What is Epoxy Resin
Epoxy Resin is a type of plastic made from two liquids that when mixed together and cured become solid.
As a liquid the resin can be coloured with many different types of colours such as mica powder, alcohol ink, can have dried flowers or shells added to it.
The epoxy once mixed and any additives added such as colours is then poured into a mould such as a coaster mould or tealight holder mould and left to set, this takes anything from 24 hours upwards dependant on the resin used, inside temperature and outside temperature and humidity.
In the case of coasters that may have a hot drink on them some resins are heat resistant upto 90 degrees for the resin that I use. But these coasters once cured solid must then have a further cure of around 21 to 28 days.
It is useful to note that sometimes there may be the odd bubble inside or on the edge of an item and though this is something that I try to avoid it is at times unavoidable.
Resin when curing is fluid so colours in the resin will move, this can make some interesting and unusual effects, and also means that no two pieces are the same. It is very hard to reproduce the same effect twice when using resin unless using one solid colour or one glitter etc in the resin.
Epoxy resin is so versatile it would take me to long to go through everything about it so will leave this here and let you look for yourself what I make with it.