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How Can I Safely Package My Resin Art Pieces?

Posted on 16 Oct 16:17
When shipping your beautiful resined artwork, there are some dos and some don'ts to ensure it arrives safely to its destination.

    1. Make sure the resin on your artwork is fully cured: ArtResin is fully cured a full 72 hours after you've poured. While it is dry enough to hang on the wall at the 24 hour mark, it could be prone to indentation and damage until it has fully cured. If your resin coat is very thick, wait even longer than 72 hours.

    2. Wear gloves: Before you wrap your artwork, wear gloves to prevent getting fingerprints all over the resin surface. This may seem insignificant, but it will keep your piece looking pristine.

    3. Work on a cushioned surface: To avoid getting scratches on your resin surface, place your piece on a soft, smooth blanket while you wrap.

    4. Protect the resin surface: The layer directly against your resined artwork should be a smooth, non-abrasive paper like glassine, baker's parchment, butcher's paper or brown kraft paper
      NOTE: Do not use waxed paper, tissue paper, plastic wrap or bubble wrap as these can stick to and damage your resined surface. Bubble wrap should be avoided entirely - all of those little bubbles can permanently indent your resined surface.

    5. Provide cushioning: Once your piece is protected with glassine, pad it with poly foam to provide cushioning. You can further pad your piece with fabric, cardboard or foam core for extra protection.

    6. Box it up: and send!



For large pieces of art that require extra care, resin artist Mike Hammer shares his techniques for packing your art like a pro with custom-made wooden crates.


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Does ArtResin Shrink?

Posted on 16 Oct 15:14
No, shrinkage will not occur with ArtResin. Shrinkage occurs in many epoxy resins because of they are formulated with solvents, non-reactive diluents or cheap fillers. These materials come up out of the product and are released as VOC's during the curing process. Since ArtResin does not contain solvents, non-reactive diluents or cheap fillers, it means shrinkage is not an issue.





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@liadiadesigns is our #ArtResin Instagram Winner For October!

Posted on 15 Oct 11:26

Every month we like to spread the love by sending a 1 gallon kit to a couple of artists who have tagged us on Instagram ... and then we share their work with the world!  

Congratulations to Milton, Ontario artist Nadia Fernando... our second lucky winner for October!


Nadia went to college for Graphic Design and Marketing and currently owns a graphic design company with her husband. An artist from a very young age, Nadia gravitated towards everything and anything that allowed her to express her creativity: painting, sculpting, fashion, calligraphy, henna, graphic design and most recently, resin art.


Nadia says: "I was introduced to resin about a year ago when I discovered it on Instagram. I saw what others were creating with it. I was intrigued and incredibly intimidated by it. I watched from the sidelines for almost 6 months, then with some encouragement from some fellow artists, I made the jump! Resin has allowed me to experiment and create new techniques that provide different results than can be achieved with other mediums."

 



Nadia creates the most beautiful canvases, cheese boards, jewellery trays and coasters using powder and paste pigments, glitter, glass, and crystals, which she coats in resin to protect and enhance her designs.

Nadia says: "I'm inspired by many things ... a lot stems from my Indian background: the vibrant colour combinations, the intricate henna designs, the symbolic motifs that are believed to be auspicious, such as peacocks, lotus flowers, elephants/Ganesh etc.

I'm also greatly inspired by other artists I discover online: cake decorators, tattoo artists, food carvers ... anything with elaborate and intricate details gets me incredibly inspired."


Nadia's creativity absolutely shines in her gorgeous, colourful charcuterie boards. 
Take a look ....

 

 

  

 

  

  

 

 

 

 















Nadia says: I've always loved creating beautiful things and challenging myself to see if the ideas I have in my mind can be created in real life with my hands. I've been working on a computer for so long,  I missed the feeling of physically creating tangible things with my hands. Painting and working with resin, is actually quite relaxing and calming. I paint at night while everyone in my house is asleep... which allows my thoughts to be clear and uninterrupted."

Nadia also creates the most beautiful jewellery trays and holders ....



 





In Nadia's words: "I hope people who see my art find beauty in it and it lifts their spirit to a place of joy and intrigue.  I also hope my art continues to show my children (who are very ingrained in the digital world) that you do not need a tech device to create and, that in some cases, you can actually create something even more incredible with your hands than some machine or computer."

Nadia also uses the same technique to create luxurious, textured wall art ...

  

 

 




With so many requests and questions about her gorgeous technique, Nadia is working towards some tutorial videos in the near future ... stay tuned!

 

Congratulations, Nadia!

To see more of her beautiful work:
follow her on Instagram at @liadiadesigns
visit her website at www.liadiadesigns.com

 

Don't forget ... tag YOUR ArtResin work with @art_resin on Instagram, and YOU could be our next monthly winner!!!


How To Harden Sticky Resin

Posted on 8 Oct 12:19

If your resin hasn't cured properly, this means that the chemical reaction between the resin and hardener was not able to take place. Sticky resin is typically caused by inaccurate measuring or under mixing. The three most common sticky issues are:

  1. Liquid, runny resin:  causes can include not following the correct 1:1 ratio of resin and hardener, or by adding too much colorant. The liquid resin will need to be scraped off before you pour a fresh coat.

  2. Sticky, tacky resin: often caused by inaccurate measuring, not mixing thoroughly or by curing in cold temperatures. Try moving your piece to a warmer spot: if it doesn't dry, re-pour with a fresh coat of resin.

  3. Soft, sticky spots:  if you have sticky spots on an otherwise perfectly cured surface, you may have scraped out unmixed resin or hardener from your mixing container when you poured. Scrape off liquid resin as best you can and pour a fresh coat.

Resin that remains sticky days after being poured will stay sticky indefinitely until measures are taken to fix the situation. Be sure to measure and mix your resin properly, so this problem will not occur again:

  • Measure ArtResin in precisely equal amounts by volume:
    Adding too much of either resin or hardener will alter the chemical reaction and the mixture will not cure properly.  

  • Mix ArtResin thoroughly for at least 3 minutes:
    Scrape the sides and bottom of the container as you mix: improperly mixed resin stuck to the sides and bottom won't be able to catalyze and therefore won't be able to cure, leaving sticky spots in your resin that just won’t harden. 


In this video, we take a closer look at the three most common sticky situations, why they happened and, most importantly, how to fix them.





Sticky Situation #1:  Runny Resin

What It Looks Like:

  • Liquid, runny resin 
  • Resin that may have thickened somewhat but is wet and gooey




Why It May Have Happened:

  • You did not follow the 1:1 ratio between resin and hardener: ArtResin requires equal parts of both resin and hardener in order to cure. Adding more hardener will not make the resin cure faster or harder.
  • You may have measured by weight, not volume:  ArtResin was formulated to be measured in equal amounts by volume.
  • You may have accidentally mixed two parts of resin or two parts of hardener: the chemical reaction requires equal parts of resin and hardener in order to harden.
  • You may have added too much colorant: never add more than 6% of the total combined volume of resin and hardener ( eg. 50ml resin + 50 ml hardener = 100 ml total would require no more than 6 ml of colorant. )

How To Fix It:

  • If you have areas with runny or gooey resin, you'll have to scrape off as much wet material, as best you can.
  • If you don't remove all the wet material, it could eventually leak out from under the new resin coat.
  • Once you've scraped your piece down, then go ahead and pour a fresh coat of carefully measured and thoroughly mixed ArtResin.





Sticky Situation #2:  Tacky Resin

What It Looks Like:

  • The resin has started to cure but the surface is still tacky, like the sticky side of tape





Why It Happened:

  • The temperature of your resin room may be too cold: the ideal temperature in which to cure resin is 75-85F or 24-30C for the first 24 hours.
  • Inaccurate measuring: always measure ArtResin in precisely equal amounts, by volume.
  • Under mixing: mix thoroughly for at least 3 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom of the mixing container as your stir.

How To Fix It:

  • Try moving your piece to a warmer spot for 24 hours to see if it dries.
  • If temperature was not an issue and your resin is simply tacky, count yourself lucky:  this is the easiest fix of all 3 sticky situations.  In fact, as long as you don't have any soft or wet areas ( if you do, that liquidy resin needs to be scraped ) you don't need to do a thing: go ahead and pour a fresh coat of carefully measured and thoroughly mixed ArtResin directly over the entire tacky resin surface. When the fresh resin cures, you'll never know you ever had a sticky resin issue.

     



    Sticky Situation #3:  Soft Spots

    What It Looks Like:

    • Random soft or wet spots on an otherwise perfectly cured resin surface. 


     

    Why It May Have Happened:

    • You may have scraped the sides of your mixing container after you poured: although we recommend scraping the sides and bottom of your container when you're mixing, we DON'T recommend scraping when you pour your ArtResin onto your artwork ( like you might if you were scraping cake batter out of a mixing bowl and into a cake pan. ) If any unmixed resin or hardener stuck to the sides gets scraped out onto your artwork, you'll end up with soft wet spots in your cured resin. 

    How To Fix It:

    • Sand down any perfectly cured areas with coarse sandpaper, such as 80 grit. Wipe up any sanding residue with a damp paper towel.
    • If you have areas with runny or gooey resin, you'll have to scrape off as much wet material, as best you can. If you don't remove all the wet material, it could eventually leak out from under the new resin coat.
    • Once you've scraped your piece down and your piece is clear of any sanding dust, then go ahead and pour a fresh coat of carefully measured and thoroughly mixed ArtResin.




      

    So remember .....

    If You Find Yourself With Sticky Resin:

    • If it's liquidy: scrape it off
    • If it's tacky: leave it
    • If you have areas that have cured perfectly: sand those parts down, thoroughly wiping away the sanding residue 
    • Leave your fresh resin coat to cure for 24 hours: your piece will look good as new!

     

    To Avoid Sticky Resin In The First Place:

    • Make sure you resin in a warm environment ( 75-85F or 24-30C is best )
    • Don't add more than 6% colorant to your resin
    • Measure your resin and hardener in equal amounts by volume
    • Mix your resin thoroughly for at least 3 minutes
    • Scrape the sides and bottom of your mixing container as you stir
    • Don't scrape when you pour

     

    If you follow these instructions, you will end up with a beautiful, glossy, hard ArtResin finish!  Leave any questions or comments below - we would love to hear from you!


    Can I Embed Objects In Clear Resin?

    Posted on 7 Oct 16:02
    You can embed all kinds of objects into epoxy resin - it works great! There's no limit as to what you can embed into ArtResin: for example, you can embed beer caps, flowers, beads, shells, pennies or coins and many other objects, so let your imagination go! 

    • Working in layers no thicker than 1/8", pour an initial layer of resin over the surface of your piece to hold the objects in place.
    • Next, with gloved hands drop the objects into the wet resin, in whatever pattern you desire.  
    • Torch and cover to protect the wet resin from dust.
    • Allow it to dry for at least 3-5 hours, then pour a second coat to cover the objects.
    • For areas of high relief, you may need to pour multiple coats to cover the objects completely.




    We have a couple of step-by-step tutorials on how to embed objects into ArtResin on our YouTube page and on our blog.

    We have a great blog and video on how to make coasters:

    https://www.artresin.com/blogs/artresin/how-to-resin-a-coaster

    We also have a blog and video on embedding rocks:
    https://www.artresin.com/blogs/artresin/how-to-resin-rocks

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    Can You Put Epoxy Resin On Polymer Clay?

    Posted on 2 Oct 14:19
    Yes, you can use epoxy resin over baked polymer clay to seal it, strengthen it and give it a gorgeous, glossy, look.  To cover polymer clay with ArtResin, paint it on with a disposable foam brush or apply it with gloved hands. You can also dip small objects into a cup of ArtResin.




    If you'd like to coat all sides of a polymer clay object, you can prop it up on pyramid stands to let it cure.  You may get drips that accumulate on the bottom of your piece as it cures, but these can easily be sanded off after the resin has dried. Apply a thin coat of ArtResin with a foam brush to restore the gloss and fill in any sanding scuff marks.

    As the maximum temperature that ArtResin can come in contact with is 120F or 50C, it's best to bake your polymer clay project first, then apply your coat of ArtResin after it has cooled.

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    ArtResin Epoxy Resin vs Varnish? What's the Difference?

    Posted on 2 Oct 12:44

    The main difference you will notice right away between epoxy resin and varnish is the consistency:  ArtResin epoxy resin is very glossy with a nice, thick surface when cured. When it comes to application, ArtResin is poured on and spread out. Its cure time is 24 hours until it's dry to the touch and 72 hours for a full cure.

    Varnish is also shiny, though not quite as dramatic as the shine you get with epoxy resin, and it's paper thin. Varnish is typically painted or rolled on and has a much quicker dry time.

    ArtResin epoxy resin is formulated with 2 different UV light stabilizers to protect against the damaging effects of UV light, whereas varnishes typically are not.




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    What Is ArtResin's Heat Resistance?

    Posted on 2 Oct 11:22
    The maximum temperature that cured ArtResin can tolerate is 120F or 50C. At temperatures as high as that, the cured pieces may become a little flexible but once they cool off, they will harden up once again. If your cured resin is exposed to temperatures beyond 120F or 50C, however - for example, you leave a cured piece in a hot car for a long time - it could cause irreparable damage.

    A word to the wise? Keep it cool!



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    @resinmaze is our #ArtResin Instagram Winner For October!

    Posted on 1 Oct 15:00

    Every month we like to spread the love by sending a 1 gallon kit to a couple of artists who have tagged us on Instagram ... and then we share their work with the world!  

    Congratulations to artist Shaima Alassafi ... our first lucky winner for October!

    Though Shaima studied Human Resource Management and Business Administration at Rutgers University, she has had a life long passion for art. Having worked in mediums such as watercolor, acrylic, ceramics and polymer clay, Shaima is a self taught artist but it wasn't until she discovered alcohol ink in resin that everything changed. 

    Shaima's alcohol ink coasters are like eye candy: the bright colours and ethereal textures resemble wonderfully weird creatures or other worlds and consistently stop us in our tracks.

    Shaima says: "At first I was just exploring and felt a little like a scientist at an experimenting field. It was then I slowly started understanding the chemical effect and all the other factors that contribute to the end result, which expanded my creativity overall." 



     

     

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    Shaima says: "Art is like a soul recharge for me - it fills me with endless joy! I'm eager to wake up everyday, rushing to de-mold and reveal the magic that had cured overnight!  My main source of inspiration is nature and more specifically, the underwater world. I aim to create unique pieces that stand out to people and leave them in awe."

    It's not just coasters that Shaima creates: she also makes small castings using ArtResin to create a variety of trinket dishes and trays.

    Take a peek ... 










    We love the eye-catching format Shaima has created on her Instagram page: first, she starts with a demolding video, then a shot of her finished piece takes the centre spot and finally, she ends with a close-up shot to show the incredible detail in her work.

















    Shaima dreams of pursuing art full-time and, in the meantime, is considering opening a shop to share her love of art with the world.

    Congratulations, Shaima!

    To see more of Shaima's beautiful work:
    follow her on Instagram at @resinmaze

     

    Don't forget ... tag YOUR ArtResin work with @art_resin on Instagram, and YOU could be our next monthly winner!!!

     


    What Is HALS and UV Stabilization?

    Posted on 20 Sep 15:49
    HALS and UV Stabilization are additives in ArtResin's proprietary formula to keep it clear and beautiful looking for the long term. It’s a well known fact that UV light is damaging and epoxy resins are not immune to that. In resin, it shows up as gloss loss, chalking, cracking, delamination and, of course, yellowing.  There’s nothing worse than having a beautiful piece of art ruined by epoxy resin that turns yellow.



    ArtResin incorporates 2 light stabilizers: The UV Light Stabilizer and the HALS ( or Hindered Amine Light Stabilizer.) The UV Stabilizer is in there to take care of most of the damaging affects that happens from UV light. however it doesn’t do a great job protecting against yellowing. The Hindered Amine Light Stabilizer is in there to target the yellowing because it interrupts the yellowing at the outset, making it much more unlikely to happen. 

    Double the light stabilizers equals better protection for your art!

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