Epoxy resin can be applied to many of your projects to increase their depth, professionalism, and value. On this page, we’ll explore how epoxy resin and wood can come together to make truly unique pieces of furniture and art. Whether you want to create a live edge table or carve a beautiful piece of wood art, this page will help inspire your next work of art.
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Gotta Start Somewhere, Why Not With A Pearlescent Blank?
Epoxy Resin and woodworking go hand and hand. A great place to start is to create a pearlescent wood blank. With a wood blank, you can create amazing wood art. A wooden blank can be made out of burl wood with a few simple steps: Place a small piece of burl wood into a square plastic mold, use hot glue to secure the piece of wood to the bottom of the mold, spray mold release into the plastic mold, mix our resin and few different colors of pearl pigments together, then pour the mixed resin into the mold to cover the small piece of wood. After the resin cures, you will be able to carve, sand, and shape the blank into your own custom wood art. Find some inspiration on what to do next with your wood blank in the video below by Woodturning Co. and Heath Knuckles!
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Learn How To Pour An Epoxy Resin Wood Table
Place a drop cloth underneath table or work area and verify that the table is level
Wipe the table top off with a damp rag and allow it to dry completely (make sure no water or moisture is on the table before pouring resin because water will prevent the resin from curing)
It is recommended to seal porous surfaces such as wood with a thin coating of resin mixed 1:1 (1part hardener 1part resin) by using a squeegee or foam brush prior to doing the main pour. (This is to prevent air from the wood getting into your main pour.)
Let the thin layer cure for 6 hours.
If the top doesn't have a raised rim of its own, create a barrier of masking tape or painter's tape around the edges of the tabletop. Press the tape in place around the entire table top with the tape sticking up at least half an inch.
Affix objects you wish to encase in the resin to the surface of the tabletop with a hot glue gun (for larger objects like bottle caps, coins, or stones) or a glue stick (for thin items like pictures or newspaper clippings.) Remove any remaining air from underneath the thin items by rolling them with a bottle or something similar while the glue is still wet.
Mix enough resin to create a thin coating at a maximum thickness of 1/4” (use the chart below as a guide). If you need to pour several layers for additional thickness, let each layer cure for 6 hours prior to pouring the next coat.
Subsequent coats beyond 48 hours will require a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. After sanding, wipe down the surface with a solvent such as denatured alcohol or acetone.
Note: Larger pours may require mixing for 5-6 minutes and it is recommended to not mix more than 1 gallon at a time.
Pour a thin layer of the resin mixture onto the top, pouring it slowly in a thin stream onto the center of the top. Fill any indents or flaws in the table’s surface with the mixture by using a foam brush to guide the resin into these indentations. Continue pouring until the entire table top is coated.
After a few minutes, air bubbles may rise to the surface, use a propane torch (on low flame) to blow the bubbles out. Hold the torch approximately 8 inches away and use a gentle sweeping motion across the surface until the bubbles are gone. The torch should never be held in one place for too long as this can permanently damage the surface and coating. Do not use a torch on surfaces that might be flammable (i.e. paper, plastic, etc.)
Second and subsequent pours:
Allow the first coat to cure for 6 hours before making a second pour.
Remove the tape rim from the perimeter of the table top and create a fresh masking tape rim around the table top.
Mix a fresh batch of resin, making a slightly larger batch than before. Pour the resin mixture slowly onto the table top until the entire top is coated.
Apply additional coats as desired, allowing adequate curing time between coats and using a fresh rim of tape each time.
After applying the final coat, allow the table to cure for 24 hours.
You can spray your cured epoxy table with a UV resistant acrylic for added protection against the outdoor elements though all epoxy resin will eventually yellow after prolonged UV exposure. We recommended you allow the table top to cure and harden for 5 days before placing objects on it.
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Art by: @Pahjo_designs
Art By: @Resinista
Every Pour Is Unique
Pros: Very low odor, very few bubbles, 40 minutes work time, cures very well, very sturdy resin when cured, very clear resin when cured, seems to dome well. . .
- Charlotte (Charlotte Strong Art Creations on YouTube)
Results may vary from person to person.
(Right) Art by: Charlotte (Charlotte Strong Art Creations)
This resin is great !! It's not to thick or to thin. The resin dares to a crystal clear and about 40 to 45 min. Working time !!
Results may vary from person to person.
(Left) Art by: @Georgegroeg001
Now that you know the basics, what kind of tabletop will you pour? Remember to download our free tabletop pour checklist and our 7 steps resin guide here. If you are ready to start your first pour, give our epoxy resin a try.
Commonly Used To Create With Resin
Try Casting with Pearl Pigments
Pearlescent pigments will bring a two-toned metallic shine to your casting. There are different effects you can achieve with pearl pigments. A common use for pearls is to add a marble effect to jewelry, table tops, wood crevices, nail polish, or anything else you can come up with! Try experimenting with pearl pigments at home and create something unique. Tag us in the art you share with @artnglow so we can share as inspiration!
Glow Powder Types
There is a wide variety of glow powder in our shop. We offer Fluorescent Glow Powder and Neutral Glow Powder. Both powders glow in the dark. The difference in these two types of powder is the whether or not the pigment is visible in the light. The Fluorescent Glow Powder is colorful during the day, while the Neutral Glow Powder is clear during the day, but reveals its pigment when glowing. Don't forget to charge both glow powders with the sun or a UV light!
Glow Powder and Resin
Mixing resin and glow powder has some incredible effects. One is having an art studio that glows once the lights are turned off! Add glow powder to your resin by simply using a 1:4 ratio of powder to resin. This mixture ensures that there is a max glow output that lasts for up to 6 hours. Cast your resin mixture into a silicone mold and create a glowing pendant, or add a layer of glow resin before doing a pour and make your fluid art come to life at night!