All about epoxy resin for creativity

All about epoxy resin for creativity

To learn that there is a transparent epoxy resin for creativity, how to use it to create work, many lovers of needlework want. In its beauty, such crafts are not inferior to products from natural amber, and you can do them even at home. Learn more about working with the material will help learn the master class on the use of decorative resin for needlework.

What it is?

Applied to creativity Epoxy resin is a synthetic oligomeric composition, also known as a jewelry compound. The raw material has a transparent structure, rather dense and firm after the hole, and in liquid form a fluid, viscous. This is how the decorative epoxy resin is different from a technical having a characteristic yellowish shade.

Compositions for creativity are produced transparent. In the color version, their master creates, adding dyes. Depending on the line, manufacturer, the intensity of mixing the brightness of the pigment varies. In addition, there are special glitters – fillers that allow add mixtures of shine.

Epoxy resin, used in decorative purposes, is also produced by Russian, and foreign manufacturers. The greatest consumer confidence was honored by Epoxy, Crystal Glass. Their products easily take the necessary consistency, does not spread, generates a uniform dense structure without defects. And today, the soft glass is gaining popularity – the composition based on epoxy resin having a pasty consistency.

Decorative details are made of decorative parts for decorating glass surfaces, create original compositions and crafts, reminiscent of works from Murano glass.

Composition and properties

Epoxy resin suitable for creativity, produced in several options. Among the compositions differ in color and consistency, as well as operational characteristics. The most popular option is the marking of ED-20, divided into higher products and 1 varieties. The second option is considered industrial, thick and grabs no more than 4 hours after mixing. 1 grade resin goes to the needs of chemical, aviation production, shipbuilding, used in the production of adhesive and sealing compositions, is used in electrical engineering.

High-grade species perfect for decorative purposes. Such epoxy resin ED-20 is very transparent, viscous, convenient to work, products from it are characterized by decorativeness. When adding a hardener, the correct mixture is obtained without bubbles, it keeps the specified form. Other similar compounds are used in jewelry and divemic arts: ED-16, ED-22.

Among the characteristic features that are inherent in epoxy resin after crystallization, several properties can be noted.

  • High ability to adhesion with different types of surfaces. It is well associated with ceramics, metal, glass, interacts with polymers, concrete, wood.
  • Dielectric properties. Resin has an extremely low conduit, can be used for the manufacture of decorative lamps.
  • External resistance. The frozen compound is well tolerates mechanical processing, moisture consoles, is not afraid of temperature drops and contact with chemicals.
  • Environmental purity. Material is absolutely non-toxic as when creating crafts and after complete rejection.

Thanks to these properties, epoxy resin has gained popularity in jewelry and decorative industries. It makes decorations, household items, cast countertops and sinks for plumbing needs.

The composition of all types of epoxy resin is the same. It includes 3 main ingredients:

  • Natra caustic+
  • diphenylolpropan+
  • Epichlorohydrin.

Depending on the type of compound the proportion of substances change. Besides, Manufacturers are added to the additives and substances, allowing to increase artistic properties, simplify work with the material. In addition to the foundation itself, a hardener is needed to obtain a resin suitable for operation – a substance that converts liquid and driving composition into monolithic. It is he who is responsible for the crystallization process, usually attached to the chosen compound, but sometimes it can be purchased separately.

    Suitable are considered several types and brands of compositions.

    • Telalit-590. Hardener focused on the creation of bulk products and structures. Suitable for work in rooms with a range of temperatures + 20 … 25 ° C. In the liquid state, it is quite unusual, resembles water flow, very transparent.

      • Epilox H 10-34. The technical option used in the manufacture of compositions for filling large on the surface area – with its help create bulk floors, countertops. The degree of transparency is high, viscosity the hardener is close to the oil. The optimal operating temperature is considered to be + 15 ° C.

        • PEP. Budgetizer suitable for use at room temperature. Special conditions are not needed for hardening, the average term of full grasp – 24 hours. The composition has a light chemical smell, working with it is better in gloves. The color is slightly yellow, there is a turbidity, the hardener is rather viscous, it is not suitable for creating volumetric items.

          In order for the epoxy resin for creativity to have optimal consistency and other indicators, plasticizers add to it that ensure improved strength or elasticity of the material that increase its hydrophobic properties. Most often it is funds with the DBF marking, DEG-1, S-7106. If low-grade raw materials are used for creativity, the use of additives will help improve its performance. In a special compound for creativity, they are already present in the desired volume.

          With long-term storage, epoxy resin for creativity, like its industrial analogs, becomes more viscous. Solvents helps to eliminate the problem, for this usually enough White Spirit. However, it is worth using such aggressive liquids only as a last resort – they are designed for technical needs, require extremely cautious circulation. Remove the traces of the resin with acetone-containing cosmetic liquids.

          To increase the decorative properties of the product, in addition to glitters and dyes, other substances or fractions are often used. Among the fillers used most often, you can select several options.

          • Crumbled Minerals and Mountain Breeds. Pomegranate, snake, marble, travertine look interesting. You can use even ordinary fine gravel.
          • Cement (artificial stone). It is added to hardening the material or in order to obtain interesting decorative effects.
          • Quartz sand. It does not dissolve epoxy resin. It is used both in the manufacture of large-format floors and countertops, and when creating small decor items.

          • Wood flour, chips or bark. Gives density and strength, very small fractions are used in furniture manufacturing in the manufacture of a special composite.

          • Aluminum powder. It gives an interesting visual effect. Well combined with industrial-style products.

          • Natural dyes. Powdral graphite add to it. Titanium dioxide uses.

          Not too good idea is to add to the Epoxy resin aggregates with high hygroscopicity. These include all types of mineral powder – from dental powder to Talc. They also help get the white color of the material, but make it more fragile and vulnerable to external threats.

          Scope of application

          Epoxy resin for creative works – a unique material leaving the incredible space for needlework. With it, artworks and items that have practical applications are created. Some referral uses deserve special attention.


          Transparent resin is ideal for creating original handmade products. Modern masters of art crafts create original pendants, pendants, brooches and rings, epoxy earrings and bracelets. Especially refined products, inside which parts of wildlife carefully persist.

          Moss, lichen, flowers, stones and other elements frozen in a transparent drop of resin, retain their beauty for many years.

          Decor elements

          Unusual press papier for papers, stylish candlestick, just the subject of the interior, differing in shape and color from any existing things. With the help of epoxy resin, you can make designer masterpieces that affect imagination. Their fragile beauty looks very unusual, attracts look. Vases for colors created by masters can recreate the splash of sea foam or convey the fragility of it in the frosty glass.


          Due to its dielectric properties, epoxy resin often becomes the basis for creating original lamps. The form of the product can be any, as well as decorative design. You can create a unique object of the situation for a specific design project of a house or apartment.


          Using epoxy resin for the manufacture of furniture does not look too avant-garde, it is worth only to see the result of such work. Most often from a transparent material, a tabletop is made. When pouring it in it, almost any decor can be placed – from dried colors and greenery to sea pebbles. The combination of wood and epoxy resin looks very interesting, the furniture is solid and original. In addition to the countertops, it turns out beautiful and durable window sills, unusual aprons for the kitchen.


          Seriously replace glass or ceramics in the manufacture of utensils Epoxy resin can not. But it turns out interesting items of decorative purposes: fruit and candy vases, stands, clips, serving items. Toned epoxy resin combines well with wooden and wicker frames.

           How to use?

          The master class on the use of epoxy resin for creativity allows you to get a complete picture of how it is necessary to work with this material. First of all, standard security measures should be observed: put on rubber gloves and mask or respirator, Provide a free influx of air into the room, it is noted by a plastic or glue workplace, make sure that the air temperature does not exceed + 25 ° C.

          Preparation of epoxy resin requires the acquisition of a specific set of consumables:

          • compound and hardener+
          • Disposable medical syringes or measuring cups with millimeter divisions+
          • Wooden spatula for stirring+
          • Clean containers of different sizes.

          Before starting work, it is recommended to read the instructions attached to the manufacturer to consumables. Proportions from different compositions change, there is no single recipe. Next, the components are connected in a small bowl or a cup, a cuvette. The accuracy of proportions will provide the use of cups or syringes with measuring divisions. It should not be prepared too much resin immediately, it can start the polymerization earlier than will be spent.

          The connected hardener and compound neatly and thoroughly mixed in the selected capacity. At this stage, glitters and pigments can be added to them. For some time you need to perform circular movements, cleaning air bubbles, achieving the homogeneity of the composition. If they are still formed, the mixture is defended and heated. Air chambers will rise and will be available to remove.

          Until full frosted epoxy resin usually takes 20-24 hours. It is important throughout this time to maintain the right temperature in the room. To speed up the process, you can send a blank in the oven for 20 minutes at a temperature of + 80 ° C, and then leav at room temperature until full crystallization.

          Pouring into Molda

          Finished resin can be used in different ways. Most often it is cast in silicone forms – Moldes, giving the right form. Such blanks are used to make small items. Thanks to the peculiarities of silicone molds, frozen resin is easily from them. There are ready solutions for rings, keyfobs, pendants.

          When using decorative natural elements – shells, stones, they are washed and degreased, herbs, moss, flowers are thoroughly dried. Then these components are stacked in Mold and poured resin. The procedure may be different.

          • With pre-location of the decor. In this case, the decor stacked on the bottom of the form. Then the resin is preparing – she needs to be worth not less than 30 minutes. Upon completion of this process, the epoxy base is poured into Mold. It will only be waiting until the workpiece harvest and clean it uneven edges with abrasive tools – a supphyl, small file.
          • With pouring resin. After filling out the form, the decor in it is distributed using toothpicks. This allows you to create products with symmetric and more complex filling.

          After frozen, the product from the resin may be subjected to additional grinding and machining. Most often enough sandpaper, but you can use abrasive pecks for manicure and pedicure. During grinding there is a lot of dust – it is worth protecting eyes, nose and mouth.

          Casting within

          Products made of epoxy resin can be made not only in Moldes. There are special metal rims and frames. Their main difference lies in the need to grind ready-made decorations with facial and irons. The bottom line of the rim for the time of fillings is usually placed on the surface of adhesive tape to eliminate the leakage of the resin below. You can also add decor elements – leaves and flowers of plants, small diverse stones, photo.

          Such foundations can be made independently. Frames weave from wire, make polymer clay. It is important that the form allows you to keep the resin inside the contour as much as possible.

          Beautiful examples of work

          Fantasy authors who create their products from epoxy resin, limitless. You can make sure that I reviewed the photo gallery.

          • Celebration of Nature in the perfect form of the sphere. Natural materials have special beauty, and even when placed in an unpainted resin, it looks very impressive.

          • Gourmet pendants with golden metal figures inside. The product looks elegant, not too clean, suitable for wearing every day.

          • Original colored rings with a filling of transparent crystals and metal. The handicraft looks spectacular, it may well replace the traditional pair decoration at the wedding.

          How to make a pendant with a flower from epoxy resin, look in the video.

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