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How to Prevent Floating Materials and Flowers in Epoxy Resin Crafts and River Tables

Updated: Nov 10, 2023

Miss and mushrooms in resin curing in the silicone mold

Resin crafts and tables have become a popular choice for those seeking unique and eye-catching designs. They allow you to preserve and showcase various materials like flowers, shells, or even wood. To achieve a professional and visually pleasing result, it's important to securely embed these materials within the epoxy resin. In this blog, we'll take you through a step-by-step guide on how to keep flowers and other floating materials at the bottom of your resin table without them poking through the epoxy resin. By following these instructions, you can ensure a secure and aesthetically delightful outcome.

Step 1: Prepare Your Workspace and Gather Materials

Before diving into any resin project, it's essential to set up a well-ventilated workspace. Make sure you're in a room with good airflow, and don't forget to protect yourself as well as your working surface. Now, gather all the materials you'll need: epoxy resin, a mixing container, a stirring stick, a heat gun or torch, the flowers or floating materials of your choice, and a silicone mold or prepared table. Read our blog on How to Mix Epoxy Resin and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 2: Create a Thin Layer of Epoxy Resin

The first step in securing your floating materials is to pour a thin layer of epoxy resin at the bottom of your mold or table. This layer will serve as a foundation, keeping everything in place to prevent floating flowers and materials within the epoxy resin. Mix the epoxy resin carefully, following the instructions provided by the manufacturer, to achieve a clear and bubble-free mixture.

Step 3: Arrange the Flowers and Floating Materials to Prevent Floating Flowers in Epoxy Resin

It's time to get creative! Place your flowers and other floating materials gently on top of the thin layer of epoxy resin. Make sure your flowers and other materials are completely dried before placing in the epoxy resin. Arrange them as you desire, making sure not to overcrowd the space or create any air pockets. Take your time to ensure everything is in contact with the resin. For a tutorial on preserving flowers for resin crafts, be sure to check out our guide: How to Dry Flowers in Silica Gel for Resin Crafts.

Step 4: Allow the Thin Layer to Cure

Now, patience is key. Let the thin layer of epoxy resin cure according to the manufacturer's instructions. The curing time can vary, usually taking anywhere between 12 to 24 hours. Be sure to resist the temptation to move on to the next step until the resin is fully cured. This will ensure that the materials stay cemented to the bottom of your project.

Step 5: Apply the Second Pour of Epoxy Resin

Once the thin layer has cured, it's time to move forward with the second pour of epoxy resin. Prepare a fresh batch of epoxy resin, following the manufacturer's instructions, and pour it over the embedded flowers and floating materials. This pour will cover the remaining space in your mold or table.

Step 6: Eliminate Bubbles and Level the Surface

Those tiny bubbles can be pesky, but we've got a solution. Use a heat gun or torch to gently remove any air bubbles that might have formed. Move the heat source across the surface evenly, being cautious not to overheat or scorch the resin. Additionally, make sure the resin is spread evenly, using a stirring stick if needed to level the surface.

Step 7: Allow the Resin to Cure Completely

Now, it's time to give the resin the time it needs to work its magic. Let it cure undisturbed in a dust-free environment. Curing times can range from 24 to 72 hours, depending on the brand and type of epoxy resin you're using. During this period, cover the project to prevent any dust or debris from settling on the surface.

Creating a stunning resin table with embedded flowers and floating materials requires attention to detail and the right techniques. By following the steps outlined above, you can securely keep these elements at the bottom of your resin table without any unwelcome surprises. Remember to prioritize safety by working in a well-ventilated area and wearing the necessary protective gear.


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