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      1. What makes ArtResin safe to use?

        • ArtResin has been certified by the American Society for Testing and Materials as non-toxic when used as directed (conforms to ASTM D4236). It 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.
        • Read the blog:  ArtResin Epoxy Resin is CERTIFIED Non-Toxic and Safe for Home Use!
        • Read the blog:  Kids Can Use ArtResin Epoxy Resin Too!
      2. Does yellowing occur?

      3. What is HALS and UV stabilization?

        • 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 6 months in opened bottles, or 1 year unopened.
      7. Can I do a second coat or multiple coats?

        • Yes, you can do a second coat of ArtResin. You may choose to do this to repair the first coat, for example if there is a bubble, hair, dust or other small imperfection in your cured resin. To apply a second layer, you will prepare and apply the resin exactly the same way as the first; however you must sand out the imperfection first, and then give the entire piece an overall sanding to provide some tooth so the second layer can adhere properly. Sanding will cause the first layer to look scuffed but don't worry; when you pour the second coat on, the scuff marks will become invisible. 
        • Watch the video: Oh Sh*t - Bubbles
        • Read the blog: Can I Apply A Second Coat of ArtResin?

        • You can also pour multiple layers of ArtResin if, for instance, you need to cover areas of high relief, if you're pouring into a mold or if you simply like the look of a thicker coat.  It's important to remember that the ideal pour is 1/8" - if you pour any thicker, the bubbles will not be able to escape.  You can layer ArtResin in multiple coats, as high as you'd like, as long as you pour in 1/8" increments.  
        • You have two choices when pouring multiple layers:
          the first is to pour your first layer, torch out the bubbles, cover and wait 3-5 hours until your resin reaches a jelly like stage. At this point, you can pour on your next 1/8" layer, torch out bubbles, cover, wait 3-5 hrs and repeat until you reach the height you desire. This method is especially handy when pouring into a mold or a dam.
          The second option is to allow your first layer to fully dry, then give the overall piece a light sanding and pour on your next 1/8" layer. Torch out bubbles, cover and let this layer dry.  Repeat these steps as many times as you'd like. 
        • Watch the video:  Preparing A Resin Dam With Metal Tape
        • Read the blog:  Can I Pour A Thick Layer Of Resin On My Artwork?
        • Keep in mind that our recommendation of a 72hr cure time is based on a 1/8" layer. The thicker your layers are, the longer the cure time will be. It could take up to 10 days for a full cure, depending on how many layers you've poured.
      8. What safety precautions should I take when using ArtResin?

        • Read the blog: What Safety Precautions Should I Take When Using ArtResin Epoxy Resin?
        • 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. Epoxy resin 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 the product.
        • If the product 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 epoxy resin? 

        • Read the blog: Why Use A Torch With Resin?
        • Read the blog: How To Use A Torch on Epoxy Resin
        • Torches ( e.g. a butane-filled ArtResin™ Artist's Torch or an ArtResin™ Artist's Propane Torch Head ) 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?

        • Read the blog: How To Resin ResinTint.
        • Read the blog: How To Color Clear Epoxy Resin.
        • Watch the videos: 5 ResinTint Videos With Josie Lewis!
        • Yes, ArtResin can be tinted with ResinTint™ pigment, as well as acrylic paint or ink. Simply drop color into the mixture while stirring for an all over saturated color. All 24 ResinTint™ colorants are crafted for compatibility with ArtResin epoxy resin: this colorant will preserve the glossiness and translucency of the resin and will not cause a flammability risk when torched. Acrylic paint will produce a more opaque look and often greatly decreases the working time. Inks such as alcohol ink can pose a significant flammability risk when torched.
        • TIP:  Whichever colorant you choose, be sure not to add more than 6% of the total volume of mixed resin and hardener.
          Adding more than 6% colorant may interfere with the delicate balance necessary for the epoxy resin's chemical reaction to take place, thereby preventing your ArtResin from curing properly.  

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Materials

        1. What can/can't I use ArtResin on?

          • Watch the video: What Can I Use ArtResin Epoxy Resin On?
          • Watch the video: Is There Anything That ArtResin Epoxy Resin is Not Compatible With?
          • ArtResin epoxy resin will bond well to every medium, with the exception of wax paper and some plastics including silicone (i.e. materials that repel water). It 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 it 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 epoxy resin over oil paintings and oily surfaces?

          • Yes, you can use ArtResin epoxy resin over oil paint once it has dried thoroughly. It will fully bond to and seal in any dry oil painting.
        3. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin over acrylic paint? 

        4. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin over watercolor?

            Yes, you can use ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin over spray paint?

          • Yes, ArtResin epoxy resin can be applied over dry spray paint.
        6. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin over inkjet prints?

          • Watch the video: Using ArtResin Epoxy Resin over Inkjet Prints
          • Yes, you can use ArtResin epoxy resin 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 typically work great with ArtResin epoxy resin.
        7. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin over printed photographs?

        8. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin over paper?

          • Read the blog: How To Resin A Paper Collage.
          • Watch the video: Is a Sealant Necessary when Using ArtResin Epoxy Resin over Paper?
          • Yes. ArtResin epoxy resin 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 good 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. Low to medium 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 epoxy resin. 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 epoxy resin over Yupo synthetic paper?

        10. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin on a puzzle?

          • Read the blog: Can I Use Resin On A Puzzle?
          • Read the blog: How To Resin A Puzzle.
            Yes, you can easily use ArtResin epoxy resin over a puzzle. Cut a piece of MDF board to the exact dimensions of your puzzle and adhere your puzzle to the board with white glue. It's always best practice to pre-treat your puzzle with a sealant first, as the resin may soak into the paper and make it look darker, especially around the perimeter of each puzzle piece.
            Measure, mix and apply the ArtResin epoxy resin. 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. 
        11. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin over wood?

          • Read the blog: How To Resin Wood
          • Read the blog: Can I Apply ArtResin Epoxy Resin To Live Edge Wood?
          • Yes, ArtResin epoxy resin 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. ArtResin epoxy resin is FDA approved, making it safe for use on cheese boards, charcuterie boards and other surfaces that come in contact with food!
        12. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin on aluminum prints?

        13. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin over marker? 

          • Read the blog: How To Resin Paint Marker
          • Yes, you can resin over water-based or permanent marker once dry, however in most cases you will need to use a sealant such as Leveling Gel over the marker first to prevent bleeding and/or discoloration. Always test first before you pour ArtResin over your masterpiece. 
        14. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin over chalk pastels?

          • Watch the video: How To Resin Chalk Pastel.
          • 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 epoxy resin over sculpture?

        16. Can I make jewelry with ArtResin epoxy resin?

          • Watch the video: Making Jewelry Pendants with ArtResin Epoxy Resin
          • Yes, however ArtResin epoxy resin is best for certain types of jewelry making where the resin is poured into/onto a support (e.g. pendants). It 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 epoxy resin (e.g. a penny)?

        18. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin with glass?

          • Watch the video: ArtResin Epoxy Resin Glass Art Gallery Tour
          • Yes, you can apply ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin over organic material and natural objects?

          • Read the blog: How To Resin Rocks
          • Watch the video: Can You Resin Leaves?
          • Yes, ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin over gold leaf?

        21. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin over textured artwork?

          • 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 thicken to a gel-like state (usually takes 3-5 hours), then pour a second coat overtop to cover any areas that are sticking up. Repeat as often as necessary, torching after each pour.
        22. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin with polymer clay?

          • Yes, ArtResin epoxy resin can be used overtop of polymer clay to strengthen and beautify sculptural pieces. It 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 epoxy resin to make coasters and hot plates?

          • ArtResin epoxy resin 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 are typically too hot for the resin surface, so we do not recommend using ArtResin epoxy resin for hot plates. It is recommended for use up to 120° F.
        25. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin on ceramics?

          • Yes, ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin has fully cured before serving food on it.
        26. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin on plateware?

          • Read the blog: ArtResin Is Food Safe Resin!
          • Yes, according to the FDA, ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin on food to preserve it as a decoration?

        28. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin on countertops?

          • ArtResin epoxy resin can be used to coat kitchen countertops, but keep in mind that ArtResin was designed as a surface coating for artwork meant to be hung on the wall - it is considered scratch-resistant but not scratch-proof. You may want to add a polyurethane topcoat for an extra layer of protection against everyday wear and tear.  ArtResin epoxy resin is approved as food safe by the FDA.
        29. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin on flooring?

          • ArtResin epoxy resin is very durable once fully cured but as it was designed as a surface coating for artwork meant to be hung on the wall, it is considered scratch-resistant, not scratch-proof. A polyurethane sealant will help to protect your floor against inevitable wear and tear. It should be noted that ArtResin epoxy resin may be slippery when wet as it is waterproof.
        30. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin to make pen blanks?

        31. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin to coat fishing lures?

          • Watch the video: Using ArtResin Epoxy Resin on a Fishing Lure
          • Yes. ArtResin epoxy resin is very durable and waterproof. Once cured, the resin is inert and therefore does not pose a threat to aquatic life. Although it 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 epoxy resin has been shown in third party lab tests to outperform other epoxy resins in terms of non-yellowing longevity, resulting in a realistic-looking lure that will last.
        32. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin and varnish?

          • Watch the video: ArtResin Epoxy Resin vs. Varnish
          • ArtResin epoxy resin is much thicker than varnish (about 1/8" thick vs. paper thin). It is poured on like clear honey and spread out, whereas varnish is typically painted or rolled on.  ArtResin epoxy resin is protected against the aging (i.e. yellowing) effects of UV light, whereas varnishes typically are not.
        34. What is the difference between ArtResin epoxy resin and Mod Podge?

          • Watch the video: ArtResin Epoxyr Resin vs. Mod Podge
          • ArtResin epoxy resin is a two part mixture, whereas Mod Podge is one part. ArtResin epoxy resin is poured on like clear honey and spread out, whereas Mod Podge is typically painted on with a brush in several coats. ArtResin epoxy resin is thicker and typically glossier than Mod Podge. Both act as sealants. ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin NOT stick to?

          • ArtResin epoxy resin 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 pieces (e.g. jewelry made from resin poured in silicone molds). 
        37. Is cured ArtResin epoxy resin paintable?

        38. How hard is ArtResin epoxy resin once cured?

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

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

          • No, cracking does not typically occur. ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin waterproof?

          • Yes, ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin freezes?

          • Watch the video: What happens if ArtResin epoxy resin freezes?
          • If ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin artwork be hung outside?

        44. Should I seal my work first?

          • Watch the video: Should I Seal my Artwork Before Using ArtResin Epoxy Resin?

          • In most cases, there is no need to seal your work first—ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin from seeping into the paper.

        45. Will magazine clippings fade under ArtResin epoxy resin?

          • Usually magazine clippings will typically 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. Clippings should be sealed first before resining. 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 epoxy resin?

          • 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 epoxy resin with a paint roller or an air gun?

          • Yes you can use a paint roller to spread ArtResin epoxy resin, however the roller will be unusable afterward. 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 epoxy 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 epoxy resin on?

            • Watch the video: Making Wooden Panels for ArtResin Epoxy Resin
            • 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
            • Check out our Wood Panels, made especially for ArtResin! 
          2. Where should I ArtResin epoxy resin my piece?

            • ArtResin epoxy resin has no fumes or VOCs, however it makes sense to use it in a ventilated area. It 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 measure and stir properly?

            • Read the blog: How To Measure and Mix Resin And Hardener
            • Measure equally and accurately by volume, not weight. Adding too much of either the resin or the hardener will alter the chemical reaction and your resin will not cure properly.
            • Stir your equally measured amounts of resin and hardener together for at least 3 minutes. Not stirring properly will result in a sticky resin that will never cure. 
            • Scrape the bottom and sides of your mixing vessel as you stir to ensure the entire mixture catalyzes and that there is no remaining unmixed resin or hardener stuck to the sides that may prevent a proper cure.  
            • If bubbles appear, don’t worry—you can take care of them after pouring with an Artist's Torch
            • When you pour the resin out of the mixing vessel, avoid scraping the sides in case there is any unmixed resin or hardener stuck to the sides - if this gets mixed into your catalyzed resin, you may end up with soft sticky spots in your cured resin
          4. How do I properly spread ArtResin epoxy resin?

            • Read the blog: How To Pour And Spread Epoxy Resin
            • Once you mixed your resin and hardener for 3 minutes, you'll have approximately 40 minutes of working time to pour and spread your ArtResin before it starts to cure and gets too thick to work with.
            • If you've warmed your resin in a water bath, the working time will be reduced by about 10-15 minutes, so time yourself accordingly.
            • If you want to coat the entire piece, start by pouring in the centre of your work. To spread, use a flat semi-strong object (i.e. something that can stand up to the density and weight of the resin). You can also use a disposable foam brush if you only want to embellish specific areas of your piece.
            • 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 epoxy resin evenly and efficiently. 
            • You can resin the sides with a disposable foam brush or your gloved hand, or just let the resin dome neatly on top - doming means that you simply nudge the resin just to the edge of your piece without going over ... ArtResin's thick texture allows it to sit where you want it to!
            • Keep in mind that ArtResin will naturally self-level to a thickness of approximately 1/8".
          5. How do I prepare the surface of my piece for ArtResin epoxy resin?

            • Read the blog: Surface Preparation Before Applying Epoxy Resin
            • 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 epoxy resin self-leveling?

            • Yes, ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin?

            • The working time of ArtResin epoxy resin (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 epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin cure time is 24 hours (hard cure), however you can touch the surface after about 8 hours without it feeling sticky. It  reaches its full cure at 72 hours. 
          10. Can I get a matte finish from ArtResin epoxy resin?

            • ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin to dry faster?

            • Read the blog: How Can I Make Epoxy Resin Dry Faster?
            • Epoxy 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 epoxy resin mixture?

            • ArtResin epoxy resin 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?

            • Read the blog: Why Use A Torch With Resin?
            • Read the blog: How Can I Get Rid Of Bubbles In My Cured Resin?
            • 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 epoxy resin up instantly, thus thinning it out and allowing bubbles to escape very easily.
          14. How do I finish the edges of my ArtResin epoxy resin piece?

            • Read the blog: 5 Ways To Finish The Edges Of Your ArtResin Artwork
            • Edges can be dealt with in different ways. Some artists like to mask off the edges entirely and aim to keep the ArtResin epoxy resin 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 Epoxy Resin on an Instagram Photo)
          15. How do I deal with drips?

            • Read the blog: How Can I Fix Drips After They've Dried?
            • 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 epoxy resin dammed up?

            • Watch the video:  Preparing A Resin Dam
            • ArtResin epoxy resin will not stick to plastic materials such as acetate, plexiglass and silicone. Another 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 epoxy resin piece from dust as it cures?

            • Read the blog: How To Reduce Dust Before You Resin
            • 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 epoxy resin 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 reaches a gel-like state, after about 3-5 hours, so that when you pour the second layer, it sits on top of the first layer. The two layers will bond together. On the other hand, if you wait until the first layer is dry to the touch, after about 24 hrs, scuff up the surface with 80 grit sandpaper before applying the second coat. This will provide some tooth for best adhesion.
          20. How do I know when the ArtResin epoxy resin is mixed fully and ready to use?

            • Read the blog: How To Measure And Mix Resin And Hardener
            • 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 Epoxy Resin
            • Read the blog: How Can I Clean Epoxy Resin Mixing Containers?
            • Use disposable gloves and have paper or drop sheets on the ground to keep clean up simple. Do not pour leftover epoxy resin down the drain! Instead, wipe out all containers and wipe down reusable plastic tools with paper towel. Wipe down once more with rubbing alcohol or acetone to remove any residue. Next, wash with soap and water if desired.  Or, simply allow any remaining residue to simply cure right on the tools and peel it off the next day once it has dried.
          22. How can I clean cured ArtResin epoxy resin pieces?

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Experimenting

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

            • Watch the video: Applying ArtResin Epoxy Resin to 3D Surfaces
            • ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin?

            • You can apply ArtResin epoxy resin as thick as you want, as long as your pour in multiple 1/8" coats.
            • You have two choices when pouring multiple layers:
              the first is to pour your first layer, torch out the bubbles, cover and wait 3-5 hours until your ArtResin epoxy resin reaches a jelly like stage. At this point, you can pour on your next 1/8" layer, torch out bubbles, cover, wait 3-5 hrs and repeat until you reach the height you desire. This method is especially handy when pouring into a mold or a dam.
            • The second option is to allow your first layer to fully dry, then give the overall piece a light sanding and pour on your next 1/8" layer. Torch out bubbles, cover and let this layer dry.  Repeat these steps as many times as you'd like. 
            • Watch the video:  Preparing A Resin Dam With Metal Tape
            • Read the blog:  Can I Pour A Thick Layer Of Resin On My Artwork?
            • Keep in mind that our recommendation of a 72hr cure time is based on a 1/8" layer. The thicker your layers are, the longer the cure time will be. It could take up to 10 days for a full cure, depending on how many layers you've poured.
          3. Can I get a textured surface with resin?

          4. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin on walls?

            • Yes, you can resin walls. Be aware that ArtResin has the consistency of honey, so will travel down the wall with gravity before it cures. Keep in mind the 45 minute working time before starting any large project.
          5. Can I drill into ArtResin epoxy resin 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.
          6. How can I achieve a layered effect with ArtResin epoxy resin?

          7. How can I achieve a lace-like effect with pigmented ArtResin epoxy resin?

            • A lace-like effect can be achieved by applying colored resin overtop of other colored resin while it is semi-cured, then applying heat to it.
          8. How can I double-side my ArtResin epoxy resin (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.
          9. How can I use ArtResin epoxy resin over a curved surface?

            • Watch the video: How To ArtResin Driftwood
            • 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 epoxy resin with a foam brush or apply with gloved hands.
          10. What will happen if I do not spread ArtResin epoxy resin once it's poured?

            • Resin is self-leveling, so it will spread itself out to a certain extent without anyone touching it. 
          11. Can I use ArtResin epoxy resin as a glue?

            • Read the blog: How To Resin Rocks
            • 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.
          12. Should I immerse the ArtResin epoxy resin in a water bath before mixing?

            • Read the blog: What Is The Perfect Temperature For Working With Epoxy Resin?
            • Watch the video: Oh Sh*t - Milky Resin
            • If your ArtResin is colder than room temperature, it will be thick, clumpy, hard to work with and full of thousands of microbubbles.  Immersing the unopened bottles in a warm water bath for 10 minutes will help to mitigate this issue. Be advised that warming will decrease the working time by about 10-15 minutes so time yourself accordingly. Be cautious not to get any water into the mixture - even a single drop can cause your resin to cure cloudy. 

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Troubleshooting

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

            • Watch the video: Using Stretched Canvas vs. Using Wooden Panels with ArtResin Epoxy Resin
            • If you are pouring a large quantity of ArtResin epoxy resin 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?

            • Watch the video: Oh Sh*t: Bubbles
            • Yes, there are a few options to fix small imperfections
            • 1. You could put on another coat of ArtResin epoxy resin over the entire surface. This is usually the most effective way of solving this issue.
                  Watch the video: Applying a Second Coat of ArtResin Epoxy Resin
            • 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?

            • Watch the video: Oh Sh*t: Sticky!
            • If you notice soft, sticky areas in your resin application that do not seem to be curing properly, this always means that the chemical reaction was not able to happen properly—either through unequal measuring or non-thorough mixing. 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 until measures are taken to fix the situation.  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 epoxy resin?

            • It is extremely important to stir thoroughly, otherwise the ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin after stirring, these can be popped in many ways - no problem. 
          8. Is it possible to over-torch my ArtResin epoxy resin?

            • Watch the vide: Oh Sh*t: Overtorching
            • Although torching is the number one way to eliminate bubbles from your ArtResin epoxy resin surface, you must be careful not to over-torch. Move the Artist's Torch across the surface smoothly and without stopping, much like you would use an iron over clothing.
          9. How can I fix an uneven coat of ArtResin epoxy resin?

            • Simply apply another layer of ArtResin epoxy resin 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.
          10. If my first layer of ArtResin epoxy resin is scratched, will the scratch show through once I apply a second coat?

          11. How can I remove large pieces of cured ArtResin epoxy resin (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.
          12. How can I avoid lines or streaks in my ArtResin epoxy resin?

            • Be sure to do all your spreading well within the pot life span (usually 40-50 minutes). If you try to spread ArtResin epoxy resin 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.
          13. How can I avoid getting 'dimples' in my ArtResin epoxy resin surface?

            • Dimples can occur when the resin cures in cooler temperatures, or if there is a temperature dip in the first 24 hours of a cure.  Always aim for a stable room temperature of between 72-77F or 23-25C when curing your artwork.
            • Dimples can also result from overtorching.
            • Dimples can also occur when you scrape last drops from your mixing vessel, after you've already poured your resin.  Always ensure you pour everything out at once - if you pour any last drops out at a later time, these drops may have begun to cure already, meaning they wouldn't assimilate into the rest of the resin seamlessly.
          14. Why does my ArtResin epoxy resin look milky white or cloudy?

            • Watch the video: Oh Sh*t: Milky Resin
            • Read the blog: What Is The Perfect Temperature For Working With Epoxy Resin?
            • ArtResin's ideal working temperature is between 72-77F or 23-25C. Resin colder than this is thick, clumpy, hard to work with and looks milky because it's full of thousands of microbubbles (which you'll never be able to torch out.)
            • Carefully warming up the unopened resin/hardener bottles in a warm water bath for about 10 minutes can greatly mitigate this issue. Be aware that warming your resin in a waterbath cuts down your working time by about 10-15 minutes, so time yourself accordingly.
            • Dry your bottles thoroughly after removing them from the waterbath - even a single drop of water into the mixture can cause it to turn cloudy and prevent it from curing properly.
          15. Why does my ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin is formulated to protect against yellowing caused by thermal energy (heat). 
          16. How do I fix bare spots?

            • Watch the video: Oh Sh*t: Voids/Divots/Bare spots
            • Resin can be repelled by oily wet surfaces. To fix a bare area, sand the entire surface down with 80 grit sandpaper and pour another well-measured, well-mixed coat of ArtResin epoxy resin 

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Tips

          1. How can I increase the value of my artwork?

            • Artwork coated in ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin surface most effectively and efficiently?

            • A torch is your best bet for a perfect finish. Once you have poured your ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin?

            • Though ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin?

            • Watch the video: How to Mount a Print to a Wooden Panel
            • Watch the video : Coating A Mounted 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 epoxy resin?

            • As with most things, practice makes perfect. Your second project 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. After my ArtResin epoxy resin pieces have fully cured, how can I pack them without having anything stick to the top resin layer?

            • The best material to use against the surface of your ArtResin epoxy resin piece is glassine paper. Glassine paper is smooth, glossy, acid-free and will protect the resined surface without scratching or sticking. Once your piece is protected with glassine, you can pad it with polyfoam to provide cushioning. You can further pad your piece with fabric and cardboard for extra protection.
            • If you choose to use bubble wrap, DO NOT use it directly on your artwork as a first layer - use it as exterior padding only. Always make sure the flat side is facing in and the bubble side is facing out, otherwise there is a chance the bubbles may leave an impression.
            • Ensure your resined artwork has fully cured for at least 72hrs before packing, transporting or packing your art 
          7. How can I photograph my finished ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin won't ruin my artwork?

            • Read the blog: What Are The Benefits Of ArtResin?
            • Watch the video: How Can I be Sure ArtResin Epoxy Resin Won't Ruin my Work?
            • If you're new to ArtResin epoxy resin, 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 epoxy resin is specifically formulated for creative applications, and is chemically engineered to offer the best non-yellowing protection on the market. You may want to view our customer video reviews to see what others are saying about ArtResin epoxy resin and to get inspired.
          9. How can I hang heavy ArtResin epoxy resin 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 epoxy resin, 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 resin many pieces at once?

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