Frequently Asked Questions:

Answers to Common Queries About CCDIY Products + Techniques

Using the right torch is very important because it makes the procedure easier and gives you the best result. The reason we torch our resin project is to get rid of those bubbles.

Many of our artists want to know which torch is very effective for our Artist Resin. To answer this concern, here is the torch that Counter Culture DIY recommends:

Bernozomatic TS400 and Camping Gas.

So why do we recommend these items in particular?

This torch is pressure regulated so it can be used inverted.  It ignites with the touch a button and goes off when you release it, or if you happen to drop it.  It has a “continuous flame lock” feature for when you’re doing larger pieces. It also has a lifetime warranty.

Our resin is heat resistant to 500°. In order to penetrate the surface quickly, you need short bursts of high heat.  Propane burns hotter than butane. Although some get by with a culinary torch, if you have a problem with bubbles you’ll need propane. By applying less heat (butane/heat gun) for a longer time trying to reach the bubbles, you could scorch the resin.  It may also get thin or wavy and you still won’t reach the bubbles. Then you won’t have that beautiful glass like finish!

We’ve tried using other gas and other torches but this combination works best with our resin in our opinion.

Bernzomatic is available in many large hardware stores, Walmart, or on Amazon.

If you want to know more about this product, check out this video tutorial on our Facebook group – Counter Culture DIY Artist Support.

The Culture cast is a softer resin and a thicker resin, it cures to the touch in 24 hours and can be poured to depths up to 2 inches. Culture Cast is good to use if adding glitter or mica, because of it’s thicker viscosity the media will stay suspended in the resin. If using for coasters we recommend coating with Artist resin for a hard protective shell.

Hard cast is a very thin resin almost like water, it cures to the touch in 48 hours and can be poured to depths up to 2 inches. Hard cast is great for preserving dried plants. Once hard the resin can be sanded, polished or turned. The Hard cast is cures very hard almost like glass.

We do not recommend mixing less than 2 oz of resin.  Mixing less than this at a time can cause your resin to stay uncured, sticky, or soft. There must be enough to properly create the chemical reaction necessary to start the curing process.

DISPERSION COLORS are a water based pigment made to disperse evenly into water or epoxy resin. Use these colors to make beautiful resin art paintings, add color to your casting resin, or stain concrete and wood to bring out the texture.

INTENSE COLORS are a unique nano pigment colorant. If most pigments used for color are the size of a basketball, our intense colors are the size of a pea. Even color with no clumps or unmixed pigment. One 2 ounce bottle can color as much as several gallons of epoxy.

ARMOR ART is pigment used to create lacing and special effects in resin.

This is normal, when you mix the 2 part resin together the resin will start to become cloudy- and toward the end of the mix, it will start to turn clear again.
TIPS:
1.  When mixing make sure you resin has had a warm water bath. Warm resin will mix faster and easier. Make sure to mix slowly, mixing fast will incorporate air bubbles and make your resin look cloudy while mixing.  Sometimes resin will remain cloudy until applied to artwork and torched- at which point it will clear up.
2.  Make sure that you are mixing no less than the minimum 2 oz of resin.  Mixing less than this can cause resin not to set, by sticky or soft.

Yes, all of our resins are FDA compliant.

They are supposed to dispense equal amounts, but of course its always best to measure to ensure that you have the correct ratio.

After you use the pumps, it is normal for resin to drain out of the spout until there is no resin left in the nozzle to drain.  Our resin is thick, so this may take a while.  We suggest placing an absorbent material beneath the spout to catch the excess liquid.

Resin cures by heat.  When you mix up resin, you should always immediately pour it onto your work.  If you leave a mass of mixed resin in a container, it will build up heat rapidly and dramatically reduces working time.

If the resin feels like it is getting very warm, you should not try to apply it.  Once it gets to this point, in a matter of seconds, it can change from very warm to very hot and start to gel or clump.  It is best to discard the resin and make a new mix.

The working time will depend on the temperature of your resin and the temperature of the room you are working in.  If your room is around 72 degrees Fahrenheit, you should have 30-45 minutes of working time.  The cooler the resin and room temperature, the longer the working time.  The warmer the resin and room temperature, the shorter the working time.

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Culture Cast Casting Resin is FDA compliant and VOC free, and is made for thicker pours from 1/4″ to 2″ thick.  It is ideal for petri dish molds, river tables, jewelry making and more.  Casting Resin is also a softer resin, so if you’re making items such as coasters or a surface that will be used we suggest that you do a topcoat with our Artist Resin to create a hard, durable shell for the item.

Artist Resin is also FDA compliant and VOC free, but it is made for pours less than 1/4″ thick.  Artist Resin is used for resin art, countertops, serving trays, geodes, glitter tumblers, marble paint tumblers and more.  Artist Resin is a very hard, durable formulation.

Culture Cast Casting Resin will work great for coasters, but it is a softer resin so we suggest applying a single layer topcoat of Artist Resin once your casting resin has cured for 24 hours to provide a hard, durable finish that holds up well to heat and abrasive surfaces.  Allow another 24 hours for full cure.

If your pump is not working, you should warm up the resin a bit before use-  this is especially true with Artist Resin Part A.  Warming the resin will also produce less bubbles when dispensing.

If you are having problems removing bubbles in resin, we recommend using a torch, not a hair dryer or heat gun. Even a small artist torch will not supply enough heat to efficiently pop bubbles. Here is the setup that we use and suggest for our artists:
This is an automatic lighting torch attachment.
It is just as important to choose the right gas to attach to your torch. Most bottles at the hardware store are made to produce high heat for soldering and braising- this isn’t ideal for resin. We recommend using propane because it produces a more controllable heat.

1. First, make sure your resin is warm when you are mixing it. Warm resin will mix without creating as many bubbles.

2. Mixing slowly is ideal, as whipping or stirring quickly will create unwanted bubbles.

3. Torch the resin.

If your resin or room temperature is not between 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit, you will want to warm up the resin. You may do this by placing the bottles of Part A Part B into a warm bath for a few minutes until it reaches the desired viscosity. The warmer the resin, the more fluid the product will be- however: The Warmer the Resin, the Shorter the Working Time!

Artist Resin is heat-resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. We advise against exposing Artist Resin to prolonged heatsourcesm which could amber the resin over time. For example: hanging the artwork directly over a fireplace where it is exposed to long periods of high heat would not be advisable.

Cold temperatures should not affect cured resin. We do recommend keeping cured resin in temperatures above freezing.

Artist Resin will cure to the touch in 8-12 hours and fully cure in 24 hours. We recommend waiting at least 72 hours before shipping any newly cured projects.

Artist Resin works best at temperatures between 70 and 75 degrees fahrenheit.