What better way to serve appetizers at your next get together than by making your own resin cheese board? Not only are these fun to make, but your guests will be asking how you made it!
Supplies for this resin cheeseboard project:
- Artwork resin
- Dispersion media such as silicone oil or hair serum
- Resin Obsession Opaque Pigments: White, Purple, Red
- Gold Leaf flakes
- Wooden Cheese Paddle
- Painter’s tape
- Painter’s tape with drop-down sheet
- Heat gun
- Measuring cups
- Stir sticks
- Kleenex or other disposable tissue
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 to allow resin to flow over the edges and drip onto the protected work surface.
Mask off the handle and a couple of inches of the cheese paddle using the painter’s tape with drop-down sheet. Open out the plastic and cover the center of the paddle. This will be the back of the cheese paddle.
Burnish the tape onto the paddle paying particular attention to the edge. This will help reduce the chance of resin seeping underneath it.
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 a total of 2 1/2 ounces (total) which was more than I needed.
Mix the two parts together for 3 or 4 minutes until it is completely combined.
Pour about half of the resin into two smaller cups. To the first one, add one drop of purple pigment. To the second cup, add three drops of red pigment. Add several drops of white pigment to the large cup.
Because Resin Obsession pigments contain epoxy resin, you will need to thoroughly mix the pigment into each cup of resin.
Pour the white resin over the handle and spread it right out to the edges 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 cheese board.
Apply the heat gun to 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.
Use a tooth pick to pick up pieces of the gold leaf and place it onto the resin to create veins. Use the path that colors have flowed in as a guide.
Optional: Apply a few drops of dispersion media to the resin. The best cells are created where the colors join as the Resi-BLAST will make the layers of color disperse. Be careful here as too much dispersion media can cause divots and pitting.
Once you have your resin cheeseboard the way you like it, set it aside where it will be undisturbed for about two hours.
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 take the resin to reach this point will be dependent on the ambient temperature so keep checking every half hour or so.
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.
Use the Kleenex to wipe off any excess dispersion media (if you used it) from the resin.
Now it’s time to work on the front of the paddle. Apply painter’s tape to the side edges of the paddle. Burnish the top edge of the tape well.
Mask off the handle and a couple of inches of the paddle using the painter’s tape with drop down sheet as you did in step one. Try to align it with the resin on the back.
Repeat the steps above to coat the front with resin.
Leave the resin to cure fully before using the cheese paddle.
I love how the colors come together on this resin cheeseboard. The gold leaf really helps to make it look very posh.
To care for your resin cheese board, clean only with a damp cloth. Never immerse the timber or resin in water. The timber can be wiped down with cooking oil occasionally if needed.
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