How to make a resin cheese board

How to make your own resin cheese board

resin cheese boardby Myléne Hillam

Supplies needed:

 

A note before beginning:  Resi-BLAST only works whilst the resin is very fluid so it’s important that you don’t delay pouring and working with the resin. The reaction will not work once the resin begins to gel or partially cure.

Before beginning, protect your workspace with plastic. A painter’s drop sheet works well for this. Elevate the cheese paddle on small cups to allow resin to flow over the edges and drip onto the protected work surface.

cover cheese board with plastic and secure with tape

Mask off the handle and a couple of inches of the cheese paddle using the painters 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.

smooth tape onto board to make sure no resin leaks underneath

Burnish the tape onto the paddle paying particular attention to the edge. This will help reduce the chance of resin seeping underneath it.

measuring resin in a cup

Measure out equal quantities of MasterCast 1-2-1 Resin and Hardener. The amount you need will depend on the area you want to cover. I measured out a total of 2 1/2 ounces which was more than I needed.

mixing resin in a cup

Mix the two parts together for 3 or 4 minutes until it is completely combined.

adding purple pigment to resin

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.

resin colored with pigments

Because Resin Obsession pigments contain epoxy resin, you will need to thoroughly mix the pigment into each cup of resin.

pouring white resin over the cheese board handle

white layer of resin on cheese board handles

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.

pouring colored resin onto white resin

Pour the purple and red resin diagonally across the surface.

using a heat gun to apply heat to poured resin

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.

using a toothpick to apply gold leaf to poured resin

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.

applying resiblast to wet resin

Apply a few drops of Resi-BLAST to the resin. The best cells are created where the colors join as the Resi-BLAST will make the layers of color disperse. Set the piece aside where it will be undisturbed for about two hours.

Draw a tooth pick 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.

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removing tape from cheese board when resin is partially cured.

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.

using a tissue to wipe up excess resiblast

Use the Kleenex to wipe off any excess Resi-BLAST from the resin and polish it up.

applying tape to the side of a cheese board before pouring 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.

preparing a cheese board to pour resin

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 1. 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.

How to make a resin cheese board

I love how the colors come together on this cheese board.  The gold leaf really helps to make the cheese board look very posh.

DIY resin cheese board

To care for your finished piece, 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.

 

Does this inspire you to make your own resin cheese board?

Unpublished Blog Posts of Resin Obsession, LLC © 2017 Resin Obsession, LLC

21 Comments

Hayley

Thank you for this great tutorial! Is this resin food safe? So, if someone cuts cheese or something on the resin part of the board, will it be safe?
Thanks!

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chris

why did you choose MasterCast 1-2-1 Artwork Resin for this piece? is it harder/less prone to knive scrathches than others?

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Katherine Swift

MasterCast was chosen for this project as it is designed for coloring and applying to a flat surface.

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Pam McNatt

Hi,
I have a question about the hole in the handle. How do you keep that patent?
Thanks

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Katherine Swift

You can use the tape on in the inside of it. Peel it off once the resin has cured.

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Tammy Fairchild

Where did you get the wooden cheese paddle? I can’t find one that I like anywhere!!

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Shayla

How would you clean this? By hand washing with dish soap and warm water?

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Denise

Hello 🙂 Is there something I can do so that the resin covers the edge completely? (the side of the board) I´ve done a couple but both ended up with a very thin sort of clear resin edge. Thanks!

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Katherine Swift

Have you tried smearing some resin on the sides before the resin has started to gel?

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K

Hello, I am getting lots of small air bubbles appearing in my resin as it is drying.

After I finish pouring there are no bubbles. I leave the chopping board it to dry, when I come back there are lots of tiny bubbles over the resin. How do I stop this from happening?

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Dee

Hello, love your cheese board! I have a quick question. When you removed the tape and the resin is supposed to settled back down so that it appears a move blended line with the board, mine didn’t exactly do that and so I have ended up with a rather blunt edge and some that’s a bit messy. Is there anything I can do with this?

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Katherine Swift

If the resin is fully cured, unfortunately no. You could always put down another layer of tape and try with another layer of resin.

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Sandra

Yeah my edge didn’t look great after I took the tape off it was very sticky and some edges frayed and looked tacky. Luckily I saw you said not to wait til it cures to fix it. I tried it looks better but hopefully can sand down what I couldn’t get off and still look good

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Mohd Arif

I love your technique it may increase my business volume. Such great ideas can change the products look.

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