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  1. Epoxy Resin River Table – The Next Big Thing

    In the field of modern interior design, the Epoxy Resin River Table is a new and popular phenomenon. Each River Table conveys a unique story of life, natural beauty, and inspiration, inspired by captivating trees, fascinating rivers, and spellbinding fields. Discover what the Epoxy Resin River Table is and why it's such a unique and important trend in the world of home design and furniture. We've included a few pointers as well as a brief how-to that will show you how to make an Epoxy Resin table that will have your guests asking where you got it. Resin river tables are one of the most sought-after pieces of furniture today, with examples of decorating the sophisticated living rooms and luxury furniture showrooms. The River Table is a current interior design craze.

    Every River Table, which is inspired by captivating trees, mesmerising rivers, and spellbinding fields, tells a unique story of life, wonders of nature, and inspiration. A River Table made of reclaimed wood and resin can be the perfect choice for you if you're seeking a striking piece of furniture for your home or office, or if you want to complement your space with an elegant-looking, welcoming table that is handmade. Epoxy River Resin Tables are designed to last a long time. The use of high-quality epoxy glue and the weighty, hard, and powerful features of dry wood makes it even more unique. It's a combination of things, but the main one appears to be because they don't have an aesthetic constraint, allowing anyone to design one that fits their style and the place they're using their epoxy river table.

    Find out more about the River Resin Table and why it's such a big deal in the world of interior design and furniture.

    Characteristics of an Epoxy Resin River Table

    • An Epoxy River Table is a hybrid piece of furniture consisting of wooden planks with epoxy resin in the middle.
    • The contained Resin Epoxy often has natural edges, and the blanks look like a flowing
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  2. Choosing the Right Epoxy Resin for your Project

    Choosing the right epoxy resin for your project 

    Epoxy Resins are now available for a wide range of different applications. However, choosing the right Epoxy Resin for your project can be difficult. This Epoxy Resin Selector Guide provides a good overview of which epoxy resins are ideal for your project. 

    What to look for when buying epoxy resin 

    Epoxy resin has exploded in popularity, so more and more cheap products are on the market. To avoid compromising quality, we recommend using branded resins from well-known manufacturers like FibreGlassDirect, which may be more expensive but are a much better grade than cheap resins. 

    Epoxy Resin for Jewellery 

    Beautiful jewellery can be cast using epoxy resin and silicone moulds. Various materials are used, ranging from clear or coloured resin to wood or combinations of these materials. Casting is also possible using this technique. The casting of smaller objects depends less on layer thickness than on UV protection, good workability, and good colour separation when casting multiple colours. The casting of objects also requires crystal-clear cur

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  3. Common Mistakes using Epoxy Resin

    Epoxy poured correctly can solve many problems. However, mistakes and mishaps can easily be made. Design flaws, incorrect mixing ratios, and uneven hardening of Epoxy can result in problems. However, remember that it will be much more challenging to recover from a mistake once the Epoxy has thoroughly dried. Fortunately, most of these mistakes are still reasonably easy to fix. 

    Common Mistakes Made with Epoxy Resin

    Tacky or Sticky Resin 

    One of the most common issues for Epoxy is that it remains tacky or sticky after curing. It may be caused by an incorrect ratio of Resin to hardener or by the temperature being too low during curing. It's also quite common for debris or an insect to land in the Epoxy. Using tweezers or a wooden stick, remove the object while the Epoxy is still wet. 

    Epoxy Resin and Hardener mixture 

    Epoxies typically come in two-part component kits (Resin and hardener) that must be mixed before use. The mixing ratio is crucial and must be strictly followed. Depending on the epoxy mixing instructions, you will mix it by weight or volume. Be sure to pay attention to these instructions. A mistake in the mixing ratio will cause

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  4. A Guide to Epoxy Resin

    Interest in Epoxy Resin is at an all-time high. With this in mind, we've written this article to help our customers understand the basics and potential of this fantastic product range. Find out more about this hard-wearing, easy to use family of Resins.

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  5. Which Clear Casting Resin is best for you?

    Casting with Resin has become more popular than ever. Naturally, there are more questions than ever! To help you choose the right Casting Resin for your project (Polyester or Epoxy), we've put together a list of the main differences. Hopefully this will help make your decision a little easier! 

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  6. Polyester Resin

    Polyester Resins are a critical component of most fibreglass repairs.

    Polyester resins are generally unsaturated, thermosetting resins that require an accelerant to provide a reaction that causes which will to cure or harden the resin. The accelerant comes in the form of a catalyst which is mixed into the resin in small amounts.

    The catalysed resin is then applied to the Glass Fibre material. Once the resin cures it will become rigid, giving the glass fibre material its strength.

    Most Polyester Resins are quite pale in colour, viscous and made from a combination of styrene and polyester. Styrene is added to reduce the viscosity of the resin and aids the resin during the curing stage. They are mostly easy to handle (always wear gloves and personal protection), chemical resistant and cost effective in comparison to other resins such as Epoxy.

    Polyester Resins are used in a wide variety of industries including; Marine, Construction, Water Storage and Flat Roofing. The performance of the Polyester Resin can be modified with additives that will give UV Stability and increased flexibility for example.

    Types of Polyester Resin

    We have listed some of the Polyester Resins which are available from FibreGlassDirect.

    All of the resins supplied at FibreGlassDirect are sold complete with catalyst. All of the resins mentioned with the exception of Clear Casting are mixed with 2% Catalyst. Clear Casting Resin is mixed with 1% Catalyst.

    Low Cost General Purpose

    Our Low Cost General Purpose Resin is our most cost effective range. Its

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  7. Creating Pen Blanks using Clear Casting Resin

    The popularity of Clear Casting resin is on the rise as an alternative to traditional Arts & Crafts materials. One of the most popular questions we are asked in relation to craft activities with Clear Resin is the correct process of creating a pen blank.

    At FibreGlassDirect, we offer two types of Clear Casting Resin which may be use - Polyester and Epoxy. We have found that Polyester Clear Casting Resin works really well and is also a very cost-effective way to get started. Epoxy is also an excellent resin but is quite costly for this type of project. In terms of cost/benefit, we would choose Polyester. The Polyester Casting Resin starts from sizes as small as 1kg. 

    Pen Casting Materials

    For this project, you will need the following materials:

    • A suitable mould – e.g. slimline pen kit
    • Decorating materials (optional)
    • Small Container
    • Mixing cup 
    • Mixing sticks
    • Clear Casting Resin - Polyester
    • Catalyst

    Designing the Pen Blank

    Rough up the Pen Blank with some sand paper and apply a coating of glaze. Attach any decorative items such as small jewels, paper or stamps using glue. Ensure the glue has set before encasing the resin to ensure any items are not dislodged.

    Decorative items should not be too thick as they may be difficult to cover / protrude through the resin once covered.

    All b

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  8. Clear Resin

    Clear Casting Resin is a great way to unleash your creative side and create some decorative pieces.

    The clear casting resin supplied at FibreGlassDirect is a Polyester Resin and as the name suggests it is clear when applied and clear when cured.

    Compared to other Casting Resins such as Polyurethane or Clear Epoxy, Polyester Casting Resin is far more cost effective without compromising on quality. Both Clear Polyester casting and Clear Polyurethane have excellent UV resistant properties. 

    Applying Clear Casting Resin

    Our Clear Resin is slightly different from other Polyester Resins that we offer. The catalyst addition for clear resin is 1% (e.g. 10ml for every 1kg of catalyst) at room temperature. This is slightly different when compared other Polyester Resins which require 2% catalyst addition.  The reason for this is the Clear Casting Resin is slow curing. Also, too much catalyst addition can give the resin a yellow tint which will take away from its clear finish.

    As the resin is slow curing, larger amounts of resin can be mixed at one time before the resin starts to cure or harden. This works really well for more detailed pieces which require extra working time. However, it is important to note that the maximum thickness of each layer should be 50mm to prevent overheating.Our Clear casting resin can also be pigmented with a polyester pigment paste to make your piece as dark or vibrant as required. Very little pigment paste is required to make even the most vibrant of colours.

    If you are using a mould for your clear resin, we recommend that a silicone or polypropylene mould should be used. The flexibility of the silicone will help release the pieces from the mould once cured. CIL release spray can also be used to aid in the removal of the cured resin pieces. Polypropylene

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  9. Polyester or Epoxy? How to choose your Resin

    Using resins is becomming increasingly common for DIY, GRP Flat Roofing, Car Repairs, Boat Repairs, Swimming Pool Restorations and Product Custom Mouldings.

    But which one should you use: Polyester or epoxy resin? We have compiled some of our top tips starting with four questions you should ask yourself to determine which resin suits your needs best.

    What material will the resin to be applied to?

    This is a really important question if you want to achieve a perfect chemical bond. It is important to know the material of the product that you are repairing, to help choose the correct resin to ensure a strong permanent repair.

    Polyester resins have a strong chemical bonding with other polyester parts and most thermoset plastics. It can also adhere to wood and some metals (ensure metal is scored before applying resin). It is important to note that polyester resins contain styrene that could dissolve polystyrene material and polypropylene.

    Epoxy resin forms stronger bonds when it comes to gluing two pieces together and has better adhesive properties with surfaces like wood, metal or concrete. If the repair is critical or structural, an epoxy resin should be considered. If you are repairing an epoxy product, then epoxy should be used for the repair (polyester will perform poorly in this case).

    If you are repairing a polyester product, or non-critical part you should use a polyester resin. If your application is gluing, load bearing or repairing an epoxy part, then an epoxy resin should be considered. In any case,

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