FAQ 3 - How To

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?