What is epoxy resin art?

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Epoxy resins are a class of reactive prepolymers and polymers which contain epoxide groups.

They may be reactive, either with themselves through catalytic homopolymerisation. Or with a wide range of co-reactants, often referred to as hardeners or curatives. This cross-linking reaction is commonly referred to as curing.

Resin has become a favourite medium for artists in recent years. Particularly when combined with wood and incorporated into furniture. You may have seen the ’river tables’ or ‘beach scene’ table tops. Such designs have gained popularity for their realistic and cool effects.

RESIN ART TECHNIQUES

Colourful metallic powders are often used to create shimmery, abstract and free-flowing designs. 

Precision and organisation are key to the process, because the resin will harden with time. Quick-thinking and creative organisation is essential with every resin artist’s ‘pour’.

Resin art designs can be inspired by anything! The colour possibilities are endless. Sentimental keepsakes can also be incorporated into furniture, to be admired for years to come.

With a specific design in mind, the artist combines the resin with coloured paint or other mediums and performs a resin pour.

Tools such as heat guns are often used to blend colours together. Yet it is a race against time with the resin’s own hardening process.

Once hardened, the surface of the epoxy resin art may require sanding and a high-shine polish.

THE FLOATING CHAIRS

Us Phoenixd furniture re-stylers and upcyclers think big and focus on large surfaces such as wooden coffee tabletops, dining tables, bedside tables and wooden desks. However, epoxy resin is by no means limiting.

As you may have noticed, we think outside the box when it comes to furniture re-styling. We were thrilled to re-style a pair of ‘floating chairs’ design for a client.

Reminiscent of a Damien Hirst piece, the chairs’ charred and decaying-looking frames resemble a piece of art.

Yet, they are also practical to sit on, encased in a clear, geometric resin block. 

Watch this space to see the ‘Floating Chair’ process come to life in an upcoming blog post. 

IS RESIN ECO FRIENDLY?

Not in all cases, but we choose to work with eco-friendly alternatives to traditional resin. In turn, we work with resin that is made partly from plant and vegetable matter, wherever possible. With a growing popularity for epoxy river tables and beach-themed chopping boards, we feel it is important to work as sustainably as possible. And most of all, to offset our carbon footprint.

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