As a particularly personal gift, small objects or certain flowers can be embedded in cast resin. Everyone knows these clear, beautiful paperweights, but hardly anyone has ever made one from cast resin themselves. But the small paperweights are a good idea as a gift for many occasions.
Embed objects to last
Whether some flowers from the bridal bouquet are to be embedded or perhaps shells from the last beach holiday, even the child's first baby shoe can be wrapped in a clear, transparent mass with cast resin for eternity.
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Pour a paperweight step by step
- Cast resin
- Mold release agents
- Object for embedding
- Casting mold
- Stirring vessel
- Wooden sticks for stirring
- Polishing paste (€ 22.49 at Amazon *)
- Wet sandpaper
- old cloth
1. Select and prepare the casting mold
You can use almost anything as a mold that you like in terms of size. However, you should not use a glass mold. The mold must first be brushed on the inside with the release agent. Depending on the manufacturer, the release agent must dry for about 15 minutes.
2. Maintain the mixing ratio
Pay close attention to the manufacturer's information on quantities. The hardener must be added in the correct amount so that the finished object can cure without errors. You should only mix as much casting resin as you can use at one time. Otherwise there will be inclusions of already dried cast resin.
3. Pour in layers
Depending on the size of the paperweight, you should pour the resin in two to four steps. If very large paperweights are poured into the mold in one aisle, it can get unsightly cracks on the inside as it hardens. After the first layer has dried, you can embed the decorative object in the resin.
4th. Different objects on different levels
If you want to create a three-dimensional landscape of small objects in your paperweight, you have to pour individual layers and always let them dry before you can insert the object. After all objects are embedded, you can pour out the shape.
5. Grinding and polishing
The paperweight needs to be cleaned after it has been removed from the mold. If desired, sand the wet paperweight with a fine wet sandpaper, especially on the cast edges. Finish the job perfectly with polishing paste and an old soft cloth.Tips & Tricks If photos, flowers or small pieces of paper are to be poured in, it is important to make them waterproof beforehand. A coat of clear varnish over the objects is the best option. Particularly soft objects, such as the baby shoe mentioned, should be stabilized from the inside with a fine wire.