Epoxy Resin: How Does It Work?
Epoxy resin is a product composed of two ingredients to be mixed to obtain a hard and solid solution. Easy to work with, colorable at will, aesthetic, and original, epoxy resin is ideal for bringing many practical and decorative creations to life.
What Is Epoxy Resin?
Epoxy resin is a thermosetting liquid polymer made up of two components. It works in liquid form between 20 and 25°C and begins to harden when exposed to a temperature of 10 to 15°C.
The epoxy resin is sold in two bottles. One contains the resin, and the other contains the hardener. It is advisable to use a precise scale (such as a kitchen scale) to dose each of the ingredients properly. Each bottle must indicate the usage ratio to make a good mixture.
How To Color The Epoxy Resin?
Coloring the epoxy resin is an interesting solution for making a whole bunch of objects. All dry dyes are perfectly compatible with resin solution (น้ำยา เร ซิ่น, which is the term in Thai), so you can include the pigments, powders, sands, and earth you want in your mix.
On the other hand, if you prefer to opt for a liquid dye, check its compatibility with your resin on the manufacturer’s instructions because not all of them are. Indeed, certain products can compromise the resin’s catalysis, making it soft, sticky, or even opaque.
What Can You Do With Epoxy Resin?
The possibilities are endless because the epoxy resin is solid when hardened and easy to work. Here are several very trendy possibilities:
- The jewels: The resin makes it possible to manufacture a great diversity of very aesthetic jewels and in multiple colors. Well worked, the resin can look like precious stones and make beautiful jewelry for a small price.
- Tables: The mixture of wood and epoxy resin is very trendy in table decoration. It makes it possible to create original and personalized creations.
- Furniture: If tables are the most fashionable, any furniture can be designed in epoxy resin or embellished with it for a sublimated effect.