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[Looking for] Clear resin

I am looking for a source of extremely clear resin that I can use to
set some delicate/non-traditional materials in (both organic and
man-made). Brand-name and/or supplier would be helpful. The key
my purposes is that it hardens without cloudiness; I will not be
adding pigments. Also would appreciate any tips on good technical
reference materials discussing casting of resins.


Stacey, Try a 2 part casting resin - let it dry 24 hours, then "bake"
at 200 degrees in oven (kitchen). Once done, you can file, sand and
polish it like metal. Good luck. --Sherry Terao

Stacey, Not sure of your location, but you can get clear (and dyes for
colored) casting resins at Tap Plastics
They are in California and Washington.


Stacey, You could try the polyoptic 1420 from Polytek
It is a very clear resin and will not turn yellowish or get cloudy
with time.

Fady Sawaya

Hello Stacy and interested others, I wonder if Devcon 2-ton Clear
Epoxy resin might do? Try Type “Epoxy” in the Search
box and there will 13 different epoxy resins complete with technical
sheets. I’ve just started trying cold enamelling on cloisonne work. I
prepare a model and have it cast. I tidy the casting up ready for cold
enamelling. I don’t want to use a colour pigment to mix with the clear
epoxy. Because if I want to enamel, say, two or three pieces only, I
will have a lot of different colours of epoxy resin left over, going
to waste. I want to colour paint the silver or gold base of the piece
and then place clear epoxy resin, such as 2-ton clear epoxy on top. I
know I can’t use oil paint because, I understand, the oil in the paint
will degrade the epoxy. So my question to interested bystanders is,
what can I use to add colour to the base of the piece I am enamelling?
I know I can use silver or gold foil, or chase a pattern with an
engraver. Does anyone know of colourants, ie:- stain used in staining
glass? that will stand the test of time? Any contributions will be
gratefully received. Best wishes, Derick King.

Hi Derick, I don’t know how helpful this will be to you or if it will
give you the look you want but I know people who used colored pencils
( I believe Prismacolor pencils) over metals that they then spray
lacquer.They use it like they would use it on paper, just rub it right
on. It seems to give a more textured look as opposed to a smoother
even coat of color such as you’d get with a liquid.