How to embed flowers into resin
Resin is a versatile and popular material for creating unique and personalised craft projects. One of the most popular ways to use resin is by embedding flowers or other natural elements into it, creating stunning and personalised pieces that can be used in a variety of ways. In this article, we'll explain step-by-step how to embed flowers into resin to create your own custom creations.
What you will need to get started
• Mouldd Epoxy Resin
• Mixing cups and stirrers
• Silicone Moulds
• Dried flowers or petals
• Heat gun or butane torch (optional) Tape or clingfilm (optional)
Step 1: Prepare your workspace
Before you begin working with resin, make sure your workspace is clean, dry, and free from any dust or debris. Lay down a protective covering on your work surface, such as a plastic tablecloth, to prevent any spills or drips from damaging the surface.
Step 2: Mix the resin
Mouldd resin is a heat resistant 1:1 resin. Therefore you will need equal parts resin to hardener. Pour slowly both the resin and hardener into your mixing cup and mix for three minutes. Scraping the slides slowly to make sure all the resin is mixed in and it is not left cloudy. Make sure to wear gloves to protect your skin from the chemicals in the resin. If you want to add colour to the resin, you can do so using a small amount of alcohol ink, mica powder or dye.
Step 3: Pour the resin
Pour the mixed resin into the mould or container, roughly to half the depth of the mould. You may need to use a heat gun or butane torch to remove any bubbles that form on the surface of the resin.
Step 4: Prepare and embed your flowers
Select the flowers or petals you want to embed in your resin. It's important to use dried flowers, as fresh flowers contain moisture that can cause bubbles or discoloration in the resin.
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Trim the stems and any excess parts from the flowers, and using your tweezers embed them onto the wet resin.
Step 5: Let the resin cure
Leave the resin to cure for 24 hours. Depending on the temperature of the room it may take less or more time to cure, ensure to wear gloves when checking if it has fully cured. You can also cover the mould with clear tape or clingfilm to prevent any dust or debris from settling on the surface of the resin as it cures.
Step 6: Second pour
Once the first layer has cured you can pour your second layer of resin to fully embed the flowers and leave a perfect finish. Once you have done this you can leave your resin for a further 24 hours to cure again.
Step 7: Remove the resin from the mould
Once the resin has cured, you can carefully remove it from the mould or container. Step 8: Display or use your creation Your embedded flower resin project is now ready to be displayed or used in a variety of ways. You can attach a chain or cord to a pendant and wear it as a necklace, use it as a paperweight or coaster and even incorporate it into other craft projects.
In conclusion, embedding flowers into resin is a beautiful and creative way to personalise your craft projects. With a little patience and attention to detail, you can create stunning and unique pieces that showcase the beauty of nature. Happy crafting!