How To Resin A Metal Print

Posted on 19 Jul 11:13
Covering an aluminum print in a coating of epoxy resin is easy - in fact, ArtResin takes metal prints next level, giving them a professional, glossy finish, deeply saturating the colour and making them look like a million bucks!

Measure, mix, pour, spread, cover and wait, and in 24 hours your metal print will go from good to gorgeous!

Let's get started .... 



Supplies:

  • a metal print
  • ArtResin epoxy resin 
  • nitrile gloves 
  • a level
  • a measuring cup with easy to read measurement lines 
  • a mixing container 
  • a stir stick 
  • spreader or popsicle stick 
  • a handheld torch like our Artist's Torch
  • toothpicks
  • an empty plastic tote or cardboard box with the flaps cut off to protect your piece while it dries

Steps:

1. Decide on an image you love and choose a print shop that specializes in metal prints. There are lots to choose from - we ordered an HD Metal Print from online printer PosterJack.  Simply choose your size, upload your image to their website and a beautiful, ready-to-hang metal print will be on its way to your door in no time!




2. Using our Resin Calculator, simply enter the length and width of your piece to determine how much ArtResin you’ll need.
👉TIP: a standard 1/8" coating for a piece of art measuring 12 x 12" requires 5 oz resin ( 2.5 oz resin and 2.5 oz hardener ). 




3. Wearing gloves, measure accurately ( by volume ) precisely equal amounts of resin and hardener. Stir thoroughly for 3 minutes total, ensuring you scrape the bottom and sides of your mixing container as you go. 
👉 TIP: for our very best measuring and mixing tips, read the blog How To Measure And Mix Resin And Hardener.





4. Pour the ArtResin onto the centre of your piece and spread it out to the edges using a plastic spreader or a popsicle stick. You'll have about 45 minutes of working time before the resin gets too thick to work with.
👉TIP: Read our blog How To Pour And Spread Epoxy Resin for more resin tips and techniques!








A Note On Doming:

For a real pro finish, try doming your ArtResin, which is simply spreading your ArtResin right to the edge of your piece without going over the sides, allowing it to sit neatly on top of your artwork. 
First, pour your carefully measured and mixed resin in the centre of your piece and using your spreading tool, work the resin slowly outward, gently nudging it to the edge - ArtResin's beautiful, viscous consistency means that it will sit exactly where you want it to. Doming requires no special tools and is an easy technique to master with a little patience and a steady hand - it's one of our favourite techniques here at the ArtResin studio!  
👉TIP: You can tape off the sides as extra insurance the first few times you try doming, but once you get the hang of it, you'll find ( as in our video ) that you don't need to tape at all.  Keep in mind that doming works best on pieces where the edges form a sharp 90 degree corner. 

 




5. Using your Artist’s Torch, hold the flame a couple of inches above the resin surface just long enough to pop the bubbles, keeping the torch moving from side to side at all times. 
👉TIP: if you're nervous about using a torch, don't be! Read our blog with all you need to know about How To Use A Torch On Epoxy Resin.







6. Once the piece has been torched, look at the resin in the light for any missed bubbles, tiny hairs or bits of dust, using a toothpick to fish them out. 




7. With a plastic tote or a cardboard box ( with the flaps cut off ) cover your piece and let it sit for 24 hrs until it’s dry to the touch.




8. After 24hrs has passed, reveal your piece!  
👉TIP: the resin will be dry to the touch at the 24hr mark.  At this point, you're free to hang and admire your artwork on the wall, absolutely, but if you're planning on packing and shipping your artwork, please wait at least 72hrs until the resin has fully cured.




We hope you found this informative and helpful!
Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes as we take you step-by-step on applying ArtResin over ALL of your favourite art materials including: