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In this article, the author of the YouTube channel “Damir Z” will tell you how you can make very beautiful interior items – coasters made of epoxy resin with the addition of gold leaf.
Such homemade products are very simple to make, and can be easily repeated at home.
Materials required for homemade products .
– Synthetic casting epoxy resin
– Gold leaf
– Silicone molds for coasters option 1, option 2
– Colorants for cast epoxy resin – Pearlescent paint (metallic) for cast epoxy resin.
The first and very important stage of working with two-component cast epoxy resin is the preparation of the composition. It is necessary to thoroughly mix both resin components together in strictly defined proportions, for which it is best to use an accurate electronic balance.
It is advisable to mix the components first in one plastic glass, and then pour the composition into another, stirring again for a couple of minutes.
The author divides the finished transparent composition into two parts.
Silicone injection molds are placed on a table covered with paper or foil.
Gold leaf is a very effective addition that sets the appearance of products. Such foil can be of different shades – “like copper”, silver, etc.
Slightly crumpled petals are placed in the central part of the forms. It is better to work with such foil with tweezers – it easily sticks to hands and surfaces.
On each of the formed piles of foil, the master pours a thin stream of transparent composition.
All pieces of foil should be covered with resin. Also, you should not allow the composition to spread onto the rest of the surface.
White pearlescent pigment is added to the second part of the transparent composition and mixed thoroughly.
This part of the composition is poured around the central part in a circular motion.
Small air bubbles that float to the surface are easily removed by a quick and short heating with a gas burner.
A pearlescent composition is added around the perimeter again. You can correct the streak pattern with a toothpick.
Remains of the transparent composition are added to the centers last. So the middle “open”.
If bubbles appear again, you can neutralize them with a gas burner, or use a special aerosol (the effect is the same, but it is not cheap).
Cast resin polymerization usually occurs within 24 hours. It is possible to speed up the process (in order to free the mold for the next product) by artificially maintaining the temperature of the composition at about 60 degrees. So the resin will harden in 4-6 hours.
After polymerization, you can remove the products, and they are almost ready.
The final touch is applying “gold” acrylic paint to the edges of the coasters.
While the paint dries, the author places the stand on a plastic cup – so the painted edges will not touch anything.
Of course, all these operations should be performed in clean rooms where there is little dust. Surprisingly, such a room is the bathroom.
If you look closely, you can clearly see the difference between the mother-of-pearl pattern on the bottom and the surface.
Above, near the edges, small bumpers are inevitably formed. If desired, they can be removed on a grinding machine, followed by polishing steps.
Damir has made such original and beautiful coasters.
Modern synthetic Casting resins often have safety certifications and can come in contact with food.
Thank the author for a master class on making epoxy resin coasters.
Tools used by the author.
– Precise electronic scales
– Gas burner, brush, sticks
– Large store of tools, molds, pigments, dyes for working with casting resin.
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Hello, dear readers and DIY!