How To Coat a Flower With Resin

How To Coat a Flower With Resin

Hi! Creating a rigid form out of thin delicate
shape, like flower, can be extremely challenging. But, Smooth-On has a fantastic new coating
product it works better than any other resin I’ve tried. You can apply it to many different
kinds of surfaces from 3D printed parts to fabrics for creating clear, smooth, firm result.
You may be interested in this process for all kinds of different applications from creating
jewelry and fashion pieces, you could use it to forming sculptural elements for home
decor, fine art or even creatively displaying your bridal bouquet. Okay. Let’s get started. I’m wearing gloves for this project and I
have coated my table surface with a selephine so any mess I make can be easy to clean up. XTC-3D has a mix ratio of 2 parts A to 1 part
B. So I’m going to take my Part A (which is the bigger bottle)and pour a small amount
out. In the same sized container I’m then going
to dispense my Part B. But, this time I am only going to use only half as much as I poured
for Part A. This way I’m keeping to my 2 to 1 ratio. You can see that Part B has a slight yellow
coloration. But when it’s mixed and applied in thin sections the coating appears clear. This liquid coating is really easy to mix
since it has a super low viscosity. It is possible to color this material with
Smooth-On’s So-Strong color tints also to change the appearance of your flower, but
for this example I love seeing the color of the fabric come through. I’m only going to need a small amount to coat
this entire flower. So, I I will take a little on my brush hand spread it on to each petal.
Gravity will help it flow down inside the flower. XTC-3D has a pot life of 10 minutes. I’m using
a flat wide cup to keep the material thin and extend it’s pot life so I have lots of
time to coat the surface. Since the silk fabric is thin it becomes
translucent when it’s saturated with this coating, I can clearly see the spots I’ve
missed. I am also going to go back in and press more material against the back of each
petal. To make sure I have it completely covered. Sometimes I wrap the flower stem with aluminum
foil as well to old the leaves back temporarily, so the resin doesn’t drop on to them on accident
while I am working. You can already see the high gloss on the surface itself. And it is
going to retain that glossy quality after the material cures. By turning it upside down I can let some of
the excess resin drip off easily. Then I can turn it upright to take its final shape. As
I have it upside down I am going to apply a little bit more material to these delicate
leaves. To add additional support. does not significantly defor the rose petal
shape with the weight of the resin. So I can leave this and allow it to cure 4 hours to
perfectly take on this form with only one coat of resin. So now that it has been four hours lets take
a look at our flower. It has cured rigid and doesn’t change shape when I handle it. Its
absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for watching and good luck
with your projects.

2 thoughts on “How To Coat a Flower With Resin

  1. I have some silk cherry blossoms I'm planning to turn into drawer pulls after I harden them with resin! Thanks!

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