How to Make Silicone Resins for Resin Art?

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Silicone resins are a great alternative to cast resin because silicone is so good at creating high-quality detail, is extremely flexible, and can withstand extreme temperatures. And, best of all, silicone resin will not stick to it! Silicone resin molds have been around for years and are still one of the most popular molds available. But, they are not one-and-Done deals.

As with resin models, you must preheat your silicone molds for the best results. If you don’t preheat your molds you will find that the resin will not harden correctly and the pieces may be brittle. Once you heat the molds you will want to use a wood or metal basalt tray to place the ceramic tile on the top of the mold. Make sure that there is at least an inch of room around the perimeter of the mold so that the resin can cool slowly between each piece pouring. Once the resin is completely cooled, you can begin pouring the first pieces. Be very careful when pouring the first pieces and once the first piece sets you can move on and continue pouring pieces one at a time.

As you become more advanced you can start to create your own designs or you can purchase pre-fabricated kits containing the raw materials you need to create your design or pattern. Silicone resin molds come in a variety of sizes and shapes and most models can handle up to seven pieces being poured at a time. The amount of material that can be used in your mold will depend on the thickness and hardness of the silicone material. Always keep in mind that the thicker the silicone resin the harder it will be to pour and the harder it will take to keep the finished product still smooth and pliable.

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