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Not sure which resin you need for your project? Take a look at the quick guide below. If you are still unsure please give us a call or use the website live chat, we will be happy to help.
|Product||Typical application||Max. depth||Mix ratio||Working time||Touch dry||Full cure|
|MasterCast||Coating/Resin Art||Up to 5mm||1:1
||15 - 20 minutes @ 23°C||4 - 5 hours @ 23°C (greater than 500g mix)||5 - 7 days|
|totalCAST||Coating/Casting||Up to 5mm coating/Up to 20mm casting (max 3 kgs in one pour)||1:1||10 - 15 minutes @ 23°C||3 - 4 hours @ 23°C (greater than 500g mix)||5 - 7 days|
|UltraCast xt||Casting||Up to 25mm||2:1||90 minutes @ 20°C||24 hours @ 20°C (greater than 500g mix)||5 - 7 days|
|General Purpose (CEL)||Coating||Up to 7mm||2:1||40 minutes @ 23°C
||3 hours @ 23°C (greater than 500g mix)||7 days|
|Clear Epoxy Rigid (CER)||Deep Casting & River Tables||Up to 12 kgs in one pour||2:1||10 hours @ 23°C||Can be de-moulded in 3 - 4 days @ 22°C (greater than 1kg mix)
|Glass Clear Polyester||Coating/Casting||----||Varies||15 - 20 minutes @ 20°C at 2% catalyst||30 - 40 minutes @ 20°C||Dependant on % of catalyst|
With a broad-edge tool or spatula, ideally the one supplied with your order of Eli-Chem Resin. Be sure to be thorough and scrape around the sides and base of the mixing jug to make sure there is no un-activated material. Mix slowly to avoid drawing too much air into the mix.
For coating resins, put the dimensions of your artwork into our coverage calculator. Casting resin calculator coming soon!
At 15-20°C it will be tack-free in 4-6 hours, dry in 12-14 hours or up to 4 days for CER.
No, when you add more hardener you overload the system and it will result in a tacky cure, or not curing at all, adding too little will result in the same problem. The speed of cure is determined by the amount of accelerator we formulate in the product and not by the by the amount of hardener you add. Please adhere to the recommended mix ratio on the bottles.
This is normal when you mix by volume. The reason is that the viscosity and density (specific gravities) of the resin and hardener differ.
We formulate our resins to have a built-in margin of error so even if you don’t measure an exact 1:1 or 2:1 ratio the resin will still cure perfectly.
Any excess resin or hardener can be accumulated until you have enough to require more of the other component. We will happily sell resin only or hardener only bottles.
Lacing is created by using resi-BLAST and a heat gun to blend the edges of multiple colours together.
Canvas, wood, metal, strong card & concrete. plastic & glass can be used as well, but if put under sheer loading, de-lamination is possible. Canvasses should be supported in the middle to avoid slumping.
With a spirit level.
Eli-Chem manufacture a range of opaque, metallic and glow in the dark pigments. These should be used in conjunction with out range of resin, avoid water based colours. Do not incorporate more than 10% pigment to resin ratio by weight.
- MasterCast:- This is our most popular resin and is used for clear coating artwork and also resin art with the addition of pigments.
- totalCAST:- Similar to MasterCast, but a thinner consistency and faster curing – ideal for shallow jewellery casts and coating art work.
- Clear Epoxy Rigid (CER) an unaccelerated water clear resin:– Used for deep casts and river tables as it does not generate heat whilst drying. Takes 3-4 days to cure.
- General Purpose (CEL):- A low viscosity resin which can be used to coat art work, but also ideal for applications on floors or work surfaces.
- UltraCast XT:- An epoxy coating/casting resin with excellent surface heat resistance up to 95°C, suitable for tabletops, bar counters and kitchen worktops.
- Glass Clear Polyester:-Glass Clear Polyester Casting Resin is an optically clear, two-part polyester resin used to encapsulate and embed a wide variety of items.
- Eli-Dome Polyurethane Doming Resin:- A water-white resin that is free-flowing and self-levelling offering excellent surface penetration and provides a 3D lens on the surface of your component.
Layering multiple layers of coloured resin into one container, give a gentle ¼ stir then pour into the centre of a level surface and allow the resin to flow. resi-BLAST can also be added to a couple of the layers.
A general purpose contact adhesive, such as Gripfil can be used.
That depends which of our resins you’re using. MasterCast 1-2-1 & totalCAST both have an exothermic reaction during the curing process meaning you need to limit the depth of pour to avoid too much heat.
If you need to cast at depth, our Clear Epoxy Rigid can be poured to any depth up to 12L in one pour.
Although our resins are all user-friendly and non-toxic please bear in mind they are still industrial chemicals, therefore we advise the observation of good industrial hygiene.
Make sure the room is well ventilated when mixing and applying resin, we recommend using latex, nitrile or other gloves and keeping the skin covered.
It is either too cold for the chemical reaction to take place, the mixing ratio used is incorrect or the mixing itself was not thoroughly enough.
With difficulty, the best way in this scenario is to mop up what you can when wet, then leave to dry and try to break off or cut out.
The application of heat from a low speed heat gun will draw air out of the resin when it is still wet.
There is a difference in viscosity between the resin and the hardener meaning the ratio end up with one component being slightly heavier than the other. However there is a margin for error built in, meaning using 1:1 by either volume or weight gets perfect results.
Instructions for coating artwork with MasterCast Resin
Instructions for coating artwork with totalCAST Resin
Resi-CRETE art project
Resin Art Desk
Resi-CRETE Candle Holders
How to do a Resin Art Dirty Pour
Below is a list of the workshops taking place around the country and overseas. If you would like to book a place on any of these courses, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01483 266636.
|25th January 2018||2 - 5pm||Wimbledon Art Studios|
10 Riverside Yard
|15th February 2018||1 – 3.30pm||Blandford|
|20th February 2018||11 – 2pm||Poole|
|20th February 2018||6 – 8.30pm||Poole|
|5th – 6th May||10 - 6pm||Makers Central Exhibition|
|11th May 2018||11am – 2pm|
|2nd June 2018||2 – 5pm||The Vyne|
|Tuesday 12th June 2018||6.30 – 8.30pm||
Brave Art Society
|Thursday 14th June 2018||2 - 5pm||Wimbledon Art Studios
10 Riverside Yard
|Saturday 23rd June 2018||1 – 3pm||Great Art
41-49 Kingsland Road
|Wednesday 25th July 2018||11am - 1pm||What If Gallery
67/69 High Street
|Thursday 20th September 2018||2 - 5pm||Wimbledon Art Studios
10 Riverside Yard
|Thursday 4th October 2018||8am||ArtFusion Event
YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center
|Saturday 10th November 2018||1 - 4pm||Woking Art Society
|Friday 23rd November 2018||4 -6pm||St Illtyd
|Monday 10th December 2018||12.30 - 2.30pm||The Seasons Art Class|
Merrow Village Hall
177 Epsom Road
|Tuesday 11th December 2018||12.30 - 2.30pm||The Seasons Art Class|
Wokingham Cricket Club
|Saturday 9th February 2019||2.30 - 4.30pm||St Catherines Village Hall
|24th - 26th February 2019||8am - 5pm||Art Materials World Exhibition
Henry B. Gonzales Convention Centre
|13th - 17th March 2019||9am - 6pm||Creativa Exhibition
Messe Westfalenhallen Dortmund
|11th – 12th May 2019||10am - 6pm||Makers Central Exhibition