out, whereas Mod Podge is typically painted on with a brush in several coats. ArtResin is typically glossier than Mod Podge. Both act as sealants. ArtResin is protected against the aging (i.e. yellowing) effects of the sun by UV and HALS stabilization additives, whereas Mod Podge is not.
What is the best supportive surface to use resin with?
- Wooden panels are best to use with ArtResin because they are sturdy. With large pieces, stretched canvas can sag in the middle under the weight of the resin.
What materials will ArtResin NOT stick to?
- ArtResin does not adhere well to disposable plastic paint tarps, plastic sandwich/grocery bags, silicone molds, and the non-sticky side of shiny tape.
Is cured ArtResin paintable?
How hard is ArtResin once cured?
- ArtResin is very firm and hard once cured and is heat resistant and scratch resistant.
Will any shrinkage occur with ArtResin?
- No, shrinkage will not occur with ArtResin. Shrinkage will happen if you have a product that has solvent in it or nonreactive diluents.
Does cracking in the resin occur?
- No, cracking does not typically occur. ArtResin is very hard and durable once cured. It has been formulated with a bit of flexibility to it to precent cracking and brittleness.
Is cured ArtResin waterproof?
- Yes, ArtResin is a permanent application that seals in whatever it is poured overtop of.
Can resined artwork be hung outside?
- ArtResin is intended for creative applications that are typically hung indoors, however ArtResin contains advanced UV and Hindered Amine Light Stabilizers to protect it from degradation caused by UV light. For this reason, if you were going to put any epoxy resin on a project intended for the outdoors, ArtResin would be the one to go with. We are currently pursuing testing to see how ArtResin withstands outdoor UV light. We will update this FAQ with that report once it's available.
- You may want to check out this blog: YOU ASKED: How is our new ArtResin formula better in terms of yellowing?
Should I seal my work first?
Watch the video: Should I Seal my Artwork Before Using ArtResin?
In most cases, there is no need to seal your work first—ArtResin is the ultimate sealant!
Can I resin over glossy spray paint?
- Yes, just wait until the paint is dry first.
Will magazine clippings fade under ArtResin?
- Usually magazine clippings will hold true to their colors—it depends on the quality of ink and paper they're printed on. It helps to paint the surface underneath white, then resin as usual overtop. Some magazines pages can become translucent and show the images on the opposite side when resin is applied.
What type of glue should I use to hold paper to a surface prior to using ArtResin?
- Try a glue stick—they do not contain much water so there is minimal risk of the paper rippling before you resin.
Can I use ArtResin on fabric?
- Yes, it will make the fabric stiff and rock hard after it cures. Be advised that the resin will make the fabric look wet (i.e. possibly alter its color).
Can I apply ArtResin with a paint roller or an air gun?
- Yes you can use a paint roller to spread ArtResin. An air gun is not recommended for use with resin because it will clog the passageway as it cures. The easiest way to apply resin is by dragging the resin across the surface with an epoxy resin spreader.
How can I make my own wooden panel to use ArtResin on?
- Watch the video: Making Wooden Panels for ArtResin
- 1. Cut masonite board (MDF board) to the dimensions you want
- 2. Measure length of masonite and cut wooden edges to match that length. For small pieces, use 2″x1″ wood. For larger pieces, use 2″ x 2″ wood so it's stronger.
- 3. Use wood glue/corrugated nails to attach the edges to the board.
- 4. OPTIONAL: You can also use flat 'L' brackets to screw into the back to make the corners stay tight. If the piece is large, consider adding a diagonal cross-piece of wood from corner to corner for extra support.
- 5. Sand corner outer edges. Fill in gaps with wood filler putty. Let dry and sand again.
- 6. To prime the wood, use gesso from an art store or white ceiling paint from the hardware store
Where should I ArtResin my piece?
- Although ArtResin has no fumes or VOCs, it makes sense to use ArtResin in a ventilated area. ArtResin should be kept and used at room temperature in an environment that is not too humid, otherwise surface film and other imperfections can occur in your resin as it cures.
How do I mix and stir properly?
- Measure equally and accurately! Adding too much of either the resin or the hardener will alter the chemical reaction and desired effects. When you scrape the resin out of its container, avoid getting every last bit out; material on the sides may not be mixed thoroughly. As for stirring, make sure to stir thoroughly. If bubbles appear, don’t worry. Not stirring properly will result in sticky resin that never fully cures.
How do I properly spread ArtResin?
- To spread, just use a flat semi-strong object (i.e. something that can stand up to the density and weight of the resin). Typically you will have to dispose of your spreading tool, unless you purchase reusable epoxy resin spreaders which can be used over and over again. Our jagged spreaders have different sized teeth along each size so you can drag the spreader across the surface of the artwork and in so doing, you will spread the ArtResin evenly and efficiently.
How do I prepare the surface of my piece for ArtResin?
- Make sure the surface is dry and dust free. Check that the piece is level. You will want to set up a drop cloth underneath your work area. Prop your piece up on support blocks so you can resin the sides easily.
Why should I use stands/support blocks when resining?
- It is a good idea to have your piece raised off the ground on support blocks (e.g. empty plastic containers) so you can allow the resin to spill down the edges without pooling at the base, which would cause the resin to adhere your piece to the table top.
Is ArtResin self-leveling?
- Yes, ArtResin is self-leveling. This means you can leave it alone, so long as you have a level surface. You will likely want to spread it around with a brush or a reusable resin spreader to guide the resin into place.
What is the working time of ArtResin?
- ArtResin's working time (also called pot life) is about 45 minutes. This is how long you have to work with the resin before curing sets in and it becomes too stiff to manipulate. You are best to apply the product as soon as it's thoroughly mixed.
How long does ArtResin take to cure?
- Cure time refers to the amount of time it takes for the resin mixture to totally finish its chemical reaction and become its hardest state. The ArtResin cure time is about 24 hours, however you can touch the surface after about 8 hours without it feeling sticky.
Can I get a matte finish from ArtResin?
- ArtResin is formulated to be glossy, however it can be sanded down with fine grit sandpaper and then a matte medium can be applied overtop.
How do I get ArtResin to dry faster?
- Resin dries (cures) faster with more heat. You can increase the room temperature or use heat lamps to encourage a quicker cure. Adding more hardener to the mixture will not work.
How can I thin out the ArtResin mixture?
- ArtResin can be thinned by heating it up, thus altering its viscosity. This will cause it to cure faster, however. You can heat it up by placing it near a heater or in a hot water bath, so long as it's in a glass container. Plastics tend to breathe a bit which puts the resin at risk for getting water in it, causing cloudiness. Do not attempt to use solvents to thin.
How do I get rid of bubbles?
- Watch the video: How to Get Rid of Bubbles
- You can try a few techniques: blow on it with a straw, scrape with a trowel, or run a blow torch over the surface at about 6-8 inches distance. The blow torch is most effective because it uses carbon dioxide to force the bubble out.
How do I finish the edges?
- Watch the video: Finishing Edges with ArtResin
- Edges can be dealt with in different ways. Some artists like to mask off the edges entirely and aim to keep the ArtResin sitting on top of the piece. Other artists only mask off the underside of the piece and allow the resin to drip over the sides, then spread it with a gloved hand. There are art panels available with a small ridge around the perimeter that creates a border for the resin and holds it all in neatly (as seen in this video: Using ArtResin on an Instagram Photo)
How do I deal with drips?
- Drips can be sanded off afterwards, or you can use tape to mask off your edges to stop drips before they happen. You can also smooth away drips while they're still wet with a brush or your gloved hand.
How can I create a border to keep the resin dammed up?
- ArtResin will not stick to plastic-y materials such as acetate, plexiglass and silicone. One way to create a dam is to use a bead of silicone from a tube and applicator gun.
How can I protect my piece from dust as it cures?
- Put a protective covering over your resined piece (e.g. a big cardboard box). It helps to have the covering made prior to starting to resin so it's available as soon as you finish. If you are working in a garage, wet the garage floor to keep the dust down.
How do I take photographs of my resined artwork without glare?
- For the serious photographer, an area light will create an atmosphere similar to a semi-cloudy day outside. Also, a white tent or umbrella will allow you to reflect light onto your piece while projecting light away from it. If you are an artist who simply wants to document their work, just try adjusting your lights and the angle of the piece until you get a good shot without glare. If you know how, you could also take the photo in a dimmer light, and adjust the levels and color in Photoshop.
How long should I wait between applying each coat?
- You should wait until the first coat of resin has fully cured.
How do I know when the ArtResin is mixed fully and ready to use?
- Mix for at least 3 minutes, and then mix a bit more just to be sure! Remember to scrape the sides and bottom of the container so you are very thorough.
How can I clean up easily and effectively?
- Watch the video: Cleaning Up ArtResin
- Clean with soap and water. Use disposable gloves and have paper or drop sheets on the ground to keep clean up simple. Wipe down all reusable tools with paper towel and allow any remaining residue to simply cure right on the tools.
How can I clean cured ArtResin pieces?
- Watch the video: Keeping Your ArtResin Pieces Clean and Beautiful
- Keeping ArtResin pieces clean is very simple: just treat it like glass. Use a gentle glass cleaner and a soft cloth and polish as you would glass.
How do I apply ArtResin to sculpture since it's 3D?
- Watch the video: Applying ArtResin to 3D Surfaces
- ArtResin has the viscosity of honey, so you can brush it on with a foam brush. Repeat until everything is covered to your desired thickness. You may need to work in layers.
How thick can I apply ArtResin?
- You can apply ArtResin as thick as you want, in multiple coats. On a flat surface ArtResin will naturally self-level to a thickness of about 1/16 - 1/8". You should wait for the resin to fully cure between coats (about 24 hours).
Can I add color to ArtResin?
- Watch the video: Pigment vs. Dye
- Yes, ArtResin can be tinted with pigment, dye, acrylic or ink, although dye can fade over time. Simply drop in color into the mixture while stirring for an all over saturated color, or drop it in spread out resin and watch its cool effects. We'll be offering our own line of resin tint in the coming months... watch for it!
Can I use ArtResin over organic material and natural objects?
- Watch the video: Using ArtResin on Leaves
- Watch the video: Using ArtResin on a Rock
- Yes, ArtResin can be used over organic material such as butterfly wings, rocks and leaves. The resin will seal it in, protecting it from the air and preserving its natural wet color. It is advisable to chose items that are fairly flat so the resin is sure to cover them completely. Use caution when pouring and spreading over delicate areas of your artwork and be aware that the resin is thick and can be heavy if a large amount is used. Because of this, you may wish to apply the resin in thin coats.
Can I get a textured surface with resin?
- Watch the video: How to Get a Textured Surface with ArtResin
- Yes. To achieve a textured surface, apply two coats of resin. Apply the first coat as usual and use a rag to apply the second one. This textured look looks great and covers up any imperfections.
How can I create a watercolor effect with ArtResin?
- Watch the video: Pigment vs. Dye
- Mix translucent dye into the resin at the mixing stage. Try multiple colors, either all at once or separated in different containers. Then apply as usual. You can also experiment with pouring ink and pigment into the resin for an interesting effect.
Can I use ArtResin on stones and rocks?
- Watch the video: Coating a Rock with ArtResin
- Yes, you can resin on stones and rocks. This will really bring out their natural colors.
Can I use ArtResin on walls?
- Yes, you can resin walls. Keep in mind the resin will travel down the wall with gravity before it cures, as it has the consistency of honey. This may result in a pool of resin on the floor.
Can I use ArtResin on a guitar body?
- Yes, you can resin over a guitar. Work in multiple thin layers to avoid dripping. You may want to try hanging the guitar from a wire so that the drips gather at the bottom where you will drill in the strap peg.
Can I drill into ArtResin after it cures?
- Yes, if you use caution. Wear a respirator to avoid breathing in drilled dry resin particles. Start with a small hole first, drilled with a tiny drill bit. Work your way up from there to avoid the risk of the resin cracking. Do not drill close to the edge.
How can I achieve a layered effect with ArtResin?
- Watch the video: Layering ArtResin in a Shadow Box
- Watch the video: Achieving a 3D Effect for Photos with ArtResin
- Work in multiple coats, painting/collaging/imbedding objects as you so desire between the coats. Depending on how thick you do your coats, this could have an effect much like a shadow box.
How can I achieve an antique look with ArtResin?
- In the mixing stage, use a small amount of amber colored translucent dye and apply as usual. ArtResin won't amber this way on its own!
How can I achieve a lace-like effect with pigmented ArtResin?
- A lace-like effect can be achieved by applying colored resin overtop of other colored resin while it is semi-cured.
Can I make jewelry with ArtResin?
- Watch the video: Making Jewelry Pendants with ArtResin
- Yes! try experimenting with colored pigments and dyes, poured into plastic molds or organically onto a plastic surface. Add attachments like hooks, pins, beads and gems either as the resin is curing, or afterward using a strong adhesive.
How can I double-side my resin (i.e. resin on both the front and back)?
- Resin each side separately, allowing the first side to fully cure before moving onto the second side. Then use a hand sander on the edges and smooth them out. Brush on thin coats of resin over the edges.
Can I encase an object in ArtResin (e.g. a penny)?
- Watch the video: Encasing Beer Caps in ArtResin
- Yes. Flatter objects, like pennies, will be easier to cover totally.
How can I use ArtResin over a curved surface?
- Usually it is important to make sure the piece you're resining is level, but in the case of a curved surface, simply brush on multiple thin layers of ArtResin with a foam brush.
Can I use ArtResin on plateware and ceramics?
- Watch the video: Using ArtResin in a Cutting Board Inlay
- Yes, according to the FDA, ArtResin is safe to use on surfaces that come in contact with food. Simply wait until it has fully cured before serving food on it.
What will happen if I do not spread ArtResin once it's poured?
- Resin is self-leveling, so it will spread itself out to a certain extent without anyone touching it.
Can I use ArtResin as a glue?
- Watch the video: Using ArtResin in a Kitchen Reno
- Yes, epoxy resin can be used as glue. In fact, it may be the strongest glue you will ever use. Mix and stir as usual, and apply as necessary.
Can I use ArtResin on food to preserve it as a decoration?
- Watch the video: Using ArtResin on Gingerbread Cookies
- Yes, you can use ArtResin on food without it rotting, so long as you cover every square inch of the item to protect it from the air. Once resined, your food will look as fresh as the day it was resined (though it should not be eaten, obviously).
Should I immerse the ArtResin in a water bath before mixing?
- We do not recommend immersing ArtResin in a water bath prior to mixing due to the fact that HDPE plastic breathes a little bit, and it could allow water to be absorbed into the formula causing cloudiness.
How can I keep my canvas from sagging in the middle under the weight of the resin?
- If you are pouring a large quantity of ArtResin on a big canvas, there is a risk of the weight of the resin causing the canvas material to sag in the center. To avoid this, first brush on a very thin preliminary coat of resin. This first coat will make the surface very stiff. After you have this hard base, apply a second coat to get the thickness you want. You can also support the canvas by custom cutting a piece of MDF board and fitting it in the back of the piece, under the crossbar of the stretcher. Alternatively, you may want to work on wooden panels which will not pose the same risk of sagging.
How long will bubbles continue to form?
- Bubbles can continue to form for up to 60 minutes after the curing process has begun. The best way to get rid of them is to run a blow torch over the surface of your resin. You can also scrape the surface or pop the bubbles with a toothpick, but the most efficient and effective method by far is to use the blow torch.
Will bubbles eventually pop on their own?
- Many bubbles do pop on their own. If you are looking for a flawless, glass-like surface however, you will want to use a torch (e.g. a kitchen flambé torch) over the surface, as this is the best way to eradicate all bubbles.
Is there a way to buff out small imperfections?
- Yes, there are a few options to fix small imperfections
- 1. You could put on another coat of ArtResin over the entire surface. This is usually the most effective way of solving this issue.
Watch the video: Applying a Second Coat of ArtResin
- 2. You could use a scratch/buffing compound typically used on aquariums. Look for this at your local pet store. You will need to rub very hard.
- 3. You could use rough sand paper either over the entire piece, or just over the blemish. Then, use a rubbing compound or plastic polish found in automotive stores. Apply with a fine, soft cloth, rubbing until the shine comes back
How can I get rid of soft, sticky spots in my resin after a day of drying?
- If you notice soft, sticky areas in your resin application that do not seem to be curing properly, you will have to scrape off the wet material and pour another coat. Your artwork underneath will not be disturbed. Make sure you scrape away all non-cured material and wipe the surface before re-coating, otherwise the stickiness could eventually leak out from under the new resin coat. Resin that remains sticky days after being poured will stay sticky indefinitely unless measures are taken to fix the situation. It is a result of the mixing ratio being off in some way, or mixing that was not thorough enough. If you have measured and mixed your resin properly, this problem will not occur.
How can I fix a greasy top layer on my resin?
- Sometimes when resin is left to cure in cold conditions, the surface can develop a greasy film from the amines in the hardener. This film rapidly clogs sandpaper. The best thing to do if you detect this greasiness is wash it with warm water mixed with a small amount of dishwashing detergent. The amines are water soluble and will wash away easily.
Is it possible to over-stir my resin?
- It is extremely important to stir thoroughly, otherwise the ArtResin may not cure properly. It is not typically troublesome if you stir more than the recommended 3 minutes. If you detect bubbles in the ArtResin after stirring, these can be popped in many ways - no problem.
How can I fix an uneven coat of ArtResin?
- Simply apply another layer of ArtResin overtop once the first layer has cured. Remember to keep your piece perfectly level to avoid having the same thing happen twice. Make sure to sand in between the layers so they adhere to each other properly. The second coat will go over the first and be perfectly clear.
If my first layer of ArtResin is scratched, will the scratch show through once I apply a second coat?
- Watch the video: Applying a Second Coat of ArtResin
- The scratchy, scuffed look of the first layer will not appear once you apply the second coat.
How can I remove large pieces of cured ArtResin (e.g. on a piece that got knocked out of level)?
- Depending on the shape and slope of your piece, a sander or hand planer would work to pare down cured resin. You could also try simply applying a second coat to level a slanted surface. A second coat would bring back the gloss and hide the white rough surface left by the planer or sander.
How can I avoid lines or streaks in my ArtResin?
- Be sure to do all your spreading well within the pot life span (usually 40-50 minutes). If you try to spread ArtResin after it has already begun to cure, it could dry leaving textural lines in it. Typically the pot life span is plenty of time to get everything spread.
How can I avoid getting 'dimples' in my ArtResin surface (i.e. where resin drops have landed in the rest of the resin)?
- When you pour your ArtResin, make sure you pour everything out at once. Do not pour any last drops out at a later time, as these drops could have begun to cure already, which would mean that they would not assimilate into the rest of the resin seamlessly.
Why does my ArtResin look white or cloudy?
- Even a drop of water that gets into a resin mixture can cause it to turn cloudy. Also, if resin is stored in very hot or cold temperatures (i.e. not at reasonable room temperatures), it can expire leading to this kind of effect. Expired resin cannot be expected to perform up to par.
Why does my ArtResin mixture feel hot?
- Once you combine the resin and the hardener together, a chemical reaction takes place to begin the curing process. Heat is produced during this chemical reaction and is completely normal. Heat output is greater with greater quantities of the resin mixture. ArtResin is formulated to protect against yellowing caused by thermal energy (heat).
How can I increase the value of my artwork?
- Artwork coated in ArtResin has a richer, more dramatic look and can typically fetch more in sales. Also, using gallery canvases (2" thick edges) can increase the value of the artwork because these are not meant to be framed. Both ways, the client will spend more on the art from the artist but will save money in the long run because they don't have to pay for framing.
How can I finish my ArtResin surface most effectively and efficiently?
- A torch is your best bet for a perfect finish. Once you have poured your ArtResin and it is spread out evenly, run a small flambé torch over the surface at a distance of a few inches. You will see the bubbles rise to the surface and burn away any dust particles or hairs.
What is the best surface to work on when using ArtResin?
- Though ArtResin can be used on anything from fabric to canvas, to paper and ceramics, et cetera, if you are using a large quantity of ArtResin at once, you will need to apply it to something strong enough to hold its weight. A wooden panel is very strong and reliable under the weight of resin. It will typically not sag or buckle, and can be painted any color as a background.
What is the best way to mount paper or prints for use with ArtResin?
- Watch the video: How to Mount a Print to a Wooden Panel
- Watch the video: Mounting and Resining a Photo
- If you are resining over a collage, watercolor paper or mixed media with white/light coloured paper, it is recommended that you mount the paper on a white surface. Depending on the paper you are using, your paper could turn slightly translucent under the resin, so if the surface underneath is white then your images will retain their true colors. It is always recommended that you try the resin out over your paper of choice first on a test surface.
Why should I experiment with ArtResin?
- As with most things, practice makes perfect. Your second ArtResin job will be better than your first. The third resin job will be even better again. Keep in mind that you may not get everything perfect on your first try and that the best way to learn is to make mistakes so you can improve! Experimenting is both necessary and fun. Of course once you've tried using ArtResin, you will be hooked!
How can I pack my ArtResin pieces without having anything stick to the top resin layer?
- Try using sheets of cling wrap over the surface and separate them with cardboard for transportation. Run a blow dryer over the cling wrap to make the surface peel off like a new cell phone screen. Towels or blankets can also provide good cushioning.
How can I photograph my finished ArtResin creations?
- A soft area light is ideal. Try setting up a big white tent out of white sheets and light the outside of the cloth. This will help keep a soft light with no hot spots. You also need to angle the camera and piece the right way to avoid reflections. If you take 100 pictures, 1 is sure to be perfect!
How can I be sure ArtResin won't ruin my artwork?
- Watch the video: How Can I be Sure ArtResin Won't Ruin my Work?
- If you're new to ArtResin, it's best to test it out on a non-masterpiece first. It's very important to measure carefully and mix thoroughly so that the resin and hardener parts have the chance to react properly. So long as you pay close attention to this part of the process, you should be successful. Unlike other resins, ArtResin is specifically formulated for creative applications, so it will not discolor your piece over time. You may want to view our customer video reviews to see what others are saying about ArtResin and to get inspired.
How can I hang heavy ArtResin pieces?
- Watch the video: Tips for Hanging Heavy Art If your piece is quite heavy, as it may well be after being coated in ArtResin, simple picture hanging wire will likely not be strong enough to hold your piece on the wall. Instead, use airline cable. This can be attached with a screw and a washer, and is very strong under a lot of weight.
How can I easily ArtResin many pieces at once?
- Watch the video: How Can I ArtResin Many Pieces at Once?