Epoxy Landscape

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Introduction: Epoxy Landscape

This was my second big project with epoxy resin and I wanted to share some of the lessons I learnt while doing it. With something as simple as a bit of wood and some resin, you can make beautiful landscapes, stopped in time.

Supplies

  • Epoxy Resin
  • Wood
  • Electrical Tape
  • Parcel Tape
  • Matches (Optional)
  • Tinting Colours (Optional)
  • Sandpaper, of varying grades
  • Polish
  • Mixing Cup and Rod

Step 1: Step 1: Breaking the Wood

Depending on your type of wood, this may be the easiest or the hardest step in the whole process. If your piece of wood is thiner, or weaker, you may be able to break it by hand. Else, try securing one half in a vice and taking a hammer to it, or propping one side of a brick and stepping on it. However you chose to break your wood, do so carefully!

Ideally, the break will be jagged, with many splinters sticking out of it. Take care not to poke yourself with them!

At this point, you can alter the wood to create a specific type of landscape. Charring the wood with a flame is one option (taking great care not to burn yourself), or you can colour the wood with a dye or pigment.

Step 2: Step 2: Taping

This is perhaps one of the most important parts to get right. If you don't create a proper seal around the wood, resin will leak out and the project will fail. I have experimented with different techniques to get a tight seal, and the best one I have found is to start with a couple of layers of electrical tape around the wood. Push the tape hard against the wood to ensure it is well stuck down all the way around. After, use a wide packaging tape to create a container to pour the resin into. Again, make sure the side is well stuck down.

Step 3: Step 3: Resin

Once you are confident you have a good seal around your tape, you are ready to start mixing and pouring the resin. Mix your resin as directed on the bottle (I used a 2:1 mix of the 2 part resin from Easy Composites). It is important to get the ratio right, other wise you risk the resin not setting. Mix well. You can now add tinting pigments to give the resin some colour. Add a small drop and mix well, being careful not to add too much.

You can now pour the resin into the tape 'cup' on top of the wood. Once poured, leave to one side to set for the time specified on the resin bottle (often 24-48 hours)

Step 4: Step 4: Sanding and Polishing

24-48 hours later, your resin should be completely set. You can remove the tape and get sanding into your desired shape. I stuck with simple but effective cuboids, but you can go for any shape you chose. I had access to a sanding belt that made the inital shaping a lot eaiser and quicker, but this will work perfectly well with a course piece of sandpaper and some time. Once sanded into your prefered shape, re-sand with a finer grade paper. Continue to increase the fineness of the sandpaper up to 2000-3000 grit, upon which time, the resin should be very smooth.

To buff it up, I used a small piece of car polish on a cloth, but any sort of polish should work fine.

Step 5: Step 5: Enjoy!

And thus is your finished resin landscape! There are hundreds of different ways to edit and enhance this project, from different coloured resins, to marking the woods or sanding into different shapes, the variation is endless.

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    8 Comments

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    DianaHM
    DianaHM

    1 year ago

    Simple and great! I like it.
    (I would advise you not to write `Step...`, because it will be added automatically.)

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    mazzprint
    mazzprint

    1 year ago

    I'm surprised that the packing tape doesn't adhere to the epoxy. Was it difficult to peel the tape away?
    They do turn into beautiful pieces for home or office. Thanks - Rob

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    I squid you not
    I squid you not

    Reply 1 year ago

    It wasn't too tricky to peel away. I stuck some tape back to back to use for one of them, which helped it come away a little easier, but it worked pretty well sicky side in too

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    mazzprint
    mazzprint

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for the creative idea and quick response to my question. Be well.

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    wheatandwillow
    wheatandwillow

    1 year ago

    Love this! The burnt edges create a lovely depth and landscape.

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    I squid you not
    I squid you not

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks! Mine have been decorating my desk, the burnt ones are my favourite

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 year ago

    I really love the combination of broken wood and resin :)

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    I squid you not
    I squid you not

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks! It was really fun to experiment with the different textures :)