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      1. 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 as non-toxic when used as directed (conforms to ASTM D4236). ArtResin is formulated using the highest quality materials and therefore produces no VOCs or fumes. 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 and cause health issues. It is also non-flammable. For all these reasons, it is therefore classified as a non-hazardous material and is shippable by air. Furthermore, many curatives have a powerful odor, however ArtResin has only a low odor and is applicator friendly.
      2. Does yellowing occur?

      3. What is HALS and UV stabilization?

        • Watch the video: coming soon
        • Epoxy resins are prone to yellowing and other degradative effects from UV light, so stabilization additives are used to help mediate the damage. 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 a HALS (hindered amine light stabilizer) added for extremely efficient long term yellowing protection. 
        • Read the blog: Why Do Some Brands of Epoxy Resin Turn Yellow?
      4. Is ArtResin food safe?

      5. What kind of coverage can I expect?

      6. What is the shelf life of ArtResin?

        • ArtResin will stay fresh for about 1 year in an opened bottle, or 2 years unopened.
      7. 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.
      8. What safety precautions should I take when using ArtResin?

        • Watch the video: What Safety Precautions Should I Take When Using ArtResin?
        • ArtResin is considered a non-hazardous material and is non-toxic when used as directed, however there are some common sense safety precautions that every user should follow:
        • Wear gloves. ArtResin is very 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.
      9. Why use a torch with ArtResin? 

        • Watch the video: Why Use an Artist's Torch with ArtResin?
        • Watch the video: Using a Torch with ArtResin (Before and After)
        • Torches (e.g. a butane-filled Artist's 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 out 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. 
      10. 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!

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Materials

        1. What can/can't I use ArtResin® 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, in which case a sealant should be used over the paper first to avoid seepage. The best thing to do is experiment and have fun!
        2. Can I use ArtResin over oil paintings and oily surfaces?

        3. 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.
        4. Can I use ArtResin over watercolor?

          • Watch the video: Using ArtResin over Watercolor
          • Yes, you can use ArtResin over watercolor. Usually watercolor paper is very thick and high quality in order to be able to stand up to water which makes it the perfect paper to apply resin to. Some papers can absorb resin, but watercolor paper typically does not.
        5. Can I use ArtResin over spray paint?

          • Yes, ArtResin can be applied over dry spray paint.
        6. 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 in. Glossy prints done at your local print shop will work great with ArtResin.
        7. Can I use ArtResin over printed photographs?

        8. Can I use ArtResin over paper?

          • Watch the video: Using ArtResin over Stationery
          • Watch the video: Is a Sealant Necessary when Using ArtResin over Paper?
          • Yes. ArtResin will seal in all kinds of papers, including photo paper, tracing paper, linen paper, origami paper, Yupo paper, etc. Resin isn’t like water—if you pour it on paper, it doesn’t necessarily soak into it provided you are using 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 appear darker, however this can be corrected by first applying a sealant such as Mod Podge before using ArtResin. 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.
        9. Can I use ArtResin over Yupo synthetic paper?

          • Yes, ArtResin will bond well to Yupo synthetic paper.
        10. 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 to encourage proper adhesion. ArtResin 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 sealant first prior to applying ArtResin to your puzzle.
        11. 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.
        12. Can I use ArtResin on aluminum prints?

        13. Can I use ArtResin over marker? 

          • Yes, you can resin over water-based or permanent marker once dry. 
        14. 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.
        15. Can I use ArtResin over sculpture?

        16. Can I make jewelry with ArtResin?

          • Watch the video: Making Jewelry Pendants with ArtResin
          • Yes, however ArtResin is best for certain types of jewelry making where the resin is poured into/onto a support (e.g. pendants). ArtResin may not be appropriate for pieces that are meant to be worn without a substrate (e.g. a bangle). Try experimenting with colored pigments and dyes, pouring it into silicone molds and into bezels. Add attachments like hooks, pins, beads and gems either as the resin is curing, or afterward using a strong adhesive.
        17. Can I embed an object in ArtResin (e.g. a penny)?

          • Watch the video: Embedding Beer Caps in ArtResin
          • Yes. Flatter objects, like pennies, will be easier to cover totally. You can also work in layers if it helps.
        18. Can I use ArtResin with glass?

          • Watch the video: ArtResin Glass Art Gallery Tour
          • Yes, you can apply ArtResin as an adhesive for glass tiles and mosaics (i.e. like clear grout), and you can also pour it overtop of shard glass to make sure sharp edges are not exposed.
        19. 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, brilliant 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.
        20. Can I use ArtResin over gold leaf?

          • Yes, ArtResin can be used over gold leaf.
        21. 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, allow the first coat to form a solid surface (usually takes 6-8 hours), then pour a second coat overtop to cover any areas that are sticking up. Repeat as often as necessary.
        22. 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).
        23. Can I use ArtResin with polymer clay?

          • Yes, ArtResin can be used overtop of polymer clay to strengthen and beautify sculptural pieces. ArtResin can withstand oven temperatures consistent with that typically used for polymer clay; the resin may soften a little while very hot but will firm up once cooled.
        24. Can I use ArtResin to make coasters and hot plates?

          • ArtResin works very well as a coaster protectant; the heat generated from a hot mug will not damage the resin surface. However, hotter temperatures such as that produced from a frying pan or casserole dish straight from the oven may well be too hot for the resin surface, so we do not recommend ArtResin be used for hot plates. ArtResin is recommended for use up to 120° F.
        25. Can I use ArtResin on ceramics?

          • Yes, ArtResin will bond to ceramic material. For ceramic tile, simply pour on and spread as usual. For ceramic sculpture, apply with a disposable foam brush in thin coats. For ceramic plateware, simply wait until the ArtResin has fully cured before serving food on it.
        26. Can I use ArtResin on plateware?

          • 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.
        27. Can I use ArtResin on food to preserve it as a decoration?

        28. Can I use ArtResin on countertops?

          • Yes, ArtResin can be used as a scratch-resistant coating for kitchen countertops. ArtResin is approved as food safe by the FDA.
        29. Can I use ArtResin on flooring?

          • Yes, ArtResin is very durable once fully cured and can be used on flooring. Wear and tear is inevitable over long periods of time, just as with any flooring. It should be noted that ArtResin may be slippery when wet as it is waterproof.
        30. Can I use ArtResin to make pen blanks?

        31. Can I use ArtResin to coat fishing lures?

          • Watch the video: Using ArtResin on a Fishing Lure
          • Yes. ArtResin is very durable and waterproof. Once cured, the resin does not pose a threat to aquatic life as it is inert. Although ArtResin can be indented with a fingernail in the first few days after curing, it is not typically able to be indented after the first 72 hour window. ArtResin will stay completely clear over time and not yellow like most other resins, resulting in a realistic-looking lure that will last
        32. 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.
        33. 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 typically are not.
        34. What is the difference between ArtResin and Mod Podge?

          • Watch the video: ArtResin vs. Mod Podge
          • ArtResin is a two part mixture, whereas Mod Podge is one part. 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 thicker and 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.
        35. What is the best supportive surface to use resin with?

        36. 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. Artists can use these properties to their advantage when creating their ArtResin pieces (e.g. jewelry made from resin poured in silicone molds). 
        37. Is cured ArtResin paintable?

        38. How hard is ArtResin once cured?

          • ArtResin is very firm and hard once cured and is heat resistant and scratch resistant.
        39. Will any shrinkage occur with ArtResin?

          • No, shrinkage will not occur with ArtResin. Shrinkage only occurs in products that have solvents or non-reactive diluents included, which ArtResin does not. 
        40. Will ArtResin crack?

          • 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 prevent cracking and brittleness.
        41. Is cured ArtResin waterproof?

          • Yes, ArtResin is a permanent application that seals in whatever it is poured overtop of and protects the work underneath from water.  
        42. What happens if ArtResin freezes?

          • Watch the video: What happens if ArtResin freezes?
          • If ArtResin freezes in its liquid state, it should be moved to a warmer place and will return to normal functioning once it reaches room temperature.
        43. Can ArtResin artwork be hung outside?

          • We have several months worth of data that shows that ArtResin does not yellow even slightly when exposed outdoors to natural UV light. We do not yet know whether these results indicate ArtResin is safe for outdoor use for years and years—the test continues! We are encouraged by the promising results thus far, and in fact we are not surprised by the results either. ArtResin® contains advanced UV and Hindered Amine Light Stabilizers to protect it from degradation caused by UV light. 
          • You may want to check out this blog: YOU ASKED: How is our new ArtResin formula better in terms of yellowing?
        44. 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! If you are working with low quality papers, you will likely need to use a sealant overtop first to prevent the ArtResin from seeping into the paper.

        45. 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.
        46. 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.
        47. 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 ArtResin is by dragging the resin across the surface with an ArtResin spreader.

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How To

          1. 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 x 1″ 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
          2. Where should I ArtResin my piece?

            • ArtResin has no fumes or VOCs, however 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. 
          3. 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.
          4. 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 reusable 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. 
          5. 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. You may also wish to tape off the underside of your piece to protect it from potential drips. 
          6. 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.  
          7. Is ArtResin self-leveling?

            • Yes, ArtResin is self-leveling. This means you can leave it alone and it will spread itself out evenly, so long as you have a level surface. It's natural thickness is about 1/8". You will likely want to spread it around with a brush or a reusable resin spreader to guide the resin into place.
          8. What is the working time (i.e. pot life) 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.
          9. 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 24 hours (hard cure), however you can touch the surface after about 8 hours without it feeling sticky. ArtResin reaches its full cure at 72 hours. 
          10. 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. 
          11. 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.
          12. 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. 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.
          13. How do I get rid of bubbles?

            • Watch the video: How to Get Rid of Bubbles
            • You can pop bubbles by blowing on them, or with a tooth pick, however the most efficient way to vanquish bubbles is to use an Artist's Torch on them. Our handheld Artist's Torches are fuelled by butane and safe for home use. The torch method is most effective because it produces a 2400º F flame that heats the ArtResin up instantly, thus thinning it out and allowing bubbles to escape very easily.
          14. How do I finish the edges of my ArtResin piece?

            • 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, domed. 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)
          15. 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.
          16. How can I create a border to keep the ArtResin dammed up?

            • ArtResin will not stick to plastic 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.
          17. How can I protect my ArtResin 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.
          18. How do I take photographs of my ArtResin 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. 
          19. How long should I wait between applying each coat?

            • You should wait until the first coat of resin has fully cured.
          20. 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 to ensure thoroughness. Improperly mixed resin will not be able to catalyze and will not cure properly. 
          21. 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.
          22. How can I clean cured ArtResin pieces?

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Experimenting

          1. How do I apply ArtResin to 3D surfaces?

            • Watch the video: Applying ArtResin to 3D Surfaces
            • ArtResin has the viscosity of honey, so you can brush it on with a disposable foam brush. Repeat until everything is covered to your desired thickness. You may need to work in layers. If you are resining a cube, you can work in stages by coating one face of the cube at a time (i.e. resining the top flat panel of the cube, waiting for it to cure, then flipping the cube around so that a new face becomes the top flat panel, ready to be resined).
          2. 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 just under 1/8". You should wait for the resin to fully cure between coats (about 24 hours).
          3. 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!
          4. 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.
          5. How can I create a translucent color 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.
          6. 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. Keep in mind the 45 minute working time before starting any large project.
          7. Can I drill into ArtResin after it cures?

            • Yes, if you use caution. Wear a respirator to avoid breathing in drilled cured 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.
          8. How can I achieve a layered effect with ArtResin?

          9. 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!
          10. 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.
          11. How can I double-side my ArtResin (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.
          12. 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.  
          13. 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. 
          14. 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.
          15. 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. 

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Troubleshooting

          1. How can I keep my canvas from sagging in the middle under the weight of the ArtResin?

            • Watch the video: Using Stretched Canvas vs. Using Wooden Panels with ArtResin
            • 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 or cardboard 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.
          2. 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 an Artist's Torch over the surface of your resin. You can also blow on the surface or pop the bubbles with a toothpick, but the most efficient and effective method by far is to use the Artist's Torch.
          3. 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. our Artist's Torch) over the surface, as this is the best way to eradicate all bubbles.
          4. 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.
          5. 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.
          6. 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.  
          7. Is it possible to over-stir my ArtResin?

            • 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. 
          8. 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.
          9. If my first layer of ArtResin is scratched, will the scratch show through once I apply a second coat?

          10. 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. A second coat would bring back the gloss and hide the white rough surface left by the planer or sander. You could also try simply applying a second coat from the outset to level a slanted surface.
          11. 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.
          12. 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.
          13. 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. 
          14. 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). 

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Tips

          1. 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. 
          2. 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 Artist's 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.
          3. What is the best surface to work on when using ArtResin?

            • Though ArtResin can be used on anything from wood to 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.
          4. 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.
          5. Why should I experiment with ArtResin?

            • As with most things, practice makes perfect. Your second ArtResin job will inevitably 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 part of the fun of the creative process. 
          6. How can I pack my ArtResin pieces without having anything stick to the top resin layer?

            • The best material to use to pack your ArtResin piece is poly foam. Poly foam provides cushioning without scratching the surface of the resin. You can further pad your piece with an outer layer of bubble wrap and cardboard for extra protection. It is not advisable to use bubble wrap as a first layer because it leaves circular marks on the resin. 
          7. 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, one is sure to be perfect!
          8. 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.
          9. 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.
          10. How can I easily ArtResin many pieces at once?

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