Lacing effects in resin, things you should know!!
Resin is one of the most recent entrants as a medium for art and it has also been one of the most technically challenging mediums to use and master. For good reason, epoxy resin mediums are sensitive to a lot of parameters for them to perform at their optimal best.
Lacing effects in resin could be achieved on resin art primarily due to uneven repulsive and attractive forces between pigment and resin molecules and this is what most of the additives would help achieve, with a bunch of downsides associated with using these additives.
We at Fortune Chemie have tried to achieve these visual effects through a white pigment paste that contains zero resin degrading alcohols and additives and has been designed to have a more subtle attractive and repulsive molecular force by playing with the densities and surface tension of the pigment molecules. This would result in a more subtle lacing effect compared to that achieved with additives, but at the same time would ensure longevity of your masterpiece with close to zero probabilities of surface imperfections or abnormal finishes. We call this brand new pigment “That Lacy White” from the EPOKE Art series of pigment pastes.
Most resin artists are aware of the following :
- The best temperature range for resins to be used is between 25 to 35 deg C
- Getting the perfect mix as per the mix ratio mentioned by the manufacturer is very critical
- Water based or acrylic colours are not to be used with resins considering that the poor affinity of epoxy resin to water in an uncured state.
Although these are only 3 of the many must knows for a resin artist before indulging in resin art, it would be equally important to also note that adding additives for cells or alcohols for lacing are a pretty bad idea too. These additives could give you the desired appearance to start with but, they could have negative effects in the long term.
Most of these additives are not always resin compatible which means they leave your masterpieces with
- surface depressions
- an oily surface
- low heat resistance of the cured piece than normal
- a finish that could sometimes be too flexible or way too brittle.
- hamper the adhesion of resin to any substrate and even to another coat of resin.
All these negative effects usually show up over long term storage of the resined masterpiece which most experienced resin artists would vouch for .