While I was working on my review of the Amazing Mold Putty, I of course thought it would be smart to crack open my sample of Amazing Casting Resin. I have to tell you, when I saw this at CHA last winter, it stopped me in my tracks. I’d never seen a resin quite like this before- it cures so fast, and turns white!
I knew I had to test it and share it with you, and the lovely booth workers kindly gave me a sample to bring home. The principle is the same as any other 2-part epoxy resin: you must mix 2 compounds together that start a chemical reaction that results in a firm product.
This particular Casting Resin starts off as a 2 differently-colored liquids the consistency of water. One is tinted yellow, which helps you keep them straight. Anyway you mix one part of A to one part of B, and stir away.
A note about odor- this resin gives off the odor of a varnish as you are working with it. It’s not overpowering, but you should be aware if you have respiratory issues or allergies. Of course, you should always work in a well-ventilated area, and use extreme caution with this product. It’s flammable and shouldn’t be used around children. And keep it out of your eyes, too. In short, this is a grown-up product ONLY and take all reasonable precautions.
The curious thing about this compound is that once you start mixing, it goes all cloudy on you. Now, this is a horrible picture- I was hurrying- but you get the idea:
So you stir until the cloudiness goes away. When it turns clear again, it’s ready to pour. How brilliant is that?? It makes it kinda goof-proof. I poured the resin into one of the molds I made from the Amazing Mold Putty.
But here’s the thing- they tell you to pour slowly, but this resin stays really watery- making it challenging to pour. I’d almost consider investing in some funnels, because my molds are smallish and rather shallow- which made for a bit of a drippy mess.
You also have a very limited open time with this resin- it cures in 5 minutes! I’m not kidding! I’d barely poured all of the molds and gotten my camera ready when I started to see these white “blooms” in the molds- an indicator that they were curing.
And I’m not joking- in 5 minutes, they had turned completely white, and I popped the cast pieces free of the molds:
Besides being fast, this resin captures a lot of detail! See for yourself:
So, I’ve got to admit I’ve never seen a resin that went white before- it’s really kind of lovely, like marble. And on the package it says you can sand, drill, or paint your pieces. So of course, I had to try some acrylic paints on them.
Again, I’ve never heard of a resin that you could paint! I love the idea of being able to make replicas of vintage items and then paint or alter them as needed for artwork. That flaming heart milagro is my absolute favorite! And I think my resin “key” looks good enough to fool the eye when placed on a piece of artwork. And it’s less than half the weight, too.
Of course, after I painted that key, I decided that I should try to refine it a bit with sanding. True to the labeling, a coarse piece of sandpaper did the trick and I was able to contour the edges to make it look even a bit more realistic. I also drilled some holes in one of my flaming heart milagros so I could use it as a charm on an art quilt. It drilled perfectly with my Dremel. Sweet.
Now, it is a bit of a one-trick wonder, but it’s a really awesome trick, right?And it’s not for kiddos, it’s fairly toxic stuff- so use all the precautions you can and be smart. But I can think of a gazillion ways that I’m going to want to use Amazing Casting Resin!
And the price is good, too. The package I got is 16 oz, and I’ve made a slew of small castings, and I’ve barely made a dent in it- and it retails for $15.00! If you are doing production work or larger pieces, you may want to go for the 2 gallon size for $110.00. (You can buy it right on their website, too.)
What do you think? Leave me a comment, especially if you’ve tried this stuff- I’d love to hear how you’ve used it!