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What to Know About Deep Cast Resin

Deep cast resin can be poured in thick layers to create beautiful works of art and decorative pieces. The benefit of using deep cast resin is that it doesn’t generate a lot of heat after being poured and it is not prone to cracking. If you are interested in creating works of art with this resin, you need to learn how to work with it along with the necessary safety precautions.

Deep cast resin is actually a type of epoxy resin and it comes in a two part system. This includes a hardener and resin. When you mix these two components together, a chemical reaction occurs which causes the combination to harden and cure. You need to read the manufacturer’s instructions before proceeding with this so you know exactly which proportions to be mixed. You can use a variety of materials with deep cast resin such as stone, metal, wood etc. This gives you a lot of flexibility to experiment and it can help you create unique works of art and crafts. You can pour this resin onto the surface of the material directly or use it to fill gaps. You can even create beautiful colour and effects by adding dyes or pigments to the resin. This is self-levelling making it easier to work with this resin. So it is spread out evenly over the surface you are pouring on without leaving any odd irregularities. You can easily create flat smooth surfaces because of this property.

During its curing stage, it will generate heat.

If you don’t work in a properly ventilated area, the temperature will go up causing the resin to deform or crack. Also, it is always recommended to work in a well-ventilated area so that you are not inhaling any of the fumes. There is a long curing time for deep cast resin which can go up to about 72 hours or even more. The curing time is determined by the thickness of the layer you have poured and the conditions of the environment you are working in such as the humidity and ambient temperature. You need to let the resin cure fully before you handle the piece so you will definitely need to practise some patience.

Deep cast resin

Is generally UV resistant which means you will not see yellowing of the product after some time which can occur due to exposure to sunlight. This is a common occurrence in some other resin crafts. Therefore, if you are working on an outdoor project, using deep cast resin will ensure that the final appearance of the project will not change even with UV exposure. You can also sand and polish the resin once it is cured and this will give you a smooth and shiny surface. You can use a buffing wheel or polishing compounds after treating it with sandpaper. You can embed objects into deep cast resin as well. You can embed photos, flowers, colourful crystals etc. into the resin to create a unique craft. But make sure that the embedded object I properly sealed before you use it so that it doesn’t introduce moisture or air bubbles into the resin.

Hester Griffith
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