What’s the easiest way to shape resin? By using resin molds.
But if you’re looking for the coolest way to shape resin, then you’ll want to keep reading.
Instead of pouring the resin into a mold, you’ll pour it onto a surface, then shape it once it partially cures. For this project, you’ll shape that rubbery resin to make a bowl.
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Step 1: Get a plastic drop cloth
You can find these in the painting section of a home improvement store. The thicker the plastic, the better. Peeling the resin off thick plastic is more manageable than thin plastic.
Step 2: Cut the plastic
Cut off a plastic square about three times larger than the area you’re pouring resin on.
To help create the bowl form, choose something to serve as the bowl template.
Next, pull up the plastic along the sides of the jar. Use a sharpie to make several marks on the plastic where the edge of the jar meets the plastic.
These marks establish the boundary of where you’ll pour your epoxy.
Step 3: Mix and color resin
Mix 3 ounces of artwork resin to make this bowl. The artwork resin is perfect for this project because it has a short pot time. That means you won’t have to wait as long for the resin to partially cure to form it.
Leave some of your resin clear, but add color to some too.
Step 4: Pour the resin onto the plastic
Fill the center of the plastic with colored resin. Let your marks on the plastic guide you to the boundaries of where you should contain the resin.
After you have colored resin in the center, add a ring of clear resin around it. Don’t get worried about the uneven nature of the pour. That’s what will give your resin bowl an abstract edge.
Step 5: Remove bubbles
Go over the surface of your resin with a heat gun to remove bubbles.
Step 6: Add embellishments
Add complimentary colored beads in various shapes to the clear resin section.
Once you have the resin the way you like it, set it aside to soft cure.
Here’s the important part of how to shape resin
Your epoxy resin must be rubbery and bendable but not fully cured. Check it every couple of hours until it gets to this stage.
Step 7: Form the resin
Once the resin is soft, peel it away from the dropcloth. Squeeze your resin to form it in an abstract shape.
Then, set it aside to cure. To help it maintain its shape, let the resin finish curing in a box to hold up the sides. The jar weighs down the center if necessary.
Ta-da! You just learned how to shape resin.
I really like how the bowl turned out. It looks like something abstract made from glass. I’ve set it on a shelf in my kitchen, but I could easily see using this bowl on my desk to hold pencils or rubber bands.
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