Welcome back! Today I thought I'd share some knowledge I picked up from hanging out in the warehouse this week. One benefit of working around a collaborative of artists is the wealth of information, for pretty much any medium you can think of. Whether it's drawing, photography, design, painting, color theory, welding, carpentry, or fabrication, someone at Expo as the experience to share.
Pouring resin can be tricky, I've tried it myself a few times and had little success. Resin is a sticky, flammable substance that dries transparent and is often used as a varnish. But with some creativity, resin can be poured into molds and cast as all sorts of things.
In our case, resin is being used as a varnish to protect our lemur friend from the outdoor environment, but also to add fur texture to the carved foam.
Lola, our Production Manager, mentioned two things that are very important to a successful resin pour:
1.) Mix your ratio's carefully. Much like baking, it's very important to measure out the exact amount that the directions calls for.
2.) When pour your resin, don't scrape the edges. While scraping is an integral part of mixing, it can ruin a good pour because the residue left on the sides may not be completely congealed, and could cause issues when drying.
I wish I had known this when using resin in college projects! Would've been very helpful. Here is a video of our artist Susanna dry-brushing resin onto our lemur to create a "hairy" effect.