I found a new way to make my moulded appliqués, with casting resin! It’s so easy, it does involve mixing some chemicals, but the kit provided from Alumilite makes it so easy!
Supplies I Used
- Alumilite Amazing Casting Resin
- Heat resistant moulds of your choice. I used IOD and ReDesign with Prima Moulds. ReDesign with Prima Winter Blooms Mould and Regal Trimmings are the moulds I used on my fireplace mantle.
- Latex of non-latex gloves
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Casting Resin made easy!
Alumilite has made making mould appliqués so easy!
The 16 ounce kit comes with two 8 ounce bottles, three 30 milliliter measuring cups and stir sticks.
Before we start mixing, we need to have everything ready to go because our work time is just a few minutes.
Have our moulds ready.
I make sure to have extra moulds available to pour excess casting resin into, so no casting resin is wasted.
Latex or non-latex gloves to protect our skin since we are working with chemicals.
I usually keep a damp cloth available for clean up, just in case.
Plus we will need a plastic cup, not styrofoam cup to do the actual mixing in.
Don’t forget to protect your table with either a drop cloth or newspapers, just in case you spill.
Let’s start playing!
After my initial practice or playing with making molded appliqués from casting resin, I found using one measuring cup for bottle A and one for bottle B works best.
This kit is a 1 to 1 ratio.
The most I make at one time is 30 milliliters or 30 mls.
So I pour 30 milliliters of bottle A in one measuring cup and 30 milliliters of bottle B in another measuring cup.
Depending on the size of your moulds, this may make 2 or 3 nice sized pieces or many small pieces.
A little goes a long way so its a good idea to have extra moulds available to pour any excess into.
Once you measure the very same amount in each measuring cups, pour them into a plastic container, not a styrofoam cup.
Start stirring with your wood stick for about 15 to 25 seconds.
Then carefully start pouring them into your moulds.
You’ll have approximately less than 2 minutes to pour.
If you are short, mix again and add more.
If you have too much, pour excess casting resin into other moulds for later use.
Just in case you over pour, use your wood stick and you can scrape it into one of the neighboring moulds.
The Alumite website recommends pre-heating your moulds to help with curing and adding baby powder to the moulds prior to pouring the casting resin to help prevent bubbles.
I did neither, and had no trouble.
Final tip, if your plan is to paint your new appliqués, do so within three days.
Alumilite states it take 3 full days for the casting resin to cure and painting them during this time will help form a bond between the paint and the casting resin.
That is it!
I absolutely love the results using casting resin making my appliqués, I get better details with this method.
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