Covering modelling clay ( and other textured artwork ) in ArtResin is easy! In fact, ArtResin takes 3D artwork next level - not only does it preserve your clay art and keeps it safe for years to come, but it also enhances the texture and colour of your art with a glossy finish that'll make you want to reach out and touch it!
We love using wooden art panels here at ArtResin - you can mount your artwork and pour your resin directly on the panel! Some panels even have a raised lip specifically designed to contain resin - they make for a super easy pour with clean edges.
Measure, mix, pour, spread, cover and wait, and in 24 hours your 3D artwork will go from good to gorgeous!
Let's get started ....
- 12 x 12" wooden art panel, painted white if you wish
- modelling clay
- ArtResin epoxy resin
- nitrile gloves
- a level
- a measuring cup with easy to read measurement lines
- a mixing container
- a stir stick
- a foam brush to spread the resin
- a handheld torch like our Artist's Torch
- an empty plastic tote or cardboard box with the flaps cut off to protect your piece while it dries
1. Assemble your Modelling Clay
👉TIP: being an organic material, wood may contain trapped air which can release into your resin as bubbles. There are many variables that can affect gas bubbles: the type of wood, how dry the wood is, humidity etc. Pre-sealing wood with paint or a spray or brush-on sealant is an option to help to prevent bubbles. We've used these wood panels enough to know that we don't need to pre-seal them, but we always recommend testing with your particular materials so you know exactly what results to expect before you resin your final project. Again, if in doubt, you can never go wrong by pre-sealing or painting first if it makes you feel more comfortable.
2. Calculate how much Resin you need
👉TIP: a standard 1/8" layer for a 12 x 12" panel requires 5 oz resin ( 2.5 oz resin and 2.5 oz hardener ). Measure the lip on your panel as they can vary. The panel in our video, for example, has a 1/4" lip. In order to fill it to the top, you'd use double the amount: 10 oz total resin ( 5 oz resin and 5 oz hardener ).
3. Stir Thoroughly
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 Resin
5. Use your Torch
👉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. Final Check of your Artwork
7. Cover your Resin Artwork
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. Wait 24 hours
👉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!
Do you want to learn more about using resin on different surfaces? See below our how-to tutorials:
- Introduction to Resin Art
- How to Resin an Acrylic Painting
- How to Resin Watercolor
- How to Resin on Canvas for Beginners
- How to Make Textured Resin Art
- How to Resin Flowers
- How to Resin Over Gold Leaf
- How to Resin Metal Print
- How to Resin Wood
- How to Resin Mosaic
- How to Resin Rocks
- How to Resin Chalk Pastel
- How to Resin A Paper Collage
- How to Resin Charcoal