Resin art has been gaining popularity in recent years, with its versatility and stunning results capturing the hearts of many. To create beautiful resin art pieces, you need resin moulds, which can be expensive and hard to come by. However, you can make your own resin moulds in the UK with the right materials and techniques. In this blog, we will show you how to make your own resin moulds step by step, using easily accessible materials and equipment.
To make your own resin moulds, you will need the following materials:
- Resin: The type of resin you use will depend on the project you are working on, but a clear casting resin is best for most moulds. Be sure to choose a high-quality, food-grade resin that is safe to use.
- Silicone: You will need a silicone mould-making material to create the moulds. You can find silicone mould-making kits online or in craft stores.
- Mixing Cups: You will need mixing cups to measure and mix the resin and silicone.
- Stir Sticks: You will need stir sticks to mix the resin and silicone.
- Release Agent: To prevent the resin from sticking to the silicone mould, you will need a release agent. You can use cooking spray or a specialized release agent.
- Gloves: You will need gloves to protect your hands from the resin and silicone.
- Choose Your Object: First, you need to choose the object you want to use to create your mold. It can be anything you like, from a small figurine to a larger object. Make sure the object is clean and free of any dirt or debris.
- Prep the Object: If your object has any holes or openings, you will need to seal them off with clay or another sealing material. This will prevent the resin from leaking out of the mold.
- Mix the Silicone: Follow the instructions on your silicone mold-making kit to mix the silicone. Typically, you will need to mix equal parts of the silicone base and curing agent together. Use a mixing cup and stir stick to mix the two components thoroughly.
- Apply the Silicone: Once the silicone is mixed, pour it into a separate mixing cup. Then, slowly pour the silicone over the object you want to use as a mould, making sure to completely cover the object. Use a stir stick to smooth out any bubbles or lumps in the silicone. Let the silicone dry according to the instructions on your kit.
- Remove the Object: Once the silicone is completely dry, carefully remove the object from the mould. If the object was sealed with clay, you can remove the clay at this point.
- Mix the Resin: Follow the instructions on your resin kit to mix the resin. Typically, you will need to mix equal parts of the resin and hardener together. Use a mixing cup and stir stick to mix the two components thoroughly.
- Apply the Release Agent: Before pouring the resin into the mould, you need to apply a release agent to the inside of the mould. This will prevent the resin from sticking to the silicone. You can use cooking spray or a specialized release agent for this step.
- Pour the Resin: Once the release agent is applied, pour the resin into the mould. Be sure to pour slowly and carefully to avoid creating any bubbles in the resin. Use a stir stick to smooth out any bubbles that form.
- Let the Resin Dry: The resin will need to dry for several hours or overnight, depending on the type of resin you are using. Follow the instructions on your resin kit for the recommended drying time.
- Remove the Resin: Once the resin is completely dry, carefully remove it from the mould. Use a knife or scissors to trim any