Resin Casting

Incorporating urethane and epoxy resins into woodworking is becoming more and more prominent. Casting resin is the use or method of plastic casting using a liquid synthetic resin that hardens to a solid state. Resins can be used to create unique pen blanks, bottle stopper blanks, handle turning stock, knife scales, encapsulation pours, bar tops and river tables.

Urethane and epoxy resins are the two most commonly used in the woodworking and craft industries. Epoxy resins have a much lower viscosity and longer work time than urethane resins, making urethane resins an excellent choice where the resin will need to penetrate deep into cavities. Epoxy resins are an excellent choice for bar tops, tabletops, encapsulation, and river tables because they have a much longer open time. Bigger items that require filling larger and deeper voids up to 1-1/2" are best poured by using Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast or System Three Rivercast. 

Dyes and powders can be used with both urethane and epoxy resins to add a pop of color to your project. Dyes can be used in clear resin to make a translucent or pigmented color casting. Most dyes are very concentrated, so a very small amount is all that is needed to achieve the desired color. Resin powders can be mixed into resin to add shimmer and glitter for beautiful pearlescent effects. Powders may be used by themselves or combined to create various undertones of color.

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