There are so many beautiful things that you can create using epoxy. One of our favorites is preserving flowers in resin. Today we are giving you the how-to on creating fabulous floral resin art!
In the video below our Counter Culture DIY brand ambassador Heather (@artsymadwoman) shows you how she preserves flowers in resin. Heather creates all sorts of beautiful resin art but the medium she likes working with best is dried flowers. Heather gives simple step-by-step instructions that will teach you how to use dried flowers in your resin artwork.
Preserving Flowers in Resin
One of the reasons that we love preserving flowers in resin is that, once you learn this skill, you can create so many different types of items with it. There is a growing trend of resin artists preserving sentimental flowers for their clients. Having your wedding or graduation bouquet preserved in resin has become very popular. That is a very special and specific project but there are tons of other things you can do with dried flowers too. Here is a short list of possibilities:
- Wall art
- Paper weights
- Book marks
- Serving Trays
This list could go on and on but that gives you an idea of some of the amazing creations that are being made with dried flowers and resin. In the video below, Heather shows you how to make a piece of beautiful floral wall art! She uses Counter Culture DIY Culture Cast Casting Resin for this project and then does a top coat with our Medium Viscosity Artist Resin. We can’t wait for you to see the gorgeous results! If you are looking for more project ideas check out our post with 5 Resin Craft Ideas that are perfect for gifting or keeping!
What kind of flowers to use
You can literally use any flower (or leaf for that matter) that you can get your hands on. The most important thing to remember is that your flowers have to be completely dried before you put them in the resin. If there is any moisture left in your specimens they will discolor and rot in the resin which will ruin your project. Other than that restriction the sky is the limit! Buy them from the store, grow your own, or borrow from your neighbors (with permission of course)!
How to dry your flowers
You can dry your flowers in a couple of different ways. The tried and true method is to press your flowers between the pages of heavy books and leave them for a few weeks. This works well but there is one draw back: your flowers will be flattened. If that is the look you need for the project you have in mind then this is the method for you! If you are looking for a more 3D look for your flowers, hang them or lay them to dry. Just make sure that you put them in a place where they won’t accidentally get bumped. You want them to be as intact as possible before using them in your project.
Preserving Flowers in Resin Supply List:
- Culture Cast Casting Resin
- Medium Viscosity Artist Resin
- Dried flowers
- Silicone mold of your choice
- Heat torch/heat gun
- Painters tape
- Rubber gloves
- Measuring cups
- Mixing cups
- Stir sticks
- Catch tray
- (Optional) Glitter or mica powder. Heather uses Gilda for this project.
- First, combine your resin. Using your measuring cups and a mixing container, combine equal parts of Part A and Part B of the Culture Cast Casting Resin.
- Mix for 2-3 minutes using a stir stick while scraping the sides of the mixing cup and the stick itself.
- Next, pour into your mold filling it approximately halfway.
- Use the heat gun to remove any air bubbles.
- Place your flowers face down so that they are face up when you remove your piece from the mold.
- Gently tap the flowers to allow air bubbles to escape.
- Add any additional petals or leaves using a toothpick to position them correctly.
- Let your piece cure for about 5 hours before continuing to the next step.
- Mix up more casting resin repeating steps 1 and 2.
- Here is when you will add glitter or mica powder if using. Add a small amount into your combined resin and mix well.
- Fill the mold the rest of the way with your combined resin.
- Use a heat gun to remove any air bubbles.
- You can use your stir stick to swirl your mica powder or glitter a bit more in the mold.
- Let cure for 24 hours before continuing to the next step.
- Remove your piece from the mold.
- Use painters tape to tape along the edge so the top coat will roll off the edges.
- Using your measuring cups and a mixing container, combine equal parts of Part A and Part B of the Medium Viscosity Artist Resin.
- Set your taped piece up right in the catch tray.
- Pour a small amount of the top coat over top and use a stir stick to spread it evenly. Don’t forget the exposed sides.
- Use heat gun to remove any bubbles.
- Let cure for another 24 hours.
- Finally, remove the painters tape and admire your work!
The Wrap Up
And that is it friends! This project looks really labor intensive but you actually spend more time waiting for resin to cure than anything else. Also, this piece didn’t require any sanding but another nice thing about Culture Cast is that it a softer resin which makes it easy to sand and buff if you need to. We can’t wait to see what you create with your dried flowers. Be sure to tag us on Instagram @counterculturediy so that we can check out your beautiful results!
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