What better way to serve appetizers at your next get-together than by making your own resin charcuterie board? Not only are these fun to make, but they make great housewarming gifts.
Supplies for this resin cheeseboard project:
- Epoxy Resin Kit
- Resin Obsession Opaque Pigments: White, Purple, Red
- Gold Leaf flakes
- Wooden Cheese Paddle
- Painter’s tape
- Plastic Drop Cloth
- Heat gun
- Measuring cups
- Stir sticks
Before beginning, you will need to do two things:
*Protect your workspace with plastic. A painter’s drop sheet works well for this. If you don’t have one of these, here are some other ideas for surfaces resin won’t stick to.
*Have disposable cups to elevate the cheese paddle. This allows the epoxy resin to flow over the edge and drip onto the protected work surface.
Step 1: Cover board
Mask off the handle and a couple of inches of the cheese paddle using the painter’s tape with a drop-down sheet. Be sure you leave enough wooden space open on the charcuterie board that you won’t cover with resin. (That’s where you’ll put your fancy cheese.)
Open out the plastic and cover the center of the paddle. This will be the back of the cheese paddle.
Step 2: Apply tape securely
Burnish the tape onto the wood paying particular attention to the edge. This will help reduce the chance of resin seeping underneath it and not making a clean edge on your charcuterie board.
Step 3: Measure resin
Measure the amount of resin and hardener you will need for this project into separate cups. The amount you need will depend on the area you want to cover. I measured out 2 1/2 ounces (total) which was plenty.
This article details the easy way to figure out how much resin you need.
Step 4: Mix together
Combine the two parts together for 3 or 4 minutes until streak-free.
Here are more details on mixing resin if you’ve never done this before.
Step 5: Color
Divide the resin amongst three cups. To the first one, add one drop of purple pigment. To the second cup, add three drops of red coloring. Finally, add several drops of white to the third cup. Mix well.
Step 6: Apply the colors
Pour the white resin over the handle and spread it right out to the edges of the charcuterie board with the long side of the stir stick, allowing it to flow over.
Pour the purple and red resin diagonally across the surface of your resin cheeseboard.
Step 7: Apply heat
Use the heat gun to go over the surface of the resin. You’ll notice a lot of bubbles pop, but the main reason for using the heat gun is to blend the colors and create some feathering.
Step 8: Add metal leaf
Use a toothpick to pick up pieces of the gold leaf and place them onto the resin to create veins. Use the path that colors have flowed in as a guide.
Step 9: Check the resin curing
After two hours, draw a toothpick through the overflow on the drop sheet. If the line in the resin remains, proceed to the next step. If the resin flows back together, leave it to set longer. The time it takes the resin to reach this point will be dependent on the ambient temperature, so keep checking every half hour or so.
Step 10: Remove the plastic
Once the toothpick doesn’t make a line in the resin overflow, it’s time to remove the drop cloth from the charcuterie board. Gently pull the tape away from the paddle and remove the masking tape. Any rough edges should smooth back out, leaving a clean edge. Allow the resin to cure completely overnight.
[OPTIONAL] Step 11: Apply a design to the other side
Repeat steps 1 through 10 to make a design on the other side if you want.
Leave the resin to cure fully before using the charcuterie board.
I love how the colors come together on this resin charcuterie board. The gold leaf really helps to make it look very posh.
To care for your resin charcuterie board, clean only with a damp cloth. Never immerse in water. The wood can be wiped down with cooking oil occasionally if needed.
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Originally written by by Myléne Hillam
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