How to use dried flowers in resin
This post is part of a series that shows crafting techniques on drying flowers and using them in resin.
So here comes the fun part — casting the flowers in resin! This particular day, I cast the flowers dried in the microwave in Castin’ Craft Easy Cast resin. I used this resin because I needed some for another project and just decided to mix up a little extra for this one. I prepped rectangular cabochon mold 412 with Castin’ Craft mold release and conditioner before pouring the resin.
While I was waiting for the mold release to dry, I took on Part B of the experiment. Three of the flowers I treated with several light coats of the Castin’ Craft resin gloss sealer spray. I did this by placing the flowers onto wax paper and coating them in short bursts. Allow to dry in between layers. Three of the flowers I left as is.
Once the resin was mixed, I put in a bit of the resin into two cavities. Then, I coated the flowers with resin in the cup and placed them into the mold. Cover and allow to cure for 24 hours.
Here are the results:
(Above, the castings are still in the mold) Overall, it looks like the sealed and unsealed flowers had the same results. Yes, I was surprised at that too! I’m not sure I would go out on a limb yet and say you never have to seal flowers, but it certainly is worth trying it again to see if I still turns out well. The flowers themselves did pretty well. It is a bit hard to see here, but the hydrangeas in both castings had some tiny, pinpoint areas of translucency. Both were about equal with the amount of those pinpoints.
(Above, showing the castings with back side down onto white paper) I must also admit that I was pleasantly surprised by how well the flowers have kept their color. I think I may have found my new resin inclusions!
So here’s what I learned this time that I will do for future experiments:
1. I will try the microwave dried flowers again in a different resin and compare results.
2. I am intrigued by the hydrangeas taking on clear spots. I would love to hear someone else’s thoughts on that. Is that a hydrangea thing?
3. I’m also going to try to use unsealed flowers in resin again to see if I get the same results.
What has been your experience with using flowers in resin?
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